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“Nice views, great service, bad location.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Les Studios Hotel

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Les Studios Hotel
Ranked #122 of 163 Hotels in Montreal
Montreal, Canada
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“Nice views, great service, bad location.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

I was attending a conference this weekend and stayed at Les Studios Hotel, which is what the Université de Montréal calls their student residences during the summer when they rent them out as cheap hotel rooms. I live in a suburb of Montreal, but figured since it was included with the conference I'd take advantage and stay downtown for the weekend.

The size of the room is pretty typical of a university resident. There's enough space to move around, but nothing extra. No Television. Wired (not wi-fi) Internet is available at a cost of $5/night, which is a little different from the norm of most hotels these days that have free wifi. As far as I can gather, all rooms permit smoking, since there was no "non-smoking" option at checkin and my room had an ashtray. I couldn't detect much of a smoky smell though, which is good since I don't smoke.

The best thing about the hotel is their service. I would have expected some surly night guard to take care of check-ins at a place like this, but they have a fancy front desk area with very friendly staff. This may be cheap, but the staff talk to you like it's a 5-star hotel.

Try to get a room on as high a floor as possible. I was in room 16111, and the views of downtown Montreal were amazing, especially at night. The windows open very wide, which is nice for getting a better view and letting in air.

The beds are not very comfortable, especially the pillows...they seem to be all wrapped in a thick layer of plastic. I would suggest you bring your own pillow, and even foam matt if possible.

The location is not ideal. It is located between two metro stations (Édouard-Montpetit and Université-de-Montréal). Being on the blue line, service is pretty infrequent, especially later in the evening. You have to transfer at Jean-Talon or Snowdon coming from downtown, where you might end up waiting over 10 minutes. Luckily there's a BIXI (public bicycle sharing) stand right in front which is handy for cruising down rue Côte-Sainte-Catherine into the city, but you probably wouldn't want to bike back up the hill, so use of the metro is pretty much inevitable.

In conclusion, Les Studios provides great views and clean, modern-looking rooms at a reasonable cost and with great service, but you aren't right downtown, so it's best only if you're attending something north of Mount Royal, or if you plan to bike over to the Plateau Mont-Royal.

If I was paying my own way, I'd probably have picked one of the downtown hostels...they might not be quite as clean, and the service might not be as good, but at least you'd be right downtown in the middle of the action.

Room Tip: High floors provide great views of downtown!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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StudiosHotelManager, Hotel Manager at Les Studios Hotel, responded to this review, September 19, 2011
Dear JeremyA,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback on your recent stay at the Studios Hotel.

I surely want to thank you first for your great comments about our front desk’s «very friendly staff». We really appreciate your gratitude on our services.

We have also well received your note regarding the beds and pillows. I transferred the information to our direct suppliers.

Thank you again for the great review. We are looking forward to accommodate you again soon.

Best regards,

Annie Passalacqua
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Cardiff, Wales
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

Room adequate for 1 person. Not as good as photos would suggest.
Shared toilet and shower. Adequate but only because there were not many people staying there. Separate toilets for men and women by the way.
Biggest problem from my point of view was the lack of tableware and cutlery to use in the room. Even on request none available! No coffee making facilities either (which coming from Europe is quite a change). But there was a refrigerator to use. Did not make sense.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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StudiosHotelManager, Hotel Manager at Les Studios Hotel, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Dear Ashokatomik,

Thank you for your review on your recent stay at the Studios Hotel.

We have well received and transmitted your comment about tableware and cutlery. The Studios Hotel has self kitchen facilities and provides private refrigerator which are located in all rooms. Actually, we do not afford cookware and utensils but we keep in mind that it would be a great service to add. I will personally check the feasibility for next summer.

Please note the Studios Hotel has room with shared or private bathroom. There are rooms for 1, 2 or 3 people.

Thank you again for your time to give us your feedback.

Best regards,

Annie Passalacqua
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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2010

Don't stay here..never.. worse hotel.. live in downtown 5 star hotel instead..downtown is more live..this hotel no A/C..expensive..3rd class.. we didn't get room till 5pm eventhough they should be giving at 3pm... other good family people were also been fooled by their photos and website ...Those idiots charge $12 for parking too..

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

I like staying in student dorms when I can, especially if I just need a place to sleep. This one is a bit below the quality that I've had recently, and I'm going to excuse it just because of the style of the building, very 1960's and typical of it's time. The bathrooms are very small and sparse. However, for a single traveller, it has a door that locks and a fridge that doesn't have to be shared as well as a sink, so other than bathroom, it is very secure. No one is going to steal your stuff, basically.

The downside is that there's no A/C. Every room has a fan, but anyone who has experienced a steaming Montreal summer, it can be unbearable to sleep without A/C. I did the old trick of putting cold things (from the fridge) in front of the fan. The beds are more daybed/cot style, and I do travel with my own small pillow and I agree with others, the one supplied isn't that great. There are suites on every other floor that have private bath so for anyone looking for a more hotel type experience, they should try to get one of those. If you know you can't sleep without A/C, I would say not to stay here.

I found it clean and well maintained The photos in the lobby of the 1960's style of dorm rooms were so cool.

I wouldn't bother with the breakfast, go out to eat!

Parking is expensive, but not that expensive for Montreal, $15/day. It is a walk to the metro, so it depends on what is the purpose of the trip to Montreal. If it's at the U, or you've got a car and need a single, it's good value.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

A word to the wise - this place is ok, sort of, but the web site makes it look a lot nicer than it is. Basically, it's a dorm. The service is pretty good, but the rooms are not welcoming. They are fine for sleeping, but the beds are hard, short, and the pillows strangely shaped, so I ended up sleeping on a rolled up towel. Otherwise, the painted concrete building kind of sucks.

The other issue is that, given that this room is ok for sleeping but that's it, then people should be aware of the location. The nearest major street is 10-15 mins walk away, so you are pretty isolated. And the metro, while good, is 4-5 mins away, and requires a transfer to go downtown, so the other person's estimate of 20 mins downtown is very optimistic. It usually took me a full half hour.

Overall, this place would be a decent hostelly option to me, as long as they presented themselves as such. I was very surprised by what I was getting having seen the website, and while I was there another (older) couple had a meltdown when they realized that they had reserved a university dorm room, when they thought it was a smallish hotel room, which the website really suggests. If the whole place was as nice as the parts they renovated prior to the web site photo shoot, then it would be a whole other story.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2010

We stayed in this hotel during the hottest season in July with temperatures up to 35 C. We knew the rooms weren't air conditioned, but we never imagined how unconfortable it would be. The mattress and pillows were covered with plastic which made sleeping in the heat almost impossible. The bed was also very hard.

Apparently the room hadn't been vacuumed at all, as the floor was dirty.

The hotel had a laundry room as advertised, but instead of being coin-operated the washers and dryers need a special card. You can get a card from the reception, but what they fail to mention is that you have to deposit money on the card yourself. This would not be a problem were it possible to charge the card with an amount of your own choosing, but the minimum amount is 10 dollars. One wash cost 1.50. Thus we paid 15 dollars for one wash as you cannot purchase detergent at the hotel (the cheapest pack we found was 5 dollars).

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vitoria, ES
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2010

You are basically staying in a student room with a bathroom. So, it is not luxuriuous, and don't expect it to be cleaned every day (actually once a week). It is also not in the city centre.
On the other hand it was clean and cheap, and the staff, as other writers have noted, were very helpful. It is an excellent location for the university, and actually quite a nice area. There are also two metro stations just a few minutes walk away.
If you are on a budget, or have business at the university, I would recommend it.

Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Les Studios Hotel
Address: 2450 Boul. Edouard Montpetit, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1J4, Canada
Location: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Parc du Mont-Royal
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #122 of 163 Hotels in Montreal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Les Studios Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 491
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you travel alone, with a friend or in a group to Montréal this summer, discover the Studios Hotel's irresistible welcome !Open from May to August steps from the lush Mont-Royal Parl, our summer Hotel is located close to downtown, not too close to the crowds but close enough to everything you want to see and do for a truly unique trip!From comfortable rooms to fully equipped suites, the Studios Hotel offers many choices with comfort, flexibility and friendliness in mind. Single, double, triple occupancy with shared bathroom and suite with private bathroom.Our private room includes: bedroom sink, refrigerator, linen, sheets, towels and bedspread. We offer free local calls, an Internet Access ($), Continental Breakfast($), parking ($) and room cleaning ($). ... more   less 
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