If you are looking for an elegant, upscale boutique hotel located in Old Montreal Quebec, then look no further than the Hotel William Gray.
Frequented by the rich and famous, Lady Gaga stayed here the week after we did when she performed in Montreal; the location is convenient for travellers with its front entrance and lobby one block west of Place Jacques-Cartier — the heart of Old Montreal.
The Hotel William Gray is built within two historic 18th-century buildings — the Maison Edward-William Gray and the Maison Cherrier — the exterior is a mix of old stone, glass and steel. The inside of the property is contemporary with a bright sunlight filled multi-functional “living room” atrium consisting of library/work area/lounge area. Furnishings are artfully designed to inspire you to get a little work done during the day or to help you relax in the evening with some billiards and a few cocktails.
On the first floor of the hotel there is also a clothing store (OTH Boutique), and a coffee shop (Café Olimpico) — a great place to sit for a morning cappuccino and cannoli or an afternoon gelato. There is also a green courtyard, fitness centre, luxury spa, and outdoor pool.
Our Boutique Hotel in Old Montreal at the Hotel William Gray – Suite 506
Neutral grey furnishings, chrome accents, cement walls and flooring, are provided with some warmth by natural wood and modern artwork all give the suites a modern contemporary feeling.
Hotel William Gray offers the following room amenities:
– Down comforters and pillows, 100% cotton luxurious linens
– Nespresso coffee maker
– Complimentary bottled water
– Minibar fridge
– Multi-jet rain shower
– Le Labo toiletries
– Hairdryer lighted magnifying mirror
– Robes and slippers
– Free Wi-Fi
– 49″ flat screen HDTV
– USB charging ports and power sockets by the bed
– Complimentary digital media library
– Interactive doorbell
– In-room safe
– Iron/ironing board
– Humidifier, kettle available upon request
The Hotel William Gray only offers king bed suites, and since I was travelling with a friend, I took to the sofa bed. We both slept well with comfortable bedding and high-end linens.
My only disappointment with our suite was that hotel staff didn’t collapse and remake the sofa bed each day/night and left it set up as a bed our entire stay. Not having a sofa to sit on left us with only the table and chairs or the bed if we wanted just to sit and talk. It also meant that the coffee table was sitting in the middle of the room the entire time. I suppose we could have requested otherwise, but I honestly would have thought it would be natural that they make up the bed into a sofa in the morning and at turndown in the evening that they would make the couch back into a bed.
Since it was a weekend stay, we did hear noise from the people on the street and the thumping of the bass from the music coming from the rooftop terrace bar.
The Hotel William Gray rooftop terrace bar is lovely and quiet during the day but, it does get very busy at night. Hotel guests get priority seating, and it’s well worth the visit for the incredible view of Place Jacques-Cartier.
The rooftop terrace bar is open to the public and patrons of the bar use the same elevator as hotel guests use to get to their room. You need to swipe your hotel room key on the security pad inside the elevator to access the floor to your suite so, exercise caution if you aren’t alone in the elevator to ensure no one follows you off the elevator.
Another thing to note is that if the rooftop bar is full, patrons wait in the Hotel William Gray atrium lounge for availability.
Fine dining at Maggie Oakes
We dined at the Maggie Oakes, Hotel William Gray’s upmarket grill restaurant, for breakfast and dinner. Accessible via the hotel, Maggie Oaks (named after the wife of William Gray) also has a main entrance on Place Jacques-Cartier. I especially loved the living micro-green garden accent wall — both beautiful to look at and practical — we watched one of the chefs gathering herbs one morning during our breakfast. A relaxed, comfortable setting for any meal, we experienced excellent food and service at Maggie Oakes.
Read the complete restaurant review:
– Maggie Oakes Brasserie in Old Montreal Quebec – An Upmarket Grill.
An upscale, elegant boutique hotel stay at the Hotel William Gray is perfect for a weekend visit to Old Montreal Quebec whether you are travelling for business or for pleasure.
Hotel William Gray
421 Rue Saint Vincent, Montréal, QC H2Y 3A6
Read more reviews of The William Gray on TripAdvisor.
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