What We Love
- Cozy library outfitted with a fireplace and an impressive selection of design and architecture tomes
- iPads on loan in suites and common areas
- Free WiFi and local phone calls
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What To Know
- Housekeeping takes place twice daily, so don’t forget to hang your Do Not Disturb sign if you’re napping
- Check-in time is 4 p.m.
- The hotel is pet-friendly, so don’t be surprised if you ride the elevator with a pooch or kitty
- The on-site spa has closed, but the concierge can arrange a visit to a nearby spa
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Occupying an 1871 building that was once a cotton warehouse, the Gault offers the best of both worlds: a Vieux Montreal setting mixed with modern, minimalist decor. On the outside, the five-story building is all carved limestone and tall French windows. Step inside, however, and you’ll find an interesting blend of textures and materials, including raw concrete floors, a floor-to-ceiling oak-paneled library, and a check-in desk of cast metal. With its Arne Jacobsen swan chairs, Shin and Tomoko Azumi bar stools and Francesco Binfaré sofas, the lounge and bar could be a location for Mad Men.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s minimalist vibe continues upstairs in the 30 loft-style suites, each of which is slightly different from the others. While some have exposed brick, raw stone or a combination of both, all are outfitted with Flou beds, impressive flat-screen HDTVs, CD and DVD players, a swan chair or two, as well as heated bathroom floors and free-standing tubs big enough for two. The spacious suites feature large windows that let in plenty of light and look out on Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets.
The bar and restaurant are popular with locals who work in the area to stop by for a business lunch or a quick cocktail after work. Though the menu options are limited, the Gault restaurant does not disappoint thanks to inventive soups (roasted red pepper and apple) and fusion dishes (Thai lobster “pot au feu” with shrimp and fish in lemongrass and coconut broth) at lunch and dinner. Grab a drink from the bar and sit on a sofa by the Morning Glory lamp, which is made of red silk and calls to mind an ethereal sea creature.
In the Area
Kick off your morning with a fresh-baked pain au chocolat and a café au lait at Olive & Gourmando, just a few blocks away. Walk down the street in either direction and you’ll stumble upon cool little boutiques, including Michel Brisson for stylish men’s fashion and Reborn for international and local up-and-coming brands. Stop at Philémon Bar for a plate of oysters and a glass of bubbly. Once the sun sets, Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles pulses with energy (literally and figuratively) in the form of a public art piece called Luminous Pathway, which uses light as a design tool to lead visitors on a journey of cultural discovery. Integrating the urban context of the neighborhood, light rises from the façade and windows of theaters and throbs to the beat of cultural activities while a glowing carpet of red dots bathes sidewalks and crosswalks. Follow the projections on the ground of Sainte-Catherine Street to nearby cultural venues.
How to Get There
Longtime client of the Gault and I cannot day enough about it. Accommodations are top notch and the staff is terrific - attentive and friendly. Rooms are super comfy and well appointed from the smallest loft to the larger suites. Easy check in and check out. First class all the way. Wouldn’t stay anywhere else when I’m in MTL.
Can’t say enough: quiet, beautiful, central, easy check in, valet parking and check out, close to fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars, I have stayed at the Gault around five times and have never been disappointed. Chapeau....! (Hats off).
We arrived a couple hours early for check in. No problem at all, staff immediately went out and brought our bags in and parked our car. We were able to check in and asked for our cell number so they can call when the room is ready. So we headed out for a quick tour of Old Montreal and some lunch.
When we returned a little early so we had a Latte in the bar at no charge.
We were told the room was ready and were provided the keys. As we went to our room, our luggage was already there. We were also provided a corner unit which had a bay window that you could open and sit on the ledge inside.
Several little things made it that much more enjoyable. Music would be playing in our room when we arrived and came back after dinner. Staff had great suggestions for restaurants.
We learned that the building was the first YMCA in North America and that it had been a cotton mill. We also learned that because it was a Boutique hotel and that everything was for sale, including the pictures on the wall that were taken at Osheaga.
You must have the Gault breakfast that includes three meats. They were wonderful.
The staff were very helpful and personable.
This is our new home when we visit Old Montreal
In October my husband and I stayed for the first and now last time. During our stay, the parking attendant was in an accident and damaged our car. Management promised that they would take care of everything and pay for the cost. They were wonderfully gracious at the time. To make a long story short, their insurance broker eventually told me that they had changed their minds. I finally went through my own insurance and am now out of pocket our $500 deductible for an accident that the staff at Hotel Gault caused. On top of that, despite numerous calls and messages left for the manager, he will not return my call to explain. I consider this deplorable behavior especially from a hotel that holds itself out as being concerned with excellent customer service. So, fellow travelers beware. Customer service here is only good until you have a problem and this is a company that does not keep its promises.
We stayed for a week at this hotel on a business trip that we extended so that we could look around Montreal as well. Hotel is ideally situated in the old town, within walking distance of the main cathedral, old port and numerous restaurants. Although right in the centre of Montreal, the streets round the hotel are very quiet and we had no issues with noise. The decor is contemporary and attractive.
On arrival we were greeted quickly and efficiently at reception, given an upgrade and offered a complimentary drink - just the ticket after a long flight etc.
Our room was very spacious with a lovely outside terrace, comfortable bed, work space and good wardrobe space. The shower worked very well and the whole space had been thought through with care and attention to detail. All the lights worked and gave good light where it was needed.
The hotel is very clean and well kept.
Each evening, staff came round with complimentary water, and sometimes cookies!
The exercise room is small but again well thought out with a treadmill, cross trainer and free weights. Again clean and well kept with water available.
The staff were excellent and very willing to help, with directions, taxis etc. Without exception they were kind, attentive and respectful.
I would recommend this hotel highly and would definitely go back when next in Montreal