Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review historic properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a getaway and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top historic picks in Montreal and get inspired!
This 133-room boutique, located in a historic building in Old Montreal, blends contemporary design with old-world charm. The large lobby, with a pool table and modern leather seating, is stylish yet cozy. The rooms follow suit, with crisp white bedding, hardwood floors, and upscale bathrooms; some have extras like exposed brick and big soaking tubs. There are a few flaws, though -- outdated tube TVs in many rooms, some visible nicks and scratches on the wood furniture, and some rooms with tight quarters. But perks like free Wi-Fi, a free downtown shuttle, and an excellent Clef d'Or concierge add value.
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.
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.
The 24-room Le Petit Hotel is a chic boutique housed in a 19th century building. With only four floors and a small lobby cafe, the hotel offers an intimate feel, while providing up-to-date amenities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks. Rooms blend historic charm (stone and brick accent walls, wood floors, the occasional exposed wood beam) with stylish, contemporary decor (dark wood furniture, orange, retro-style chairs, crisp white bedding). The hotel lacks the amenities of a larger hotel -- like a business center, spa, and fitness center -- but free access to a nearby gym is available.