I tried out several hotels during my numerous trips to Montreal last winter and one that stood out among all of the rest was the famed Hotel Nelligan in Old Montreal. Conde Nast’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards ranked Hotel Nelligan in 3rd place for Canada and 1st place in Montreal. It’s a luxurious, boutique choice for those looking for something other than the typical chain. Named in honour of 19th century Quebecois poet, Émile Nelligan, Hotel Nelligan is located in the heart of Old Montreal and was essentially an $8.5 million restoration project built into the existing area of two historic 19th century structures. Somehow they were able to preserve the original stone and brick walls. They both surprise and charm.
I wasn’t expecting to see brick walls in our room, however it was incredibly homey and comforting. A real nice touch! We stayed in the the Deluxe Superior Room which offered two double beds. The bathrooms were quite chic and there is a nice, large spacious desk to work on.
The beds are lofty and luxurious with goose down comforters and pillows and the bathrooms have Frette bathrobes for your use. Other amenities include a CD player (with access to a CD library), 2 phones, an umbrella, in-room electronic safe and a stereo system.
The bathroom is quaint but up to date and the toiletries were quite nice.
Some of the rooms offer views to the interior courtyard atrium which is where continental breakfast is served in the morning. We indulged in room service the first morning, however the second day we tried out the continental breakfast which could very easily be one of the best continentals I’ve had. The croissants were prefect -warm, golden brown and crunchy. Other offerings included hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, juice, milk, cheese, yogourt, boiled eggs and more.
Verses Restaurant is located inside the hotel and offers contemporary French cuisine. It’s bright and airy, with windows that open into Saint-Paul Street. Very charming and a classy place to dine. The Verses Bar is located just off the restaurant and is surrounded by the hotel’s four-story atrium with running fountains and beautiful plants. Breathtaking space! The stone walls are covered in romantic verses of Emile Nelligan. The cocktails are wonderful (a nice choice after running around Montreal all day).
Another dining choice next door is the Mechant Boef Bar-Brasserie. This is more of a pub-style restaurant and although families could dine here, we opted for another spot just down the street. If however, you’re looking for a hot night spot – this is it.
Surrounded by history, art and beautiful decor, you are submersed in the history and romanticism that is Montreal. It’s not surprising that this hotel made TripAdvisor’s AAA Four Diamond Award as well as the 2005 and 2006 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Best Luxury Property in the World.
The Hotel Nelligan is a romantic and historic hotel that I would definitely recommend if you are visiting Montreal!