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.
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Bonaparte Montreal
- Auberge Bonaparte Hotel Montreal