Our room was on the second floor with a living area and quite modern bathroom. It had canopied mahogany bed, antique wooden floors and furnishings, exposed fieldstone and wood panel walls, fireplace and, just in case you get the feeling you’re lost in an 19th-century time warp, access to Wi-Fi and a flat-screen television. The hotel also had few communal living areas, such as the library, cool victorian greenhouse kind of lobby with a tiny bar and live, exotic birds(!). They also had a beautiful restaurant where you could enjoy breakfast and dinner.
The first night, when we finally arrived to Montreal, things didn’t go exactly the way we had planned. Once we picked up the keys to our apartment and walked in, we noticed that it had not been cleaned. So we had to find a place to stay for the night. Remind you that this was at 11.30pm. We googled places in Old Montreal and found the most charming little mansion-like hotel just few blocks away from where we were and booked it.
The hostelry Pierre du Calvet, built in 1725, is an ancestral family mansion. It is as well the oldest historical house open for public accommodations in Montreal. Located in this little street right next to a beautiful church it is also close to Rue Saint Paul where most restaurants and shops are. I read few reviews before I booked it and what sold me to it were the ghost stories. You know I love connecting with spirits. 🙂
And believe it or not, at around 7am in the morning, the ghost appeared. It was completely dark in our room and I felt someone grabbing my arm gently and just holding it. I felt the presence and started to panic, but was unable to move, scream or open my eyes, no matter how hard I tried. I’m not sure how much time passed, but eventually I was able to kick with my foot, open my eyes and get up and asked my husband to turn on the TV so that there would be some light in the room. I was pretty shaken up for a while after that, but forced myself back to sleep, because I truly needed some more sleep. Meditation actually helped a lot. My new favorite is the simplest one where you say “let” when you breathe in and “go” when you breathe out. Works every time when I get stressed, anxious or frustrated.
So that’s that ghost story, from the books of many, and I truly recommend this hotel when visiting Montreal. It’s like stepping back in time. I hear even Brad Pitt stayed here when he was shooting Benjamin Button.
“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld