Travel Blogs from Montreal
Aahhh, back in the comforting familiarity of a city. No more risk of getting stranded due to high tide, or having my breakfast interrupted by a group of whales jumping outside the window. Back to being annoyed by people walking slowly, and stopping directly in front of me on the pavement.
I walked round Montreal old town today …
Hi guys, The flight was the best yet from Boston a nice tiny plane that couldn't have held more than 60 or so passengers. I have been in pickup trucks that have had more ground clearance from the asphalt however my joy was not shared as KT was a funny shade of green from take off to landing oh well never mind. Anyway when we got here we thought we …
... go to the top of Mont Royal for the view over Montreal. We're probably going to stay in Montreal for a couple more days due to the snow storm rather than head to Quebec. I'm a bit disappointed but the roads are pretty shocking looking at the moment plus we haven't dug out our car yet - great job for the boys in the morning. Montreal's a nice city with some rather nice boulangerie, delicious bagels and excellent public transport (the Metro is ...
... 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 ...
... we went to the Canadian version of a grocery store – Loblows. We went here several times during our trip and were totally impressed with the price (for Canada that is) and their selection. Their Indian stuff was almost as good as going to an Indian grocery back home. This really beats Kroger and Publix back in Atlanta. Plus, the building was in an old warehouse close to the center of town. So we got some provisions and then drove back to the campground to take care of the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Champ-De-Mars Montreal
I used to travel for a living as an IT consultant, so I've had to put up with many second rate hotels. This hotel is by far the worst place I have ever stayed. The entire hotel in is disrepair. There are four floors and NO elevator. The rooms are small, very small - some only as big a queen bed, with no place to put your luggage. The mattresses have springs popping out of them and the toilets are defective. I had the misfortune of trying out three rooms in this nightmare of a hotel and staying a total of four nights. It completely ruined my trip to Montreal. If you have a choice, ANY CHOICE, do NOT stay at this hotel. Pay more, don't go - whatever, just don't stay at this hotel you'll regret it.
We booked this hotel for one night as we wanted to extend our stay in Montreal for a further day/night - BIG MISTAKE!!!!! It is an old listed building with no elevator which we were told when we were booking but as the town was busy and this was the only place we could get in the old montreal town we were happy to take it. Looks lovely on the outside on the ground level - look up and you will see a very delapalated building with horrible curtains and rotten windows.
If all you need is a cheap place to sleep with breakfast, located in the old city, this is the place for you.
I and my girlfriend just went for Memorial Weekend '05.
My husband and I along with two friends (another married couple) stayed a the hotel in mid-May of 2005. We had a wonderful time! The hotel staff are pleasant and friendly and make every effort to make your stay an enjoyable one. It is a very secure building with restricted access to the floors with rooms. The breakfast, which is included in the price of the room was excellent. I have never had a better breakfast at a hotel.
We chose Hotel Champ-De-Mars for its' proximity to Old Montreal, where we saw a Cirque Du Soleil show. We had to climb what seemed like an endless number of steep, narrow stairs to get to our room on the 3rd floor. We got there only to find the room was still dirty. When we called the receptionist she apologized and sent someone right away to clean it. The furniture consisted of 2 beds (a double and a single), a dresser, and a wall-mounted TV, with just enough room to walk around the beds. This was enough for us because we only stayed one night and didn't spend much time in the room, but for longer stays it would be insufficient. That evening we stopped in the restaurant-bar-bistro where we waited 20 minutes for a cup of coffee despite there being only one other customer there, but we were still excited about the show and didn't really mind. The breakfast was very good. It was a full meal, very good, and the waitress was very nice. She even offered us seconds. Overall, this hotel suited our needs because we really only needed a place to sleep after the show, but I wouldn't want to spend any more time there than we did.
The room was clean but this hotel does not have basic amenities. There is no alarm clock in the room and no wake up service, the desk closes at 11 PM at night and doesn't reopen until the next morning. The plumbing is noisy and the location is noisy. The room was very small (approx. 11'x12'). The bathroom was a good size but had no area to place your toiletries. There were no closets in the room. The TV was a 13" TV placed high in a corner of the room. The lighting was not adequate. The only lock on the door was the key lock; there was no dead bolt or chain. There was no blow dryer or coffee in the room (I consider these items as extra niceties). If there was an elevator we were not informed of its location. The advertised fitness center is not on the premises. The breakfast hours were from 8AM to 11AM; therefore, if you are attending a conference you must go elsewhere for breakfast. The hotel is on the outer edge of the tourist area in Old Montreal. The last 3-4 blocks to the hotel did not appear to be well traveled in the evening and my husband and I did not feel comfortable walking back to our hotel after dinner. During the day there was good foot traffic on some roads. We booked this hotel because we are interested in old downtown buildings that have been renovated. The renovations at this location were not in keeping with the historical structure on the inside.
Postives: *helpful staff *full breakfast *easy walking distance of all of Old Town* proximity to fabulous Claude Postel bakery, lunch and chocolate place on Rue Notre Dame.
Questionable Reservation Practices
We never stayed at Hotel du Vieux Port. We made a reservation, paid for it in full on credit card. Received 2 confirmations via email. Then 16 days later, we received another email saying that the hotel was overbooked, and that the management of Hotel du Vieux Port will refuse to honor our reservations. (This hotel has a policy of a $25. fee for changes, and no refunds). BEWARE OF THIS HOTEL IF YOU BOOK ONLINE!
Very questionable booking practices for the Grand Prix Week in June!
A reasonably priced, small European-style hotel - check-in wicket and small, comfortable lobby with lots of printed tourist guides set out - at the edge of Old Montreal. Within easy walking distance of the port and the other Old Montreal attractions, without being in the middle of it all. Although the rooms are not fancy, they are clean, quiet (especially those at the back), and comfortable. The real strengths - and the reason I rate this hotel above average in its category - are its staff and amenities. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and the price of the room includes a full, American-style breakfast and free use of the facilities at a top-flight fitness centre just one block away (gym and pool). The hotel's bar-restaurant also showcases live blues and jazz on weekends.