This is the first hotel that made me feel like I came home every evening. It's a boutique hotel in a 19th-century building and I believe it goes up to 3 floors. I stayed on the second floor, which you could access via elevator or an open stairwell that welcomed you as soon as you entered the hotel. Hence, rather than ploughing through a large hotel's typical big lobby, waiting for an elevator, walking long hallways to your room, Le Petit Hotel felt like so comfortable, like home. Walk in, go right up the stairs to the second floor and there you are. Each floor had perhaps 10 rooms or so? I didn't count, but maybe less. There weren't that many.
The people who worked the front desk were lovely. Joelle oriented us using a map of Montreal and she was terrific in explaining directions and suggesting places for us to see. Chris was very cool and pleasant, and we saw him every morning as he offered us espressos and orange juice. Breakfast is included during your stay here and it was delicious! If you love French-style pastries, you will be happy. There was regular coffee ("filtered" coffee, as they say there), hot tea, pains au chocolat, croissants, different kinds of hearty sliced breads, muffins, and honey/jam. There was also yogurt and different cereals/grains.
The room was very comfortable and designed in a cool, modern way. Hardwood floors. Very, very, very comfortable bed (we slept very well!). TV lineup offered local Quebec channels, a TV5 channel, some American cable channels (CNN, ESPN), as well as local television from Vermont.
The walk to/from the metro (Place d'Armes) isn't exactly short, but it's convenient, and I could see it being a lovely, pleasant walk when the weather is nice. For us, it was 10 degrees during the afternoon, so the walk felt longer due to the cold. Old Montreal is outside of the hustle/bustle of the more downtown spots so when you come back 'home' to Place d'Armes metro, it's nice and quiet, and peaceful.
Also, the location of the hotel was convenient. There is a convenience store right across the little rue for you to grab sundries, and there are nice eateries around, although dinner spots are quite pricey. However, having lunch at Olive et Gourmando is a must. That was Joelle's suggestion and that lunch may have been one of the most delicious meals I've ever had.
I would love to stay here again. Also, prior to our stay, I had emailed with the concierge about a concern and the hotel was excellent in providing thorough information and in a timley manner.
PS -- The only minor negative thing about our stay was since the rooms are hardwood (which is awesome), we could hear the folks above us walk every step. I felt like they were really pounding the floor or were very overweight or something. But, that was really minor and doesn't change my mind about staying here in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Saint-Paul street, this 28 room boutique hotel is the perfect blend of elegance and modernity. Colourful furnishings accent each cozy room while original stonework and clever layouts make for a Wonderland-esque setting. Our concierge moonlights as a barista and our front desk fills in for a trendy little cafe. Located right in our lobby, Le Petit Cafe brews artisan joe and offers delicious baked goods all day long. Room service is also available and comes courtesy of Mechant Boeuf. Le Petit Hotel's convenient location and intimate setting make it an ideal hub for the busy weekend. ... more less
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