Hotel William Gray
What We Love
- A brand-new luxury hotel with incredible views in the heart of Old Montreal – includes breakfastThe all-new hotel’s architecture, with a glass tower atop two 18th-century private homes
- The outposts of local menswear retailer Boutique OTH and iconic coffee shop Café Olimpico
- The location in the Old City, overlooking the Place Jacques-Cartier
- The buzzy Living Room and rooftop bar, both instant hotspots since they've opened
What To Know
- Dine at Maggie Oaks for a diverse menu and unbeatable views of the city
- A luxury spa and outdoor pool are set to open in fall 2016
- Within walking distance of Montreal's Old Port and the Notre Dame Basilica
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Montreal is a study in opposites. It’s one of the most iconic destinations in Canada, yet only 60 miles from the US border; it’s a French-speaking city in an English-speaking country; and its vibrant culture seamlessly integrates the old (Notre-Dame Basilica, Museum of Fine Arts) with the new (Olympic Stadium, Museum of Contemporary Art). The largest metropolis in a Quebec is a different place to everyone, neither black nor white, but a million shades of gray – and that’s among the reasons that Hotel William Gray, a new boutique property in collaboration with iconic Café Olimpico and Boutique OTH, is such a fabulous place to stay.
This buzzed-about hotel beautifully captures its city’s eclecticism, centrally set on a perch in the Old City that overlooks the Place Jacques-Cartier. Its amenities cater to a wide range of needs and interests, such as in the Living Room and forthcoming dining program, including a vegetable grill and rooftop seafood bar. The building itself is also rather striking, comprising a sleek glass tower atop two 18th-century residences, with interiors that balance modern and traditional design elements. The result is a vibe that seems original and yet somehow familiar, so that you can experience the most unlikely paradox of all: feeling completely at home in a foreign city.
The 127 Hotel William Gray accommodations are as elegant and upscale as the rest of the property, each stocked with a minibar of curated Montreal snacks, a digital media library, Frette towels – including oversized bath sheets – and Le Labo bath amenities. Design is modern yet inviting, with sheer white curtains and lighter colors on the floors and walls, plus elements like black-metal lighting fixtures, concrete ceilings, rich woods and espresso furnishings. Plenty of natural light streams in through the windows.Alcove King rooms range from 230 to 265 square feet, while the slightly larger Alcove Queen rooms range from 235 to 315 square feet; you’ll have one king bed in the former or one queen bed in the latter. Deluxe King rooms run a bit bigger still, measuring from 295 to 380 square feet. Up on the higher floors, the Deluxe King room with river view has slightly less space (250-299 square feet) but incredible views of the river.
The forthcoming dining program will include a restaurant and grill that focuses on local vegetables, a café, a lobby bar and a rooftop bar with a seafood-driven menu. The hotel is partnered with the iconic Café Olimpico, and its outpost of the local icon, which has never opened a second location before, will serve espresso and Italian pastries on Hotel William Gray’s ground floor.
Surrender to the hands of a skilled therapist at Hotel William Gray’s full-service spa. Follow up your sumptuous therapy of choice with a brisk workout at the fitness center, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, to bump up those endorphins.
With plenty of festivals, an exciting food scene, historic architecture, tours and outdoor activities, Montreal is a destination for everyone. The once-walled district of Old Montreal is filled with centuries of history and bustling streets, and Hotel William Gray puts you within steps of the Congress Center and close to museums, restaurants and other local favorites – plus shops that Condé Nast Traveler recently described as “better than ever.” It also directly overlooks the picturesque 19th-century Place Jacques Cartier.
How to Get There
I went to The Hotel William Grey for a bachelor party and our plans fell through last minute. I got in touch with the concierge and Veronique picked up. After explaining the situation to her, she immediately suggested us things to do in and around Montreal; de completely revamped the bachelor party and it became one that is still being talked about months later! Without Veronique the weekend wouldn’t have been the same and I’ve personally have sent friends to the hotel just for this 5-star service. I’ll be staying here from now on when I’m in Montreal.
Such great, and prompt service even on such a busy evening, thanks to our fun and knowledgeable waiter, Benjamin. His recommendation on the drinks and dishes were very helpful and on point!
All in all an amazing experience with the best view of the city! Will definitely be back
Location: ideal for the old, historic section. Also, Montreal has its streets torn to pieces so location is super for walking.
Rooms: excellent, bright, clean, spacious
Staff: Utterly brilliant! Exceptionally friendly, helpful, knowledgable. Concierges know their city hands down. Porters very helpful. Desk personnel most professional.
Dining: quite nice. Check out the dry aging beef in the aging room. Better yet try some of it in your tummy. Delicious.
Terrasse: Drinks on the roof are a must. reserve ahead for a fine view of the fireworks on Wednesday & Saturday.