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Hotel de l'Institut
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3535 Rue St-denis, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P1, Canada (Le Plateau Mont-Royal)   |  
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Ranked #20 of 162 Hotels in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Chicago, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Best Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The hotel is directly over the Sherbrook Metro station, so it is very easy to get to almost anywhere in Montreal from the hotel. The hotel consists of only two floors, since the Institute's primary task is to train students in the hospitality industry. The hotel is actually the "lab" for the students. The students (and recent graduates) are friendly and enthusiastic. They are knowledgeable and very happy to help you plan your time in Montreal. The rooms are absolutely beautiful. They are modern and appear to have been recently decorated. I also liked the clean wood floors, as opposed to carpet. The flat screen TV had a great picture. All rooms have small balconies, a nice feature. The bed was very comfortable. Our best dinner was in the hotel's restaurant. Culinary students cook and serve delicious price fixed lunch and dinners. The included breakfast is adequate. The scrambled eggs each morning were quite runny, or congealed, but otherwise, the fresh fruit, cheese, smoked salmon, eggs benedict and more made up for it.
Minor complaints: I like bar soap, but like so many hotels these days, they only provide liquid soap and shampoos. Also, the air conditioner, which worked very efficiently, blew into the curtains, also something I see pretty frequently. We tied the curtain with a sash from the bathrobes. Finally, on checking in, we were told that Wi-Fi in the rooms was not working well, and indeed that was the case. It worked very well in the lobby, and a computer is available in the lobby for guest use.
I enjoyed our stay and will stay here again on our next trip to Montreal.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We stayed from Aug 2-5, and booked based on reviews on Tripadvisor. The hotel is clean, modern, uncluttered, and well priced. Breakfast was buffet style, food was good, with both hot and cold choices - much better than the standard continental breakfast that is the norm at US hotels. Staff is helpful and friendly. Location is great, within the Latin Quarter, just across from a park, and in a neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants. We chose a special allergy-free room which has wood floors instead of carpet (nice balcony also) Even though it's a large property it has a small feel about it, probably due to the fact that of the 8 floors, only 2 are dedicated to guest rooms. The only other perk in the hotel is underground parking, which at $19/day is a bargain in the city. But we didn't choose this hotel for a gym or pool since we were planning to tour the city, not spend time in the hotel. I should also mention that the Metro is literally next door to the building so is very convenient for getting around. Would we stay here again? Absolutely! Highly recommend. (Note that I give only 4 stars for sleep quality, but that's due to the fact that I didn't like the pillows. But that's just me - my husband did).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer T, Manager at Hotel de l'Institut, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Donne K,

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. It will be a pleasure to welcome you back at Hôtel de l'Institut in the future!

Best regards,

Jennifer Tousignant
Room division manager
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Philadelphia, PA
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Our first stay was 1988 and we still love this place. It's changed over the years, but has always maintained a high quality value and good service. The rooms are clean and lovely, the balconies offer nice views (7 or 8 floors above the city). The breakfasts are in the ground floor restaurant are very nice. The location can't be beat. We used the underground parking (easy access and easy to leave the city). We bought metro passes which we used several times each day - there is a stop literally behind the hotel. Best of all, we love to be able to walk out onto Rue St. Denis and stroll to our favorite coffee shops and restaurants. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer T, Manager at Hotel de l'Institut, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear frugaltravelers,

We are really happy that you had a good your stay and that you we able to fully enjoy Montreal. I will be a pleasure to welcome you again à Hôtel de l'Institut!

Jennifer Tousignant
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Fairport, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We spent two nights this week at the hotel following a previous visit two years ago. The hotel is still a wonderful spot to stay. Students and staff are delightful to work with, helpful and courteous. Our room was spotlessly clean and the balcony provided a beautiful view of the city any time of the day.
We had booked a room with a city view this time so that we were able to watch the international fireworks competition one evening from the balcony. This is definitely a great way to see them without dealing with the crowds in the port area! The breakfast buffet was wonderful...pastries, caramel bread pudding, scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, eggs Benedict, cheese, fruit plate, assorted fruit and vegetable salads, juice and coffee or tea. The Tuesday and Wednesday menus in the restaurant are a fabulous bargain and the food was outstanding.
While some recent reviews have indicated difficulties with wifi signals, we experienced no difficulties, even on the balcony. I would highly recommend to any travelers looking to experience a different view of Montreal.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer T, Manager at Hotel de l'Institut, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Gwammy5,

Thank you for choosing Hôtel de l'Institut! We are glad you had a good stay and hope to have a chance to welcome you agains soon!

Jennifer Tousignant
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Montreal, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I was at the Hotel de l'Institut for one night, alone with my 7-year-old son for a touristic weekend in Montreal (we're Montrealers). We stayed in room 701 which had a queen-size bed and a sofa-bed. I booked a few weeks in advance and got a better rate by mentioning I was traveling alone with a kid and working for the government. 

We were in a room in front of the elevator and next to the ice machine and when I saw that I was afraid it would be noisy but we didn't hear anything. 

What I liked 
Excellent service at the reception
Room decor is clean and modern
Small balcony with a nice view on the city, perfect spot to have a glass of wine at the end of the day in summer
Bed is comfortable
Nespresso coffee machine in the room
Local goat milk products in re-usable bottles in the bathroom
There's a bathtub in the bathroom
Excellent breakfast buffet included in the price of the room (try the scrambled eggs, which are more like a soufflé) 
Location: close to all the interesting areas in the city, a breeze to travel by metro

What you should know (but did not bother me)
There is a mini-fridge but it's unfurbished
Sherbrooke metro station is close but doesn't have mechanical stairs everywhere (if you can't lift your suitcase easily it may be a problem)

What I liked less
Room is a little small
Curtains are not opaque, the room was very bright in the morning

I didn't go to the restaurant at night because I was with my son who preferred to go to La Banquise for a poutine, but I would have certainly given it a try with my spouse. The area is also filled with nice restaurants, especially on St.Denis and Mont-Royal streets.

There are a few "depanneurs" nearby where you can get beer, wine and snacks. Particularly interesting when you travel with kids or on a budget.

I would definitely recommend the hotel to those who enjoy the hotel boutiques's decor and ambiance and travel on a budget.  Doesn't feel like a school at all!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer T, Manager at Hotel de l'Institut, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Dear IsaPhD,

Thank you for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to welcome you at Hôtel de l'Institut again!

Jennifer Tousignant
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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

we have stayed at Hotel de l'institut for 3 nights, the hotel is located at Plateau Mont Royal right off the Sherbrook metro station and very handy for getting around. with spacious rooms , great mattress and pliows, each room has a balcony and a beautiful view of mont royal. we stayed on the 8th floor. the staff is friendly and helpful, the breakfast is great.
we were very satisfied.

we'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful three night stay at the hotel in early July. The first room we were given didn't have any wi-fi signal, but we were quickly moved to another room by the friendly and helpful lady at the front desk. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. We were putto a room without a balcony, but we didn't miss it. We were too busy out exploring Montreal and the hotel's location is great. Literally on top of the metro, and in a great walking neighborhood. You're a few minutes walk from L'Express and a great gelato place (Les Givrés).
La Banquise (for poutine) and Au Pied au Cochon aren't much farther. Classes weren't in session so we "only" had the buffet: but this buffet was far better than any business hotel buffet. The fruit was fresh and had flavor, the eggs were cooked well.

The room and hallway decor at the hotel could use a bit more... flair? It all seem very plain, but the rooms themselves are clean and comfortable. No real complaints here. The Nespresso machine is a nice touch.

The hotel is a great value. When I return to Montreal I'd definitely come back to Hotel de l'Institute.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ithq_hotel, Front Office Manager at Hotel de l'Institut, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Dear matlab,
Thank you for taking some time to write about your stay with us. we are glad you have enjoyed the hotel and it surroundings!
We are well aware that a few rooms have a week wifi signal and we are working on solving the problem.
We trully hope to welcome you again during your next trip to Montreal!

Valérie Amiot
Rooms division manager
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Address: 3535 Rue St-denis, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P1, Canada
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Location: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Montreal
#14 Luxury Hotel in Montreal
#17 Romantic Hotel in Montreal
#26 Business Hotel in Montreal
#27 Family Hotel in Montreal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel de l'Institut 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spacious room with balcony and beautiful view of the Plateau Mont-Royal. ... more   less 
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