The five-story building was built in 1886 by architect Victor Roy. Its first owner was a judge, the honourable Joseph-Amable Berthelot.
The frontispiece still shows, engraved in the stone, the "Berthelot 1886" stamp.
During this period, the building industry in the neighbourhood was booming. The architectural ensembles, of various inspirations, include the Notre-Dame Basilica (1829), the first post-office in the city (1845), City Hall (1878), the Bonsecours market (1847), not to mention the financial institutions, the old Montreal Stock Exchange and harbour front buildings.
With the Saint-Lawrence River as its natural frontier, the strikingly splendid area marks the city's prosperity and places it at the top of the list of the continent's most important cities. It also designates the city as a centre of growth in Canada.
To say that a hotel in the area was needed is a reality that has been noted for a few years, as the Old Montreal became more and more frequented by tourists and business peoples.
In Europe, the historic districts abound in small hotels and charming inns. Paris, Rome, London, Athens, Madrid etc., are teeming with houses full of history. Consumer's habits are changing and an increasing demand for authenticity and professional character is to be expected. The wants and needs of the travelers have become more specific. Everyone is a little tired of conventional hostelry, with its chain uniformity and lack of identity, seen as impersonal and rather cold. For a given level of comfort, our guests are increasingly sensitive to a specific setting, a unique and privileged environment. Our kind of accommodation and reception illustrate this concern perfectly.
Until recently, Old Montreal had only a few places available to accommodate visitors, among them the " Passants du Sans Soucy " inn, where reservations needed to be made months in advance. The area now takes pride in several little inns and hotels where the occupancy rate and reports of satisfaction are constantly increasing.
The Bonaparte Inn & Restaurant is one of the only establishments to offer a gastronomic restaurant within its walls.