Our road-trip to Montreal from NYC was our first family vacation with our toddler. We picked this hotel after seeing reviews calling it both a modern boutique hotel and great for families. The two descriptions didn't necessarily go together, but this was absolutely the case. A great location in Old Montreal, and lounging near the window of the French balcony was a perfect early evening tradition. (The good people watching does mean some loudness outside your room later in the evening.) Most importantly, though, and no exaggeration: Le Petit Hotel has one of the friendliest, if not the most friendly, hotel staffs I've ever encountered. We were offered help with our luggage before I even exited the car, and by the time I arrived inside, my daughter's name had been communicated to the desk staff who welcomed her by name.
Breakfast was great - and I am thankful that my daughter was introduced to real croissants - clearly they work with a great local bakery. (And thus my daughter learned one of her first words: "possonk" - hey, close enough.) We got an "extra large room" and it really was impressive. It is not a suite, meaning there are not two rooms joined together, so instead imagine a very large room, with a table for eating, a sofa, TV, huge bed, and huge windows with lots of light. But it felt more like a small apartment than a hotel, which helped make us feel even more at home.
Note that there are steps you must go up to enter the hotel at the main entrance (tricky with a stroller), and our room also had steps going up inside the door, which is quite unusual (I'm not sure how many rooms are like this, though). Keep the latter in mind if you have a child since you may need to bring a gate for your room to protect him/her from falling down the short flight (5-6 steps) of stairs. We employed the "stay away from there, honey!" method.
I want to emphasize how friendly the staff was. If you have any worry of attitude (even justified attitude at your not speaking their language!), don't worry about it. First of all, there were people who spoke English just fine. But more importantly, they were nothing but generous in their willingness to help and we saw constant smiles every time we passed by the front desk. The hotel is not cheap (at least, for the long time we stayed), but I would stay here again in a minute. Le Petit Hotel and all those who work there played a major part in making our first family vacation together a great one, and we are very thankful to them for that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Saint-Paul street, this 28 room boutique hotel is the perfect blend of elegance and modernity. Colourful furnishings accent each cozy room while original stonework and clever layouts make for a Wonderland-esque setting. Our concierge moonlights as a barista and our front desk fills in for a trendy little cafe. Located right in our lobby, Le Petit Cafe brews artisan joe and offers delicious baked goods all day long. Room service is also available and comes courtesy of Mechant Boeuf. Le Petit Hotel's convenient location and intimate setting make it an ideal hub for the busy weekend. ... more less
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