I booked a deluxe double room with a view of the river at the Auberge du Vieux Port for under $200.00 per night. The price included breakfast, an evening cocktail hour, a Jacuzzi tub, and I thought I was getting a great deal. However, the hotel didn’t live up to my expectations even for the price. I’ve stayed at several boutique hotels in Montreal and Quebec City, but I didn’t find the Vieux Port up to par.
When we arrived at the hotel, we had to carry our bags from the car in the snow, while the doorman looked on. Once the bags were in the hotel, he was only too happy to wheel them up to our room. The room itself was very large, but oddly furnished with an eclectic mix of old world reproductions and modern boutique touches. It didn’t seem to work. In addition, the room was always making some kind of noise, either the bar fridge was rattling, or the heating system was whirring, or the neighbours’ television could be heard through the walls at all hours of the night. I don’t usually have difficulty sleeping, but the noises kept me up or woke me up most nights.
The sparse cold breakfast buffet was augmented with hot entrees from the menu at no cost which was a nice touch. Unfortunately, I was not too impressed with the food. Everything looked nice, but didn’t have much taste. Both at breakfast and dinner, they seemed to be more concerned with style over substance. The restaurant itself is in the basement and contains remains of the original wall around the city. Again, however the décor in the restaurant was a mix of historical architecture and faux facades made to look historic which in my mind made everything look fake. I understand the hotel is due for a renovation in the near future, so in the meantime try one of their sister hotels – the Nelligan or Place Des Armes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A symbol of Old Montreal's rich history, Auberge du Vieux-Port is the area's only hotel settled along the Saint Lawrence River. The two structures that house its 45 rooms are over a century and a half old and once operated as warehouses, back when the waterway still forged city's life vein. With a classic, skillfully crafted make up, the idyllic inn's decor and architecture breathe an air of authenticity. Embrace time-honoured scenery, complemented by our team's warm, personable services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Du Vieux-Port Hotel Montreal