I chose the Hotel St. Paul as the usual places I stay for business in Montréal were full. I found it OK and can only describe it my not meshing with the whole feel of the place.
The decor was minimalist chic and I'm generally OK with that. For example I generally enjoy the Aloft by Trudeau airport. Perhaps it's a series of disappointments that have predisposed me negatively. These are, a lack of parking other than valet, unexpectedly having to pay for Internet access and not having breakfast included. The last two could be my own fault but were a negative surprise nonetheless.
Otherwise, as many other reviewers have mentioned the decor is minimalist chic with some funky elements like the slanted floor mirror and the fuzzy White chair. The chocolate in the room is a nice touch, and the pillar in the room makes it distictive. All the appointments to the room seem fine, it was actually nice to see that there's an umbrella hanging in the closest (behind the tinsy winsy ironing board).
The toiletries are fine but their presentation seems somewhat ostentatious/affected being covered by a clear acrylic box. I never did figure out what to do with the box besides set it somewhere out of the way. It was nice having a robe to use in the room and it's cute the way they arrange two robes in the bathroom. One bathroom bugaboo, there doesn't seem to be anyplace to hang hand towels.
The desk is waaay too small. It's more reminiscent of a shelf than a desk. I put the phone on the floor to make room for a mouse pad. And there's the annoying crawling under to get to a power outlet thing. Also, it's always annoying having to pay extra for Internet access.
There's a flat screen TV but, as usual, only analog cable. I don't remember if there was a fitness center or a business center, can't remember signage and certainly didn't go looking for it.
I never did get a chance to to enjoy the part of town that the Hotel is in, perhaps that would have improved my overall mood. Still, for my next business trip to Montréal I'll revert to one of my usual hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in an original Beaux-Arts building in the historic quarter of Old Montreal, the St Paul opened in 2001 as Canada’s first ever boutique hotel. The 119-room property, designed by Montreal-based design firm Borrallo Interiors offers a timeless blend of past and present, and an innovative design that maintains the integrity of the building’s original architecture. Bold juxtapositions of color and texture heighten the senses and transport guests on a visual journey throughout their stay. Masculine elements like straight cuts and strong lines collide with feminine expressions found in the fashion-inspired fabrics to create a soothing paradox ... more less
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