- Best Historic Hotels: While devoid of external artifice (it looks pretty darn plain from the outside), Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, dating back to 1958, was one of North America's first hotels with escalators, central air-conditioning, and direct-dial phones in each room, as well as the site (room 1742) for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-in and recording of "Give Peace a Chance" in 1969. Its reception lobby still impresses. There is also Hostellerie Pierre du Calvet, which has historic cut-stone walls, swags of velvet and brocade, and tilting floors that Benjamin Franklin once trod upon. History buffs will also want to check out Auberge du Vieux-Port. Many bedrooms offer unobstructed views of the waterfront, and the basement boasts an unearthed section of the original ramparts wall dating to 1862.
- Best Hotels for a Romantic Getaway: The sunny atrium, cozy lobby, and luxurious amenities at Hôtel Nelligan—not to mention the cobblestoned streets and passing horse-drawn carriages outside—make this Old Montréal spot a choice retreat for couples.
- Best Designed Hotels: Hôtel St-Paul softens its austere lines with pale-cream walls, while the Hôtel Gault leaves its raw concrete uncovered and incorporates candy-colored furniture.
- Best Bet for Families: Rooms in the converted warehouse Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites provide ample space and everything needed for a home away from home, including en-suite kitchens. A pool and rooftop terrace are nice bonuses.
- Best Value: The decor at Hôtel Bonaparte is quintessential Old Montréal, and morning meals are large and served in the elegant Bonaparte restaurant.
- Best Splurge: The troops of staff at the wildly luxurious Hôtel Le St-James display grace and care when it comes to tending to their guests.
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