The historic Old Port of Montreal, which dates back to the 1800s, is hugely fashionable—a hotbed of art galleries, trendy bars, and big-name restaurants such as Chez L'Épicier—with the Gault at the heart of it all. Minimalist design rules the day here, but with soft edges. Newly refurbished in 2015, all the rooms have warm, welcoming carpets, and each floor has its own color scheme including vivid reds and cool blues. Light from the vast French windows floods each of the spacious, open-plan rooms, and original architectural features are juxtaposed with ultra-modern Mondrian custom oak cabinetry, flat-screen LED televisions, and Blu-ray players.
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Montreal’s Old Port area has become a hub of galleries, buzzing bars, restaurants, and seemingly endless chic boutiques offering a variety of wonderful ways to spend your money. Stop by one of its best cafés, Olive and Gourmando, for a tasty shopping break. After hitting your credit limit, ponder more spiritual activities by admiring Montreal’s architecture, which showcases where the Old World collided with the New. One of its most beautiful examples is the stunning Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, whose site dates back to 1672, with the current building completed in 1843.
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Rooms: 12 rooms; 18 suites. From $229. Check-in: noon; check-out: 4 p.m. Dining options: The Gault restaurant is a minimalist modern dining space with red chairs and ceramic black tables. Its European-inspired table d’hotel lunch menu changes every two weeks. Breakfast and brunch is American diner–style. In-room dining is available 24 hours. Spa and gym details: No spa on the premises, but the Gault partners with the nearby, award-winning Scandinave spa, and there is a compact gym in the basement.
Who’s it for: Its boutique size makes it popular with groups who can book out the entire hotel. Corporate travelers are also fans thanks to the proximity of the nearby conference center. The Gault has a strong LGBT clientele. Our favorite rooms: Junior suite 370 has an original, exposed brick wall from the mid-1800s behind the bed, and the newly renovated bathroom boasts a heated floor. The top-floor Room 540, the Terrasse Gault, offers a spacious 740-square-foot suite with a kitchenette, living room, and private, sun-trapping dual-aspect terrace to look over downtown and watch the bustle of Old Montreal. Borrow a notebook: Ask at reception to sign out one of the complimentary iPads.