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
- 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
The Hotel Place d’Armes checks all of the boxes that we were looking for during our Christmas trip up to Montreal. Located on the same square as the famed Notre-Dame Basilica, this hotel is perfectly located in the Old part of the city. City Hall, Rue St Paul, restaurants, shopping and a wine & liquor shop are a stumble out of the front door.
Taking a cab from the airport ($41CAD fixed price both directions) the drive to the hotel was roughly 25 minutes. It could take longer as an enormous highway refurbishing project is under way.
Check-in was very easy, with a host of doormen/hops who are there to help with bags and the front desk/concierge team is incredibly pleasant and inviting (not to mention aptly bi-lingual). There are (4) buildings that make up the hotel. We were fortunate to be in the first building which houses the corner rooms that you see in the pictures from the square. We were in room 1502, on the fifth floor.
The room is beautiful, with hardwood floors, a sizeable bathroom with modern shower, a corner window that looks out onto the bank and statue in the square and an extremely comfortable king size bed. This was actually the most comfortable bed that we have ever had the pleasure of guesting among all of our various world travels.
There is a coffee station and mini-bar, and because it is Canada, there are television stations in both English and French if that is important to you.
More importantly to us, there is an excellent restaurant downstairs, Brasserie 701 (great for breakfast and lunch – didn’t have the chance for dinner with the holiday parties booking it up). Also, right out the front door into the square and then on your left is SAQ which has a vast assortment of wines and liquors. We were very pleased with the selections there.
The hotel was kept very clean and everyone was polite and more than helpful. Without a second thought, this hotel is where we will be staying in our future travels up to Montreal.
Hôtel Place d’Armes was in a lovely location in the heart of Old Montreal. Everything was in walking distance to restaurants and bars and is also located beside the subway. The room was beautiful and staff were very attentive and friendly. Highly recommend this hotel!
We spent weekend at the hotel for my husband's company Christmas party. The location of the Place d'Armes was excellent. Plenty of restaurants and shopping within a short distance, so it was great for us since we didn't have a car.
The hotel doesn't really have a lobby, just a front desk with a sitting area off to the side. Brasserie 701 is on the main level and the Japanese restaurant, Kyo, is on the next floor up.
We had sake and sushi with friends at Kyo late Friday night and the service was excellent. I loved the tuna nigiri. They kept our drinks full and kept the sushi coming. Or group was very well taken care of.
We had brunch at the Brasserie on Saturday morning, just the two of us. It is a beautiful space, the food was excellent, but the service was terrible. I understand that as Americans we are used to faster service, but a 20 minute for a cup of coffee when the place was mostly empty and there were 5 employees behind the bar was a bit annoying. They were all very friendly, but unnecessarily slow.
My friend and I spent Saturday afternoon being pampered at Rainspa. The services, staff, and furnishings are top notch, but the layout was really awkward. The relaxation lounge and Hammam are upstairs. It was a little strange relaxing in our robes in the lounge area, just feet away from people toweling off after using the Hammam. When spa staff was giving a tour to new guests, it was a bit uncomfortable to have fully clothed men standing around the lounge while we were in robes between treatments. Also, you have to leave the spa to walk through the hotel halls to get to the changing rooms.
We loved our room! The king sized bed was incredibly comfortable and we slept so well. The room felt like a guest room in a friend's home. It has beautiful wood floors and lots of windows and natural light. The bathroom was large, but there is almost no counter space. The shower. Oh my God. The shower!!!! It rivaled the spa experience! Best hotel shower I have ever seen!
The party was held at the hotel and the food was fantastic. Everything was very high quality and the presentation was beautiful.
We would definitely return to this hotel and we hope they choose this venue foor next year's party.
The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is due to the service in the Brasserie and the weird spa layout.
After an unforgettable stay at this place last spring we wanted to repeat this experience again. But in winter this hotel seems difficult to be heated. Food at the Brasserie became more expensive. Nice jogging tour through old town lead by a guide from hotel William Gray(= same hotel group)
Beautiful Hotel, our room was stunning, comfortable and inviting. The valets looked after our every wish. Highly recommend!!! Can’t wait to go back. Close to subway, Notre Dame Cathedral, Bell Centre, shopping, restaurants.