We were in Montreal after almost a decade, and things have certainly changed. We stayed three nights, and including our four-year old there was three of us on the trip.
For one, there is lots of construction going on. Not just the condo cranes, but also almost all of the overpasses and highways seem to be getting a facelift. The Charbonneau commission has created work for a lot of people!
The hotel is located very close to the main expressway into Montreal, and is very close to downtown. It is a 10 minute walk to the Old Port of Montreal and right behind the hotel is the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Lots of really nice restaurants are situated all around the old Port and worth exploring. Downtown Montreal and McGill University are a kilometre from the hotel.
If like us you are driving your own vehicle, the valet parking is very helpful. The hotel has its own underground garage, only accessible by valet, at $26/night (plus the obligatory taxes of course!). Compared to $22/ day across the street at Palais Congress, I found it very reasonable considering the personalized service. All the valets where very courteous, and personable. Our car always appeared within five minutes of asking for it.
The hotel is right across the Palais Congress (or the main convention centre in Montreal). That centre also houses the Place-des-Armes subway station. So the Metro is very accessible from the hotel.
The Check-in and Conceirge were efficient. One caution, only two floors have suits, and only one floor's suites have bathtubs in them. With our four-year old preference for a bathtub we discovered the error only on entering the room. But the front office was quick to allow us to move to another floor ( the 10th), which had a bathtub.
We had booked a suite, and while the front room was a bit tight the bedroom was a reasonable size. There was minimal noise from the rooms next door, though they seemed to also have kids in them.
There is not much of a view from the rooms, unless you really get into the higher floors. The Gazette restaurant in the lobby was good and efficient. Our only complaint there was lack of vegetarian choices in the menu, but hey this is Montreal!
We used room service on each night due to our son's bouts of hunger around 9pm and they were quite efficient and good.
The coolest feature of our son's trip was the swimming pool, which is hung (literally!) over the main lobby. While the pools are small and crowded they serve the kids needs. There was a lifeguard on duty when we were swimming, and towels were complimentary.
They also have hot and cold water pools right next to the main one. Probably not advisable for adults, except those wanting a jacuzzi.
The hotel also hosts business meetings and weddings, and that is when the lobby can get congested.
I would recommend this hotel for families with kids, of which there were a number always in the lobby.
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Merci beaucoup for your feedback, eye_banker. I am happy to read your family enjoyed the extra space of the Premium room. Please come back to visit once all the work in Montreal is completed, as it should result in the city being even more pleasant. Be well,
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