Hotel Le Germain Montreal
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Germany againzt Brasil, 7:1, what more do I have to say? Watched it in the middle of a bar full of Brasilians and I was one of the only one cheering for Germany. Oh man, these faces...:)
What else? Jazz Festival, Cirque du Soleil, stupid blonde hair, French still sucks ...
... tour was sweet. The street art in Montreal is insanely good so i spent a good deal of time browsing. Once i was done shopping i headed back and then organised for us to meet up at night at the light festival with James and Kema. This turned into another boozy night which started at the festival and ended up in a bar with a broken sewer main (actually smelled like ****) and then to a karaoke bar. Another late night resulting in a sure hangover for ...
... then ... there it is, colourful lights from a freezing distance... the bonsecours telus, the outdoor ice skating rink...
$6adults all day, plus $8rental, way cheaper than sydneys old indoor canterbury skating rink :D And while the jr bugs having a ball, sr bugs stay indoor with free wifi.... Throw in the beautiful background of the old town n city hall, picture perfect from inside (a bit freezing outside, prob minus 12?)
... It was nice to have a cup of coffee, relax and have lunch.
Checked and caught up with emails paid some bills, left Skype video messages to Linda, terry and Diana. Started downloading entries into Travelpod boy am I behind by a whole week. Got to remember which photos to to download into the blog.
No microwave so we have cold chicken from last night with tomato and burpless cucumber for dinner.
Skyped Mandy as we were a bit worried about her and had a ...
... checked American Football games for cities I'm visiting. It looks like I'll either be able to catch a Chicago Bears or a Washington Redskins game which should be cool. Organisation done I headed out only to bump into a Gay Pride Parade. It wasn't quite as flamboyant as I thought one would be but there were people or all ages, sizes and shapes both in the parade and crowd. After a while here I headed towards the waterfront to walk alongside ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Le Germain Montreal
A very classy lovenest
We were fortunate to spent 9 days at Le Germain in summer 2004, and with its exquisite apartment style it became our home from home. I have never found it so hard to leave a hotel: the ambience, the luscious cotton sheets, the photographs on the wall, the leather couch, and that sensational bathroom. .....all will be revealed to those who venture there.
Did not meet expectations
We had been told Le Germain was a stylish boutique hotel and this was true. The lobby and rooms were decorated in that favorite modern palette of dark brown, beige and cream. Our room was enormous and comfortable.
However, we found the service clumsy. After we checked in, we were asked to wait for a porter to show us to our room and help us with our bags. We waited for a long time, while watching various porters and other hotel staff stand around chatting with one another. Then, while we were dressing for dinner a staff member used his key to enter our room. A mistake obviously, but still. Finally, the next morning we went downstairs for breakfast, which looked like something you would get at a sub-par convention. The tables and carpets were dirty and the coffee was cold.
Considering what the hotel charges and the level of quality it claims to offer, we found our stay very disappointing.
An excellent experience
My wife, 15-month-old son and I recently spent a long weekend at Hotel Le Germain in Montreal. The hotel staff could not have been more accommodating and friendly. The concierge was especially help in recommending restaurants and walking tours. Our room was large (ask for a room ending in 06 when you check in) and comfortable. We would definitely stay here on our next visit to Montreal.
Loved Le Germain!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Le Germain from August 15 to August 19, 2004. We loved it! It is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, close to the metro, the restaurants, and all the other downtown attractions. The staff were very attentive and welcoming. The room was beautiful - big and nicely decorated. It does not have a feel of a typical hotel room.
The wall between the shower and the room is glass (there is a blind one can pull over the window), enabling you to watch TV (the Olympics in our case) while you shower. The decor was superb, and so was breakfast. The breakfast is included in the room rate, and it is not the typical continental breakfast you get at other hotels - pastries, cheese, eggs, french toast, cereals, yogurt, bagels, spreads and peanut butter, coffee, tea, cappuccino, juice, fresh fruit, etc.
The coffee and tea machine is on the mezzanine level, and Le Germain guests can help themselves to a cup of tea, coffee, or cappuccino at any time. There is also bottled water and fresh fruit available continuously.
Every day, we found chocolates on our pillow and weather report on the night stand. The towels and the bath robes are soft and luxurious; the glasses are stylish (good enough to purchase for your own use, which you can do at Le Germain).
Superb! We will definitely be back!
Loved the Hotel Le Germain!
We stayed at Le Germain last summer with our two teenage sons. The staff was excellent! They set my husband and one son up on a white water rafting afternoon! Each evening the concierge made reservations at the most wonderful restaurants in the city with the best tables in the house! Our rooms were spotless. The music on the stereo welcomed us each evening after a long day of sightseeing. This hotel has managed to do the impossible......to please both parents and teenagers! Bravo!
Having hear a lot about this place maybe I was expecting too much...
room was dirty: carpets, desk chair, bed sheets had finger prints on them, restaurant. Restaurant staff quite abrasive. Great location, but I don't get what all the hype is about.
Le Germain was the perfect spot for a truly relaxing Montreal weekend, with superb service, amenities and a great location. The understated decor, the truly comfortable, sumptious beds and beautiful, well-appointed bathrooms made for a great retreat.
The breakfast included with the room was excellent, including very good espresso, lots of fresh fruit and other healthy choices as well as scrumptions pastries and crepes. The staff went out of their way to recommend great restaurants, shopping spots and other interesting things to do in Montreal. Our highlight was the bartender who also designed shoes and gave us some great shopping and dining hints!
The hotel is small and intimate, almost serene, contemporary but not at all hard-edged. We found the serenity great for a girls' weekend away from the kids and hubby's -- the few children there seemed happy enough, but I would probably do a family stay elsewhere.
I have stayed in a lot of high end hotels, and would absolutely recommend Le Germain for a luxurious, quiet stay in Montreal. Check out their web site for a good overview.
Hot, comfy, great sevice, all you want for a beautiful stay! I travel a lot and that's a must! 2 times bravo!
Great Service, Great Location
I am a regular traveller to North America and am often disappointed with the service at expensive hotels. I have found an excellent one though in Montreal. This hotel was the best I have stayed in ever. The staff are fantastic, the location is great and the arty decor a joy to be around. I will definitely stay there whenever I am in Montreal and will seek out their hotels in other locations as well.