Situated on Montreal’s oldest street, first paved in 1672, the Nelligan opened as a hotel in 2002, but its well-preserved heritage building dates back to 1852 when, like many other old buildings in the Vieux Port, it did service as a warehouse. Much of the original brick and stonework still exist, but with a raft of modern luxuries and high-end amenities, including custom furniture from local carpenters Saint-Damase, and plush terrycloth robes. Guest rooms have a classically elegant vibe with eggshell walls, and warm stately dark woods juxtaposed with splashes of reds and earthy grays. Oversized windows make the rooms bright and the original exposed brick and stonework shine. Home to one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars throughout summer and a local-favorite live music spot, too, the Nelligan allows guests to meet and mingle with locals without even leaving the hotel.
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Funky St Paul’s street offers some of the very best of Montreal, from its stunning Notre Dame Basilica, many museums (the Pointe-à-Callière is an especially good place to start, as it explains Montreal’s fascinating and often bloody history), and excellent dining scene. One of the city’s most relaxing spots, though, is just around the corner at Bota Bota, a unique floating spa on a ferryboat docked in the Old Port.
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Rooms: 44 rooms, 59 suites, 2 penthouses. From $249. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Guests have three different choices. On the east side of the hotel, Verses restaurant serves contemporary, French-influenced, seasonal cuisine with an impressive global wine list with a French focus. The pub-style Méchant Boeuf has a raw bar and specializes in steaks and charcuterie plates, with live music and DJs Tuesday through Saturday. Open seasonally from May to September, the Terrasse Nelligan offers bistro-style food and drink and unspoiled panoramic Old Port views. Spa and gym details: There is no spa on-site, although the hotel can arrange in-room massages. The modern, compact fitness room has exposed brick walls and is open 24 hours daily.
Who’s it for: Mature couples and families seeking an Old Montreal experience. Throughout the week the hotel attracts a business and corporate crowd, thanks to its large meeting and conference spaces. Our favorite rooms: Room 501 is a pleasingly large one-bedroom penthouse suite with vivid orange brick walls, oversized windows, and a spacious balcony which, thanks to its vantage point, features one of the best views of the Old Port. Originally scheduled to be two rooms, room 412 ended up as just one, so it benefits from extra space, beautiful exposed brick walls, and a park view. Relax and recharge: Complimentary coffee and tea are offered all day in the hotel’s airy and peaceful atrium, which connects to its small library.