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Deign Hotel with sleek interiors and a topnotch restaurant in a historic Beaux Arts building near Old Montreal
Housed in a Beaux Arts building, the Hotel St Paul is all about high design meets sleek comfort. Just beyond the doorstep is Old Montreal, with its cobblestone streets and historic buildings; inside, is nouveau Montreal, jetting guests firmly into the future. The minimalist lobby — dominated by a cubic alabaster fireplace — is all about cool monochrome tones and smooth surfaces, with the exception of an occasional faux-fur throw.
Bed and Bath
The 119 guestrooms are also amped-up in design yet feel atmospheric and comfortable. The color schemes of each floor alternate between warm and cool palettes, and in Deluxe Suites, gauzy canopies flow over beds with fluffy duvets and suede headboards. Heavy curtains part to offer views of the Old Port or a city streetscape, and vintage flea market find such as aluminum table lamps and Art Deco armchairs occupy a corner or two.
Take a serene continental breakfast (for an extra fee) in the hotel's second floor lounge, and get a head start to the day with a morning workout in St Paul's basement fitness room. Hambar, the hotel’s restaurant, opened in 2012 and offers a curated wine list by Philippe Poitras as well as charcuterie and dishes such as filet mignon with carrot purée, maitake and bordelaise sauce.
In the Area
The Bixi public bike sharing system is the largest in North America; pick up a gray aluminum three-speeder at one of stations for a pedal along the city’s 280 miles of cycling paths. Make a stop to marvel at the opulent splendor of Chateau Ramezay, a former governor’s mansion complete with fancy turrets, a mirrored ballroom and formal French gardens. Quebec’s rich history is on proud display in the chateau’s collection of 30,000 paintings, photographs and objects. And of the many designers who have set up shop in the neighborhood, artist Lysanne Pepin’s studio-cum-boutique is a standout. The space stocks a well-curated selection of clothing, furniture and jewelry from Quebecois creators, and integrated throughout are Pepin’s original mixed-media works, which study the sensuality of human movement.