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Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

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Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

We will be going on a cruise next Fall. Would Hyatt be a good choice for 2 night pre-cruise ? I understand the Hyatt is currently under renovation but by Fall 2011 this should all be complete, right ?

We have promo for 2 free nights at any worldwide Hyatt hotel and not sure if want to use it in Montreal or another city.

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1. Re: Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

Hmm... I don't think it's the most impressive Hyatt in the world, but it's still a fine hotel (and will be finer with the renovations done). If you'll be travelling more, it might be worthwhile to keep your promo for a city where hotels are more expensive than here -- Montréal has some very nice boutique hotels in Old Montréal, for example, which elsewhere would cost a lot more.

That said, the Hyatt is a perfectly fine hotel. It sits above the Complexe Desjardins, which is a small mall with a food court, and it's connected to the underground passageways so convenient if it's nasty out. In the summer, it can be a little TOO conveniently located since it's right in the heart of where many festivals happen, but by fall there's not much going on so you'll be able to get to sleep early. It's views are all right, nothing spectacular like some of the higher towers downtown.

For shopping (aside from Complexe Desjardins): it's just to the east of downtown where the main shopping stretch, including the underground malls, starts a few blocks west. So it's not as convenient as a hotel downtown, but more convenient than a hotel in Old Montréal which has more tourist shops and art galleries. However, Old Montréal and Chinatown are just a short walk away, as is Saint-Laurent boulevard so you could also easily explore the Plateau district (which has its shopping streets such as Saint-Laurent, Mont-Royal, and Saint-Denis with a lot more independent boutiques, unlike downtown which is more chains).

For restaurants: it's got the food court but also a few real restaurants like Baton Rouge (steaks and ribs and such) downstairs, plus a few nice bistros such as Brasserie T! or the TNM. And just a short walk away is Chinatown or the terribly swanky supper clubs on Saint-Laurent (which are more about being seen than enjoying food).

Just to the east of it is a stretch of quite poor with a gritty urban feel to it, with sex shops and cinemas and some alternative nightclubs -- a strange mix of low-life but also students and club-goers and all sorts of people, which looks dangerous but is perfectly safe so you can explore the "bad" part of a city if you want with no worries. Or just avoid it :)

Just a few thoughts to help you decide.

Edited: 17 December 2010, 17:00
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2. Re: Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I really appreciate it.

Can you tell me approximately the taxi driving time needed to get to the cruiseline port from the Hyatt ? (no public transportation, we will have several pieces of luggage).

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3. Re: Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

Well, Google Maps puts it at 1.8 km away, and a taxi ride is $3.30 to start + $1.6 per km + $0.60 per minute of wait time, so it should cost $6-$7 to get there, plus tip, and take around 7 minutes according to Google (but perhaps a lot less if you get a typical Montréal taxi driver!)

Edited: 19 December 2010, 02:58
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4. Re: Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

That cab ride would cost about C$6.65. That is roughly C$8 with a 15% tip. It is about 1.6 km.

Tristou..... try http://montreal.taxiwiz.com/?lang=en

From: 191 Rue de la Commune Ouest

To: 1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance

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5. Re: Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

Thank you all !!

I just wish this hotel had better reviews....most say it doesn't live up to normal high Hyatt standards :-(

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6. Re: Montreal Hyatt to Cruise Terminal ??

I had friends stay there just oh, a month ago, and it is a lot better than it was before, which was nice just a little old. It feels like a good quaily business hotel, so very safe decoration, nice but nothing particularly stylish or interesting, and the room was medium-sized. They said they liked it and that it was quiet and that the sauna was absolutely lovely. So you're not going to go wrong, but you're also not going to turn to your loved one 10 years from now and go, "Oh, darling, remember that beautiful hotel in Montreal we stayed at?"

Since there are some particularly nice hotels in Old Montreal -- and since it's a particularly pretty neighbourhood full of history -- just for fun you may want to take a look and see if you fall in love with something like Les Passants de Sans Soucy or Nelligan or Saint-Sulpice or Place d'Armes or the Gault, and see if the price is right. Of course, anything is more expensive than free :)

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