The three buildings that comprise the Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites are historical treasures dating from the late 19th century. Having housed at various times some of Canada’s finest business such as the Great Scottish Life Insurance Company (ca.1870) and the People’s Bank (ca. 1895), as well as Alexander Cross, one of Montreal’s top lawyers (ca. 1869), the group of buildings remain steeped in tradition, but have been cleverly joined and elegantly transformed into one Montreal’s most enchanting boutique hotels.
The hotel is recommended by Condé Nast Johansens and has been the recipient of numerous accolades, the most recent naming it the Travelers’ Choice 2009 award winner by the customer-driven TripAdvisor.com website.
The discreet lighting and contemporary black and travertine tile imbues the lobby with classic elegance. The design is clean, but not cold and the feel is stately rather than stodgy. A warm seating area featuring leather couches and cozy club chairs makes guests feel welcome, and the exposed brick wall is one of the many original architectural details that echo throughout the hotel, giving the visitor the feeling of traveling through time, with one foot in an historic past, and the other in a thoroughly modern present with all the latest luxuries.
The rooms are surprisingly spacious for a hotel in Old Montreal and are sumptuously decorated with well-thought out furnishings. The Junior Suites feature plush king-size beds with crisp white down comforters accented by luxurious chocolate brown faux-fur throws and crowned by burgundy leather headboards. Adding to the warmth is an electric fireplace and flat-screen TV. A free-standing pedestal tub is the focal point of the roomy bathroom, which also features a separate glass walk-in rain shower and granite tile.
The Executive Suite that we visited featured all of the above, plus an interesting added bonus: the master bedroom and master bath ensuite were separated from the living room area (which also features a pull-out bed) by a door, and there was an additional half-bath outside the master bedroom so additional guests would not have to parade through to the master bedroom. Ideal for entertaining!
Many rooms, especially those on the upper floors, offer spectacular views of Old Montreal, and most rooms have cozy original architectural details, such as exposed brick or stone. Amenities include Rainspa toiletries custom designed exclusively for the hotel. Rooms combine cozy and high-tech features including iPod docking stations, flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi and CD players. As well, guests may enjoy a complimentary afternoon cocktail in an inviting central lounge area.
For those visiting on business, the hotel offers exceptional meeting services with their five meeting rooms, featuring historically appropriate names such as the “Fortifications” and “Hochelaga” rooms. The spaces are filled with natural light and the hotel’s trademark exposed stone or brick walls, and meeting attendees will enjoy comfortable ergonomic chairs from which to view the rooms’ LCD screens.
For receptions, the St-Jacques ballroom (holds 100 people) is an intimate choice. For larger gatherings, the airy A & B ballrooms combine to accommodate up to 250 guests. A lounge area outside the ballrooms features a billiard table and comfy seating, as well as a flat-screen TV. Of note: the hotel holds a spectacular New Year’s Eve party, each year with a different theme and live band—it books quickly, so RSVP early!
Whether for business, pleasure, or a little of both, the Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites offers you unparalleled service and accommodations, right in the heart of Old Montreal.
Star rating: ☆☆☆☆
Address: 55 St. Jacques Street West, Old Montreal (QC), H2Y 3X2
Web site: http://www.hotelplacedarmes.com/index_en.php
On-site urban spa (“Rainspa”) with hammam
On-site lounge bar: Suite 701
Rooftop terrace (seasonal): Terrasse 701
On-site restaurant: Aix Cuisine du Terroir
On-site fitness center
Indoor valet parking available