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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We came in early morning since we got off a cruise ship (5 minute drive from the port). The staff was very accommodating and checked our luggage since we had a tour at noon. We used their nice sitting room for an hour which had a docking station and a mac computer for use.
When we came back from our tour around 4 o'clock, our luggage was already in our room. The room was very modern (the pictures shown are pretty accurate). There was a coffee pot, water and a nespresso machine. Very nice room. The only drawback is there is very limited closet space so you have to use the furniture or the floor.
The location is excellent with many restaurants, bistros and bars nearby as well as the downtown. We were vary happy with walking to numerous locations such as Bell Centre and Notre Dame.
We had a very early flight (7:30 AM). We requested a cab the night before. When we came down at 5:10, the driver was waiting for us in the lobby. We were transported in a very large sedan.
The staff throughout the four days we stayed there were fantastic as helpful. We were very happy with the experience.
We had never been Montréal together and had been told to stay at Gault. I cannot go over how fantastic they were. It started that we called Heather (love her) to check about getting a car from the cruise ship to her hotel. She gave us a suggestion that saved us lots of money. Then everyday her and Ahmed (sp), gave us suggestions from places to visit, to places to eat and how best to get everywhere. And to top it off, I run and not only did Heather give me some running routes but when I said I wanted to run a longer one, she gave me instructions to run to, and on, the Formula One track - not only a great route but also a once in a lifetime experience. Love them, love the hotel, love all of it.
Great hotel in the old town part of Montréal, 5 minutes from the Notre Dame Basilica. We were upgraded to a a deluxe suite which was very spacious, modern and comfortable. The bar is open until 3am, which was great for a late arrival, with friendly service in French and English.