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 had a B+ stay here. The hotel is in a great location, is quiet, clean, and has some nice, visually interesting art in the lobby and hallways. Desk staff was pleasant and helpful. Good sleep quality (bed / mattress good, room dark, quiet). The decor in the room didn't look like the pictures on their website, and was quite outdated, maybe even a little bit tacky. Bathroom was also clean and nice enough.
We strongly recommend walking a few blocks to Olive Et Gourmando (351 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal) for breakfast - absolutely fantastic bakery and coffee house in old town.
When it was time for us to leave, it took the parking valet 45+ minutes to find our car. We were told they lost it a little bit. Fortunately we weren't late for anything.
We spent a week with L'Hotel in August. We had a great time. The hotel is up-to-date, but retains it's old-world charm. The staff is amazing and so friendly and supportive. We had no issues with our stay. Very convenient location - easy to walk to major areas in Old Montreal and close to the Metro for extended trips. Parking is valet, which is convenient, but comes at a price. Overall a fantastic stay! We will be back!
Great place. Clean, lots to offer and central! Staff were all very friendly. House bar was expensive but didn’t cheap out on liquor. Art everywhere. Offers breakfast until 11. Coffee and water in room. Beds were comfortable.