Hotel Auberge is located just next to the Botanical Garden and Olympic Stadium. Great photoshots can be had at this location. It is also near the Metro Station Vial that is about 10 mins walk. With free parking provided, one can hop onto the trains to the city without having to contend with parking problems there. Nearby the hotel is Place Versailles which is a big shopping mall. It is 5 mins away by car but hotel shuttle can bring you there anytime on request. Don't forget to tip the driver for this. Based on my internet search, I reckon there are only two hotels in Montreal that provide free parking - the other one is way out of the city with no nearby Metro station. The other freebie is the internet access in your rooms.
The front desk is helpful and speaks good English. We were allocated a room 2 hours of check in time. A great relief after a long drive.
For hotel stay I have a few quibbles: there is no soap receptacles in the standing shower - one has to place shampoo and soap bottles on the floor or edge of the shower basin. The extra bed provided sagged badly at the centre and this is bad for the back. Laying the mattress on the floor is the best course of action.
Although it was great to have free parking, I discovered to my horror a nail stuck deliberately on my car tire just before I was about to move off. Having only picked up the car at Toronto and then making two brief stops before arriving at the hotel, I cannot but conclude that it took place at hotel confines. The security called to investigate cannot do much. Lesson learnt - park your car infront of the hotel. I parked at the side of the hotel as my room was there and overlook the my parked car. But what's the use? Some wild parties the night before could have done the damage. Well, small inconvenience, as Avis replaced me another car at the Montreal Airport.
Barring the prank on the car, the hotel stay is quite pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Universel Montreal, rated 3 diamonds (AAA/CAA) located on Sherbrooke Street by the Olympic Stadium, Biodome, Botanical Garden, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and Viau Metro station. Offering 230 clean, smoke-free, spacious rooms in various categories equipped with all amenities of a 4 star including FREE wireless high-speed internet. International cuisine restaurant. Unwind at our Bar Lounge or enjoy our 2 HEATED SWIMMING POOLS (indoor and outdoor (seasonal). 13 Conference/ Reception halls for up to 550 people. FREE PARKING. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Universel Hotel