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 really wanted to write a completely positive review. After all, one of the reasons I booked this place was because of all of the positive reviews. We arrived early and the hotel staff was gracious enough to hold our luggage while we explored the city until it was the official time to check in. We had a lazy lunch at olive + gourmando (which is amazing, by the way), and then walked around some more before heading back to the hotel to check in at 4:30pm. When we arrived, they told us our room was not ready (check in is at 3pm) and asked us to wait. During this time, we watched others check into their room and no explanation given to us. I finally went back up to the front desk and mentioned this and they told us that they had a different size room than us. I found myself increasingly frustrated--no apologies for the late check in, only excuses as to why we didn't have our room. After 30 minutes of waiting, we were finally checked in. I do not feel any of the staff were friendly to us (except the rainspa staff who gave me an excellent massage on my birthday). The maid service did not even come past our room until super late, after we had already settled back in our room for the evening. The experience at this hotel slightly soured my first visit to Montreal. When we do go back, I definitely will not stay there.
We spent three nights at the Hotel Place d'Armes in Montreal in August of 2019. It was a wonderful experience. The hotel is in the shadow of the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is a central location convenient to everything, including a world-class metro system. It was so easy to walk to Notre Dame (less than a minute), Old Town (your in it), the Old Port (5 minute walk), the metro (one block). The original hotel has merged with the three buildings next to it. We were in building #3 which had a very large, loft style room with brick walls and soaring windows. I travel constantly for work and occasionally for pleasure and this hotel had the nicest bathroom I've ever experienced.The service was incredible as well. Everyone was thoughtful, kind and polite and solved every problem or issue that I encountered - my girlfriend had a small cut on her foot and they brought us bandaids everyday. We enjoyed an amazing massage at the Rainspa, had cocktails on the rooftop terrace, and enjoyed dinner and late night snacks at the 1701 restaurant. We traveled on to Quebec after our stay at Hotel Place d'Armes and spent a few nights at the famous Chateau Frontenac in one of their best rooms - and honestly, even though the Chateau was fabulous, we enjoyed our stay here more. Merci Hotel Place d'Armes
Location is amazing for visitors, right next to Notre Dame basilica and 5 min walk to Old Montreal and to Chinatown. The hotel is revamped historic building of the bank and has a lot of charm. There are actually four historic building and so lots of spaces for meetings, which are quiet and private. Service is prompt and very helpful.
The rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds, exposed brick walls and large modern bathrooms with plenty of amenities. There is turndown service with bottled water and chocolates.
The only reason giving 4 stars rather than 5 is that both of our rooms were quite dark and remained dark even on sunny days and with maximum use of lighting inside. This is however a minor point.
The brasserie in the hotel serves delicious meals and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants all around.
The hotel is business style, but also excellent choice for visitors to Montreal and for groups.