The cotton trade. The church community. Philanthropy. If you look into the background of the eponymous Gaults, the history of this illustrious, wealthy legacy traces back to the 1800s, with most notably,Andrew Frederick Gault as one of the most famous faces of the family, as he was also known as the Cotton King of Canada. The Montreal greystone building that stands on the corner of Rue Saint-Helene also harks back to 1871, and is well preserved in all its architectural glory.
However - if you are assuming that the innards are just as baroque, think again!
Coined as a boutique hotel, Gault is not your average hotel where the lobby is positively bustling with lost tourists and tons of luggage bags. It is quiet, calm, and full of happy faces who are actually well-versed with the city and remember your name. Yes, it does exist! I loved the rock stars and celebrities that adorn the walls, which keep you occupied while you wait to be served. On the same level is also the restaurant and bar, where the quality has been exalted as one of the best in downtown Montreal.
I was given a tour by the kind Gault staff - Jean-Cédric and Kathleen, merci beaucoup! - and here are the highlights:
I fell in love with the Terrasse, so let's start with the best. Apart from the spacious room, in which you have a walkthrough wall in the bathroom as well as open terrace areas, I was particularly taken by this view.
Oh, and before I forget, might I also mention that the gorgeous designs of these room are by the one and only Knoll,Artifort and Herman Miller (you know, one part of the ergonomic sexy chairs you find in most of the most chic offices. Just google it and you would know what I mean).
The Terrasse also includes a kitchenette, so I was very happy to find that it is replete with all the gadgets needed - vital for a travelling vegan like me, or well, people with special meal requirements, or just anyone who would like to juice up a smoothie of their own once in a while during an extended stay.
And - did I mention that the bathrooms have heated floors? Toiletry disclosure - Molton Brown, yas.
I like the Apartment as well as it has its own quality - cosy, compact, and the designs here seem a lot more amplified in all its arrangements.
THE SUITE CORNER
Simple, more compact than the rest, this room has a good view of the Saint-Helene street, but personally, it was a little too simple for me. Depending on your budget of course, I would still say this is a good room to be had, but hey, compared to the two aforementioned rooms, I would rather save up and go for them for a most impactful stay.
Going back to the portraits on the wall that I mentioned earlier, I was told that the hotel loves working with artists and photographers, and along the corridors, you may just find some precious gems from up-and-coming talents. This one, and the ones found in the lobby, are all taken by local artists.
Hotel Gault, 449 Sainte-Hélène St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2K9, Canada