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Montréal is considered Canada’s capital of culture. It’s urban, edgy, and has that old world European flair North Americans love to explore. In Montréal you’ll find old cobblestone paths, impressive architecture, and a hip youth culture that fills the city with life. I’m from Toronto, but Montréal is one of my favourite cities. Given the opportunity to live there, I would move in a heartbeat. Until then I have to stick with brief visits to the City of Saints. Lucky for me, Montréal has seen a boom in stylish boutique hotels, thanks to its culture of art and design.

Here are six of the best boutique hotels in Montréal:

Le Petit Hotel

This stunning boutique hotel is in the heart of Old Montréal (the historic quarter of the city), and the hotel fits right in: the building was constructed in the 19th century. That said, the hotel has a completely contemporary interior with exposed brick, hardwood floors, and sleek black furniture. Petit means small in French, but this place isn’t cramped. It’s intimate, cozy, and wonderfully conceptualized.

Hotel St Paul

Hotel St Paul might be another boutique hotel in Old Montréal, but it isn’t just any hotel — it’s Canada’s first design hotel. St Paul has received numerous national and international accolades, including being voted one of Travel + Leisure’s best hotels in the world. It has a minimalist design, but maximum hospitality — staff are exceptionally welcoming in this relaxed, classy hotel.

Auberge du Vieux-Port

Auberge du Vieux-Port in Montréal is a trip back in time — to 1882, to be exact. They’ve kept features of the original building, including stone and brick walls. The Gaspar Tavern, housed in the timber-ceilinged cellar, is full of character and delicious gastropub fare. The inn is the perfect place to unwind, with whirlpool baths and views overlooking Montréal’s gorgeous port.

Hotel Gault

Luxurious, but never pretentious, this boutique hotel never ceases to amaze. Hotel Gault is housed in a five-storey building dating to 1871. The classic cast-iron pillars in the rez-de-chausée are wonderfully complemented by vintage and contemporary photographs lining the walls. The loft-style rooms are excellent, with floor-to-ceiling French windows opening up to a stunning view of the city below.

Hotel Chez Swann

If you want sexy without tawdry, Chez Swann is the place to go. Red curtains, spacious showers, high ceilings, and black hardwood floors are featured in this artsy hotel geared towards couples. The hotel sets the mood perfectly for romantic occasions and the staff prides themselves on having the best insider tips for a fun visit of the city. Docking stations for iPods, Egyptian cotton sheets, a gym, and LCD televisions round out the quality of boutique accommodation.

Hotel Kutuma

Located on the infamous Rue St Denis, the superbly decorated Hotel Kutuma shouldn’t be missed. They bring a little bit of East African flavour, not just to their in-house Ethiopian restaurant, but to the décor as well. Rich fabrics, dark tiles, and wooden furniture make for a moody atmosphere. The hotel is located nearby Mount Royal Park — perfect for heading to festivals or just seeing Montréal from a different vantage point.

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