This is going to be a long review because I have so much to say about this lovely gem of a hotel! I hope I include all the information that I know I know I look for in a review and a hotel.
For starters, this hotel is in a great location. I admittedly am kind of boring these days and don't go to clubs, I'm much more of a chill out and people watch and have some drinks kind of person, so your mileage may vary.
For me, this location was great because it was only a few blocks from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a few blocks from Dorchester Square where you can get the hop on/hop off buses and a main tourist info office to set up other city tours, ten minute walk from where several free outdoor tents were located for the Jazz Festival, walking distance to a number of other museums/galleries (including the McCord Museum), not that far from the Royal Park, several delicious restaurants in the area, the underground giant shopping complex starts on the same block as the hotel, St Catherine is street is a block away for shopping as well with an English and French movie theater, there are a few public transportation options right by the hotel and a taxi waiting area across the street along with a bank/ATM access...it's a really great location in that regard. I was there during a heat wave, so I didn't walk down to the water or old Montreal, I took the hop on/off buses but it's definitely feasible in better weather.
The staff is amazingly nice. Very lovely, wonderful people who will do a lot to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The bedding is all down, and my friend is allergic to feathers so they promptly switched her bedding out to just as comfortable synthetic materials that wouldn't make her have a reaction. There was a free snack cart that made the rounds in the early evening (free snacks! seriously!). There are two bottles of complimentary water in the room which the hotel happily resupplied for us once. The drinks at the bar were very good, the white wine sangria is beyond tasty so try that for sure, and I had a Chablis that was SO GOOD for 13cad a glass.
The gym is quite small but the machines were well kept, I got in a few light work outs. You might have to wait a while for a spot, crowd depending, so be prepared for that at least in the mornings. The pool is also small but very refreshing and seemed pretty well protected from the sun, plus the water is heated. I thoroughly appreciated an afternoon dip after several days of intense heat wave humidity.
And let me tell you all something right now. The beds? Are the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in, in my entire life. I don't know how they're so comfortable. It can only be magic. My friend and I slept in our beds and said constantly, 'this bed is so comfortable!!'.
The room decor was cozy, peaceful. The curtains are quite good at darkening the room so be careful, you can keep snoozin', that's how dark and cozy the room can get. I had two beds in my room, my friend and I shared and there was enough space for both of us. More than two people might be tight, though. 90% of the time the room was incredibly quiet. We were on the 4th floor across from the gym, so we heard that door opening and closing a lot. And randomly at night there would be loud music for a short spell, which was off putting but I'm a light sleeper by default so I always wear ear plugs when traveling. I wasn't woken up once with ear plugs in. If you're also a light sleeper then I recommend staying on a higher floor for sure, and not on the 2nd (where the pool is located) or the 4th (by the gym) so you have less foot traffic in the hallway. I found plenty of French and English tv shows available for free, so if you find yourself in the room for a while you can easily catch up on the news, weather or a tv show.
note: The tub is quite large for a bath so pick up some bath bubbles or bath salts if you remember and enjoy that sucker. The shower water pressure was quite good. Do know that there are wooden slat blinds that open up from the bathroom into the bed room area, so if you want to you can watch your friends bath or do other, uh, business. haha. there is glass behind the wooden slats so you will not steam up your main room area. I'm honestly not sure why the blinds are there. With the blinds closed you have privacy for sure. We did notice that leaving the blinds opened as we were doing our makeup gave us more light in the bathroom so that was good.
MY ONLY REAL COMPLAINT: the wifi connection is the PITS. Super sucky. The free wifi aspect was only for 24 continuous hours, which is fine (I was willing to pay for longer wifi connection) but the signal dropped constantly. It was fairly useless, so that was a big bummer. That is hands down my ONLY complaint.
Otherwise, super cute hotel and I WILL be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le St-Martin Hotel Particulier Downtown is a haven of comfort overlooking urban life. It offers 123 rooms and suites with a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects its philosophy. A unique blend of contemporary and traditional style endows Le St-Martin with charm and gives meaning to the term "Hotel Particulier." ... more less
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