Travel Blogs from Montreal
... our destination—St. Louis. Time to head to the Bag Claim area and see if the bags arrived—hurray our bags came with us—and if they arrived without any major damage (mine now has some broken plastic edges but nothing significant). You may ask why we would worry—well the airlines do seem to take great pleasure in damaging baggage—one sees many bags arriving at their destination with huge tears and broken pieces on them. What are they ...
Gerry and Sharon loaned us their car to visit Montreal. It was a bit stressfull driving someone else's car in a large unfamiliar city. But with the help of (and sometimes in spite of) a gps, we made it downtown. Plan A was to visit the Botanical Gardens. There was a special display that happened to be in its last day. Combined with the georgeous day, there ...
... week so we discussed how we enjoyed our last few days and headed to Rish's place. Turns out his flat was amazing and located right in the middle of downtown. We caught up over a few glasses of bubbly that Rish had prepared earlier. Rox and I promptly showered and dressed as Rish was taking us to a pub in town. Turned out the pub was an Irish pub and the clientele of this establishment tends to be all of Irish descent and strangely enough all from the same ...
... on their respective technology for almost the whole journey. One of the things we thought was odd was the fact that they don’t give you an assigned seat in Economy, it is first come first serve. So everyone ends up standing in a large que for up to 45 mins before the train boards. We were very lucky as one of the train attendants saw us in the line and said that people with small children get priority when seating so we were sent to a seated waiting area for ...
... at the lobby, we bumped into another Perthite. We gathered a crew consisting of 3 Aussies, 2 English and 1 Canadian and hit the town. The first bar we hit was FuFu, on recommendation of reception. Word was that they did $6 Pitchers (we call them 'jugs').
The bar had a strong style - it was very grungy, with graffiti all over the walls. We played a few rounds of pool and foosball before paying the $3 cover charge to go upstairs (what is the point of a $3 ...
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WONDERFUL STAFF, WONDERFUL HOTEL!
We stayed at the Hotel Xixe Siecle for five nights in mid-July and absolutely loved everything about it. We had a bad flight there (five hours late, lost luggage, etc)., but once we walked through the door of the hotel, all our cares vanished! The wonderful staff sent us to a perfect place for a late supper (Boris Bistro) and made sure we had everything we needed until our luggage arrived. The breakfast was wonderful, the library bar was very unique, and there were assorted scuptures scattered throughout the lobby (the hotel was converted from an old bank building). Also the staff made all our dinner reservations for us, which was very helpful. The location can't be beat, you are within walking distance of all the historical parts of town, and a metro stop is just a block away. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone!
Stayed 3 nights at the Hotel XIX siecle earlier this summer. I am a CFO of a Fortune 500 company and thus travel extensively. I have NEVER been treated this well in any other hotel nor have I taken the time to write a review. The hotel, breakfast, comfort and overall warmth and professionalism of its staff is a cut above the rest. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a place away from home.
Great hotel, quiet location
We visited Hotel XiXe Siecle in July of 2004. It is a lovely 19th century building (as the name promises) and we were upgraded to a large suite at no extra charge. The staff was helpful and friendly and everyone was comfortable in English or French. The hotel is located in Old Montreal, a short walk from the river and the touristy area of Old Montreal, or a slightly longer walk to the modern city. This is important, since the area around the hotel is rather quiet; one has a difficult time finding even a single restaurant open in the immediate vicinity, especially on weekends. We didn't eat breakfast in the hotel, but the lobby bar was a hit or miss operation; sometimes it was staffed, sometimes it wasn't, and it was hard to predict. Otherwise, this is a great place.
I chose to stay at this hotel based on the reviews found on this website. I was really impressed with the hotel and our entire visit. We originally planned only to stay for 3 nights out of our 8 night holiday but added on another 2 nights at the end just because we really were comfortable and well looked after.
The breakfast was perfect, hot coffee, warm croissants, fresh fruit and cereal, montreal bagles etc.
We did not receive bathrobes in our room as indicated by another reviewer, but perhaps they don't come with the standard rooms? We found a rate of CDN $180 including breakfast on-line. The hotel can do the tax back for international travellers upon check-out.
The rooms were quiet, beds were extremely comfortable. Found the breakfast room a bit chilly, but nothing to complain about.
Home away from home
We stayed at the Hotel XIX Siecle for 5 nights in July '04 for our wedding. We had 18 guests also staying at the hotel. We travel fairly extensively, and have NEVER been made to feel more at home.
To a person, the entire staff was warm and constantly looking after us.
The staff arranged almost everything for our wedding, from restaurants for the rehearsal dinner and reception to flowers for the church. They all made our stay very memorable and our wedding magical.
The hotel rooms are large, bathrooms new, and everything is very comfortable. It's in a perfect location in Old Montreal, and also near downtown--many restaurants and bars within walking distance which was important for our wedding party so they would not have to rent cars.
We would not consider staying any place in Montreal other than the Hotel XIX Siecle.
Would definitely stay here again
We stayed at the Hotel XIXe Siecle last year and I have been meaning to write this review ever since. We really enjoyed our stay here. Our particular room did not have a good view, but we asked for a quiet room, and quiet is what we got. We were never disturbed by any unwanted noise. One of the staff members did show us a room with a very nice view out towards Notre-Dame. The breakfast buffet was great. I bought a jar of their homemade carrot preserves just before leaving, and would go back there just to get another! The location is very convenient to Old Montreal and the metro. One note: the hotel's entrance is on a street that is frequently used for filming, in fact, a commercial was being filmed on our 2nd day there. Although we had no problem, I was told that some of the hotel guests were not allowed to enter the hotel for quite a while. This hotel has a nice bar. It does not have a restaurant open for lunch and dinner, but there are plenty of choices nearby. The hotel staff was very pleasant. We will definitely stay at the XIXeme Siecle if we visit Montreal again.
Good value but something missing..
As a regular traveller to Montreal I thought I would give this hotel a try for an overnight business stay in December 2003. I was attracted to the hotel by the reasonable rates they were offering compared to other boutique hotels in the area. The hotel is small and intimate with friendly staff. The rooms are large but rather bland as are the other parts of the hotel. If only the owner had spent a little more money.Good value but that special ingredient that makes you want to come back is missing.
Have stayed here for business and pleasure. Best location-in the middle of everything you'd want to see. One block from Notre Dame Basilica.
Walk (safely) to restaurants, cafes, museums, shopping, port, metro.
Hotel rooms are comfortable and feel like a guest room in someone's home, not cramped and stale like you find in many renovated independent hotels. Breakfast buffet consists of cheeses, meats, pastries, yogurt, granola, fruit, bagels, muffins or there is a great place for breakfast/ brunch across the street. Staff is tremendously accommodating. Impressed they switched from speaking French to English to each other whenever a known US guest is nearby, very considerate. If first visit, check tours at autocarimperial.com or coachcanada.com
I'd recommend Hotel XIXe Siecle
An absolutely wonderful stay. Extras included a bathrobe and bathsheets. Beautiful lobby and bar with a small library should you tire of touring the history just outside. The hotel is located within the boundaries of the old city. Breakfast is included in the morning room and consists of a buffet, well stocked with delicious choices. The staff spoke to us easily in English without hesitation. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who asked for a really nice hotel at a fairly reasonable cost.
Fantastic Small Hotel in Old Montreal
Stayed for four days in August 2003. Had a fantastic time at this small boutique hotel. Horrible plane flight (late, lost luggage, 4-hours on tarmac, etc.) and the hotel staff went the extra mile to ease the pain.
All of the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We've never had so many requests at a hotel and they were more than happy (or at least it appeared that way) to accomodate all of them. The rooms are large and nicely furnished (though a little sparse). The windows are huge and very grand. There is a definate understated classic feel to the place without being over the top. Breakfast is good (and was included in our price). Location is great in beautiful but touristy Old Montreal, near a metro, but really within walking distance of most places you might want to see.Would definately stay again.