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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Reconstruct the Past in Montreal

An hour away from JFK, the varied neighborhoods of the French-Canadian cultural capital are an architectural time machine going back over 300 years.


1. Where to Stay

Each room at the Hotel St. Paul (from 179 CAD) is decorated according to the hotel’s “earth, ice, fire, and sky” theme: Look for flowing tans, whites, reds, and blues. The in-house restaurant, Cube, throbs nightly with the city cognoscenti.

The friendly staff at Hotel Gault (from 199 CAD) seems to take your pleasure personally. Café au lait is delivered daily to your door, and bathroom floors are heated — intimate touches that help warm up the minimalist loft-style rooms.

The accommodations at the Le St-James (from 400 CAD) are only a few years old, but the former Merchants Bank building recalls legendary hotels like the Ritz in London, thanks to its grand lobby, high-tea service, Frette-bedecked beds, and amenities from Penhaligon's.

For better access to nightlife, book the Loews Hotel Vogue (179 CAD). Elegant but unfussy, the downtown hotel welcomes pets, is near the strip clubs, and has great bathrooms with televisions and oversize marble tubs.

Published on Nov 6, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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