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“Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of M Montreal

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M Montreal
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New York City, New York
1 review
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

I recently stayed in the M Montreal on a trip with a dear friend of mine. We were initially put off by the idea of hostels, but this place was more like a hotel for a hostel price. It was wonderful! We shared a double private room that came with its own bathroom... the room was gorgeous! I'm talking exposed brick walls, moldings on the ceilings, and a very new, very nice flat screen tv just opposite the bed. We had air conditioning, a very clean bathroom, and a ceiling fan in case we wanted a breeze... all for $90 a night. I would definitely stay here again! The staff was super friendly and the overall atmosphere of the hotel was fun, lively, and young. Definitely one of the best places I've stayed in awhile!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

Other than the location (if you want to be in the gay ghetto), there is nothing good about this hotel. Extremely noisy hotel (in fact its actually a hostel and they rent out some rooms as hotel rooms), with lots of smokers out front all night. I don't know why they say its affordable when its really on par with other rooms in the city, for a few dollars more you can get a large comfortable room at ANY other hotel in the city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

Nice bed, good breakfast, I've missed a wardrobe. The people who work there are great. Awesome location.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ghent, Belgium
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188 reviews
130 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

Pros: free on-site parking (!), clean room, fantastic location.
Cons: lousy complimentary breakfast, no computer in the lobby (yes, I still don't have a smartphone) and quite a lot of street noise (mostly because of roof works on the other side of the street).

Like someone else said, you won't get any better than this for the price in Montréal. The hotel is really well located, in a (certainly at night) lively neighborhood - I suppose not everyone will be at ease in Rue Ste Cathérine at night (or even in broad daylight), but I wasn't bothered, and our room was simple but clean.
Just go elsewhere for breakfast - the one they serve is depressing.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo
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135 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2011

Looking for an affordable hotel to stay some days in Montreal we found out Manoir Des Alpes. As any budget place, there are clearly ups and downs.

Considering the ups: the hotel is at the heart of Montreal. Bars, Restaurants, Pharmacies, Markets all those stuffs within easy walking distance. Berri-UQAM main subway station is close door. They have a parking fence aside the hotel for free! Staff, all of them, is gently, helpful, smiling and very friendly as they were our old buddies.

On the other hand, some issues may be improved. We’ve got the ground floor first room. It would be small for a person. Considering we were a couple, we had to struggle for space. As no space for additional luggage is available in the room, we used to go over them. Bed and pillows were old and far from being confortable. Actually I got pain in my neck the first day. I noticed the room was either dusty, despite they clean it every day. Also sound proof between rooms is quite weak. No fridge, nor safebox.

One of the main points was all ground floor rooms have no their own air-conditioner. It means air-conditioner is operated by a central device that provides coolness to every room (only for ground rooms). During our stay, it was common to find it off along the night, leaving the room fuggy. When it was on, it used to be very cold. Guests can’t calibrate the device.

The hotel provides free Wifi internet connection. Ask front desk for login and password. And, finally, breakfast is served in a small place every morning. It has limited options of food but I considered it enough for starting the day.

All in all this is a place for budget travellers. For the price you pay, you’ll get a simple place that is more likely a B&B than a hotel.

Room Tip: Ground rooms have no A/C.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, BC
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

We've stayed at the Hotel Manoir des Alpes on two separate occasions. The first time was when we arrived by car and needed a place with a secure and affordable place to park. They have a fenced parking lot and parking is FREE! The second time we stayed we arrived by plane and chose this hotel for it's central location and friendly staff. It's located 1/2 a block off St. Catherine's Street near "the Village", it's possible to walk to most of the major shopping streets and restaurants in downtown Montreal and easily to Old Town. Only two blocks from a major metro station, you can get to almost anywhere on the island in a short time. Within a couple of blocks, there are grocers, pubs, restaurants, liquor stores, parks and shopping. In the summer, St. Catherine's is blocked off to vehicular traffic through the length of The Village. The Village is the gay section, but my wife and I found it to be a very lively place and in no way threatening. The hotel offers free wifi, air conditioning and is clean and tidy.

A couple of cons about the hotel might be the small size of some of the rooms and the breakfasts can be tiresome after a few days, since the choice of food is limited to cereal and toast (bagels or bread) with a small selection of muffins. However, these are more than offset by the friendliness of the staff, the central location and the relative low cost for a place in central Montreal.

While we were there in July 2011, this hotel was going through an ownership change. Although it will not affect it's location, it may affect the other aspects (staff, cost, free parking, breakfasts) that make this place attractive.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

The room was mostly clean except for lots of dust on the air conditioning unit and the radiator which aggravated my allergies. It was tiny and seriously outdated. Not the kind of room for relaxing in. I had endless problems with the wifi and no one was able to assist me. On most days when I went back to the room at lunch time it had not been cleaned.

The location was very convenient and the price was good. The continental breakfast was not great - but quantities were ample. My first experience of a continental breakfast with no cheese in sight! Only powdered milk provided for coffee. Adjoining the dining room was a very run down kitchen with no dishwasher, which suggests that the dishes were washed by hand. One wonders about the hygiene thereof.

The staff were very friendly, but the hotel had nothing to offer in terms of either service or amenities. I'm not sure where the 3 stars came from. Based on discussions with other delegates at the conference I attended, it seems that the accommodation standards in Montreal are on the low side.

Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about M Montreal

Property: M Montreal
Address: 1245 rue St-Andre, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3T1, Canada (Formerly Hotel Manoir des Alpes)
Location: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > The Village (Gay Village)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 92 Specialty Lodging in Montreal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — M Montreal 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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