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Headed off pretty early on the Friday morning, 7.00 taxi to airport with Damo, Damo, Chris and Scott. Arrived in Montreal around 10.30, dumped bags in the hotel and then had 4 hours to spare before check-in proper.
Walked down St Catherines and quickly realised just how close to the Jazz Festival we were. Ate some lunch at the major …
Traffic in Montreal is mental, a plethora of urban motorways construced of what looks like old and fraying concrete and you have to make instant decisions about lane change at 70mph as the signs give you almost no notice. Then as we made our way to Abby's place following our wander round the historic old town we got into a long and very slow moving queue ...
... was no snow anywhere to be seen....it is HOT!
By now it is about 5pm and we decide it is too far to drive back to Ottawa tonight so we found a hotel and booked a room each and stayed overnight. We went out into the village and soaked up the atmosphere, there is a blues festival on today and they had about 4 stages set up throughout with various acts playing. The kids have a few rides on a downhill luge while we watch and listen to some music.
... other than to say it was very flat, then the river, then these cascade mountains rising up hugely to the north of Vancouver, dwarfing the high rises and tipped with snow. I think the most similar city I know to Toronto would be Sydney. Very busy, very corporate, lots of financial companies and expensive boutiques etc. Not sure about Montreal yet, will let you know tomorrow. We have had cold and rainy weather but we knew it would be cold ...
... main street Sainte Catherine's, a street buzzing with boutiques and eateries. Thank goodness we tracked down an electronics store as we managed to forget our Canadian adapter, hence why you have not heard from us on our blog site earlier. We have been unable to charge our laptop till now.
We sampled Tim Horton's coffee, "Double Double" thanks Dave! It got us off on the right foot this morning. Lunch, something ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites Montreal
The ONLY place to stay in Montreal!!!!
Our family of five spent Labor Day weekend in Montreal and simply loved this hotel. I had expected a large room from the past reviews but I was AMAZED how large the rooms truly were. With the hotel being a former mill the rooms have incredibly high ceilings and a large floor plan.
Our jr suite was perfect for our active family. Two TV and a king size bed. Kit/dining/room very large bath and PLENTY of space. Bath had nice fluffy towels and nice shampoo/soaps etc. Kitchen could have used a baking sheet and the pillows were extra large, glad I brought my own pillow as they didn't have any more thinner ones that weekend. Rooftop pool and washer/dryer was a great extra as was the full breakfast. It is doors from Burger King, the metro and shopping as well as the Dollar store for inexpensive Canadian gifts. A short walk will also bring you to the IGA supermarket. On site (only valet) parking in a garage.
Employees were more than willing to help with any question or service.
This was our first of many more trips to Montreal and we will not be looking for any other place to stay.
Le Square Phillips is Huge!!
Just returned from a visit to Montreal & stayed at Le Square Phillips in a 1-bdrm suite (there were 4 of us). Very nice!! Absolutely huge for a hotel suite. The space was L-shaped with a kitchen on one end, dining area with table set oddly, for one but with 4 chairs, a pull-out sofa and desk (free internet access-can buy own cable connector at computer store next door if you forget to bring yours as we did), tv, cushioned armchair and a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed, tv, armchair, and huge closet. Liked: the very tall ceilings and huge living space which allows the air to circulate and not get stuffy/stale (a problem we've had in other smaller suites/studios). The hotel needs to improve on its little touches-for instance, there were no paper towels, no tea or hot chocolate in the basket next to the coffeepot, no popcorn for the kids or any candy on the coffee table. Also, no welcoming touches such as fruit or candy set in bowls for guests in lobby. Somehow the bathroom next door seemed to invade ours because of the lack of exhaust if you get what I mean-really should have an exhaust fan. Bathrooms are very big for Montreal and have a luxury basin set into the counter-beautiful. Very modern, almost zenlike approach to walls, carpeting, furniture. Very relaxing and soothing. Just need to spiff up on the welcoming stuff.Forgot to add to my too long review - about the valet parking-very pushy older valet insisted on moving our car about 20 feet forward even though we had all our bags out and were simply going to drop them off (as we explained to both the desk and to him). Nonetheless, he insisted on moving our car barely 20 ft., disappeared when we came back down, and then when we finally found him, held out his hand for a tip. Have had many bad experiences with valet parking so we parked (when we returned later after a day out) in the adjacent parking lot for $5 and had no problems. The one website I was on did not mention anything about valet parking. I hate valets. Sorry!
Great hotel at a great price!
I simply cannot believe the great room and fantastic service we got for such a low rate. My husband swam in the indoor rooftop pool each day and the continental breakfast was great. They even offer coffee cups to go which I found very thoughtful and convenient for the on-the-go traveller. We can't wait to go back!
Don't Miss This!
This Hotel Is Fabulous! I decided to listen to the other reviews of this hotel and booked 4 nights. Just returned from my first trip to Montreal and I have to say the hotel lived up to what is written here and more! HUGH 2 bedroom suite, all new, clean and well worth the price (approx. $240 US w/ tax per nt). We took our two grown children and everyone had their own "space". We didn't cook but the full kitchen sure was inviting! It had everything you needed to turn out a gourmet meal. The pool is small but nicely done as is the fitness room. View from up on the roof is awesome.I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone. Location is great, walk to EVERYTHING! The underground malls are right across the street and restaurants of every kind a few steps away.If you are looking for a 4 star hotel without the 4 star price than this is for you! Staff is friendly and everyone has a smile. Enjoy!
What a FIND !!!
My Cousin and I Decided to come back to Canada after being away for 15 years. We were big bad rich hotties that made it during the boom and kept it during the bust. We decided to come back and show it off in Montreal, our playground when we were 12 years old. Were bad a**, good looking, well to-do professionals in our late 20's. He's an X pro skater turned lawyer and I'm an X pro-snowboarder turned MBA. We were gonna tear this town down and remake it into our own image. Well I tell you what, Montreal is one sexy girl that doesn't allow any man to tell her what to do. I found this hotel looking for a swank place without blowing a ton of cash so I could buy more dinners/drinks/items during my stay. I was well rewarded. This place is perfect for young urban professionals with the desire for a balence in budget/location/style. I paid $200 for a 2 bedroom suite. The room is huge !!! with privacy that we both needed thanks to the beautiful women of Montreal. It had a kitchen/ great bath, everything was new, fresh, modern, clean. Love this place. A regular room that we put a friend up in that came to visit us was great too at only $143CAD . It was the biggest regular hotel room I've ever seen. Nice just like the suites too. Go for it, if you have discerning taste, but still have a desire to conserve your wealth. Location is in the smack dab middle of everything. Phillips square where it's located can be a little shady at night, but it's mostly harmless 16 year old kids making out on base of the center statue.
A real find!
Our family of 5 had a 2-bedroom suite at Le Square Phillips for 5 nights in late July. We couldn't believe the ENORMOUS size of the suite, and we have stayed at other "apartment" type hotels in Toronto and other places. Nothing has even come close to this! One bedroom had a king bed and the other a double; there was also a pullout sofa. The dining table seated 6, and there were a couple of upholstered armchairs as well. The kitchen was fully equipped with all appliances, including a dishwasher for the full set of dishes, silverware, plates, and cooking utensils. Our 10-year-old announced it was the nicest hotel he'd ever stayed at because of (among other things) the 2-pronged barbeque fork provided! The decor is clean-lined, but inviting, contemporary. Everything is quite new and looks it...no dog-eared anything here. Hotel staff was helpful and pleasant.The continental breakfast included breads, muffins, English muffins, bagels, cereal, oatmeal, and fresh fruit. (I'm probably forgetting something.) The rooftop pool and exercise room were attractive and convenient. There's a store off the lobby that sells an assortment of grocery items in case you'd rather cook than eat at one of Montreal's many good restaurants.
(We didn't cook; after all, it was a vacation!) Underground parking cost $16 Cdn daily; you are able to access the garage directly off the second-floor elevator lobby.Location of the hotel is convenient to the subway, which we used for most of our transportation. It looked like there was interesting shopping nearby, but we spent our time sight-seeing rather than shopping.If you need or want a lot of space, or plan to make an extended stay, this hotel is the one for you! Even if you're just looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a convenient location, you should check this one out.
This is the best kept secret......
I "found" this hotel through a radio advertisement back in May 2003. I prefer to stay at hotels which are familiar to me but decided on a whim to book at the "Square" during a recent trip to Montreal. What a treat.....I booked a one-bedroom suite which is in effect an apartment with fully-equipped kitchen, large bathroom, living room/dining room combo with sofa-bed and TV, a huge bedroom with king-sized bed and another TV. Spotless, comfortable, excellent staff, good complimentary continental breakfast (fruit salad, yogourt, bagels, breads, cereals, juices, tea, coffee) and the best location!!! The pool is small but clean and the view is breathtaking, there is a nice exercise area and spotless change room.The only complaint I had was about the huge, hard, oversized pillows which they immediately changed to a regular-sized, softer one. Also, the bathroom does not have a fan which I found rather strange but these are minor points which do not in any way deter from a stay at this hotel. It was so wonderful that I am returning mid-August for another stay with them. This is a definite keeper in my "best places to stay" file.
Super Clean & Great Location!
Stayed for 7 nights and returned for another 4 nights. This is a great apartment style hotel. Wonderful staff, very clean and super downtown location. Great for families with a beautiful rooftop balcony, pool and exercise room. Will definitely go back!
Luxurious, Upscale Le Square Phillips Exceeds All Expectations!
This is far from a hotel, it's like having your own apartment in the heart of the city with the most attentive staff you can find!! I absolutely LOVED this hotel, and it definitely is a LUXURY hotel. We had a 1 Bedroom Suite and it was HUGE! The kitchen was fully equipped with all appliances, there was not only a walk-in closet by the door, but a second large closet and two armoires so you had all the space in the world to store your clothes and supplies, the decor was contemporary and it is kept spotless by the incredible staff working there. They are so friendly and helpful (at all hours, no matter how many people are waiting!) and they go out of your way to ensure a pleasant stay. A continental breakfast is included and the suite has 2 large TVs and tons of comfy chairs to sink into. A definite plus was the free high-speed internet access because you can stay connected to your business or friends at all hours! You can even personalize your voicemail so that business associates or family/friends can call your room # and get your custom message!!!
Aside from the great hotel itself, the location couldn't be better! You step out the door and you're in the middle of St. Catherine street which is where ALL the action is - shopping, nightlife, restaurants, cafes, crowds, etc! Once you park your car when you arrive, you don't need it until you leave because EVERYTHING is within walking distance!
This is THE place to stay on your next Montreal trip and well worth the cost!!
Thank you Le Square Phillips for the most incredible Montreal getaway I've ever experienced!
Wonderful new hotel in Montreal
I have just returned from Montreal and had an exceptional stay at Le Square Phillips Hotel. My trip was split between The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and Le Square Phillips and the difference between the two made the Le Square Phillips experience even better!The hotel is a beautifully restored old factory building in a prime central location off of Rue Ste Catherine (at the McGill Metro stop) and Blvd. Rene Levesque. It is walking distance from just about everything, including Vieux Montreal, Mont Royal Park, all of Downtown and the Plateau district with all the great restuarants. Our room at the hotel (1 bedroom suite) was enormous (bedroom, living room, full kitchen, dining area, bathroom) and was beautifully decorated. The room and hotel were very clean and everything is very new since the hotel recently opened.The staff was exceptionally friendly, helpful and accomodating. The hotel is large enough to have that hotel feel to it, but small enough that the staff was able to give personal attention.A free continental breakfast is served each morning, and the hotel has a pool, rooftop deck and workout room on their roof. It also has a laundry room, a feature I rarely see in hotels.The cost of the room was extremely reasonable, especially given the massive size of the room. At my stay at the Queen Elizabeth, my room was so small that it was uncomfortable --- plus the room cost significantly more (without breakfast!).I would, without question, stay at Le Square Phillips Hotel on any trip to Montreal and would not hesitate recommending it to any friend who was traveling there. I have never taken the time to write a review, but my experience at this hotel was exceptional enough to warrant the effort.