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.
- 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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