449 rue Ste-Hélène, Old Montréal, Montréal, QC, H2V 2K9
Price Range: $$$
Location: Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal)
A heritage boutique hotel with serious design chops, the Gault attracts movie stars—hello, Charlotte Rampling!—and style mavens, none of whom would ever guess it used to be a cotton factory in the 1800s. The paparazzi moments begin in the lobby: everyone wants to be photographed there perched on the yellow sectional couch by Francesco Binfaré. Above in the loft-style rooms, the design veers in different directions: some rooms have tile-and-concrete floors brightened by boldly patterned geometric rugs; others have sleek, blond-wood furnishings and contrasting rough-brick walls. All have CD and DVD players plus plasma televisions. Bathrooms have freestanding modern tubs and heated tile floors. In summer, ask for a room on the fifth floor, where there are private terraces. Original cast iron pillars highlight the building's past as a warehouse. Pros: Fodorites love the intimate vibe; iPads available to borrow at front desk; 24/7 room service; heated bathroom floors; DVDs to rent. Cons: a bit hard to find; $32 valet; no pool. www.hotelgault.com. 22 rooms, 8 suites. In-room: a/c, safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking, some pets allowed.
Credit Cards: Credit cards accepted
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