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Hotel Pierre Du Calvet

A Stay in the Oldest Hotel in Montreal

If you’re planning a trip to Montreal – and you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of old Montreal that exudes charm, history and warmth, look no further than Hôtel Pierre du Calvet. It’s the oldest private house in the city that offers accommodation.

"The outside of the Pierre Calvet Hotel"
The entrance to the Pierre Calvet Hotel is through the grey building on the left

The Hôtel Pierre du Calvet

Built in 1725, the hotel boasts fabulous stone walls some of which must be at least a foot thick, beamed ceilings and wood paneling. Despite its age, everything has been updated. Bathrooms are modern and WiFi is free and fast. Windows open – a real bonus in my mind, and the temperature is easily controlled with a thermostat.

My jaw literally dropped when I saw my room pictured below.

"My bedroom - complete with a gorgeous four poster bed"
My bedroom – complete with a gorgeous four poster bed
"A look at the rest of the hotel room"
A look at the rest of the hotel room

If you want to feel like a queen

I have never slept in a hotel room like this before. I’m normally a minimalist type of person but this room was so perfectly put together that I think I must change my criteria for hotel picking.

Sleeping in a canopy bed was a first for me as well. I felt a bit like a queen. Super comfortable with high thread count sheets, I could have spent the day lounging in it, surfacing only at meal times – but that never happened.

The room is decorated with antiques so you felt like you were staying in someone’s castle home and not a hotel room. There was a working desk with a proper light, a chaise for lounging if the bed wasn’t enough and lots of plugs so you didn’t have to rearrange furniture when trying to recharge electronics.

"More of the bedroom details at the Pierre Calvet Hotel"
More of the bedroom details

There are just 10 hotel rooms so there is an intimacy to the hotel. Any of the staff I met were warm and incredibly helpful – printing off maps and directions to local restaurants for example. Everyone I ran into spoke excellent English as well.

Breakfast is included and although it’s just average, the surroundings more than make up for it. Breakfast is taken in the dining room – which offers more jaw dropping antiques and a lovely, warm ambiance. I parked myself beside a window every morning so I could watch the action on the street outside.

Although I never ate dinner in the dining room, it is offered. The restaurant is called Les Filles du Roy (the King’s daughters). Look for a French inspired menu featuring local products sourced from some of Quebec’s small farmers.

"Breakfast is in the well appointed dining room"
Breakfast is in the well-appointed dining room

Other features of the hotel that I never took advantage include a small, intimate dining room – the Salon Beaupré, The Library, a place to sit with a drink before dinner or nose through their assortment of books; and The Victorian Greenhouse and Terrace, a bright airy room near the front desk where you can enjoy a cocktail and listen to the parrots squawk.

"The Victorian Greenhouse and Terrace"
The Victorian Greenhouse and Terrace
"parrot in the Victorian Greenhouse"
One of the many birds that live in the Victorian Greenhouse

The downside to the oldest hotel in Montreal

The downside of this hotel for some will be the lack of elevators. You do have to climb a flight of stairs so it wouldn’t be a great choice for disabled people. And you can hear some noise from the next door room though I wasn’t bothered by it.

I’d happily stay again in the Pierre du Calvet Hotel – for the ambiance, the friendliness and its fantastic location in Old Montreal. Plus its walking distance to a number of great restaurants as well – Les 400 Coups is 15 seconds away; Taverne Gaspar, BEVO Bar & Pizzeria and Le Bremner are just five minutes away.

Have you ever stayed at the Pierre Calvet  Hotel? Or do you have another favourite old Montreal hotel?

NOTE: As of December 2019 this hotel is permanently closed. What a shame.

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Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Oh my! This is something I would call excess! Or splendor. In any case it is surprising to find such a hotel in Montreal. Perhaps I haven’t been looking hard enough. So thanks for sharing it!

  2. I haven’t been to Montreal in many years, but would love to return and the Pierre Calvet Hotel would be a wonderful place to stay. The history, the setting, the decor — all creating such a unique experience. I’m sure that I’d feel like a queen, too. It would be a great romantic getaway, I think.

  3. Oh my God!! What an enchanting place, so full of rustic charm and gorgeous decor! How lucky you!! I need to stay here STAT!! Thank you for this wonderful introduction to the Hôtel Pierre du Calvet.

  4. Wow!!! We just stayed at a regular hotel in Montreal, not a fancy old hotel like that! I think we’ll reconsider where we stay in our next visit there and look into that hotel – it looks incredible! I love the Victorian Greenhouse, too!

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous, Leigh! I watched a travel show last year that featured a super popular restaurant in Montreal that I wanted to go to…and now the name escapes me! Argh. Anyhoo, I love 4 poster canopy beds…yep, being a guy and everything, I do. That’s great that there are only 10 rooms so the service can be top notch for the guests. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. @Mike Montreal has more restaurants per capita than anywhere in North America except for NYC. So there are lots of great choices. It was a wonderful room to stay in and I loved how much charterer it had.

  6. That room is so fabulous and stately that it does look like it’s inside a French castle. Wow. I’m not sure I would have been able to sleep. I would feel like a queen too. Lucky you, Leigh. If we ever make it to Montreal, I’d want to stay here too but I’m not sure how kid-friendly those rooms are. 🙂 Although, my kids would love that Victorian Greenhouse. Great review!

    1. @Mary I never felt like I was going to break anything in the room. Everything felt solid and the location is so great I think it would be a fun place to stay with kids. Plus they would love the birds in the Greenhouse.

  7. I love Montreal and the hotel room looks so over the top, yet wonderful. Amazing that they have tropical birds. Would love to stay there!

  8. How positively enchanting! Such history abounds throughout this place! This is absolutely the kind of experience I seek wherever I travel!! Thank you for a wonderful introduction to the Hôtel Pierre du Calvet.

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