We have been using this hotel for trips to Montreal irregularly for about twenty years. Since I keep going back it must be time to review it. It is convenient to most of Montreal, especially train stations and subway. Its architecture comes from a period when concrete was popular for everything. It reminds me of Expo 67 and exciting times in Montreal. The hotel is on the top of a very large convention centre, which means the entrance can be hard to find and always involves an elevator ride. The elevator to the lobby has always been quick, which is surprising to me. I find parking beneath the hotel easy, the path to the hotel is tricky but well indicated. The rooms are at the outer edge of the building which can mean a long walk to your room but easy access to all common areas. There is a large peaceful garden with trees and streams inside the ring of rooms. The gardens also have the best feature of this hotel which is a big outdoor pool. It is open long hours in all weather and was a favourite for all of our family. When we first went to the Bonaventure we were allowed to play in snow while in the pool, but now that is prohibited. The rooms are nothing special in size or features, but they have high quality furnishing and are clean and well maintained. Most have nice views of gardens or the St. Lawrence river. The restaurant (we sometimes used it for breakfast) has consistently good food and service.
Now for the disadvantages of this hotel. Even "flexible" reservations cannot be changed within three days of arrival. Over the years, the staff (except restaurant) were variable, some were very pleasant but some were uninformed and unhelpful. However, on our most recent stay the staff were very good. The price is usually high so if the pool or location isn't important, you can find better value.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel Montreal
- Montreal Hilton