I recently stayed at this hotel and found the experience to be very nice. It is affordable and (you need to ask for one) you can have your own bathroom w/ shower. It was $69.00 for one night, which is very affordable.
It is in the Red Light District of Monteal (St. Catherine street) so you are going to see your share of various people. Let me tell from first hand experience, no one is waiting outside this hotel with handguns or waving knifes at you. Yes, even at 3am when I returned almost every night.
People, listen, there are good parts and bad parts of every city. With nightclubs and strip joints very close to this hotel, what would you expect to find? How ever you answer that is what is probably going to be the case. I will give you younger people some advice, mind your p's and q's (Your own business if you don't get that.) and you will be just fine. If you obnoxious after drinking or like to make comments at people you don't know, then you may just find trouble. So keep your comments to yourself until you are home or safe in yoru hotel room.
Seriously, it is a nice hotel, the person working behind the counter (Van) was very nice and we chatted the few days I was there. I would go back in a minute (and Van, I am coming back in the summer.) and it is safe.
People, listen up, it is not 1950 and you need to be careful where ever you go. Use your head, stay away from trouble and you will be just fine. However, if you want to be very secure, you can go to a Holiday Inn or Quality Inn (a little further away) and "Lot" more expensive, say to the tune of $200 a night.
Now, I don't know about you, but for me, I am not going to pay $200 a night for a hotel I will be in mainly to sleep and shower while vacationing! If you are a single person on a trip or a couple looking to save money, this is the hotel for you. If you want a room with a bathroom and shower, make sure you ask for one when you are making a reservation.
I hear people complaining about them not getting this or that when they reserve something and usually it's because they weren't paying attention to what was included with the reservation. Hope you find this useful.
P.S. I just want to clarify something. Canadians do not hate Americans. They hate obnoxious people, like Americans do as well. Actually, in the stores and places I went, the staff was friendlier to me there than in my own country. Yeah, that would be the United States!
Oh, and if you are traveling by bus, prepare to get off of it at the border, be polite and follow instructions (Have the proper documentation, Passport, Passcard or Enhanced Driver's License. (You need to go to Montpelier if you live in Vermont, and get this. The enhanced license that is. As of June 2009 your old driver's license and birth certificate will not do. Do not be stupid and find this out as you get to the border! ) and you will be just fine. Be rude, and you can expect to not get through or go to one of the rooms they have at the border station made for those kind of people. For the record, the Amercan side, coming back in, is where they can be rude. Be ready for it. Way different than if you are just driving through with your own vehicle. They will actually go through your bags, which is fine, but for me it was the way they did this that bothered me. Totally not called for. Other than that, the trip was great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa is ideally located in the heart of downtown Montreal, on the well-known Ste-Catherine Street, within walking distance from the Old Montreal, famous underground citycitybudgetcity shops, nightclubs, and many attractive festivals such as Jazz Festival, World Film Festival, Just For Laugh Festivals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Montreal