Handily situated two minutes from the subway, and at the junction of three of the city’s most popular tourist neighborhoods, the Hotel Place d’Armes makes for an easy, car-free vacation. Situated in a beautifully restored stone building with intricate gargoyles, pillars, and oversize arcade widows dating back to 1870, it was originally the Great Scottish Life Insurance Company building. The rather masculine formal lobby gives way to plenty of cozy nooks and inviting couches, with a pool table on offer for those who fancy a game. Guest rooms feature original, exposed brick and stone walls, and the earthy natural palette is brightened by deep-red leather chairs and couches. The Place d’Armes has an easy upgrade policy, so it’s worth asking for one upon check-in; most guests will get an upgrade on request, depending on availability. Throughout summer, the hotel’s rooftop Terrasse is one of the city’s most popular outdoor hot spots.
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Perfectly located at the crossroads of three of the city’s most popular neighborhoods—the Old Port, Downtown, and Chinatown—the Place d’Armes Hotel is right at the heart of the summertime tourist hub and surrounded by excellent shopping, restaurants, galleries, and bars. Festival Square is a short walk away and hosts dozens of special events year-round, but for a crazy time in the winter, watch how Montrealers take on the snow at the annual Igloofest, the ultimate outdoor winter music festival.
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Rooms: 80 rooms, 48 suites, 5 penthouses. From $249. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Suite 701, on the lobby level, serves French bistro–style cuisine with a killer Sunday brunch. Kyo Bar Japonais offers creative sushi (try the signature, strawberry-accented roll), izakaya plates, and 25 different sakes. Terrasse Place d’Armes is open throughout the summer season for lunch, dinner, and cocktails, with unspoiled views of Place d’Armes Square, the downtown core, and Old Montreal. Spa and gym details: The on-site Rainspa has 10 treatment rooms across two floors, its main attraction being an authentic Middle Eastern hammam. The compact, modern gym has 24-hour access.
Who’s it for: The Place d’Armes attracts a corporate and conference crowd throughout the week thanks to its 12 meeting rooms, one with space for 600. On weekends, a mixed bag of young families, couples, and singles book it for its easy access to attractions. Our favorite rooms: Room 1702, an executive suite spread across two floors, features a stunning view of Place d’Armes Square. Room 1707 occupies a corner, allowing more space and fabulous views along St. Urbain Street. Just one floor below the Terrasse, this is a prime position for summer. Indulge yourself: Hotel guests can score a $10 discount on the Rainspa’s hammam treatment.