No coffeemakers except in Premier Rooms (but free coffee in the lobby)
No fitness center (but guests get free access to a nearby gym)
No free parking (valet available)
Situated across from Le Vieux-Port, this 45-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, and pine or bamboo floors, plus lovely bathrooms with big glass showers. 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 full free breakfast served at Taverne Gaspar 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. Travelers may want to compare rates with LHotel Montreal, another Old Montreal property housed in a 19th-century structure, but with a hip lobby bar, small gym, and a collection of contemporary art, including works by Botero and Warhol.
A boutique hotel in a historic six-story building facing the river and Old Port
Auberge du Vieux-Port occupies a beautiful 19th-century waterfront warehouse -- a former leather factory -- with a weathered gray stone facade. The hotel fronts Rue de La Commune, overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port; its rear abuts St. Paul Street -- the oldest street in Montreal -- a cobblestoned beauty lined with restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and pubs. Auberge's stone-walled lobby has gleaming hardwood floors, dark-brown leather sofas and chairs, large windows, and a fireplace. The restaurant at Auberge, Taverne Gaspar, is considered to be one of the best in Old Montreal, and the seasonal rooftop terrace, Terrasse sur l’Auberge, attracts locals and guests with its cocktail list, light fare, and knock-out views of the river and Old Port. The hotel draws mainly tourists, especially couples.
The well-preserved Old Montreal neighborhood is one of the prettiest and most fascinating quarters of the city. By simply wandering through the centuries-old cobblestone streets fringed with restaurants, bars, microbreweries, and art galleries, visitors may stumble upon something interesting, beautiful, or delicious (or all three!). Summers give way to lively street festivals, restaurant terraces brimming with energy, and vendors and local artists setting up shop in Place Jacques-Cartier and along city streets. While there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, visitors should beware of tourist traps offering low-quality food at outrageous prices. The same tourist trap rule applies to these street vendors -- browse for a bit to make sure you're not getting duped.
Three-minute walk to Montreal Science Center
Five-minute walk to Notre-Dame Basilica and Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
Five-minute walk to Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
15-minute walk to Sainte-Catherine Street, home to the Eaton Center mall and other shopping venues
11-minute drive to Crescent Street, a popular drag with nightclubs, restaurants, and bars
14-minute drive to Montreal Museum of Fine Art
17-minute drive to Montreal Botanical Garden
20-minute drive to Mont Royal
21-minute drive to Biodome
26-minute drive to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Romantic rooms with original details and modern amenities
Rooms feature original details, like exposed brick walls, pine-wood floors, and casement windows that open toward the street. Brass-frame beds, easy chairs, and solid wood armoires play up the Old World aesthetic, but there are modern comforts, too, like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. All rooms also feature bathrobes, slippers, and minibars. Large bathrooms have brick walls, pedestal sinks, ladder shelves, and marble shower stalls with rainfall showerheads, hand-held attachments, and body jets, plus Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. (Premier Rooms have jetted tubs.) About half of Auberge's 45 rooms are located on the Rue de La Commune side of the hotel, with views of the Saint-Lawrence River and the Old Port. Others face St. Paul Street, a historic street (the oldest in Montreal, in fact -- it dates to the late 1600s) packed with restaurants and pubs. These rooms get a good deal of street noise, though rooms on higher floors are less susceptible; river-facing rooms are generally protected from the traffic and nightlife din of St. Paul, but may experience noise from the rooftop terrace. Apartment-style rooms are located in a separate annex a short walk from the main building on St. Paul. These large lofts are ideal for families or extended-stay guests, with full kitchens, washer/dryers, and open-plan living rooms with fireplaces. Note that there are no elevators in the apartment building.
Rooftop bar and excellent classic tavern with French fare
Auberge offers few facilities, but what it has is excellent. Its seasonal rooftop terrace, offering panoramic river views, snacks, and cocktails, is extremely popular with Montreal residents and hotel visitors alike. Taverne Gaspar, the hotel's main-floor restaurant, is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Old Montreal. Here, a free breakfast is served daily; guests aren't limited to a continental buffet, but can instead can order directly off of the menu (the Eggs Benedict is practically universally lauded). Auberge lacks an on-site spa or fitness center, but in-room treatments can be arranged and guests get free access to a local gym. There is a 1,100-square-foot meeting room for up to 80 people, plus a desktop computer in the lobby available for guest use. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
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