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
From the treatment in reception to the quality of the room, everything is perfect. The umbrella in the room was much appreciated to go to dinner.
For sure it will be my hotel in Montreal. It is located in a very nice area.
Hotel Gault is located in Old Montreal within walking distance to lots of restaurants. Great atmosphere, suburb service and very chic rooms. Complimentary coffee and tea. We loved the vibe here and we will definitely return!
Nice hotel with friendly staff and for a stylish rooms. Walking distance to old montreal but located on a quieter street so not too loud at night. However you can still watch the horse rides pass from the window. Bar was quiet but we were there after the bars in town closed. It was nicely done and there is a lounge library area. I would happily go back when visiting montreal.
I booked a Loft room, but was upgraded on check-in to a deluxe suite. We really loved the room on a high floor with a jacuzzi bath. They gave us sweets at bedtime too. My favorite thing about the hotel is the beautiful historic exterior combined with the fully renovated, and modern interior. The location is fantastic in the old town of Montreal. I am so happy I picked this hotel.
Definition of “meh” - uninspiring, unexceptional completely describes Hotel Gault. Don’t get me wrong, staff were pleasant and professional if a little lacking in local knowledge or the ability to make cocktails. We asked one of their team for a restaurant recommendation and she suggested Five Guys.... seriously 😳. This city is jammed packed with excellent eateries and that is what she came up with! The bar was empty every night and I mean Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We literally saw no one during our stay but given their lack of experience on how to make a decent cocktail I guess no wonder. My husband had to tell them how to make a negroni. The rooms are like staying in a posh college dorm. No artwork, no frills and no fuss. Lighting in rooms awful so that you can hardly see anything. Interesting that the ceiling looked like it was wired for four additional spot lights but they were capped off. Lobby nice enough With some great photography. Shame they couldn’t splurge to put some in the bedrooms.
We valeted car and were charged cad35 a night which given you could park it yourself for about cad20 a day was excessive. Cad350 per night for room was way over the top for what you get.