What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes 25 percent off daily breakfast and Botero Wine Bar purchases as well as an extended check-out time (1 p.m.)
- This historic property (built in 1870) houses a stunning art collection featuring Lichtenstein, Chagall, Warhol and Johns, to name a few
- Expertly crafted martinis as well as top vintages at the Botero Wine Bar
- Central business district location within walking distance of Old Montreal’s restaurants, shops and sights
What To Know
- European-style continental breakfast includes Montreal's famous St. Viateur bagels
- Guestrooms are individually decorated in honor of pop and postwar artists
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
Step into this late-19th-century hotel and you’ll wonder if you’ve been transported to one of Montreal’s top art galleries. The walls are adorned with 250 original works by pop and postwar masters, and each guestroom is individually decorated in honor of a famous artist, like Lichtenstein, Chagall and Warhol. Georges Marciano, co-founder of Guess jeans, bought and renovated the hotel in 2010 expressly to display his priceless collection — the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has even come calling to borrow some of the pieces. As you might expect, the hotel’s design is bold and eclectic, just like the city’s vivid cultural scene. It opens onto what was once known as Canada’s Wall Street, and it’s close to the must-see sights, galleries, museums and cobbled streets of the Old Port. If what you want is pampering, however, the staff can arrange an in-room massage or a trip to Bota Bota, a stylish luxury spa anchored in the St. Lawrence River. When visitors get back after a long day, the best perch is the neon-lit Botero Wine Bar, which offers expertly crafted martinis as well as top vintages.
In the Area
Visit the Notre Dame Basilica (a tour of the old and new chapels is a great introduction to Montreal’s history) and Place Jacques-Cartier, where you’ll find street performers, world class dining and galleries galore; an alfresco stop for a glass of a local craft beer and some people watching is a must. Within a mile of the hotel you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Place des Arts, the Montreal symphony, Rue. Ste. Catherine’s shopping and the Underground City, a network connecting 1,700 shops, department stores and even Canada’s government-run liquor stores (it also provides needed respite from the city’s bitter winter chill). Whether above or below ground, the area is best explored on foot, and no matter how far you wander in Old Montreal you’ll be able to take in the French- and British-influenced architecture of what is one of the oldest neighborhoods on the continent.
How to Get There
We booked for one night but almost immediately decided to extend our stay by another night. The atmosphere is amazing with excellent art everywhere (lobby, hallways and every room). The room itself was very clean and comfortable, and the staff (though very busy because the hotel was full at least one of the two nights) very friendly. We have stayed at several excellent hotels in Vieux Montreal but this is the one we'll be sure to return to.
We stayed for the weekend of 10/10-10/14 and cannot say enough about our entire trip! This was for my mom's 70's and my 40-something, along with my 13 year old daughter, we all had a blast and cannot wait to go back! The hotel staff were all amazing, very helpful, approachable and FRIENDLY!! Everything you could want in a staff, they had it!!! The Hotel was amazing, we wanted an experience of Old Montreal and they delivered! I love Victorian style and with a mix of eclectic art... we were so happy!! Ceilings were high, windows were huge! There is a mix of the old world and new. The espresso machine in the lobby was a family favorite too!!
Location was amazing, we were in rooms 212 and 215. We could see The Notre-Dame Basilica from out windows. Step outside the hotel walk around the corner and we were right in the heart of the city.
Thanks to everyone at the Hotel and in Old Montreal for making my mom's #IBEATCANCER celebratory trip a success!
OH and the horse drawn carriage tours are a must to see the city from the pros! So glad we did that as we were able to broaden our walking to the "heart of old Montreal" where all of the there more restaurants and vendors were.
We stayed for three nights at LHotel. The room was far larger than expected and the high ceilings and windows with a view were very much appreciated especially as we were traveling with two young children.
The maid service unfortunately left a little to be desired. When we arrived there was leftover food in the small refrigerator and a forgotten bag of toiletries shoved under the bed which appeared moldy. We also did not have any towels upon arrival. Just a bath mat. We alerted the front desk and asked it be cleaned while we were at dinner. The maid service refreshed the towels but didn't address those two bigger issues. When we called again to ask for the room to be cleaned, Camille from the front desk came and personally took care of the gross left-behinds from the previous occupant(s). Camille was wonderful to work with and she offered us complementary breakfast during our stay which was an unexpected, yet welcomed, surprise. The next day, the cleaning crew removed but did not replace the towels/bath mat. We had to call and ask for more again, while not a huge issue, it tends to make traveling with children difficult.
The hotel has a lobby bar which was a nice escape but I think one of the valets also doubled as bar tender which sometimes meant a long wait. The art on the walls added to the ambiance during the wait and the lobby was a pleasant, cozy space.
The hotel was close, but probably not close enough, to the Vieux-Port area for my youngest child (age 3) - he was usually quite tired by the end of the day and we still had a longer walk back to the hotel each time.
Despite the cleanliness issues at the begin the staff is all quite pleasant and helpful. The hotel room was much larger than expected and the hotel in general had nice ambiance. I would recommend it for couples or business trips but maybe not with younger children.