I recently visited Montreal with my boyfriend Bo for a quick getaway. Our Porter flight was as good as ever, making for a quick and simple trip both ways. Flying Porter is actually life changing. No lines. No hassle. Nothing but great service and impeccably dressed flight attendants in pill box hats. It really makes a trip to Montreal as simple as a bus downtown. It takes me longer to drive to my parents house than it does to fly to Montreal and check into my hotel. Hmmmmm. haha.
One of the MAJOR highlights of our trip was our stay at Hotel William Gray. I love myself a good boutique hotel and have stayed at some great places like The Walper and The Ace– but I gotta’ say- Hotel William Gray really pulled out all of the stops and made us feel incredibly welcomed. I may even chalk it up as one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had yet. From the food to the decor, to the incredible customer service- I have nothing but great things to say about this hotel. Also, that yellow chair (!!!)
When we arrived in Montreal we were so happy that Hotel William Gray was able to let us check in early. Not only that, shortly after we checked in- we were surprised with fluffy pink pillows, chocolates, and a hand written card- welcoming us to the hotel. The customer service at Hotel William Gray was just as incredible as the furniture, and that is no short order. Glam velvet and brass poufs mixed with handsome structured mid century sofas, exposed concrete walls, and sleek brass wall sconces-this place will pull the heart strings of any design aficionado. Not to mention, the hotel is nestled right in the heart of Old Montreal making it the perfect place to both relax and getaway, but also close to all that Old Montreal has to offer.
There’s a first time for everything, and breakfast in bed, and room service was a first for Bo and I. We kicked back with a bit of luxury in the form of fresh bacon and eggs delivered to us in bed…with mimosas of course. *kisses fingers*
And if breakfast in bed wasn’t enough– Hotel William Gray also has a luxurious restaurant right inside its doors.
Down the hall past the “living room” you’ll find their in-house restaurant Maggie Oakes. Cozy, intimate, and decadent would be three words I would use to describe Maggie Oakes. A dimly lit, impeccably designed space with friendly service and a robust menu- Maggie Oakes is conveniently located right in Hotel William Gray. We were very fortunate to meet and chat with Chef Derek Bocking- we actually saw him visit a couple tables, which we thought was a very kind gesture.
Maggie Oakes menu boasts seasonal greens and local high quality meats. Serving every meal from breakfast to cocktail hour- there’s ample opportunity to pop in for a bite, or two during your stay!
For dinner we tried the pan seared salmon ”gravlax”. It was absolutely delicious. To be completely honest, we laughed all night because we finished our starter before the waitress could get pepper on top of it! (It was that good). When it came to ordering our mains, we decided to be a bit bold and we went for the Montérégie region duck breast. We also ordered a triple AAA steak and shared bites from each other’s plates. I was personally very surprised by the duck breast (as it’s possible I’m known to be a picky eater haha). It was spicy and very tasty! The steak was also melt-in-your-mouth- fantastic. (So sorry, the lighting was dark and I didn’t get any beauty shots of our meals, but trust us- they were amazing.)
If you’re looking for a quaint and lovely stay in Montreal I wholeheartedly recommend checking out Hotel William Gray. I’ll be sharing more about my trip with Porter and our wild encounter at Parc Omega soon. (It was SO awesome).
Until next trip!