I made my first trip to Montreal last week, with two main goals.
Two hockey games at the Centre Bell and lots of good food and nightlife. Location was the most important factor in hotel selection.
After looking at all properties within walking distance, I booked the BWP Hotel Europa on Rue Drummond, based on recent reviews and price differentials of other nearby hotels. The rate was $85 per night for 5 nights.
Reception and front desk staff were always polite and helpful, although I had one very minor billing issue, quickly settled, which prevent me scoring a perfect 5 for service.
The property and my rooms ( I stayed in two, which I'll explain in a bit ) were amazingly clean. I mean absolutely spotless.
My rooms faced the inside of the property, so there was no view, but that was not important for me.
The bed was very, very comfortable, with plenty of pillows and blankets.
TV was a large flat screen with fifty or so channels both French and English. Three sports channels ( TSN, RSN, and RDS French ) were available, although I have to wonder why hotels, everywhere not just this one, spend a fortune on large flat screens, then don't pay the cable or satellite provider the few extra bucks per month for an HD signal!
Internet was mostly dependable and FREE, which I tested to max out at around 3mbps down. It did quit a couple of times for a minute or two, but overall it was fine.
The room also included a coffemaker with set ups, a small refridgerator, iron and board, clock radio that supports IPod,and a microwave provided on request.
The bathroom was perfect with new, fresh towels, a shower with excellent water pressure, a curved curtain rod ( why don't all hotels have them now? ) and absolutely no water temperature change while showering.
Speaking of temperature, the outside temp never reached freezing, but there were a few nights I slept with the heater OFF. I have no idea how they managed that.
I ended up changing rooms after my second night, as the room ( 201 ) was right next to elevators, and worse, the maid's supply cabinets. After nights of too much beer, being awakened at 07:30 by the maids as they prepare for their day was no fun.
I asked for a room change and they happily moved me to a much more quiet room ( 222 ).
There are three computers near the lobby and use of a printer - complimentary.
There is also a convenience store off the lobby selling everything you may have forgotten ( soaps, shampoos, etc. ) or need ( snacks, soft drinks, etc. ) They do not sell beer or alcohol, although there is a Marche two blocks away on Stanley for those needs.
There is food and drink of all sorts within walking distance, with tons of places on Crescent and Bishop.
Be sure to hit Ziggy's Pub, a great late night place on hockey nights and weekends.
I did not eat at the hotel's restaurant, but there are tons of nearby places and many that deliver to the hotel.
I've scored this place a 4, as there should be very few 5's, but for the value of this place 5 is too low! I've rarely experienced this much value for money.
A final thought: I was on a solo trip and the room I was in was plenty big enough for one. I could see where two might feel squeezed over a long weekend. They do offer larger rooms, however.
It will take a lot less time to plan my next trip to this great city, as my hotel is already sorted.
Stay away from rooms ending in 01 and 02, as they are right next to elevators and the maids' sup...
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