The best hotels
Montréal has no shortage of cafe, bar and restaurant terraces for having a drink in the summer. But have you ever considered going to a hotel bar or terrace? Whether you are looking for a casual-chic atmosphere or a cosy ambiance, many luxury establishments are open to the public. These are our top picks.
Hôtel William Gray
This charming Old Montréal hotel has a gorgeous terrace with an incredible view of the historic area. Enjoy the seamless blend of modern design and historical architecture, the thoughtfully selected mix of local artwork and contemporary furniture, and the extensive menu of refreshing cocktails and summer wines.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth – Nacarat
On the third floor of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel, Nacarat is the perfect place to kick off an evening with friends or colleagues. In the summer, the bar hosts a variety of special events, including evenings featuring famous DJs. The bar tenders are veritable artists at the top of their craft. The menu offers cocktails combining tart and spicy notes. Don’t be shy about asking the team of mixologists for recommendations. They can give you expert advice for a unique tasting experience!
Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile – Le Renoir Restaurant
Nestled in the heart of the Golden Mile, Le Renoir is the restaurant-bar at The Sofitel Montreal. Its beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking Sherbrooke Street is perfect for catching up with friends, relaxing after a day of work or enjoying a light meal. Inside, the ambiance is laid-back, and the food is divine. Their tapas-style fare and refreshing drinks will get your taste buds singing. Renoir restaurant received two “Toques” in the first edition of the prestigious French gastronomy guide Gault & Millau and the best rating out of all hotel restaurants in Montréal.
Four Seasons Hotel Montreal
The Four Seasons Hotel Montreal recently opened its doors in the heart of the Golden Square Mile to receive local and international guests in a series of lavish open-air spaces. Known as “The Social Square,” the third floor of the hotel includes a lobby, the Marcus restaurant and terrace, and two bars. Lunch, happy hour, business meetings, drinks with friends or dates with lovers: the venue is ideal for all occasions. As their names suggest, the Daybar and Nightbar are open at different times of day. But whatever the hour, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s delicious creations will delight you. When it comes to beverages, a selection of local beers as well as exclusive cocktails are available to quench your thirst. The huge terrace at Marcus restaurant is bound to be the hottest place in the city this summer. When the sun goes down, the lounge and bar will feature carefully selected musicians or DJs. You heard it here first!
A true luxury institution in Montréal since 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montréal offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The only hotel in Quebec with a prestigious Five Diamond Award, the establishment has its own restaurant, Maison Boulud. This luxurious restaurant-bar offers the finest French cuisine. In addition to the wine cellar with the best vintages in the city, you can enjoy the relaxed, sophisticated ambiance of the Champagne bar, the Dom Pérignon.
Le Mount Stephen – Bar George
Bar George at Le Mount Stephen Hotel has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the city. It is the perfect place for a gathering in luxurious and authentic surroundings. The hotel was originally the home of Sir George Stephen, a business tycoon who was president of both the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Pacific Railway. The menu is delicious and original. Chef Kevin Ramasawmy’s exquisite cuisine and the enticing cocktails crafted by the team of mixologists are sure to delight!
Text: Alexandre L’Hour