We were in Montreal for 3 nights for an event at the Conference Center (Palais des congrès de Montréal) across the street. We were traveling with our 2 year old, and were a bit apprehensive about it all: getting to the event on time (and on foot), potential "Canadian winter" outdoor temperaatures (in November), the need to access food (milk, yogurt, pastries) at all times... and were delighted at the end of our stay. The Embassy Suites (by Hilton) meets all our expectations.
- Location: the hotel is situated near what looks like the financial / business section of downtown - it's not close to the main shopping or dining drags, but it's perfect for us because our main goal was to be close to the Conference Center (which I could have sprinted to, toddler in arm, without taking more than 3 breaths). One evening we walked back from the main shopping area (where H&M is, you get the idea) - via the awesome Montreal underground network, and remained indoors all the way into the Conference Center. We walked very slowly, with a tantrum-ing toddler, and the walk only took us about 20 minutes. You'll spend longer if you end up walking into any of the thousands of shops, of course.
The hotel is also little more than 2 blocks away from the Basilica Notre Dame - and the rest of Old Montreal. Walking distance (even with stroller) to many bistros and cobblestone streets. Many bistros though, only open after 5 pm - but that's not the hotel's fault! The hotel is also walking distance to Chinatown, where restaurants open late and you can get decent food relatively cheap (and up to 10 pm).
- Room: this is the most spacious room we have ever gotten for under $200. All the rooms in this hotel are suites - with a kitchenette, extra sofa bed in the "living room", very large bathroom, and a entry foyer / closet area. The kitchenette has a real-life sized fridge with ample freezer space for a few gallons of ice cream if you wish. There's a full function microwave, a kitchen sink that i want for my own home, and a very basic coffee / tea brewer. What perplexed us was that there was no stove or cooktop / heating element - not a big issue since it's not like we were gonna actually cook... but why the huge freezer and fridge if we weren't gonna be storing groceries to cook?? We filled up the fridge with milk and yogurt we get from the complimentary breakfast buffet instead, so that our toddler can eat all the yogurt he wants even at midnight.
The large two-person sized (square shaped) jacuzzi tub is the best i've seen inside an individual hotel room. It's conceivable that some lesser hotel would have called that a public jacuzzi in the basement floor for all to share - it's that big. and clean - very important.
- Food and Drinks: We were offered complimentary breakfast buffet for each of the 3 mornings we stayed there, and on the weekends it lasts till 10:30 am (9:30 am for weekdays). Selection was decent. We were also given complimentary beverage coupons (covers even alcoholic drinks) to be used each evening between 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. We filled ourselves up with cocktails before dinner.
- Service: Front desk staff were all Francophone, but all speak decent English. They were very friendly when we stumbled in at 9 pm with our toddler - immediately giving our toddler a goodie bag to keep him occupied while we sort out rooms. Our booking was a conference-special rate, and only entitled us to a room with a Queen bed (plus the sofa bed in the living room), but they spontaneously offered us a King bed suite when they see us scrambling with a kid. Conceirge is helpful. There is also self-served coin-operated laundry in the building (basement) - bring your own detergent.
All in all, we were very happy with our choice. Not sure if we were stay here if our main goal was to sight-see, but then I never gotten around to do research for the sight-seeing type of Montreal trip. I have a feeling that the "downtown" hotels that are close to all the shopping will all be in older buildings and less spacious. All the hotels around the Conference Center are posh and new: the Embassy Suites, Westin, Intercontinental etc. We would be happy to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embassy Suites is Montréal's newest downtown "Suite" hotel. With a contemporary style, our uniqueness extends to our "Zen" inspired lobby décor featuring wood paneling and ceilings, black granite floors, and an indoor water display. Offering so much more than ordinary rooms, our 455 square-foot studios and 600 square-foot suites are well equipped; many with full kitchens, fireplaces, and "double" Jacuzzis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Montreal Hotel Montreal
- Montreal Embassy Suites