Montreal Best Hotels – Hôtel Le Crystal

Stay at Hôtel Le Crystal for a night, a couple of days or weeks, and you may never want to leave again. In addition to being one of the most prestigious and best ranked hotels in Montreal, the five-star boutique hotel also happens to be the only one in town to offer an exterior hot tub open all year round, an interior heated pool, a fully equipped gym with brand new cardio and strength training equipment, as well as a sauna and a spa; all, on the 12th floor of the hotel, with the most magnificent view of Montreal. And as if this description was not dreamy enough to sell you on the idea of booking a stay there, La Coupole – Bistro Laurentien, which is the hotel’s high end restaurant, bar and lounge might just seal the deal. La Coupole – Bistro Laurentien offers an incredibly delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, exclusively using products from local artisans from all Quebec regions, in a drop dead gorgeous two-floor place.

 

Did I mention there is a Starbucks in the lobby? Oh well, there you go. You pretty much don’t even need to get out of the hotel. But if you did want to explore the beautiful city, as you should, Le Crystal’s location at the heart of downtown Montreal will be a great starting point.

Le Crystal is ideal for luxurious romantic escapes and family getaways. They possess 131 suites and five penthouses, all equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, two flat-screen televisions, separate living room and bathroom, custom luxury mattress with feather pillows, duvet and pillowtop mattress, contemporary kitchen space with dining table, mini-refrigerator, microwave, tableware, kettle, Nespresso machine, huge and openable windows, sofa beds (except in the penthouse suites), spacious bathrooms with walk-in rain shower, made in Quebec bathroom amenities and workspace.

We stayed in a Deluxe King Suite, with huge glass windows that offered a splendid view of the city, and a great terrace we would have throughly enjoyed had the weather been a little warmer. But believe it or not, we did brave the cold to have a drink on the terrace that night.

After the amazement of discovering our stunning suite, we realized the heater did not function properly as it was getting hotter by the second. We called the reception who immediately sent a technician and after a good hour of waiting for him to fix the problem, he said it would take longer so we decided to go try the hot tub.

The sun was about to set and the timing was perfect to release the stress of the week and relax in the whirlpool.

After an hour or so, we went back to our room; the heater was fixed and we got ready for dinner. I fell in love with the enormous crystal chandelier suspended on the restaurant’s ceiling and the just as impressive range of bottles of alcohol that are exposed in large glass shelves that cover both floors from the ceiling down to the ground. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and particularly liked seeing how the region of Quebec was being put forth, from the products used, to the menu elaboration that is inspired by traditional Quebec and First Nations’ dishes.

We adored everything we ordered.

 

For starters, we had a delicious beet salad, with duck and different types of beets, as well as sweetened hazelnuts (yum!) and rabbit terrine (how original!).

For the main course, we had exquisite raviolis and “the best beef filet ever“, as per my husband.

For dessert, I went for the blueberry millefeuille, while my husband picked this divine chocolate sweetness.

And we savored a great bottle of red wine picked by the sommelier.

The next morning, brunch took place on the second floor of the restaurant that was flooded by natural light, which I loved. We sat by a huge glass window, with a view on the terrace that must be an absolute dream to enjoy in the summertime. We had a marvelous continental breakfast but had the option to pick an à la carte brunch.

We truly loved our experience at Hôtel Le Crystal and highly recommend it. Here are more photos and a video.

Take a look at the video tour of the hotel and for more info, check their website.