The Hotel St. Paul’s creative aesthetic shines from every corner. The Beaux-Arts building that the hotel occupies was built in 1908 and lovingly restored with a full renovation in 2015. The relaxed lobby space with its minimalist design offers plenty of spots to relax by the alabaster stone fireplace. Duck into the nook behind the fire to curl up in a more intimate, private space and read by the glow of the fire. Corridors and elevators are subtly lit, all the better to reveal the flooded-with-light guest rooms whose beige and white walls showcase the custom-made or antique furniture pieces that appear throughout the hotel. Pops of color come from scarlet and orange sofas and throws. Turndown comes with handmade chocolates, and each room has its own Keurig coffee machine.
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The Hotel St. Paul is located in Montreal’s popular Old Town area, just on the cusp of Downtown and the Old Port. Explore the iconic cobbled streets of Old Montreal, and step back in time and discover more about Canada’s history. Montreal is a mix of the old and the new. From the old part, head to see something new at Centre Phi, where the city’s creative types gather.
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Rooms: 95 rooms; 24 suites. From $159. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Head to Hambar, open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, for the city’s ultimate charcuterie experience with imported and house-made meaty delights and a globally inspired wine list. Spa and gym details: There’s no spa on-site, but the hotel partners with nearby award-winning spas Bota Bota and Scandinave. The compact, state-of-the-art gym is open 24 hours daily.
Who’s it for: Business travelers seeking a break from cookie-cutter chain hotels; European guests who feel at home in Montreal; and couples and solo travelers. Our favorite rooms: Room 1004, the Signature Queen on the 10th floor, is a little larger than the others, has high ceilings, and is flooded with natural light from oversized windows. Its canopy is made from a warm red and orange–toned fabric from Spain. The signature Black Suite has black walls with white antique French furniture and a billowing white canopy over the bed. The windows allow a great view of downtown. Good to know: The comfortable and ecofriendly beds at St. Paul are custom-made locally by Literie Laurier. The company uses soy-cooked foam in its mattresses (to cut down on petrochemicals) and a 100 percent natural latex material.