Montreal is named after Mount Royal, the three-peaked hill in the heart of the city. Cobblestone streets and grand old buildings signify the art and history embedded in the city. This island city is linked to the mainland by 15 bridges and a tunnel.
Montreal is among the largest French-speaking cities in the world. Though French is the first language of the city, English is also used by many. So, language shouldn’t be a barrier for you. Every year, Montreal also welcomes around 18,000 foreign students of more than 150 nationalities. No doubt it is among the best destinations for tertiary studies. Montreal also hosts a lot of international events and conferences.
Montreal has the highest number of restaurants (per person) in Canada. It also happens to be the 2nd highest in the continent, only after New York. Locals admire wine and it is seen in the quality of wine bars in the city. All in all, Montreal’s bustling nightlife shouldn’t come as a surprise at all.
Montreal also has a good number of attractions to visit. It only takes a short hike to reach the top of Mount Royal. You can enjoy breath-taking views of the city from the top. The Notre-Dame Basilica is almost two-centuries-old and has a very gothic architecture. You can the several art galleries – like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – to connect with the art and history of the city. The second-largest amusement park in Canada, La Ronde, is also in Montreal.
The extensive underground (and above ground) complex in and around Downtown Montreal are collectively referred to as Underground City. It covers about 32 km of tunnel spread over approximately 12 sq. km. area. This makes Underground City the largest underground complex in the world.
With lots of places and experiences on offer, your stay in the city deserves to be of the highest order. Here is the list of luxurious hotels in Montreal:
- Hotel Le Crystal
1100 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 0A1, Canada
Thanks to the black and glass exterior, the hotel resembles one huge crystal structure. Hence the name. Natural light brightens all the rooms because of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The big two-story lobby is the pièce de résistance. Glass walls, huge snowball-like chandeliers and a business area with an in-house Starbucks make the lobby stand out. Amenities like spa, gym, pool and restaurant all available in-house and are also quite good.
- Hotel Nelligan
106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z3, Canada
Named after renowned poet Émile Nelligan, Hotel Nelligan is a historic Greystone building located in a quiet neighborhood of Old Montreal. The exposed bricks inside the rooms exude classic charm. Fine dining options at the Verses Restaurant; a nearby bistro Méchant Boeuf (the poutine here is a must-have); and the Verses, a lavish bar – your palate is in for a treat! Terrace Nelligan, the rooftop patio adjoining the Verses, offers sensational views of the Old Port. Having a Sangria Claire while in the sun at the rooftop patio gives you a proper VIP feeling.
- Intercontinental Montreal
360 Saint-Antoine St W, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3X4, Canada
Part of the World Trade Centre Complex and connected to the Montreal Convention Centre, the InterContinental mainly attracts the corporate types. But vacationers can also fancy this hotel, as it is located quite close to Old Montreal. The indoor saltwater pool is an integral part of the impressive fitness center. The hotel’s very own restaurant & bar makes the InterContinental a self-sufficient hotel, but Maison Christian Faure, Olive + Gourmando, and Méchant Boeuf in the neighborhood are worth trying. A laid-back and great option, regardless of whether you’re there for a business meeting or a staycation.
- Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4A5, Canada
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth was the first hotel in the continent to feature modern technology like the direct-dial telephones, air-conditioning, and escalators when it was established in 1958. And with the $140 million renovations in 2016/17 has put it back in the swing of things. Just like the InterContinental, the Fairmont QE is an independent entity, thanks to a business hub, spa, fitness center, pool, café, restaurant, and cocktail bar, all available in-house.
- Le Mount Stephen
1440 Drummond St, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1V9, Canada
Set in a neoclassical mansion with a modern 11-story building with modern interiors, old compliments new at Le Mount Stephen. The modernistic rooms come with progressive amenities like Nespresso machines, chromotherapy showers, and heated floors. All this while it also features windows with stained glass, which is around three centuries old. The British-themed Bar George is extremely picturesque and worth filling up your Instagram with. Also, it is one of Canada’s three properties in the esteemed list of Leading Hotels of the World!
- W Montreal
901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal, QC H2Z 1R1, Canada
The word “party” is enough to describe the W. The lobby – equipped with a wall of rainbow lights, inbuilt couch, and the Wunderbar – is perfect for a Saturday night. Sound and echoes of the loud music played in the downstairs Wunderbar can be felt in the lower-level rooms. The W is just not for those looking forward to relaxing or formal meetings. The E.A.T. feels like a restaurant in an art gallery and the trendy ones will be smitten by it.
- Loews Hotel Vogue
1425 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z3, Canada
Loews Hotel Vigue is a great destination for fashion shopping, as it is a short walk away from top boutiques. Vogue posters can be seen on the walls of rooms. Which is not a surprise considering the name of the hotel. The posh lobby has a leather banquette at its heart and also features cute tub chairs. This hotel is extremely kid-friendly – one can ask for everything from strollers to Fisher-Price toys for their kids. The only downside of this hotel: neither a pool nor a spa is available inhouse. However, they do provide quality in-room spa services.
- Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile
1155 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal – Quebec, H3A 2N3 Montreal, CANADA
The floor-to-ceiling walls here gives strong opulent Californian vibes. There is an event space reserved for business or private events. Common areas have fresh air all the time and graced by vibrant art and lavish carpets. The on-site French restaurant has an outdoor terrace accessible in summer months. The fish-of-the-day here is the chef’s specialty, and the coffee is superb.
- Hotel Le St. James
355 St Jacques St, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9, Canada
The décor is full of art pieces collected from different parts of the world. A clear indication of the owners being art-collecting enthusiasts. The XO restaurant serves Italian-inspired cuisine with locally produced ingredients. Go over-the-top with wines only if you are willing to burn a hole in your pocket. The concierge is very prompt and will service any of your requests, you only need to ask. From the terraces of the rooftop suites, you can see arguably the best panoramic views of Montreal.
- Hotel Place d’Armes
55 St Jacques St, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1K9, Canada
Three luxurious classic buildings were unified to make this grand hotel. The antiquity of these buildings and the contemporary interiors complement each other quite well. You should detoxify at the 2,000 square feet Turkish hammam, the peculiarity of this hotel. The excellent concierge is a member of the prestigious Clef d’Or organization and is available 24×7. Kyo Bar Japonaise, regarded as the best Japanese restaurant in town, serves 25 varieties of Saki.
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