The four of us were glad we booked this hotel for our stay in Montreal. Yes, it's low budget, and we could have afforded somewhere grander, but the rooms were clean and well presented and the location could hardly be bettered. The rooms are, however, painted black (or maybe it's very dark brown) and could be improved a great deal by painting them plain white. Black means that you can't easily see what you've dropped on the floor. Not much storage space but we usually live out of our suitcase anyway. Microwave oven but we didn't use it. Rather weak shower but okay. The very wobbly toilet seat was something I fixed myself by reaching underneath and tightening the wingnuts. A pity that they have no restaurant but I think the website implies that one is planned for the future. Breakfast is therefore a serve-yourself selection of nice little muffins, and coffee. Look from your window and you may be alarmed when you see what looks like a very seedy downmarket area of town outside, with lots of graffiti and broken and boarded up buildings. You'e also adjacent to the red light area, a street of sex shops which for some reason are covered in grime, the windows never washed. Don't worry, it's all harmless. You feel quite safe, and you can ignore the occasional alcoholic vagrant who talks loudly to himself as he shambles along (there aren't many of these and they can be found anywhere in Montreal, and they don't do any harm). The smell of cannabis is present in some of the nearby streets but that seems to be a Montreal thing and I'm noticing it in central London (UK) too, so no worries. In one direction you'll see the big gate for the entrance to Chinatown. Go through the gate, keep going and you'll get to the delightful Old Quarter with its cobbled streets, about 10 minutes of brisk walking to get there. If you go in the opposite direction (the street of sex shops and sex cinemas) and then bear to the left, ten minutes walk will get you to a huge shopping mall with everything you could want including Baton Rouge (excellent ribs and steaks) and Eggspectation, the best place to have your breakfast with a fantastic array of egg dishes and delectable fruit smoothies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of Montréal’s QuartierAt the heart of Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles district, in an inspiring, modern, urban environment, ZERO 1 reinvents with casual chic the concept of the downtown hotel reflected in the design and comfort of its 164 rooms and suites. Cutting edge, relaxing, and close to everything: Zero 1 makes life easier for savvy business travellers and nomadic tourists alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le 1 Rene Levesque Montreal