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“No complaints! Very enjoyable stay in Old Montreal” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Bonaparte
Ranked #4 of 164 Hotels in Montreal
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Whitby,Ontario
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“No complaints! Very enjoyable stay in Old Montreal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

We recently stayed 3 nights at the Auberge Bonaparte for a 24th anniversary trip to Montreal. We chose this boutique hotel based on past Trip Advisor reviews, and must say that overall the past reviews of this hotel are pretty accurate.

First of all, this was a very small and clean hotel (No Begbugs !!!). As others have noted, the rooms are quaint and a little sparse - however this and the fact that they rooms have hardwood floors did add to the overall feeling of cleanliness of the room. We also found the room (and floor) very quiet. I usually have problems sleeping in hotels and was worried when we were given the room beside the elevator. However, because there are only maybe 8 to 10 rooms per floor, we had no noise issued and slept very well! We did have a room on the 5th floor at the back of the hotel (overlooking Notre Dame), but the street in front of the hotel seemed very quiet at night, so I don’t think you would have noise problems with a room at the front of this hotel either.

Other thoughts: We very much enjoyed getting up and having the included breakfast that comes with room at the attached restaurant . While not huge, the breakfast is a good quality, allows different choices, and gets you going for the day. While others have noted that the cost of the room is a little pricey (which I also thought), if you remember to factor in the breakfast (~$15/person), it’s actually not too bad of value. We always seemed to be out and about and never ended up eating dinner at the restaurant, so can’t comment on the restaurant quality (too many great outdoor cafés/restaurants in the area to enjoy!!) The hotel is also perfectly situated for walking! It’s obviously great for visiting Old Montreal, but it was also only a 15 minute walk up to Rue St. Catherine for the obligatory shopping trip! The front desk was also very helpful/friendly and helped us order tickets to see a comedian at the Just for Laughs festival (again, only about a 15 minute walk uptown).

Negatives: None really! Parking is not at the hotel, but at a small outside lot about 100m up the street. Parking is $15 per day, which I think is fairly reasonable for any city lot. Arriving is a little confusing given the traffic flow and narrowness of the streets. Advice (watched others doing this while enjoying breakfast at a window seat at the restaurant): the street in front is one-way and the hotel has an allowed standing time for unloading – when arriving (if there are spots) stop on the LEFT hand side of the street in front of the hotel and put your flashers on. You can then unload, check-in and get your parking tag that you need for the lot up the street. Only other funny thing we noted was that the rooms do not have movies you can rent. After a long day of walking around, we thought we’d settle back with a bottle of wine and see what new release movies were available for rent – however they only have cable and no Pay per View in the rooms. Certainly not a deal breaker, but a little odd.

Overall – Is this really the best hotel in Montreal? Can’t really comment on that as this is the first and only place we’ve stayed at in Montreal, so we have nothing else here to compare it to. However, we very much enjoyed our stay, and would not hesitate to stay here again if the opportunity presented itself and would certainly not hesitate to recommend the Auberge Bonaparte to others who are looking for a place to stay in Old Montreal.

Room Tip: The rear of the hotel faces Notre Dame (nice view) - the front faces a cobblestone street (good for...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank WhitbyRovers
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

My wife & I decided to stay a few nights in Old Montreal and found the Auberge Bonaparte here on Tripadvisor. This place exceeded our expectations in many ways. I was apprehensive about parking, but they have a place to pull up & unload, then you park in a guarded lot up the block. There is a charge, but it is super convenient. The staff was very friendly, especially the concierges we encountered during our stay. They helped us get Grey Line tour tickets, gave good advice for shopping & eating, and exchanged US to Canadian $ at the going rate. The room was beautiful! We stayed in a standard room towards the back of the building. Not exactly a view of Notre Dame, but not bad. Very quiet, never heard the elevator or other guests. The rooftop deck is small but neatly kept, great place to chat with fellow guests.
The Auberge is located just a minutes walk from Rue St. Paul, which is where we spent most of our time. You are a short walk from more restaurants, shops, museums and galleries than you will be able to see in a long weekend! We walked around at night & felt very comfortable in this neighborhood.
The clincher for us were the breakfasts. If your idea of a great free breakfast is the all-you-can-make waffle bar at most motels, this is not the place for you! These are outstanding. Not a lot, but just enough. French toast, crepes, omelettes, with great coffee, juice, fruit, warm croissants and real butter... mmmm... where was I? Sorry...
Anyway, our only regret was not eating dinner there. I know, almost criminal given the restaurant's reputation, but we were always elsewhere when dinner time rolled around. And with so many choices in Old Montreal, well, we'll just have to go back!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the rear may be quieter, and the view from some is very nice.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank enewellz
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Franconia NH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

We selected a room on the 5th floor- at the back of the hotel- though the front would probably be fine as it is on a quiet street in the Old Quarter. We had a fabulous room with a balcony overlooking a quiet area with a sweet garden and view.
I would definately return.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CarrietFranconiaNH
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Halifax
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73 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

My wife and I travel to Montreal twice yearly for Board meetings and we always stay in Auberge Bonaparte. Located very conveniently in the western part of the old city, it gives easy access to downtown shopping, the Metro, and all of the vieux port.

Rooms are very clean, with hardwood floors, the windows are deeply set and have charming views, and the beds are comfortable. Most rooms have a shower stall rather than a tub, but the staff are very accommodating to specific requests. The other slight drawback is that except for suites, the rooms are somewhat sparsely furnished; chairs are more upright than cushy.

Staff are excellent. Invariably pleasant, helpful, appropriately attentive, respectful. We have never had a complaint about any of the service and have always been well treated.

A plus is the presence of one of the city's best restaurants in the hotel. Don't miss the French Toast for breakfast; and breakfast is included in the room price, which is very reasonable.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Myles_in_Halifax
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virginia
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

My wife and I just wrapped up a five-night stat at the Auberge Bonaparte and if we had great singing voices we'd sing its praises from the steps of the Notre Dame church that towers just around the corner from the hotel.

The staff at the Bonaparte was friendly, informative, funny -- what more could you ask. The rooms was spacious, and while ours was street side the old City as the neighborhood is called is not the loud party that some would suggest.

The breakfast came with our room and was solid -- not the light danish and sour coffee that some hotels pass off as a meal. Two eggs, a small portion of meat or crepes masquerading as pancakes (still good) or a passable French Toast were main courses in the morning.

But since the hotel is so centrally situated just a five minute walk to the metro, the joy of the Bonaparte is what lay just beyond its doors -- all of Montreal. Minutes from Mount Royal or the Biodome or the Old Port or ... you get the idea.

The Auberge Bonaparte is a perfect hotel for a couple to stay and from where to explore Montreal. Five Stars with an asterisk!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank doug107
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Barrington, NH
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed in the one suite that this hotel offers. It was larger than our first apartment! One bedroom separate from the living room has a king size bed with two very large windows that open up to the streets of Old Montreal. The living room has a wet bar with fridge (which the mini bar was all complementary with this room), wing back chair, sofa bed. The bathroom is large with a glass stand up shower and a two person jacuzzi tub. Which is the BEST tub I have every bathed in. There is a separate shower head that comes up so that you can wash your hair in the tub, which is a plus. The jewel of the room and where we spent most of our time is on the outdoor terrace. Even on the hottest of days, there was always a breeze. There is a small table and chairs on the terrace to be able to sit and admire the view of the Basilica of Notre Dame. The only disappointment was the "view of the gardens of the Basilica". We saw a small garden which appeared to have tomato plants, but otherwise it is a parking lot and other roof tops that you are looking out on. Regardless of the view, it was refreshing to sit out there with one of the complimentary beers from the mini fridge. The central air in this room was excellent! Quiet and always cool regardless of the hot temperatures outside. Breakfast was good, certainly not the portions that we are used to, but none the less good quality, good service, and charming atmosphere. We are actually trying to reserve this room again for September.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SherryBerry76
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Atlanta, GA
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

The hotel is well located in old town near restaurants, museums, the piers, and just right for walking around. The personnel were very helpful, especially the Director of Marketing, Michael. The room was spacious, the complimentary breakfast was very good, and the dinner we had there was superb. We were there for three nights and would return again and would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ford39
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Property: Hotel Bonaparte
Address: 447 St.-Francois Xavier, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2T1, Canada (Formerly Auberge Bonaparte)
Location: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Montreal
#4 Luxury Hotel in Montreal
#5 Family Hotel in Montreal
#25 Business Hotel in Montreal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bonaparte 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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