After a 2013 renovation, the once antique lobby of this elegant, old-world hotel now greets guests with a more modern air. New “contemporary” guest rooms are fashionably sleek and slightly more expensive than their “traditional” counterparts (which are trim and functional, without the pizzazz). In addition, a new restaurant Chez Boulay bistro boréal has become a magnet for local and visiting foodies. This is one of the more luxurious hotel choices within walking distance of rue St-Jean bar and shopping scene. Another feature that sets this hotel apart: there’s a small indoor pool and an onsite, full-service spa that even serves kids and teens. Package options abound, and rebates are available for reserving 2 or more nights. Note that there’s a steep staircase from the front door to the lobby, although elevators make the trip to most guest rooms.