First off, this hotel is in a prime location in Old Montreal. We were able to walk around and see so much without needing a car. As previous reviewers have said, it's about a block or two away from the Notre Dame Basilica and many other noteworthy attractions as well. Old Montreal is like a trip to Europe and this hotel definitely makes you feel as though you've crossed the Atlantic. It has a boutique feel and charm, and the rooms are comfortable, clean and well appointed. We loved the look of the room (the brick wall was a nice touch), but most importantly we appreciated the good bed (nice linens, pillows and the bed itself wasn't too hard or soft), the bathroom (spacious with good bath products, but just watch the slight step in the tub) and the overall service. The concierge hooked us up with a reservation at Gibby's (a famous steakhouse a couple of blocks away) on a busy Saturday night so we were certainly grateful for that as we were worried we wouldn't be able to get in. By the way, Gibby's is fantastic--I had the steak encrusted in bread crumbs and cracked peppercorns and double baked potato; to die for.
There were just a couple of things we were lukewarm about, though. It was difficult to get ice for the room. My husband had to go down to the bar to get it as there were no ice machines on the floor. It wasn't easy to channel surf on the TV--instead you have to go to a 'menu' and decide which channel you wanted to watch. If you didn't like that channel you had to go back to the menu and try again. As a result we just ended up staying on one channel indefinitely. We did hear noise from another room one morning--a gentleman was coughing and sneezing and we heard every bit of it. Oh, and we also heard a bit of street noise at night but nothing too over the top. Lastly, we had cocktails and appetizers in the bar/restaurant and they were just OK. Thankfully we got $11 vouchers for drinks when we checked in otherwise the bill would have been outrageous. Let's just say prices aren't low here (and in Montreal in general, by the way). We had breakfast on our last day there and it was above average--order the eggs or the crepes with fruit and you should be satisfied. I will say the coffee in Montreal is amazing, so if you're a fan of espresso drinks you'll be in heaven. Also, you should note that there are not a lot of places open for lunch (a European attribute for sure), so plan your meals accordingly. Generally it's just cafes and diners in the mornings/afternoons before places begin opening for dinner in the evenings.
All in all a nice stay with everything you'd want in a boutique hotel. Should we come back another time, though, we will probably stay somewhere a little less expensive now that we've stayed at this hotel and being armed with the knowledge that Montreal isn't necessarily a cheap date overall. Stay here if you want to splurge on a charming hotel in the heart of Old Montreal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nelligan's elegant accommodations pair century-old stone walls with a chic, modern decor. Natural light flows through the 44 rooms, 59 suites and 2 penthouses, while stately furnishings and high-end amenities punctuate the ambiance. The hotel perfectly accommodates groups with its expansive ballroom (fits up to 400) and 4 modern conference spaces. In the lobby, a regal, four-story atrium provides the perfect respite for an afternoon drink while adjoining Verses Restaurant offers a market-fresh menu. And for a taste of Montreal's mischievous side, Mechant Boeuf serves up delicious cocktails and great music nightly! Room service is also available. Finally, situated atop the elegant property, Terrasse Nelligan delivers unmatched city views! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nelligan Hotel Montreal
- Hotel Nelligan Montreal