I choose Le Square Phillips because it could accommodate my family of 5 in a suite. We drove up to Montreal for a Christmas Day mini-vacation. We saw the high ratings on TripAdvisor and booked the family suite at a good price. Looking at the pictures, I was a little worried about what we were going to find, but I was delightfully surprised.
I would describe the hotel as no-frills... it certainly is not extravagant, but it is clean, modern, and well appointed. The ceilings are very high (12 feet?) which gives the rooms an extra dimension. From the pictures, the decor looks dated, but it is not. Everything is new, the design is obviously kind of retro by design.
The family suite was huge even without the vertical space. A separate bedroom, a kitchen area with a table for 6, living room with a pull out sofa, and another non-enclosed bedroom. It fit our family very well, as they had a lot of room to move around. The bathroom was clean and pretty large, but not a lot of storage/counter space.
The pool area was nice and clean. The pool wasn't huge, but it served it's purpose. There were great views from the rooftop area. Continental breakfast was part of the room rate, and it was pretty good. Cereals, muffins, frozen waffles, coffee and juices made up the bulk of it. The hotel restaurant was closed while we were there, so we did not get to experience it.
The only negative I can say is that they only have 1 type of pillow... a very soft one. My neck was killing me after the 2 nights, and they said they did not have any other firm pillows. They should add some to their inventory for people like me. I cannot be alone in wanting a firm pillow....
Overall I would say that Le Square Phillips was an excellent family hotel at a great value. I'm not sure I would stay there on a romantic weekend with my wife, but if we come bring the kids again, we will absolutely stay here. My kids were very vocal in saying that they wanted to start coming here every year for Christmas.... we just might start doing it.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.