If you’re planning a trip to Montreal – and you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of old Montreal that exudes charm, history and warmth, look no further than Hôtel Pierre du Calvet. It’s the oldest private house in the city that offers accommodation.
Built in 1725, the hotel boasts fabulous stone walls some of which must be at least a foot thick, beamed ceilings and wood paneling. Despite its age, everything has been updated. Bathrooms are modern and WiFi is free and fast. Windows open – a real bonus in my mind, and the temperature is easily controlled with a thermostat.
My jaw literally dropped when I saw my room pictured below.
I have never slept in a hotel room like this before. I’m normally a minimalist type of person but this room was so perfectly put together that I think I must change my criteria for hotel picking.
Sleeping in a canopy bed was a first for me as well. I felt a bit like a queen. Super comfortable with high thread count sheets, I could have spent the day lounging in it, surfacing only at meal times – but that never happened.
The room is decorated with antiques so you felt like you were staying in someone’s
castle home and not a hotel room. There was a working desk with a proper light, a chaise for lounging if the bed wasn’t enough and lots of plugs so you didn’t have to rearrange furniture when trying to recharge electronics.
There are just 10 hotel rooms so there is an intimacy to the hotel. Any of the staff I met were warm and incredibly helpful – printing off maps and directions to local restaurants for example. Everyone I ran into spoke excellent English as well.
Breakfast is included and although it’s just average, the surroundings more than make up for it. Breakfast is taken in the dining room – which offers more jaw dropping antiques and a lovely, warm ambiance. I parked myself beside a window every morning so I could watch the action on the street outside.
Although I never ate dinner in the dining room, it is offered. The restaurant is called Les Filles du Roy (the King’s daughters). Look for a French inspired menu featuring local products sourced from some of Quebec’s small farmers.
Other features of the hotel that I never took advantage include a small, intimate dining room – the Salon Beaupré, The Library, a place to sit with a drink before dinner or nose through their assortment of books; and The Victorian Greenhouse and Terrace, a bright airy room near the front desk where you can enjoy a cocktail and listen to the parrots squawk.
The downside of this hotel for some will be the lack of elevators. You do have to climb a flight of stairs so it wouldn’t be a great choice for disabled people. And you can hear some noise from the next door room though I wasn’t bothered by it.
I’d happily stay again in the Pierre du Calvet Hotel – for the ambiance, the friendliness and its fantastic location in Old Montreal. Plus its walking distance to a number of great restaurants as well – Les 400 Coups is 15 seconds away; Taverne Gaspar, BEVO Bar & Pizzeria and Le Bremner are just five minutes away.
Have you ever stayed at the Pierre Calvet Hotel? Or do you have another favourite old Montreal hotel?
Disclosure: I was a guest of Tourism Montreal. I’d happily go back and stay at the Pierre Calvet again. All thoughts and opinions as always are my own.