Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites
What We Love
- The hotel’s seamless combination of timeless elegance and casual contemporary style
- Being steps away from Old Montreal’s historic sites, including the iconic Notre Dame Basilica
- Noshing on locally made charcuterie- cocktail in hand- while admiring the sweeping city views from the rooftop bar
- Unplugging and detoxing at the spa’s steamy hammam
What To Know
- Guests have access to a small fitness on the fifth floor, and the hotel hosts Monday-morning group jogs
- Located 30 minutes away from Montreal Trudeau Airport
- It's popular destination for celebrations and business meetings; there are several conference rooms and event spaces
- Complimentary morning shuttle to downtown Montreal
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When it opened a decade ago, Place D’armes was the only boutique hotel in Old Montreal, and it still stands as one of the city’s most stylish properties. Lodged inside three landmarked neoclassical buildings, the property exudes old-fashioned grandeur while staying firmly rooted in the present. In the 133 contemporary guest rooms, tan leather sofas, arched windows, and hardwood floors provide an atmosphere of casual elegance. Only a series of exposed brick walls betray the building’s age (also adding an undeniable touch of cool), while perks like Le Labo bath products, Frette linens, plush bathrobes, and turndown service make guests feel pampered. The real pampering, however, happens at the 3,000-square-foot Rainspa, home to a Turkish hammam scented with eucalyptus oil, spacious massage rooms, and sleek pedicure stations. The in-house dining venues are also worth a try: Kyo Bar Japonais is ranked among Montreal’s best Japanese restaurants, and Brasserie 701 is a successful take on old-school Parisian brasseries with a menu of classics like beef tartare, foie gras au torchon, and escargots à la bourguignonne. If the weather is nice, don’t skip the rooftop terrace and its sweeping views.
In the Area
Old Montreal, which dates back to the 1600a, is enjoying a revival that encompasses great restaurants and design hotels. A couple of blocks south of the hotel is Toqué!, a required stop for gourmands, where local chef Normand Laprise helped put Quebecois cuisine on the map with dishes like crisp-skinned duck magret with black garlic purée. For fantastic seafood, take a stroll up the waterside Promenade du Port Vieux to reach Le Bremmer, where Food Network star Chuck Hughes doles out comfort food like lobster au gratin sandwich. Surrounding these culinary hotspots are gorgeous historic sites like the Notre-Dame Basilica, a Gothic Revival church from the early 1800s that towers above the district’s cobblestones.
How to Get There
I kind of picked this at random and it turned out to be an incredible choice! This hotel is absolutely beautiful and perfectly located. Within minutes you can be on the metro, touring the old quarter, getting soup dumplings in Chinatown, walking along the river, etc.
I got upgraded somehow at check-in and ended up in a room overlooking the entrance street. It was a huge room with beautiful details and a little mock-fireplace. The staff and room-service was outstanding. I was told that there are different "wings" of the hotel that might not have as great a view, but really, you can't go wrong here. This will be my go-to whenever I'm in Montreal.
The wing overlooking St Jaques St has a nice lobby area, and is served by several elevators. St Jaques is a quieter street than Place D’Armes St. where I stayed this time.
That wing has a single , slow elevator, opening on a narrow corridor which runs alongside an active restaurant (make way for waiters and maid-service carts!): awkward!
I regret I didn’t ask to switch to the other wing. A very different experience at a hotel I really like!
The service is excellent from check in to check out. Our room was old world charm with modern amenities. As for the location, it was perfect for exploring Old Montreal and the metro was convenient to take a day trip to Mount Royal. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here. Walk out the door and you’re at the basilica and an easy walk to explore the rest of Old Montreal