Named after local 19th-century poet Émile Nelligan, this is the perfect compromise between the spaciousness of an upscale chain hotel and the chic decor and personalized service of a boutique property. Located in a series of converted 19th-century warehouses, the romantic 105-room Nelligan incorporates vintage style while maintaining the comforts and amenities of the 21st century. Amid all the brick and grey stone walls, dark wood, and leather furnishings, the rooms are comfortable and welcoming. The common spaces create a communal feel that will make you want to stay all day—certainly doable considering the many private corners for reading or enjoying a cocktail from the either the atrium bar or rooftop terrace. A breathtaking central atrium adorned with contemporary art provides a glimpse toward the glass ceiling several stories up, and many rooms have a window overlooking it. But be warned: chatter from the downstairs Verses Bar, which serves drinks and food into the evening, can create unwanted background noise in some rooms.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber