Le Petit Hotel is housed in a former leather merchant’s building that dates back to 1867 and boasts original stonework arches and pillars at its entrance. Truly a “petit” hotel, its 28 rooms are spread across four floors and divided into S, M, L, and XL. Although it’s small, the hotel packs a stylish punch, mixing century-old exposed brickwork and stone with funky hardwood floors and modern-day luxuries—from free Wi-Fi and iPod docks to platform beds and multi-jet massage showers. In the guest rooms, splashes of bold, sunny orange and black accents create a contrast to the fresh white walls. Situated in the heart of Montreal’s fashionable Old Port area, guests are just steps from much of the city’s best shopping, dining, and art.
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Le Petit Hotel is situated on St Paul, the city’s oldest street, parts of which are still cobbled and date back to 1672. Some of Montreal’s best attractions lie at the hotel’s doorstep, including the fine Museum of Archaeology and History (the Pointe-à-Callière), the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica, and, of course, delicious Poutine at Le Gros Jambon.
Need to Know
Rooms: 28 rooms. From $229. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: No restaurant on site, but the lobby doubles as Le Petit Café, with excellent coffee, pastries, and bagels. Room service comes from the Hotel Nelligan’s Méchant Boeuf restaurant. Spa and gym details: The hotel does not have a spa or gym on-site, but guests have key-card access to sister property Hotel Nelligan’s 24-hour gym, two minutes away.
Who’s it for: Young couples and young families who want a retreat-like space, one that sits in the heart of everything. Our favorite rooms: The XL room 401 has a staircase directly in the center of the room, which acts as a divider and creates a kind of New York loft–style experience. The room’s oversized windows look straight out over St Paul. Room 301 is the only room with exposed brick and stonework on each wall, dating back more than 150 years. The city on two wheels: The hotel has two bikes it lends to guests at no charge. The neighborhood is very cyclist friendly and offers plenty of fun routes for exploring the Old Port.