Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Auberge de Vieux-Port

Montreal was founded in 1642 along the St. Lawrence River, in the part of town now known as Old Montreal. The area remains the most charming place to stay in the city. Expect old-world charm with its cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings, such as the Notre Dame Basilica. In addition, you’ll find some of the best dining and shopping in this part of the city. The hotel options in Old Montreal tend toward boutique, luxury hotels. They are often housed in old warehouses but remade with elegant décor. Here are five great hotels in Old Montreal, each with its own appeal.

Hotel Nelligan (106 Saint-Paul St. W; 514-788-2040) Old Montreal

A trio of erstwhile 19th century warehouses transformed into this 105-room hotel. Rooms offer exposed-brick coziness as well as elegant furnishings. “This is a gold-standard hotel in an amazing location,” says Condé Nast Traveler, “set on one of the city’s best shopping streets in the middle of Old Montreal.” Google reviewers love the location, “near some of the best shopping/coffee/speak-easies too,” says one. Another points out the “the view of the busy streets was entertaining!” The hotel also has some renowned restaurants, including the aged beef at Méchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie and the Verses Bistro.  >> Book this hotel for less

Hotel Place d’Armes (55 Rue Saint-Jacques Ouest; 514-842-1887) Old Montreal

Of the hotels in Old Montreal, this 169-room charmer offers a classic Old Montreal getaway. It’s located across from the Notre Dame Basilica and also a short walk to the Old Port area. “Three lavish neoclassical buildings were merged to create Old Montréal’s largest boutique hotel,” says Fodor’s, “pleasing jet-setters and business execs alike with rooms that combine old-fashioned grandeur with sleek, modern furnishings.” Perks inside include gas fireplaces, an elegant rooftop bar, and some user-friendly tech. “Lovely historic hotel,” says a Google reviewer, whose only complaint was the $35 on-site parking fee. “Another plus is the TVs are equipped with Google Chromecast which makes streaming very easy.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Hotel Gault (449 Rue Ste Hélène.; 514-904-1616) Old Montreal

The 30-suite hotel—including lofts and even apartments with kitchens—is housed in an 18th century carpet factory. “It features exposed brick and stone walls outside but is chic and contemporary, offering all the modern conveniences on the inside,” says Forbes. Some travelers point out that it’s not in the heart of Old Montreal—but that may not be a bad thing. “The location was perfect! It’s not near the nightlife, on a quiet street, yet was walkable to every restaurant and attraction we took part in Old Montreal,” says a Tripadvisor user. “We loved the loft room with its French windows that opened to the street below.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Auberge du Vieux-Port (97 Rue de la Commune E.; 888-660-7678) Old Montreal

Located in a 19th-century warehouse right along the St. Lawrence River, the 45-room Auberge du Vieux-Port is an Old Montreal find loaded with views and ambience. “The decor has a loft vibe, thanks to the bamboo floor, exposed brick or stone wall, and large windows,” says Condé Nast Traveler. In addition, reviewers love the central location. “Rooms are thoughtfully prepared with lovely touches of a high quality boutique hotel,” says a Tripadvisor user. “Rooftop terrace lounge has a spectacular view. Our room faced the water with windows that open, to allow you can take in the vibe of the city.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Hôtel William Gray (421 R. Saint-Vincent; 514-656-5600) Old Montreal

The two buildings that comprise this 127-room boutique hotel are from the 18th century. But the interior is all contemporary. “Walk in to find the most stylish temporary home you could ever imagine,” says Condé Nast Traveler, with its “lobby with exposed concrete beams, tall barn-wood tables, and a smattering of guests pitter-pattering away on laptops.” In addition, the hotel gets raves for its onsite spa, and its rooftop lounge with sweeping city views. “Between narrow streets and beautiful architecture, this is an old world bed and breakfast with new world amenities,” says a Tripadvisor user.  >> Book this hotel for less