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Whis hotel is better - The W or LeMariden. I'm looking for good location. Are they both close to the Old Port? Thank you. All opinions are much appreciated.

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Comparing the Méridien and the W is like comparing oranges and apples. Méridien is located downtown in a converted '60s appartment building and with standards rooms and the W in a former bank from the early 1900's renovated in a trendy loft like feel.

So here is the description of your choices, with the + and - .

Méridien: Former appartment building, the rooms are standard hotel but the low cielings and an over abundance of furniture gives a very crampy atmosphere to the rooms. It is located on ritzy Sherbrooke street w. (actually the Ritz hotel is a few blocks away) on the edge of the downtown core, just a few minutes away to be in the heart of the action. Very close to the metro (subway) station Guy/Concordia on the green line, the line for all downtown stops. Many restaurants close by, including one on premise (at least it was the last time I was around). You can walk easyly after partying on Crescent st. Very frenchy bourgeois feel. Since the hotel is a daughter of the Château Versailles across the street it has a very traditional customer base so there is not so many special deals offers to bring new customers in.

W : Former bank building, the rooms are loft/contemporary designer with very high cielings and an almost zen atmosphere in the rooms. It is located on not so interesting Square Victoria but just a few minutes away to be in Old Montreal and a few more minutes to the Old Port. It is on the edge of downtown but you have to walk up the hill to reach it by foot. Very very close to the metro (subway) station Square Victoria on the orange line, which means that you have to go to a transfer station before reaching the green line for downtown stops. Many restaurants close by in Old Mtl, including one on premise (at least it was the last time I was around). You will have to take a cab after partying on Crescent st. Very generation X gone rich and living in loft condos. Since the hotel is fairly new they offer many different special deals to bring customers in.

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W is definitely closer to the Old Port and Old Montreal, and it's a gorgeous location near Square Victoria - which is fifteen minutes downtown, walking distance. However, Le Meridien has one of the best restaurants in town (Brontë) and is located on Sherbrooke Street, near shops, boutiques and museums. If you want to be in Old Montreal, I would also recommend Gault or Hotel St. Paul, I think they're even more interesting than W, design-wise, and they feel a little more local than W's 'international Wallpaper look'.

Hope this helps!


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The W has voyuer showers (meaning you can view the shower and who is in it from the bed area)so don't know if that would make a difference to you. I thought it was pretty cool and unique. The rooms are also very dark-I had a hard time trying to read at night as the lighting was very dim.

Overall I really liked the place and we'd stay there again.

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...just a technicality: the building the W is in was originally built in 1950, not the early 1900's. It used to be the Bank of Canada building, and in the underground tunnel between it and the CDP building, if you're attentive enough, you'll see some old concrete that are the walls of the old vault.

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