Best bets for romance in Montreal and a bit beyond

Rekindle your love life with a trip to a romantic hotel in Montreal. Couples benefit from romantic amenities and special rates at romantic hotels such as the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Montreal offers some of the most romantic hotels in Quebec including Auberge Boneparte. Take the time to enjoy each others' company and pamper your loved one with a relaxing stay at a romantic getaway hotel.

The suggestions here range from charming and romantic Bed and Breakfasts to full scale, full service hotels  - many in romantic locations like Old Montreal. Several of these accommodations offer romantic dining too and /or cozy romantic bars that are perfect for two. We've even listed a romantic lodge 90 minutes outside the city snuggled up against a mountain that provides four seasons of a relaxing and romantic getaway. Whichever of these unique accommodations you choose you can't go wrong when planning the perfect getaway just for the two of you.


The Gite Le Terra Nostra is located near Angrignon park in neighborhood of Verdun. This small and exclusive B and B has won several awards for its beautiful decor and impeccable service. Each of the three rooms has been designed around a specific continent. Stay in the Asia, Africa or Europe room and enjoy wooden floors, sunlit windows and private bathrooms with heated marble floors. Amenities include in-room refrigerators, therapeutic massage, hot drinks and gourmet gift baskets. This upscale bed-and-breakfast is in a 1927 home and a 3-minute walk from the banks of the Saint-Laurence River. Complimentary breakfast is served in the dining room. There's a living room and den with a modern bohemian ambiance. There's a feng shui garden and bikes to borrow. Free parking is available.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: It's a perfect romantic upscale getaway near a quiet park.

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Located directly across from the Palais des Congres and all of Vieux-Montreal's restaurants and nightspots this artsy, sophisticated hotel offers rooms with personality and flair. Decorated with photographs and prints by local artists, the spacious and well-lit rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown or Old Montreal. Bathrooms are sinfully luxurious with marble tubs and showers. Playful touches like the leather and suede bed fixtures and faux fur panels along the escalators add to the overall style of this award-winning hotel. There's also the cheeky Sarah B absinthe bar (named after the divine Sarah Bernhardt) where the "green fairy" elixir is served from a real absinthe fountain. Osco! serves up fine French provincial cuisine in a casually elegant setting. A footbridge linking the hotel's main building to the 18th Nordheimer Building, now part of the Centre de Commerce mondial de (Montreal World Trade Centre) adds to the architectural richness of this hotel. You'll also have access to the Underground City and subways.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Playful touches like the leather and suede bed fixtures and faux fur panels add to the love nest.

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The hotel comprises 154 ultra-comfortable rooms decorated with works of art by local artist Pascale Girardin. All 18 floors are bathed in natural light, set in a building made of aluminum panels and bricks recycled from old buildings in the neighborhood. Room amenity highlights include free wireless internet access, flat-screen televisions, work areas with ergonomic chairs, Keurig coffee machines, 100% Egyptian cotton bedding, goose down duvets and spa-style baths with glass showers. Versatile rooms feature a shower-bath combination. In an effort to create a strong tie to the hotel's surrounding community, the lobby is decorated with a mural depicting the city's citizens, markets, architecture and well-known icons. It spans three walls, and it's composed of nearly 1,200 colorful photographs, including those screened in real time on Instagram by 70 local amateur and professional photographers.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: It's a hip and upscale getaway for young romantics looking for city action.

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This contemporary boutique hotel is sleek and sophisticated with a dramatic exterior and interior. Outside is a combination of the 1914 art deco style with a new modern angular concert addition. Inside the lobby is an open space of concrete accented with stainless steel and splashes of bright colors. The rooms are equally minimalist and chic with modern furniture with a slight retro feel. The Koko terrace restaurant and bar is where young romantics head sip martinis. The hotel hosts plenty of fashion and art events and you'll be within walking distance of Just for Laughs Museum, the Latin Quarter as well as the shopping and nightlife along St-Laurent and the Plateau.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Great for young and hip couples who want a stylish romantic getaway.

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Located at the foot of Mont Orford and five minutes from the pretty town of Magog, the Auberge 4 Saisons offers a welcoming and romantic stay. Its warm ambience charms as does its decor and friendly, personalized service. The only lodge directly at the foot of the mountain, the Auberge 4 Saisons is also an easy gateway to a host of other sports and cultural activities and relaxation pursuits in the Eastern Townships. To round out the picture, you will also find on site a romantic bistro featuring nouveau cuisine and excellent views the ski hill, a relaxing spa and a grocery store that deals in fine goods for preparing food in your private suite.Fireplaces are available on the second and third floor common areas too. Due to its popularity,this property is set for a major expansion in 2016-17.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The truly romantic setting against a scenic mountain surrounded by trees provides a relaxing getaway.

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It's hard to believe there are 105 rooms and suites in the warm and friendly Hotel Nelligan sitting in the middle of Old Montreal. Exposed brick and beams, beautiful large windows - some with river views or overlooking the cobble-stone streets and electric or gas fireplaces and free internet are commonplace in the rooms. Top quality linens, antique furniture in dark stained wood and comfortable beds complete the perfect picture.The on-site Terrasse restaurant provides great lunch deals with decent wines and four excellent views over the neighbourhood and surrounding areas. Since the hotel honors the well-know Quebecois poet, Emile Nelligan; excerpts from his poems can be found all over the hotel that resides in a refurbished building on the edge of the river dating from 1850.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: excerpts from the poems of well-know Quebecois poet, Emile Nelligan can be found all over the hotel.

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Step off Old Montreal's cobblestoned Saint-Francoise-Xavier Street straight into this little boutique hotel.The best rooms in this 30 - room establishment are in the back as these overlook the Sulpicien Gardens and Notre Dame Basilica. Large baths (big enough for two) are a popular feature here while the rooftop terrace provides excellent views over Old Montreal. The tiny hotel bar is a friendly place to share a drink with the loyal restaurant patrons who come for the excellent free full breakfasts and free internet. Originally a three-room restaurant, Auberge Bonaparte is still a primary dining destination in Old Montreal. In winter visit the largest room complete with fireplace.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: In spring and summer, head to the greenhouse room (La Serre) to dine among the plants.

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What's not to like about free internet and nightly gifts of chocolate and bottled water all provided by a wonderful and caring staff? Staying at Le Place d'Armes is akin to staying at an upscale European apartment with a comfortable, relaxed feel. Located near the Notre-Dame Basilica, the three, 19th century Victorian buildings - former commercial ventures that comprise the hotel provide lofty rooms with high ceilings, stone or brick walls, granite and marble baths, fireplaces and hardwood floors. Popular on-site amenities include a Hammam steam bath as part of the spa, a rooftop terrace bar popular with the locals offering great views of Old Montreal and the excellent food at the brasserie 701. While mostly quiet, request a room off the main street if you are a light sleeper.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Staying at Le Place d'Armes is akin to staying at an upscale European apartment with a comfortable, relaxed feel.

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This is one of the city's most popular Bed and Breakfasts and for good reason. Tucked away in an early 1920s house, its renowned for its gorgeous decor and homey atmosphere. The main sitting areas are furnished with leather couches, gorgeous artworks and homey touches.The colorful rooms are filled with plants, cushions and more artworks. Deluxe suites have fireplaces and whirlpool baths. The rooms have decadently comfortable beds complete with luxury linens. There are complimentary cocktails, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and biscuits available at any time. It's also within walking distance of all the downtown attractions, including all the best shopping areas and romantic restaurants.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Cozy, comfortable classy and quiet: What else do you need for a romantic getaway?

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The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal is conveniently located above the main Via Rail train station or Gare Central for those who enjoy the romance of train travel.The hotel is also connected to the Underground City paths that pass through several shopping complexes. The downtown west location is a 20-minute stroll to Old Montreal or a quick bike ride on one of the new, complimentary BMX bicycles reserved for guest use. The indoor swimming pool is a welcome relief after a day exploring nearby sites such as Chinatown, Place des Arts and The Museum of Contemporary Art. This bustling hotel lobby is particularly busy in summer months but the staff are quick to respond to personal requests and the rooms are quiet and comfortable.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Queen Elizabeth is a classy venerable building sitting in the heart of Montreal.

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