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Hotel Highlights

  • Riverfront setting
  • Loft-like rooms
  • Inviting gastro pub

Overview

Well-placed on St Paul Street and overlooking the St Lawrence River, historic Montreal and modern hospitality make bewitching bedfellows at the Auberge du Vieux-Port hotel. Nothing was overlooked in the renovation of this mid-1800s warehouse building loaded with period details like exposed beams, rough brick walls, wrought iron beds and original casement windows that you can fling open to survey the rolling river or cobblestoned streets below.  

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Auberge du Vieux-Port with us:

10 per cent off food and beverage at Taverne Gaspar

Facilities

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Auberge du Vieux-Port – Montreal – Canada

Need To Know

Rooms

45.

Check–out

12noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $201.09 (CA$219), excluding tax at 15 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 3.5% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a continental or a la carte breakfast at Taverne Gaspar.

Also

Revive after a day of museum hopping or boutique browsing with an in-room massage which can be arranged from neighbouring Rainspa.

At the hotel

24-hour concierge, laundry and dry cleaning, valet parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, CD player/radio, minibar, free WiFi, Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Premier rooms also have Nespresso coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms have exquisite details harkening to the building's mid-1800s warehouse days, but we can’t get enough of those wide-open water views on the Commune Street side of the hotel. Request a river facing room – like room 204 – a high-ceilinged and airy sanctuary that’s flooded with light.

Packing tips

Binoculars for spying ships floating down the Saint Lawrence from your river-view room or the rooftop bar.

Also

The hotel is completely non-smoking. There is no fitness centre at the hotel, but complimentary passes for a nearby gym are available.

Children

Welcome, but not catered to. Under 12s stay free, and cots and extra beds are $23 (CAD $25). The charge for an extra guest (over 13) is $47 (CAD $50) per night. Babysitting can be arranged in advance for a minimum of three hours at $14 (CAD $15) per hour

Pet‐friendly

No. Fido will have to stay home this trip.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Fashioned after a British gastro pub, Taverne Gaspar’s dining room – with its rough stone walls, tin ceilings and suspender-clad wait staff – has the look down. However, the comfort food focused menu moves beyond the expected fish and chips (on the menu and delicious, though). Dishes such as creamy macaroni and cheese, rich poutine and steak frites give this spot its distinctly French-Canadian accent.  

Hotel Bar

Pop by Taverne Gaspar year-round during dinner hours for a pint of Gasper lager or other local brews. Open late spring to early fall, the rooftop bar, Terrasse Sur l’Auberge, is a summer hot spot. Cool off with a signature Martini Bulles Glace, a bracing blend of Quebec ice cider, vodka and sparkling wine and nibble on locally-focused tapas such as Quebec duck foie gras and beef tartare.  

Last orders

Taverne Gaspar serves breakfast from 7:30am to 10:30am on weekdays and until 11:30pm on weekends. Drop in for dinner from 5pm to 10pm, Sunday to Wednesday, and the kitchen stays open until 12midnight on Thursday to Saturday. Terrasse Sur l’Auberge (open M

Room service

Room service is available from Taverne Gaspar and is based on their daily menu during breakfast and dinner hours when the restaurant is open.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Even if you don’t speak French, you can still look like a local by draping yourself in a cosmopolitan palette of sharp blacks and grey.

Top table

In the warmer months, the café tables on the river-facing patio are the ideal people-watching perch. Otherwise, settle in near the big bay windows at one of the simple tables with leather cushioned banquette seating.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

With its well-preserved cobblestone lanes and period architecture positioned right on the waterfront, Old Montreal is ideal for romantic hand-in-hand strolls. For some historical background, walk south down Commune Street along the river and make your way to Pointe-à-Callière, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History. The permanent exhibits focus on local history and archaeology, and you’ll discover temporary installations exploring history and heritage, culture and the arts. Meander north up Saint Paul to Le Marché Bonsecours considered one of Canada’s finest heritage buildings and now home to the Quebec Crafts Council. Shop for souvenirs at one of the boutiques featuring all Canadian-made wares, tour the handful of galleries and stop for a snack at one of the three restaurants. Beyond the neighbourhood, but well worth the metro ride, is a trip to the lively Jean-Talon Market, a green market that showcases the local bounty and several food stalls for a casual bite on-the-go.   

Local restaurants

Hip and homey, Olive & Gourmando, (+1 514 350 1083) is just right for lunch (local cheese plates, panini, bright salads) or an afternoon coffee and fresh-baked pastry. Just a five-minute walk away from the hotel, Verses restaurant (514-788-4000) in the Hotel Nelligan is known for French-inspired, elegantly prepared game (venison, partridge) paired with selections from the extensive wine list of bottles housed in their glass wine cellar. Make a reservation ahead of time for the trendy dinner club, Garde Manger (+1 514-678-5044), from celeb chef (he has his own cooking show) Chuck Hughes. The meat-heavy menu changes daily, although there are a few staples – seafood platters and lobster poutine – so bring your appetite and sense of adventure.
 

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Serene Saint Lawrence

Auberge du Vieux-Port

97, rue de la Commune Street Est, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1J1, Canada

As alluded to by the name, the Auberge du Vieux-Port hotel is located in Old Montreal, the city’s historic district, on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River.

Planes

Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau international Airport (YUL) is 21km or a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Direct and connecting flights are available from major US cities and the UK.

Trains

Opt for the scenic route and travel by train. Just 10 minutes from the hotel, Central Station (Gare Centrale) is the point of departure for Amtrak service from New York and VIA Rail Canada from Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto.

Automobiles

Taxis and public transportation options are both plentiful, so a car is not necessary if staying put in the city. However, valet parking is available for CAD$30 per night.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Montreal and unpacked their maple sugars and locally-designed duds, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/post…
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Auberge du Vieux-Port

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Montreal and unpacked their maple sugars and locally-designed duds, a full account of their luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Auberge du Vieux-Port in Montreal…

The clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages echoes down the cobblestone streets lined with pristinely preserved warehouses and buildings in Old Montreal, an enclave that was the first site of 17th-century French settlers and centuries worth of significant Canadian history that unfolded. Perfectly positioned along the St Lawrence River (which flows into the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean), this neighbourhood is long on natural beauty, too. More than just museums and landmark structures, a spate of chic boutiques, cutting-edge galleries and inventive restaurants keep this storied part of town current.

Auberge du Vieux-Port, a welcoming family-owned inn set in a revamped warehouse building, blends old-world charm with decidedly 21st-century style. Each of the loft-like rooms retain rustic details – exposed brick walls, banks of hinged windows and rough-hewn wood beams. Antique, wrought iron beds and furnishings are balanced with updates such as smooth, bamboo floors, glossy-tiled ensuites with rainfall showers and windows that make the most of bustling street or river vistas. And, like any good inn from another era, a friendly pub is conveniently located right downstairs. Taverne Garpar is inspired by a classic English Gastropub with French-Canadian flavour. Order a plate of Montreal-favourite poutine (a pile of French fries smothered in gravy and sprinkled with cheese curds) and pair it with a pint of house lager. You’ll be comforted by the fact that the more things change… the more they stay the same in Old Montreal.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Auberge du Vieux-Port's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked my beautiful, spacious room with plentiful natural light; huge modern bathroom; great location (though explore further afield); helpful and friendly staff; and delicious food.

Don’t expect

The breakfast terrace is right on the street so it seemed a little noisy.

Rating: 9/10 stars