InterContinental Montreal Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Located on the edge of Old Montreal, the InterContinental offers contemporary rooms decorated in creams and rich reds, and sleek marble-and-granite bathrooms. (The hotel promises "sexytude" on its website, and the rooms are indeed a bit sexier than you'd expect from an upscale chain). The saltwater pool, a sun deck, and a trendy bar and restaurant are all pluses.
Hotel Le Crystal Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Hotel Le Crystal, located in Downtown Montreal, is convenient for both business travelers and families, thanks to its big suites with kitchenettes and pull-out sofas. Room decor is clean-lined and contemporary, with lots of wood accents, while the lobby delivers more of a wow factor with its sleek, trendy style. The lovely indoor pool offers great views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, the French brasserie is elegant, and the fitness center is big and modern.
Hyatt Regency Montreal Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Designed for the business traveler, the 605-room Hyatt Regency Montreal has a great downtown location, and both the business center and fitness center are open around-the-clock. Pricey fees for Wi-Fi, parking, and meals are downsides, but perks include the indoor pool, large terrace, and underground access to lots of sites and attractions. Some guests find the second-floor lobby difficult to find, but its sleek, trendy feel -- which carries over into contemporary rooms -- gives this hotel its edge.
Loews Hotel Vogue Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 142-room hotel stands smack-dab in the heart of Downtown Montreal, amid tourist attractions, boutiques and restaurants. Decent-sized rooms come with iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, as well as marble bathrooms with TVs and big Jacuzzi tubs, but the decor is a bit bland. The hotel lacks some of the features one would expect in this price range, like a fitness center, a spa or a pool, but there's a full-service business center and in-room spa services, and it is affiliated with a nearby health center.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This massive, 1,073-room upscale chain hotel is located in Downtown Montreal, and connected to Montreal Central Station and the Underground City. It has a fairly nice fitness center, a three-lane lap pool, and three restaurants (including The Beaver Club, a famous, fancy dining destination). Spacious rooms have sitting areas, a well as PlayStations and flat-screen TVs, but they're a bit bland and starting to show wear, and many bathrooms are cramped.