I realize this is a glowing review for an inexpensive option, but in regards to what you are getting versus what you spend, and relative to the other hotels even in a five block radius, the Manoir St. Denis is hands down the best option and deserving of the praise. While I agree with most of the previous reviews, I think there should be some qualification in the rating system. If you're staying at a one or two star hotel(in regards to price range) there should be realistic expectations relative to what you're paying for, size of room/ continental breakfast selection etc. The majority of the reviews are positive, but so few exceed "average," while having few, if any, complaints. And if said complaints are observations on the reality of 'cheaper options," (smaller rooms and simpler breakfast) than it's a disservice to those hotels to complain about things any traveller should expect when reserving at a hotel in that price range. You want a bigger room and more lavish breakfast, pay more. Most traveller's know there are tradeoffs when budgeting a trip, and considering what you get here, versus hostel prices(the low end of the spectrum and no longer an option for most) or spending twice as much for a few more square feet in a room or a bigger breakfast, there's no question. For the proximity to cheap parking and the ease of entering and exiting the city, it's the best option. The staff is flexible and understanding, and the more you visit, the stronger the rapport. In terms of great restaurants and places to see, you are in a fantastic location considering how much you'll save compared to the places off St. Catherine a few blocks away. Even finding someplace in peak season under $80/night (tax included) is next to impossible. To pay less than $100 it goes without say that concessions will have to be made. Having realistic expectations relative to your budget is essential. Take for example the econo lodge up the street(off dominique) the prices fluctuate all year without the quality of the room changing, so right now you pay twice as much for what amounts to a few more square feet in the room, and who's staying indoors in Montreal during the summer festivals? Not to mention the only time I ever had a problem where housekeeping emptied my room thinking I had already checked out happened at one of the larger chains.
It almost seems as if the review score is restricted by the star rating of the hotel, but if that's so and a two star hotel gets a three star review, shouldn't the rating go from average to excellent, relative to what you are paying for? I've paid five star prices and had worse stays. If you have to visit on business regularly, or have friends and family in town, it's likely you just need a clean and warm place to sleep. If that's the case, in terms of staff, rooms, parking and local restaurants/attractions, I defy you to find someplace comparable. The next best option is Hotel Viger on St. Hubert, and that was recommended by the staff at the Manoir when they were full.
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