Montreal is known for her sassy collection of boutique hotels. And I’m often asked, “Which one should I book?” Since each one has a distinctive personality, it’s an important question, because where you check in can set the tone and pace of your ladies’ night out. Here’s a little cheat sheet to guide you in the right direction.
FOR THE NIGHTLIFE DIVA : Opus Hotel
Situated at the base of nocturnal hotspot Saint-Laurent Boulevard, the Opus Hotel also stands alone as its own party palace. Home of swish, all-white supperclub Koko and downstairs night club Suco, you and your gals will have more than enough places to party without ever having to step foot outside—a sure boon on those minus 30 winter nights. Rooms are painted in bright lollipop colours, so think sweet retreat.
In the area: The shops and bohemian cafes on francophone Saint-Denis Street.
FOR THE ART AFFICIONADO : Loews Hotel Vogue
The Old School decor of these sophisticated digs give guests a taste of Mad Men in the heart of downtown Montreal. Dark wood panelling, marble bathrooms, canopy beds and fireplaces set the scene for cosy gossip sessions. Fine art fans can walk to the Museum of Fine Art, as well as all the private galleries along Sherbrooke Street and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
In the area: Pois Penché, an elegant Art Deco brasserie plucked right out of Paris has red velvet seats and waiters that sport les tabliers, those long black aprons.
FOR THE HOCKEY FAN : Hotel Le Crystal
Ladies, we all know the real reasons for your hockey obsessions, namely the handsome young Price, Cammilieri, Lapierre… The oh-so-convenient and contemporary Hotel Le Crystal is merely a slap shot away from where the handsome Canadiens take to the ice. The downtown location is also a choice spot if you and your besties have tickets to one of the many concerts also showing at the Bell Centre.
In the area: Le Queue du Cheval, which is just down the street (very walkable in heels), is a popular spot for male bonding, including stag parties, thanks to the restaurant’s dry aged steaks and tony cigar lounge. And so, a prime spot for singles mingling.
Also: Main drag shopping on busy Sainte-Catherine Street West is just a couple blocks north.
FOR THE SEXY HISTORIAN : Hotel Nelligan
Saint-Paul Street is Old Montreal’s busiest thoroughfare, laid with picturesque cobblestones and lined with character buildings dating back to the early 1900s. So it’s not unusual that many of the rooms at the Nelligan have stonewalls and fireplaces. Live out your ultimate princess fantasies in swank, sophisticated surroundings—also enjoyed by Hollywood royalty Catherine Zeta Jones and hubby Michael Douglas.
In the area: Avant-garde fashionistas will want to check out Reborn just a short scenic stroll down the street. Amidst the mainly black stock, you’ll find hometown hot stuff Rad Hourani’s unisex collection.
Also: The Old Port, Cirque du Soleil, and Place Jacques Cartier
FOR THE URBAN HIPSTER : Hotel Saint-Paul
An icy alabaster fireplace at Le Saint-Paul provides a warm welcome into the design-conscious hotel. Very New York in style, you and your Sex and the City entourage will feel right at home in the tall, square rooms adorned with wooden shutters, Parisian flea market antiques and Gendron chocolates.
In the area: No need to roam very far. Downstairs Le Vauvert has one of the chicest happy hours in town. Then stick around for dinner and let an 80s electro DJ provide your evening soundtrack.
Also: Most of the popular supperclubs, like Garde Manger, L’Orignal, and Barroco.
FOR THE OLD WORLD ROMANTIC : Hotel Place d’Armes
Located on Saint-Jacques Street (Montreal’s version of Wall Street back in the day), Place d’Armes’ historic exterior is as beautiful as the people who flock to the rooftop terrasse in summer or the elegant ground floor bar on any other given night of the year. Luxury linens, high-tech amenities and ultra-modern washrooms (and the co-ed hammam at in-house Rainspa) make this a hotel an all-out pampering experience.
In the area: Visit the Notre Dame Basilica where fairy tale weddings took place like that of Montreal Diva herself, Celine Dion. Just outside you can hire a horse and carriage to tour you around one of the most picturesque areas in Canada.
Guest blogger : Patricia Gajo