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
I had an excellent 2-night stay at Hotel Gault. The accommodations were better than I had expected. The staff made me feel welcome, comfortable and were happy to assist during my stay. My room was exceptionally clean, tidy and well appointed with amenities. The restaurant dining was incredible. My meals were delicious and filling. The barista bar was great and I also took advantage of the library and internet service. I would definitely give this hotel a 5-star rating. On my next visit to Montreal I will be using Hotel Gault.
Boutique hotel in Old Montreal. Modern but retains historic feel of the area. Beautiful building. Large spacious rooms. It’s obvious that the staff and management care about the guests welfare and enjoyment. Really great stay.
The staff was like family and the hotel was like home. Cannot recommend highly enough. They gave us great places to eat and wonderful things to do. A real launching point for an unbelievable journey through beautiful Montreal.
Beautiful hotel in a great location.
Excellent staff. Very close to old Montréal and quick access to the Metro. Plenty of restaurants nearby. Would definitely return and would highly recommend to others
This hotel gave a flavor of the modern city of Montreal. Staff was courteous, serviceful with lots of tips of things to see, do, and eat. Perfect location to explore old Montreal as well as catch the metro to explore areas farther afield. Rooms was extremely quiet and spacious. Lovely amenities.