Bonjour! I've just returned from a dreamy holiday away in Montréal.
(American Readers take note!: Montréal is a beautiful historic city in Quebec Canada with gorgeous architecture, great shopping + restaurants. ie. All the charm of Europe without the expense!
Added bonus: I think they have the best bagels in the world.)
Old Montreal looking so cozy + romantic at Christmas time.
One of the biggest reasons for the dreamiest of my trip
(in addition to my travelling companion bien sur!) was our hotel! We stayed at the Hotel Gault
in Old Montreal and I can't recommend it enough.
Hotel Gault Exterior - I loved this elegant corner door
The Gault is a boutique hotel housed in a former textile headquarters which was built in 1871.
The façade is considered "Second Empire-style"
(ie influenced by the buildings of Haussman's Paris) and features vertical pilasters carved into blue-gray limestone. It's a five storey building with only 30 loft suites making it truly "boutique". The first floor featured a restaurant, cafe and cozy library with a fireplace. The staff were very welcoming and always friendly + helpful.
Hotel Gault Exterior. Tres snowy!
The exterior of the building is in complete contrast to the very contemporary + beautifully designed interiors.
Our Room Night 1
Check out that wall - I never met an 19th century exposed brick wall I didn't like. :-)
Our Room next couple nights
- featuring: foyer, work area, to-die-for bathroom with mod tub + lux fixtures plus (not seen in photo) - tres comfy King bed, lots of custom closets and **2 beautiful french windows which opened up to the most dreamy view. **
The rooms were so big- they felt like little loft apartments rather than hotel rooms. SIGH.
(Don't hate me. :-)
Beautiful view from one of the french windows.
Very cozy interior with great filled chalkboards.
View from the Bar
Me on Rue des Artistes in Old Montreal
92 year old Founder Hymie Sckolnick holding a postcard of himself from 1942 (!)
Closeup of postcard. (Is that not the cutest?)
Place d'Armes + Notre Dame Basilica looking very special + Christmasy
Close up of Maisonneuve Monument in front of Notre Dame
Other highlights included:
- visit with Louis and Charles
- le Cartet on Mcgill St
- a visit to Pointe-à-Callière: Montreal's Museum of Archaeology + History
- very special Christmas dinner with sweet Zab
and a visit to Fairmount bagels
to stock up on sesame bagels for the drive home.
*Au revoir Montreal! Je t'aime.*