Organizing a long weekend for a couple of New York-based friends, I picked the W Montreal for it's location and somewhat modern, trendy decor (versus the non-descript chains or smaller B&B boutique hotels). It didn't hurt that that the W were running a promotion that brought their prices inline with other nearby hotels and included free cocktails with the stay.
The location is perfect: directly connected to the Metro (which makes trips to the Plateau and Mont-Royal a 15 minute ride), a short 5 minute walk to Old Montreal, and just a block away from the STM 747 airport bus. Moreover, there's a Bixi bike rack in the square across from the hotel, which makes it convenient to bike everywhere.
The staff were friendly and helpful and overall, the stay was uneventful. We had booked two rooms and on arrival, only the Mega Room (with two queen beds) was available. The staff explained the benefits of SPG Gold and internet was comped for the stay (otherwise, it would have been $29 for two days), as well as late check-out offered (and accepted). The second room (with a king bed) became available several hours after they had promised, but in the end was an upgraded room overlooking the square (versus atrium) and featured an exposed rainfall shower.
The Mega Room room I had booked was also unconventional, although very spacious. Located on the top floor (the 10th), the highlight of the room was an exposed bath tub and sink area, along with the two queen beds, chaise, desk, and wardrobe. A separate see-through shower room (with curtain) and small bathroom were also attached to the open bathroom area. The bath area could be closed off with a curtain, but there was an opening on the side which provided full viewing into the bathroom area and made it less desirable to use the bath. With a bit of creative timing and willingness to avoid roaming around the room, we were able to go about our business without it being too awkward but for those who want privacy, you're best to stay away from the W.
As expected, the room featured the standard W elements: stereo with iPod dock, safe, ironing board and iron, minibar, and Bliss products. The only two disappointments with the room was that it overlooked the roof of the atrium (providing an obstructed view) and that housekeeping was near non-existant: bathroom products weren't refilled, ironing board wasn't put away, and it looked like they had just done a cursory tidying.
Returning Saturday night at 2:30 am, the attached night club was happening and could be heard by our friend on the 8th floor. Our floor, while having a bachelorette party in the nearby suite, was quiet and overall we all had restful nights. Sunday night, the hotel felt dead and void of any club-ish vibe, which suited our tastes. We did have a couple of drinks at Bartini, their small lobby bar, but otherwise visited Montreal.
The fitness center is small and located far in the basement. If the weather is good, I'd recommend heading down to the canal and making a loop to Atwater market and back (approx. 5 miles). Otherwise, there was also a tiny business center, attached restaurant, and a more inviting lounge on the second floor.
All in all, I was happy to have chosen the W Montreal. It wasn't as nice as the W Santiago, but is also an older property that is apparently to undergo renovations in 2013. Furnishings were inline with North American W hotels, and while trendy, did show their age. That said, for a more modern and trendy place, it's definitely a good option ... and you can't beat the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the city's historic Banque du Canada building transformed into a rich, modern tapestry, W Montreal is close to Old Montreal, the Montreal Museum of fine Arts and the city's downtown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Montreal Hotel Montreal
- w Hotels Montreal
- w Hotel Montreal