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After a short two hour busride from Ottawa i arrived in Montreal.
I knew the directions to the hostel but reading the streetsigns was a challenge for me.Its all in french!I didnt know that my lack of the french language will be a big issue for me.But it was!
Everyone on the street would talk french,you walk in a shop and everything is …
Ich weiss nicht, wie viel ich ueber Montreal erzaehlen koennte. Endlos...
Tatsaechlich beschraenke ich mich aufs Wesentliche und das ist: irrational vielseitig.
Ueberall Farben, Menschen, Gerueche, Musik und verschiedenste Architektur.
Die Stadt scheint zu vibrieren, zu zelebrieren und zu lieben. Jederzeit.
Weil ihr Ruf der …
Up at 5:30 this morning to shower and finish packing. Mike tried to work the fancy coffee maker in the room while I showered but it was uncooperative and would only give us hot water. This is not a good way to start a long day. We headed down to the front lobby about 7 a.m. and checked out. The 7:15 bus which is a huge tour bus arrived about 7:20 and we all loaded up and off to the airport.
Once there we checked our luggage, went through passport ...
... as far into other states as I had hoped without your own vehicle, there is very limited travel options to go touring in the smaller towns so we were content with the beautiful scenery we were able to see. We did a boat trip down the Hudson River from Kingston which was superb and a few days spent in historic Kingston itself was most worthwhile from a history point of view. We returned to explore Montreal and explore we did! We loved it,the ...
... shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 long-sleeve top, 1 pair of socks, 5 pairs of boxers, etc) my bags make me feel like a pack-horse! Come 10 November however, I shall be parting with the case of Canada clothes as I send it back by surface mail and see which of us gets home first!!! It's shorts & t-shirt weather all the way after Canada! A fantastic flight - and that's even with it being budget long-haul operator Air Transat [Keith Blackham - a refurbished ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsM Montreal
Clean,secure,central,great Breakfast,comedy nights with stand up comedians,bar in the basement and great staff!
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Historical Traveler Reviews M Montreal
"Eclectic" decor = "charming"!!!
We stayed at this hotel in November 2004. It was cold outside (VERY cold!) but the hotel heating was still warm, so warm that I was opening a window...
Yes the decor is a peculiar combination of mahogony sideboards, exposed brick walls and 80's blown vinyl wallpaper. But who cares? The room was clean, the shower hot and the beds comfortable. How much time are you going to spend in the room admiring the decor?! Having said that, my friend said the noise of a couple in bed in the room above ours woke him up!
Breakfast is of the cereal and croissants variety - and I didn't think the milk had been watered down! Also the staff didn't seem sad to me. My emails were answered quickly and booking was easy.
The hotel is located on a side street off Rue Ste Catherine just as it enters the gay area of the city. Plenty of places to eat and drink in the area - some seedier than others - but use your commonsense when choosing a place for a pint. The hotel is close to Berri-UQAM Metro station for when it's too hot or cold to walk about. And if you manage to find the "underground city" please let us know.....we couldn't find it!
I would happily stay at this hotel again and recommend it.
Me and my wife were at the Manoir in april 2004, It s a nice old house with nice rooms , maybe need to be refresh colours in rooms are sad and heavy, ugly carpets but clean. Perfect location downtown but they should tell that it is in the village ( many gay people when we were there). Various breakfast but orange juice limited and the owner gives you one glass of orange juice and when I asked for a second one he gave me the eye. Talking about the owner that man was screaming at an employee because someone left their suitcase and he had another fit when the phone rang and nobody was talking...,plus one of the staff told us the he puts water in the milk for breakfast, so if your cereals taste water don't ask.We could not take our e-mails from the hotel.But like I said the place is very cleen and quiet only if the staff could smile they all look so sad and bored.You should see that big and free parking this is a plus in Montreal downtown
We will be back and hoping the owner won't be there.
Jules et Marie
Good choice if on a budget in Montreal
Meticulously clean, smallish but comfortable and well decorated rooms, central location (within easy walking distance of Old Montreal), staff friendly and most helpful, and a very reasonable price. Definitely, an excellent value for your travel dollar. Area a bit seedy, but hey, that's local color! The streets are safe and my family and myself felt comfortable strolling the area even into the wee hours. I'll definitely stay here again.
Nice cozy little hotel convenient to all Montreal has to offer.
We stayed at Manoir des Alpes for a week in April of 2002 as well. We loved our experience in Montreal, and having a decent little hotel so close to all the action and centrally located in the heart of St. Catherine/Latin Quarter but only a few blocks walk to old Montreal was a bonus as well. Having never been to Montreal, not knowing the layout, and taking the train from Baltimore and then NYC we were left unfamiliar upon arivial. We were pleasantly impressed with the convenience of the location and the friendly staff upon checking in. The rooms were somewhat small. Actually, our room didn't lack floorspace, but I suppose it was a corner room and had a bottleneck between the two bed areas. The bathroom was spacious and tiled, and we had 3 or 4 lovely windows that opened to take in the Montreal air. It is a side street, so traffic wasn't a concern. We were blessed with unseasonably warm weather in the 70s for 4 of our 5 days there, and treated to an earthquake which awoke us on our last day, and our first cold morning. The hotel rumbled and shook, but obviously is a fine old building, just like the rest of Montreal. On the train out we were informed it was a richter (sp?) 5.2 quake. Our train crept along while they checked the rail out in front of us until we reached NY.
Overall, while the hotel is secondary to our trips, it is nice to have pleasant accomadations to return to after a long day of sightseeing, botanical gardens, and Expos games. Manoir des Alpes filled the bill quite well... And I believe it was roughly $180-200 US for the whole week, which was quite a bargain.
It's also close to the subway, within 2 blocks, so when you get bored of St. Catherine street and the Latin Quarter (which you could easily spend a day or two exploring that area), it's easy to venture over to the stadium/botanical garden/ecodome/olympic area on the subway, or walk down to Old Montreal in a few minutes, or be adventurous and walk up to Mont Royal, both at night and daytime. You HAVE to do this. I hear the busses run up there too, or cabs, or if you drove to Montreal you could drive up I suppose. We walked, and were happy to do so. It is wonderful to see the city being left behind and below you, and the views from the overlooks are stunning and romantic. Explore some of the trails up there during the day, as there is a cliffside trail which gives several scenic views of different areas of Montreal as well.
I would also recommend going to the other side of Mont Royal and up to the St. Josephs Oratory of Mount Royal. Being that all my siblings and I have saints for our middle names, Joseph being mine, this was a must for my trip. However, it should be for yours as well. In addition to the history I read of it being the largest oratory to St. Josephs outside of Rome, it also offers stunning views. I recommend doing St. Josephs in the evening while still light, then wandering through the neighborhoods behind it back up to the observatory over the city. Quite a nice experience. Montreal is a good place to just wander and find your way.
Oh, and my experience demonstrates you don't have to know any french really to get along well in Montreal. Though if you're willing, the natives we encountered were more than happy to amuse themselves teaching you a little conversational french!
GREAT LITTLE HOTEL
This is a great little hotel with plenty of charm. The rooms are small but a helpful and polite staff more than make up for this. All rooms are neat and have the necessities to make the traveler comfortable and the price can't be beat. I travel to Montreal often and this hotel is my first choice.
Friendly & Very helpful hotel staff. It's decent for the price you pay. For the same rate, you can either get a small room or a bigger room. Make sure you ask them for the bigger room as you check in. I stayed there 3 times. I got small room with a half-size bath tub on the first two visit. On the last one, they gave me a bigger & nicer room at the same price of first two visits.
A well kept secret!
I often go to Montreal and book in large downtown hotels (thanks to the US dollard). I went with a friend (who has a tighter budget than I do) and he wanted me to try something different. At first I was skeptical but I deciced to give it a try. Let me just say that I was pleasently suprised. The rooms are nice and very clean, the breakfast offers a wide choice and is "all you can eat", the parking is immense and I enjoyed the small chats a had with the friendly staff. Of course I can forget about the pool and the small gym but I rarely use those facilities, I saved the extra money to buy myself some new clothes.I'm definately going back by myself next time, it's my new little secret.
Offered a clean & comfortable room in a great location for my needs and interests. Staff was friendly and helpful with transportation, etc. Is a good value for the $, but rooms on the street side are noisy.
Beware of this hotel !!!!
I have stayed at this hotel a few times because it's in "the village". It's cheap.... It's run down...but it
was clean. Don't expect ANY service at all !!!
I called to make a reservation on Wednesday for the Saturday. Everything was fine. The person I was visiting in Montreal got sick so my trip was cancelled. I called back Thursday morning to cancel my reservation. The guy who answered the phone asked me very rudely why I had made the reservation when I was only going to have to cancel. He found my reservation and hung up on me. I called back to confirm that my credit card would not be charged for this room. He screamed at me..."DON'T WORRY, WE AREN'T GOING TO CHARGE YOU....DON'T WORRY....DON'T WORRY !!!"
and hung up on me again. Last time I stay there !!
Nice place to stay
My husband and I stayed at this Hotel in 2000. We thought it was a nice little spot to stay. Breakfast was included and the price per night was quite reasonable. We were also close to everything and the subway was also nearby.