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Mod suites tucked away on a cobblestone lane in the shadow of Old Montreal’s Gothic Revival Basilica
In Montreal, "you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window," Mark Twain famously quipped. And a stay at Le Saint-Sulpice puts you a stone's throw from the church of churches, the Notre Dame Basilica. The 108-room sanctuary swims with nattily dressed shoppers discussing the day’s finds over lattes and suited businessmen settling into leather sofas by the roaring fireplace. The lines are modern as is the muted palette of copper, moss and cream with pops of merlot.
Bed and Bath
The 550-square-foot Superior Suite feels like your own pied-à-terre. The dark wood, floor-to-ceiling frame around the bed — stark white, except for a tomato-red throw — is reminiscent of a Murphy bed. The lovely sitting area is the perfect spot for morning coffee, courtesy of the Nespresso machine in the tiny-but-functional kitchenettes found in all suites. Deluxe and Executive Suites are an apartment-sized 650 and 800 square feet, respectively, adding separate bedrooms and sitting areas; select suites have gas fireplaces and balconies. All have marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, slick glass sinks and L’Occitane en Provence products, but you’ll have to upgrade to the Deluxe or Executive Suite for the separate glass-encased walk-in shower.
The hotel’s Sinclair Terrace attracts Montreal’s beautiful people who linger over bottles of wine and steak frites amid the glory of the Sulpicians’ gardens (the oldest in North America). On the interior court of the hotel, the Sinclair restaurant had a 2012 kitchen-to-wine cellar redesign, emerging on the Old Montreal scene to serve modern French fare. The dark, moody jewel box space, with butter-soft fawn leather seats tucked beneath black embossed tables, could hardly be more romantic.
In the Area
Devoted carnivores shouldn’t miss Martin Picard’s cult eatery Au Pied De Cochon (“the pig's foot”), where even the French fries come topped with foie gras. Around the corner within the sleek stone walls of Scandinave Les Bains Vieux, a deep cleanse in the communal Scandinavian baths costs about $55. Catch a concert amidst archangels and apostles in long-awaited Bourgie Hall, a 107-year-old church turned performance space that opened in October 2012. Glide along the Lachine Canal aboard a Navark Dollier-de-Casson bateau to spy historic landmarks and experience the city’s busy river life. At the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, you can catch a glimpse of early Montreal courtesy of a fascinating underground archaeology dig and see why locals are so enthralled with this corner of Quebec at the Montreal Love Stories exhibit.
Le Saint Sulpice
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Le Saint Sulpice is Montreal, PQ (YUL-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl.) - 16 km / 10 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.