Location, location, location - the only reason to pay the Hyatt Regency's overinflated rates is that you are in Montreal for the Jazz Festival or some other event at the Place des Arts and want the convenience of being directly across the street. If you don't mind being 3 or 4 or 5 blocks away, there are a half dozen hotels including a Delta, Hilton Gardens, and Holiday Inn for significantly less.
Not only are the room rates high, the parking is $32 a night and the very nice full buffet breakfast is similarly overpriced. Plus it has always been a mystery to me why it is that less expensive hotels provide free local calls and free wi-fi in the rooms, while more expensive hotels show how classy they are by charging for same -- it's called You pay more, you get less. The Hyatt charges for both.
Our room was small, the bathroom was tiny. I don't need a view, but I do like lots of light and unfortunately, only the right half of the outside wall was a window. There was room for an armchair, just barely, between the bed and the outside wall but since it was stuck in a dark corner with no lamp, it meant I couldn’t sit in it and see to read.
Note that paying more for a Regency Club room does not seem to make any difference in the room itself other than a small refrigerator, but it does get you free wi-fi in the room, a free breakfast, and access to the club lounge with its free afternoon hors d'oevres.
The pluses -- aside from the location, which is a huge plus -- the staff are friendly and helpful, the AC and heat controls are the easiest to use I have ever encountered, and the pool is particularly nice.
All that being said, we will stay there again for the Jazz Festival because of the convenience, but not when we are in Montreal for any other reason.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Few Montreal hotels offer direct underground access to the Montreal Convention Centre, the Metro and the Contemporary Museum of Art. Our Montreal hotel is also within walking distance of Old Montreal, Chinatown and the trendiest restaurants. Our hotel features 605 handsomely appointed guest rooms and suites with spectacular views of our dynamic city. ... more less
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