Above Belley Tavern, this modest hotel (built in 1842) attracts a cool crowd of young international travelers and storied hippies. The location is convenient; a stone's throw from the VIA train station, Marché du Vieux-Port, and the antiques district.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bar staff also handles hotel check-ins, so their service can be slow when there's a crowd.
Simple bordering on sparse, the hotel's eight rooms are clean and spacious with televisions, floating hardwood floors and desks. Bucking the hotel trend for all-white duvets, the bedspreads have various patterns. Original art hangs on the exposed brick walls.
There's free Wi-Fi and working air conditioning. Modest hotels usually don't have these perks.
Small and tidy, the bathroom features white pedestal sinks and showers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no tubs in the bathrooms.
You can't miss the reception desk. It's an enormous wooden barrel. The lobby is fun--part tavern, part welcome area, part art gallery.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's no elevator in this three story building, but someone is usually handy to help with luggage.
Breakfast is served downstairs in the tavern, for a reasonable fee. It's a modest meal--a continental affair to help ease hangovers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are plenty of lovely French patisseries nearby. Go out for your croissant and coffee.
Welcome to the Belly Tavern. It's on the main floor, spilling onto the sidewalk each summer when the terrace opens. The bar itself is made of ice bricks, the floor is tiled, and the tables are sturdy. Enjoy the pool table, corner nook, and the selection of local craft beer. Classic cocktails are available.
The parking is cheap, between $8 - $12 per day! If you're coming by public transit, the VIA Rail trains at Gare du Palais is only an 11-minute walk. From Hotel Belly, it's easy and safe to walk everywhere--even at night.
Chez Victor (5-minute walk) specializes in gourmet burgers (even gluten free options), hip decor, and a communal vibe. At Chez Rioux et Pettigrew (10-minute walk), a modern gastropub, guests enjoy a lively terrace and refined local market cuisine. Indoors, the thick stone walls and modern art make for a romantic setting.
You can't miss the Le Pub du Vieux Port's (10-minute walk) signature orange umbrellas (hello Christo!) on the terrace. Their pub grub is exceptional. The same can be said of Edward Pub & Restaurant (10-minute walk). It's a friendly hangout offering burgers, pizza & British pub grub, with more than 250 beer options.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Painted pale pink on the exterior, this cheerful hotel is a fun destination. We love the tavern downstairs, with its ice-brick bar, sidewalk terrace, and wooden seating. Built as a private house around 1842, the building has housed various taverns since 1868, but the current hotel opened in 1987. While some guests may not be impressed by the rooms' modest decor, this is a casual hotel that doesn't aspire to win design awards. It's selling point is the community of young travelers it attracts by word of mouth.