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July 15th, 2011
Hotel Review: Auberge du Vieux-Port, Montreal, Canada

Romance is a ritual at the Auberge du Vieux-Port, an elegant and historic boutique hotel in Montreal’s colorful old quarter.

At first glance it is easy to understand why love is in the air. The setting is simply superb!

The 4 star hotel property is housed in a beautiful building dating back to 1882. The interior lobby is cozy and inviting. And, the outdoor bistro seating and rooftop terrace offer magnificent views of the the Old Port and St. Lawrence River. The Auberge is truly magical place. Old Montreal’s quaint cobblestone streets, world-class dining and fabulous shopping are part of the hotel’s special allure. Add in the sensual sound of free flowing French and a good bottle of wine… and you may mistakenly think you are in Paris or Burgundy.

Auberge du Vieux-Port’s rooms are a mix of rustic modern design and old world charm. No room is quite the same. There are walls of stone and exposed brick, wood beam ceiling accents, contemporary to classic decor and wonderfully expansive windows looking out to the riverfront.

Guests will love the convenience of Narcisse, a delightful bistro and wine bar adjacent to the lobby on the first floor of the hotel. Narcisse offers an intimate ambiance with a European flair. Enjoy a seasonal french dish and a fine wine in the dining room or opt for lighter fare with a touch of moonlight and stargazing on the terrace. You will not be disappointed with the stunning views, attentive service and delectable cuisine. In the morning, Narcisse emerges as a popular breakfast and brunch spot. But, be forewarned, weekends are notoriously busy during the summer months; try to snag a table outside before 9:30 a.m. or expect a long wait to be seated and served.

The Auberge du Vieux-Port is the perfect hideaway to rekindle the passion and rev up the romance in your relationship. And, the location is a top pick – all that Montreal has to offer is within easy reach. The city’s zest for living “joie de vivre” is contagious; seemingly, every day there is cause for a celebration or a festival. Whether you escape for a long weekend or extend your visit to revel in the ongoing festivities like the International Jazz Fest or the Formula 1 Grand Prix, treasured memories of renewed love await you.

Rooms:  45 Rooms (18 – are NEW – part of a recent expansion and renovation). Note: over half of the total rooms have a full or partial river view.

Rates: Seasonal. High Season (April to October) Average:$199 CAD/ Low Season(November to March) Average: $159

Amenities:

  • Flat Screen LCD TV
  • i-Pod Docking Station
  • Hypoallergenic Bedding
  • A/C
  • Hardwood or Bamboo Flooring
  • Mini-Bar
  • Desk
  • Multi-Jet Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron
  • Bath Products by RainSpa
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • 24 hour Front Desk
  • Concierge
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Welcome Drink

Hot Tip: The hotel operates a limited number of luxury lofts and apartments in the Old City. These are private accommodations nestled in historic buildings that offer a kitchen, dining area and in some cases, a full size living room. Given guests have full access to the hotel services 24/7 and the nightly rate works out to be generally much less than that of the hotel’s standard room rate – the Lofts du Vieux-Port are an exceptional value and sell out quickly.

When to Go: Year Round – but late October or early November is best to avoid the summer crowds.

Recommended Activities:

  • Explore the Quays of the Old Port – a riverfront recreational park with a vast array of outdoor activities, services and attractions. Be sure to check out the panoramic city view from atop the famous Clock Tower erected in 1922 to honor the hometown heroes who were lost during World War 1.
  • Visit Pointe-à-Callière – a national historic site and museum showcasing the city’s rich history through an authentic archeological tour underground and cutting-edge multimedia presentations. Do not miss the special exhibit that runs through October 16, 2011 – Wine and the Gauls – an amazing journey back through time to uncover the mysteries of the ancient wine road.
  • A Biking Adventure – follow the Lachine Canal cycling path along the river to Atwater Market – a bustling market with local farmers and vendors selling fresh fruits,vegetables, flowers, baked goods, cheeses and more! Bikes Rentals are automated and easy. Stations are all over the city and one just outside the hotel door. With the swipe of your credit card ($5 CAD flat fee for 1 day access and the first 30 minutes …and roughly $1.50 CAD for each 30 minutes thereafter) … you are well on your way to a fun outing costing just under $13 CAD roundtrip!
  • The best in Old Montreal artisan & boutique shopping can be found at the historic Bonsecours Market. Marché Bonsecours’ mission is to promote local artists and designers. You will find unique jewelry, knits, ceramics, blown glass, and Inuit art. Open 7 days a week and a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
  • Indulge in a little rest & relaxation after a long day of sightseeing with the ultimate Nordic spa experience. Scandinave Les Baines Vieux-Montreal promotes the ageless art of soothing sensory stimulation. This urban spa and bath house set in Old Montreal offers a therapeutic program that utilizes the healing powers of water and natural remedies – thermal and hydro-jet baths, cool rain showers and gentle waterfalls, eucalyptus infused steam, dry sauna heat and meditative de-stress techniques. Restore and revitalize for up to 3 hours for only $54 CAD. Swedish and Hot Stone Massage services are also available for an additional fee.
  • A evening carriage ride to the Notre-Dame Basilica to experience a dynamic sound and and light show tracing the history of this amazing architectural gem. The show is guaranteed to illuminate the mind and inspire the soul. Fast Fact: Music artist, Celine Dion chose the Basilica for her wedding day- all the more reason not to miss this must-see attraction.

For all your vacation planning needs, visit the Montreal Tourism online.




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