The stately Auberge du Vieux-Port offers a level of luxury that many try to copy, but few get right. Many rooms have expansive views of Vieux-Port and the St. Lawrence River, and the rooftop terrace provides an unobstructed panorama of both the waterfront and the old city—the perfect backdrop to enjoy a meal or sip a cocktail while drinking in the view. As with many upscale hotels in the Old City, here the owners celebrate the building’s centuries-old history by incorporating the original brick, stone, and exposed beams into the architecture, while providing tasteful contemporary touches, as evidenced by the sleek and modern bathrooms in all rooms. Beds are enveloping and sexy. Tip: The rooftop terrace is a perfect spot to enjoy a drink while watching the Montréal Fireworks Competition, which runs from late June through July. The owners also offer a selection of studio, 1-, and 2-bedroom loft style apartments not far from the ho[tel], ideal for families and long-term stays.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber