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As a francophone city, Montreal gleams with European flair. It’s no wonder the city is brimming with fabulous hotels. Whether you're looking for an iconic downtown mainstay or a trendy boutique place, you’ll certainly find it in La Belle Ville. Here are four of our favorites:
Hotel Le St. James is housed in a former bank built in 1870 and its stately lobby is a symphony of polished marble floors, chandeliers, dark wood paneling and objects d’art from the owner’s very own collection. The 60 guestrooms are equally stunning, featuring antique furnishings and artwork thoughtfully appointed to each individual room. You can indulge in the Molton Brown of London bath products and the Frette linens. Treat your taste buds to a meal in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s elegant restaurant, XO, which seamlessly blends the bank’s original rococo with streamlined modernist touches. This spot emphasizes local, largely organic ingredients and a top-notch wine cellar. And the service? Expect the charming young staff to treat you like royalty. For a hotel with a bit of history and glamour, select The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal, situated on the city’s Golden Square Mile. The luxury hotel was the first in the world to bear the Ritz-Carlton name, movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married there, and Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II have also been guests. A grand staircase and magical ballrooms grace the hotel, which recently underwent a $200 million makeover. Plus, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is centrally located for an easy walk to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, as well as other area galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Located just steps from Old Montreal’s centuries-old charm, Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites emphasizes new millennium modernism, a refreshing departure from the more traditional hotels in the area. With exposed brick and loft-like layouts, the guestrooms at Hotel Place D’Armes are urban yet comfortable. You’ll feel at home with the polished and professional service throughout the hotel. Plus, you’ll be in the prime location to explore the neighborhood, just minutes from the Old Port and surrounded by the fabulous architecture of Old Montreal. Named after celebrated Quebec poet Émile Nelligan, the boutique Hotel Nelligan wrings world-class comfort from the ancient stone and brickwork of Old Montreal. Located on Rue St. Paul, Hotel Nelligan is both an ideal base for exploring Montreal’s historic Old Port and a cozy reprieve from its crowded streets. Relax in the refined comfort of your brick-walled suite or enjoy complementary afternoon wine and cheese in the sunlit atrium, whose 150-year-old brick walls extend up five floors. The rooftop cocktail lounge, Verses Sky, is a popular hangout where you can mingle with local hipsters while enjoying an impressive view of Notre Dame Basilica. Don’t miss out on the two primo restaurants: Verses specializes in contemporary French and Quebecois cuisine, whereas Méchant Boeuf is more of a brasserie and steakhouse.