I believe that the 1 star is an exaggeration for this hotel. For someone not eager to have an authentic experience of Algiers or Benghazi, this is a hotel to avoid.
That authentic experience started for us as we approached the hotel, and and received disdainful looks from a group of young North African-looking men, smoking at the table besides the entrance. When we entered the hotel, the reception clerk told us to pay right away - that should have been a warning sign to us, as nowhere else in North America (or anywhere else I traveled), I recall having to pay up front. Another clue would be the number of (also North-African looking) women walking on the street dressed like hookers, who were friendly with these men. This is not a place for a family stay.
The hotel has no elevators, and the ceilings seemed to be 14' high, so each flight of stairs feels excruciatingly long, even when you do not have to carry luggage. It was a relief to have finally gotten to our room. Albeit it was short-lived. Our room had a dresser, a bed, a fridge, and a tiny TV (14"?) bolted just below the ceiling. The carpet looked filthy, as did the bedspread. The bed was made, but when we took off the bed spread to check for bed bugs, the sheets had hairs on them, and appeared otherwise used. The door looked like it was hastily repaired after someone broke in and ripped out the chain.
The exposed wall in the niche intended as a closet had holes patched up, one with a piece of unpainted white board, the other with unpainted brown board - I would guess it was either a fight or someone had hidden a treasure (or a stash of something illicit) in the wall. The room had such a strong smell of air freshener than we started coughing and sneezing from it - while I did not see a dead body, I would not be surprised if someone had died in the room earlier in the day. The ceiling of dirty acoustical tiles with black stains did not add to our comfort level. Overall the room felt so filthy that we did not want to place our luggage on the floor.
On the left side of the room there is a bathroom - I understand that in Montreal space is at a premium, but this one deserves a special mention. The room is so small that the door can not fully open, as it hits the sink swinging in about 75 degrees, There is a shower - while I did not check it out, it has an small opening to get in and out, so you'd better not be claustrophobic. The toilet has a wall corner just inches in front of it, so the only people who can sit on it comfortably are amputees missing a right leg above the knee, as there is no place to put the right leg while sitting on a toilet. There are no towels in the room, though the front desk attendant would give you towels if you ask for it. I did not see toiletries in the bathroom either.
On the right there is a window with an AC unit - the window is partially boarded up, and the AC unit is plugged in to an extension cord, which is plugged into another extension cord. There is no electrical outlet close by, so you have to plug it in creating a tripping hazard. This is also a violation of electrical code in my municipality to be plugging an extension cord into another one. The unit was unplugged when we got into the room, so the stifling heat only made the effects of the air freshener stronger. And then there is a view out the window - opening up on a partially boarded up dilapidated ruin, which further lends authenticity of the third-world to this hotel.
Our travel companions had a room that was marginally better, but not much.
There is a phone in the room, which did not work. Needless to say, this was not our favorite place, and we decided to quickly check out, and ask for a refund. The clerk refused to give it to us. We left this horrid place anyway, and hurried out of Montreal.
I can not comment on the location - it may be fairly central, though being across the bus station does contribute to its seedy feel. There is no parking included with the hotel, so if you are driving, be prepared to shell out additional $$s to park at a public garage (there is one nearby).
Having stayed in another inexpensive hotel in Montreal, I feel that this place is worst by far. I would caution everyone to stay away from it.
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