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We had a pretty late start today. Around 10 we decided to go and have a look at the Montreal Biodome, as the weather didn't look that fantastic as it was spitting rain. We caught the green line to station Viau. I was getting pretty hungry as it was nearly 12 so we bought some snacks at the station when we arrived.
We found our way to the …
Up in time for room service breakfast this morning. The standard continental breakfast is not too bad. Today was another day at work for me, starting at 9am. Meanwhile...... in Australia on the morning of the 5th October, Dylan was starting his long trip to Montreal.
Tully dropped him to the airport to catch the 6:45 flight from Gladstone …
My first day back at work in the Montreal office today. I had the included breakfast down in the hotel restaurant this morning. It was a boiled egg and a selection of breads, yoghurt, juice and cold meats and cheeses. Finished breakfast then back up to the room to finish getting ready.
Off to work to start at 9. I went to the reception and …
A beautiful day in Montreal so we decided to climb Mont Royal. We left the Sofitel just after 12 and walked up Stanley Street, Dr Penfield Avenue and Peel Street to the base of the Mont. We looked at some of the fancy old houses on Peel Street donated to McGill College by their wealthy owners. We made our way up to the top of Mont Royal. This time …
... is the world's largest 45 degree angle tower (and it’s ugly). We had our picture taken as a group in front of it.
We visited a beautiful cathedral, Notre Dame Basilica. It was truly beautiful, and was once the largest church in North America, before St Patrick’s of New York beat it. Inside the cathedral is truly amazing. My photos cannot do it justice. It is intricately painted, there are ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Montreal
I planned to stay the the Vogue over New Year's but I received a much better rate at the Sofitel. I don't regret my decision to go with the less expensive hotel. The Sofitel is located just down the street from the Ritz. It is nice. It is new. The lobby is clean and contemporary. The staff is simply fantastic. From the front desk.. to the concierge.. to the room service waiters.. every single staff member is courteous, helpful and pleasant. I cannot say enough nice things about the Sofitel's staff. I confess, I was a bit disappointed with my suite. I started in a smaller suite. I mean small. The living area accomodated one attractive but highly uncomfortable love seat and one desk. The living space was maybe 8 x 7.... the bedroom twice its size. I walked in the door and straight to the phone. The next day, I was moved into a larger suite. The living room is still too small, but it was definitely bigger than the first suite (maybe 12 x 8) and the bedroom was very large and very nice. The beds were too die for.. extremely comfortable. Loved them. Hint to Sofitel: get rid of the cool love seats and get comfy furniture already. The bathroom in my first suite had a big soaking tub.. but that tub disappeared in my larger suite. Found that a bit odd. If you want to get a sense of the room's beauty, the website photos are fairly accurate. My room rate included breakfast and the Sofitel was happy to serve it in my room. The breakfast was great.. warm croissants, cinnamon rolls, fresh juice, GREAT COFFEE and a little energy booster shot that changed everyday. So would I stay there again? Absolutely. The suite's living area might have been small.. but the effort of the staff to make you happy made up for that ten fold.
Beds to die for..
I had to attend a wedding in Montreal during November 2003 and thought I would give the new Sofitel a try. I usually stay at the Vogue. I was attracted to the hotel by the excellent rates that were being offered.
What excellent value. Splendid sensual rooms of the type that the female gender drool over.Everything in the hotel was clean crisp and refreshing. Well done Sofitel. Thesevalue rates will not last. P.S.They seem to have fixed the heating problems.
Terrific French Hotel in the Quintessential French City
I stayed at the Montreal Sofitel over Labor Day weekend, 2003 and had a fabulous experience. I've stayed at several hotels in Montreal over the last couple of years (i.e. Fairmount, Delta, Vogue, etc.). The only hotel that compared to the Sofitel was the Vogue. The Montreal Sofitel had extremely comfortable rooms (minimalist) with heavenly beds and sumptuous down comforters. The bathroom was a little on the small side, but it was very upscale. The main restaurant in the lobby area was excellent as I enjoyed a fabulous meal the first night I was there. The location was also excellent with great shopping close by with good access to other major parts of the city. I would definately recommend the Sofitel to anyone visiting Montreal in the future.
Great hotel. Very new. Friendly staff. Comfortable beds. Rooms are on the small side but the creature comforts in the room more than make up.
Would definitely stay there again
The Worst Experience
The first night we got to the hotel, I found a gigantic cockroach in small make-up bag in the bathroom. My husband immediately called the front desk and they sent two security upstairs. When they started looking in the bathroom, they found this huge brown cockroach. We asked if we could get another room, because I didn't want to sleep in the same anymore. The next day I spent the entire morning buying make-ups because I had a friend's wedding to go to that evening and I couldn't use the make up that was exploited by a cockroach. Anyways, when they didn't try to help us feel better in anyways, with some extra service, I thought they were going to give us some kind of discount for the room charge to compensate for our horrible experience. There was none of that. Instead, they almost charged us for drinks that we didn't have from the minibar. I had thoughts that perhaps, I had brought the cockroach from my apartment in NY, but when I got back home, there was no cockroach problem, and I have never seen one here till this day. So I am sure that the roach was from the hotel!!!
Impressive Hotel for first stay in Montreal
The hotel was located in an excellent area of town for great restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and easy access to the metro. The room was wonderful - nice view, very clean and a magnificent bed. The entire staff was very pleasant but a standout was the Hugo, the concierge, who was most helpful with directions, hours of operation, and restaurant recommendations. When I return to Montreal, I would definitely try to stay at the Sofitel again.
Classy and comfortable
This is a wonderful hotel! As with most Sofitels the rooms are large, lovely, upscale, and very French Moderne. This hotel is well placed in the Montreal area and provides a wonderful home away from home. Get the larger rooms, the space is huge, the bathrooms lovely and the views amazing. Truly one of the best values in Montreal. I am no longer sure why anyone stays at the "old" school hotels like the Ritz and Fairmont where style is more important than comfort and accomodations. All they seem to offer is a small, noisey, stuffy room that doesn't compare to a typical Sofitel hotel modern and upscale experience. I really believe that the Ritz and Fairmont need to learn from Sofitel. Sofitel is quickly becoming the hotel of choice for myself and many of my friends who can afford to stay anywhere they want.
The Sofitel food and service staff are also outstanding. The French know what hospitality is and it shows at the Sofitel. Not sure about the "heating" problem mentioned in previous reviews since it was summer during my stay. Also the person without room on their counter in the bathroom must carry a lot of make-up. My bath area was huge with plenty of room for a normal traveler.
My view ... book today and enjoy a fine French Hotel in a fine French Canadian City.
This is a great hotel!
This was a great hotel, perfect location and excellent service. The hotel room did have some heating issues, we were there on the coldest day of the year and the bathroom was quite chilly. They do need to work on the heating system. We found the rooms a good size and the bathroom was outstanding! I would highly recommend this hotel.
I booked the Sofitel the first week of Feb. 2003 looking forward to staying at a new hotel. I was very disappointed. It was very cold in Montreal and I could not keep the room warm. The bathroom could not be used because it was very cold and could not be kept warm. According to the engineer who checked the room ,the hotel has "technical problems" regarding the heat, it was not engineered properly. The bathroom has no counter space and has no room to keep any of your toiliteries in it(shaving cream, razor, etc) We left after the first night. The personnel were very nice, the service was excellent, but the hotel has "technical problems"
The best value!!!!
This is one of the best hotels I have stayed lately. (I am traveling almost twice a month. My average hotel budget is somewhat between $100 and $200/night) Booked through the ... @ $128/night, Sofitel is clearly the best value for the money. Fantastic king bed with luxurious quality of goose down, sheets etc. The furniture is modern, comfortable and trendy. The bathroom is generously equipped with all kind of modern fixtures. It's clean and beautiful. Marble, lots of glass and stainless steel make it look like an architectural marvel. The room is cleaned in the morning. And then I noticed that my bed and room were prepared for the night sometimes during my absence. The location is excellent - downtown Montreal, between McGill University and Museum of Modern Art. I easily walked to St. Denis and St. Laurent streets. If you have a choice to stay in Sofitel do not hesitate a second.