For visitors who’ve “done” Old Montréal and want access to the Plateau’s buzz of everyday Montréal life, there is no better option. Primely located and well priced, this elegant hotel is expertly run by students who are learning the Province’s signature style of hospitality. Rooms are up to date, tidy, and spacious. There’s a work desk if needed, but better to throw open the curtains and catch a sunset from the 8th floor, ideally on a Mont Royal–facing terrace. Each stay includes breakfast in the student-run Restaurant de l'Institut, a fine choice for any meal, even amidst the plethora of neighborhood spots. During the school year there’s also dining at Salle Paul-Émile-Lévesque on the second floor. Parking is conveniently located below the hotel.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber