my husband and i decided kind of last minute to attend the formula 1 race in montreal in june. we decided about 2 months beforehand when most hotels are already sold out. i had won a gift certificate for this hotel and that heavily influenced our decision to stay here. we were booked in a superior room (404) for 5 nights.
for grand prix, this hotel is perfect. it is right across the street from berri uqam station. from here, it is a direct transfer to the race circuit on the yellow metro line. there is a mac's convenience store right next to the station which was great for buying water and snacks to take to the track everyday. the hotel is also one block from ste catherine st which had some dining options.
we arrived at about 8:30am after a red-eye flight from the west coast and all we wanted to do was go to sleep. we had booked a superior room, however our room wasnt ready when we arrived (he hadnt expected it would be). but william (the agent that i had booked everything through) was working when we arrived, and very generously put us in an economy room for a few hours so we could sleep. we had a nap, and william called us at 11am letting us know that our superior room (room 404 on the fourth floor) was ready. our room was little small, but was more than adequate for what we needed. there was 1 queen bed, and we faced to the back of the hotel, which meant it was really quiet at night. we had a hard time getting the room to cool down, but we asked the front desk for a fan, and they were able to get one for us to use. the only issue i had with the room was there was a small step up into the bathroom, and no matter how many times i tripped on that step, i continued to do so the entire stay! that was my own fault though and no fault of the hotel. the bathroom also had a jacuzzi tub which was much appreciated after sitting in the rain everyday watching the racing!
the breakfast basket was an awesome touch. i cant have dairy, so i didnt get to have much of the basket (i did not advise the hotel of this, so i was not expecting anything special), but my husband enjoyed the extra items that i did not have.
we didnt do a lot of dining out while in montreal, we usually went to the grocery store (IGA about 1 block away) and bought salads or sandwiches. however, we wanted to have poutine one night, and we took the advice from friends, as well as the front desk agent working to try le banquise in the mont royal neighbourhood. this was 2 or 3 stops away on the metro, and then about a 10 minute walk - but it was the most amazing poutine i have ever had!!
this hotel is a little away from some of the popular tourist attractions, however the metro can get you everywhere you want to go. we got three day unlimited pass for the metro, and this worked well for us. it was a $40 flat rate for a cab from the airport. this hotel was suited perfectly for what we needed, and we couldnt have asked for a better location.