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.
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.
Le St-Martin Montreal Hotel Particulier Rating: 4.0 Pearls
There’s a lot to like about this upscale hotel: a convenient location in the heart of Downtown; 123 stylish rooms with comfy beds and up-to-date amenities; a small but pretty outdoor pool; and a solid restaurant. But there’s no business center, the fitness center -- though bright and modern -- is tiny, and some guests have complained of traffic noise on the lower floors.
Auberge du Vieux-Port Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Situated across from Le Vieux-Port, this 403-room hotel reflects the charm of Old Montreal. Its beautiful, airy rooms -- some with water views -- feature details like wood beam ceilings, exposed stone and brick walls, wrought iron beds, wood floors, and lovely bathrooms with big glass showers or soaking tubs. The larger, apartment-style "lofts" are in a separate building, and designed for long-term stays. The hotel's seasonal rooftop terrace restaurant offers phenomenal water views, and the free full breakfast each morning is a perk. But because of the location near restaurants and bars, noise in the rooms may be a problem, especially during the summer months.
Hotel Nelligan Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 105-room historic boutique captures the charm of Old Montreal, with attractive details like fireplaces, wrought-iron railings, and exposed brick walls. It offers multiple eateries, including the popular summertime Nelligan Terrace, situated on the hotel's roof, and a charming bar/art exhibit in the hotel's atrium. The fitness center is 24-hour, but the hotel doesn't have a pool or full-service spa (just a "massage room" attached to the gym). Its obvious strengths are its historic, European elegance and its location in the heart of Old Montreal.