We recently spent a short but sweet (and cold) 48 hours in Montreal. It was my first time visiting what is now one of my favorite cities and first time to Canada. There was no real reason for going except finding a great last minute deal on flights ($183 from NYC) and itching to get out of NYC for a couple of days. Once the flights were booked, I spent some time scouring Pinterest for travel ideas – where to eat, stay and visit during the winter. That’s where I first came across the historical boutique hotel, Auberge du Vieux-Port located on the St Lawrence River in the heart of Old Montreal. After seeing the photos and location I knew we had to stay there. Auberge du Vieux-Port is full of charming details from wood beams to exposed brick and stone walls and also a fantastic restaurant, Taverne Gaspar. Both the hotel and restaurant staff were so friendly and made some fantastic suggestions on neighborhoods to visit and places to dine in the area.
I selected a cozy DELUXE KING room overlooking the river and snow covered paths. Our room had plenty of space to move around, a nice size closet, comfortable bed and pillows. The bathroom featured a nice large rain shower and Le Labo bath and shower products; which I love. The last photo shown above is of a room down the hall from us that we snuck a peak at. It is in the back of the hotel overlooking a quiet street and featured high ceilings and an antique iron bed.
I don’t always dine at hotel restaurants and tend to prefer neighborhood spots but after reading great things about Taverne Gaspar, we wanted to try it. During the month of January, they take part in prix-fixe dinner promotion along with a lot of other restaurants in Montreal. There were a lot of great options to choose from and at a great price. (Note: Other times of year they offer an A la Carte menu). We ordered different dishes so we could try several things starting off with French Onion soup that was the perfect proportions of bread and cheese with a well seasoned broth and the below beet carpaccio salad that was our absolute favorite dish of the night. The produce was fresh and crisp with a touch of Fleu de Sel. For our main course, I very much enjoyed the Moules Frites (Mussels & Fries) while Craig dined on slow cooked bbq ribs. We were a bit too full to each have dessert and instead opted for just one, the S’mores Cake; which we enjoyed later in our room.
Another perk of staying at the hotel was receiving complimentary breakfast each morning at Taverne Gaspar, and I don’t mean just tea/coffee and a blueberry muffin. We were able to select from almost the entire breakfast menu with a few of the more intricate dishes requiring an additional cost. From May – September, the hotel’s rooftop bar, Terrasse Sur l’Auberge, is open and features stunning views of the historic district and St Lawrence River. We will definitely be returning late spring to enjoy Montreal in warmer weather and a rooftop cocktail.
Merci Beaucoup to Maria for helping make our stay extra special!
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