Where to begin?
Let’s start with the Positives: the location is handy to local businesses and restaurants. There is a nice large covered porch overlooking the highway. Everyone’s room had a functioning fridge. A very nice little grocery store was a two minute walk away, where one could purchase good fresh sandwiches, salads and cold beer. Free parking is provided, though the lots were small.
Negatives: First and foremost, I would bet a week’s salary that this place is infested with mould. There is a very strange and troubling smell in many parts of the building, especially in the lower levels (and unfortunately, my room). It was very apparent to anyone who went to the lower floors. One friend came to my room to visit and had to leave within minutes as she was feeling ill. It made my asthma flare up quite badly (in the mornings, after sleeping). There is no elevator in the building, so luggage has to be dragged up the stairs without any help. The building itself is not (I repeat, NOT) air conditioned. Individual rooms are. During our week, we experienced a heat wave where temperatures with the humidity went into the low 40’s C. The dining area, lobby and hallways were unbearable. Having gone for a work conference, we were hopeful that the meeting room was air conditioned. Unfortunately only one of the small wall units was functioning and the room soon became swealteringly hot (50+ warm bodies did little to help). Large fans were provided which gave a bit of relief, but also caused people’s hair and papers to be constantly in motion. The décor of the entire hotel is dated and tacky (plastic flowers and old furniture abound). Water jugs were refilled using large orange industrial sized buckets of ice water, which were left on the floor. Not a joke - I took a picture.
A dinner party was planned for our staff, which unfortunately was held in the basement meeting room where we spent our days. The dinner was a set menu with two choices. Salad or soup, chicken brochette (one) or boeuf bourgignon, and desert. Soup was a tepid carrot purée; boeuf bourgignon was a few cubes of tough meat with one half piece of a tinned button mushroom. Steamed frozen vegetables and three small new potato halves were the accompaniment. Desert was some sort of cake with berries on top, which were frozen solid. Dinner rolls were provided still in their cellophane wrappers, much like Twinkies (again, not a joke). All this for $33 (!). I’ve had better food at hospital cafeterias. Continental breakfast consisted of bagels and breads, served in their bags in small plastic containers one would normally use to store socks and underwear etc. There were two toasters and a large container of warm margarine, full of crumbs and other debris. Some fruit and yogurt was also available. There were also two waffle griddles and a container of batter which was dispensed much like a snow-cone machine. Unfortunately the batter was off, and had an acrid / acidic taste. It was inedible. Pitchers of water and “juice” were also provided. The juice made one long for the days of Tang, as Tang would have been a marked improvement over this sugary urine-coloured concoction.
Absolutely without reservation, one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at in my entire life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enter the old world charm of the Auberge Montebello, an elegant Victorian mansion whose inner doors open into a modern extension, complete with exercise room, rooftop sauna, garden, swimming pool, and full service spa. Welcome to the Auberge Montebello, a hotel with a difference. The Auberge Montebello is the ideal getaway. For those special “spoil me” occasions. For the business “road warrior” at the end of a busy day or for that important meeting with business colleagues. For travelers who prefer a more relaxed pace. Our doors are open to you. Once you enter the Auberge Montebello you will discover our unique approach to personal service. You will find fine dining in our elegant and licensed Dining Room. ... more less
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