I'm not a fan of this hotel but (1) it's close to the Montreal office of the company I work for and (2) the other hotels I checked out were booked because of Les FrancoFolies de Montreal.
I had booked a king room but there were none available when I checked in so they gave me a room with two double beds on the 11th floor ... this was apparently an upgrade because (1) it's on higher floor and (2) the view isn't of office buildings.
Les FrancoFolies de Montreal was right outside my window so I could hear and see a lot, which is cool. The receptionist had assured me that the music would be over at 11pm but it wasn't ... the last bands came on at 11pm and played 'til midnight. Good thing I'm a night owl!
Here's the view during Les FrancoFolies de Montreal Tuesday night ...
... and the same view yesterday morning.
Here's my room:
Why don't I like this hotel?
- The rooms are dated and in need of upgrading (though the lobby has recently had an extensive renovation).
- The bath tub isn't very deep and the faucet and showerhead aren't centred and are off to the side.
- The soap, shampoo, etc. are white ginger scented and smell nasty. I noticed this time that the products are different ... maybe they have changed the supplier or perhaps the "upgraded" rooms get a better one.
- The main reason I'm not a fan is because of the elevators. You have to take an elevator from the lobby to the room, which is standard ... but the four elevators are sooooooooooo slow and take forever to come and then get you where you want to go. Then to get out of the lobby and onto the street or the mall that's attached, you have to take other elevators.
The plus is that it's on Rue St-Catherine so it's handy to shopping and restaurants.