One of the first of Montreal's high rises, the Canadian Express building built in 1900 by architect Alexander Hutchinson, now houses one of the cities best boutique hotels, the Hotel St. Paul. Perched on the border of the Old Port and a stone throw away from downtown, this hotel contrasts its stunning beaux arts facade with utterly modern interior design, and makes a great option for a romantic weekend retreat or cool getaway with friends.
Opened in 2001, the St. Paul showcases 140 rooms including 24 suites with modern decor inspired by the elements; the "earth" rooms are furnished with solid, grounded pieces, while the "sky" rooms feature soft draping and minimalist accents to create an airy, ethereal effect (think Delano Miami). While I find the regular rooms to be a bit stark compared to the well endowed suites, the high ceilings and large windows throughout make up for it with great views of the cities skyline to the north and the picturesque Historic district in the southeast backdrop.
If you walk down rue McGill in this lively and up-and-coming neighbourhood, you'll see that the St. Paul could not be better situated; it is steps away from some great restaurants (Olive and Gourmando, le Cartet, Da Emma, Barroco), walking distance from downtown, and housed at the base of the postcard worthy Rue St. Paul, the principal street that winds romantically right into the heart of Old Montreal.
Rates from $170/night.
Hotel St. Paul | 355 McGill Street | Montreal, QC H2Y 2E8 |