Where I Like to Stay in Montréal

Updated March 19, 2023

There are many luxury hotels located in downtown Montréal that offer an excellent experience. Some of the top choices include Hotel Birks, Four Seasons, and Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. These 5-star properties are all located within Montreal’s Golden Square Mile. Each is surrounded by fabulous restaurants and shops. These Montréal hotels are also within walking distance of Mont-Royal Park, the McCord Museum, the Redpath Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Montréal is a very walkable city. It also has an easy-to-navigate Metro system. With metro stops conveniently located near each of these properties, the Old Port and other Montréal neighborhoods are easily accessible. Additionally, much of Montréal’s underground city is beneath these hotels. With 33km of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas, and tunnels, getting around in the colder months is easy. While exploring this cosmopolitan city, consider staying at one of these magnificent properties.

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

luxury hotels in downtown Montreal

For the ultimate in convenience, location, and luxury, try the freshly renovated Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It is one of the finest luxury hotels in downtown Montréal. Not only does it have a fabulous restaurant and bar, but it also has an urban market and coffee shop. Marché Artisans features local products in the grocery and the option to dine in or take out.

Artisans Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Montreal

Make a reservation for one of the new luxurious Fairmont Gold rooms. They all have access to an exclusive lounge on the top floor. Here you will experience panoramic views of the city while you enjoy breakfast in the morning or a cocktail in the afternoon.

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Gold Lounge

The Fairmont is adjacent to Montréal’s central train station. This makes it very easy to visit Quebec City, which is only a three-hour train ride away.

Hotel Birks

Another of Montréal 5 Star Hotels is the prestigious Hotel Birks. This boutique hotel has 132 elegantly designed rooms, all with extraordinarily high ceilings and large windows. The spacious bathrooms are fabulous, with massive showers and oversized soaking tubs.

The hotel is housed within one of Montréal’s most beloved landmarks, originally built in 1894 by legendary businessman Henry Birks. The world-famous Birks Jewelry Store is still located on the first floor. However, it has been reduced in size to accommodate the fantastic Restaurant Henri. Here you’ll find a menu filled with traditional and French brasserie cuisine made with seasonal Quebecois products. Dine here, or have a drink in their lounge, even if you don’t stay at the hotel.

Hotel Birks Montreal 5 star hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal

The new sophisticated Four Seasons Montreal is more than just a luxury hotel. It has a spa and wellness sanctuary, excellent dining and drinking options, as well as several private residences. Dine at MARCUS for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This not-so-traditional brasserie, located on the 3rd floor with an open terrace, has phenomenal food featuring plenty of local seafood. Conversely, come back in the evening when the MARCUS Lounge + Bar is open. It has become the place to see and be seen.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal Marcus

Luxury shopping couldn’t be any closer. Pop into Holt Renfrew Ogilvy which is conveniently located adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel. You can actually access right from their lobby. This new luxury megastore for women and men is where upscale fashion, beauty, and glamour come together in downtown Montréal. This high-end shop is home to brands such as Channel, Tiffany’s, La Mer and unique beauty products and experiences.

There are several other Montreal hotels downtown that I recommend as well. Check out a boutique hotel like Le Mount Stephen Hotel, Hotel le St-James, or the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal.

Disclosure: Complimentary accommodations were provided by Tourism Quebec and their partners. No other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

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  1. Dam, I wished I stayed here instead of a 2 star inn on the outskirts of the city, but I am looking back at ten years ago. However I do plan to come back to the city later this year for a concert and havent sorted out my accommodation yet. And this time I want to splash the cash. All these hotels look amazing but when I go to Canada, I tend to stay in Fairmont hotels and would want to stay in the one here. I think its probably because I am loyal to the brand and love the service I recieve.

    • Dana Freeman February 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm · · Reply

      We go up to Montreal for concerts at the Bell Center all the time. Get on the email newsletter lists for these properties. They often run specials so you never know you might be able to splurge for your trip.

  2. We did stay in a Fairmont Hotel a long time ago and really enjoyed our stay. The service and room were awesome. Today, we usually go to smaller settings like homestays. Once in a while, we like to savor fancy meals like French food and fresh seafood, so I could see us trying out Restaurant Henri and Marcus!

  3. Oh my word, these places all sound amazing!! Luxury hotels are not usually in my budget but I may have to make an exception for the Fairmont. I had tea at the one in Banff and it was such an incredible experience; I can only imagine actually getting to stay the night in one!

    • Have you signed up for Rakuten? They offer cash back (rebates) when you book directly with Fairmont or through any of their partners like Travelocity. It is an awesome way to save money.

  4. I never knew that Montreal had an underground city, but that would be very interesting to explore, especially in the winter months! All three hotels you mention look gorgeous, although something about the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth catches my eye. The idea of the exclusive lounge sounds enticing, and being right near the train station would also be convenient. I like the modern vibe, although I’d definitely want to check out and compare that to the traditional beauty of the Hotel Birks. I think I would have to check out Restaurant Henri even if I stayed somewhere else!

  5. I’ve never been to Montreal before but these hotels look amazing! I need to make a visit and check these out for my self. I love staying in great accommodations like these. The Marcus looks like such a cute place to have a meal. The ambiance looks fantastic. Bookmarking these recommendation for future reference!

    • Dana Freeman February 17, 2020 at 7:26 pm · · Reply

      I am so glad you found these suggestions helpful. Do let me know if you stay at one of these hotels in Montreal in the future.

  6. All these hotels sound divine. I’ve not stayed at any of them! I love how the Fairmont has a space for local products and artisans. A great way to snag souvenirs before heading home.

    • Dana Freeman June 17, 2020 at 3:53 pm · · Reply

      This Fairmont is so fantastic. It is in one of the best locations too for exploring Montreal.

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