Our arrival & first day:
We actually arrived at the airport on July 22nd. We arrived around 12:30am as our flight was 2hrs late. The airport was really quiet. It made us wonder why they made us get off the plane at the furthest possible gate. We walk what seemed forever before we finally arrived at the baggage claim area & customs. Going through customs was really easy & fast. The lady at the Budget rental car counter was super nice & waited for us before shutting down & going home.
BTW, for the ones that are interested, on this trip the cheapest rate I found for a rental car was with Budget through Costco; $165/week taxes & fees included for a compact, even considering we returned the car at the train station downtown instead of the airport. They didn’t have a compact left so we also got a free upgrade :-)
The lady from Budget gave us great directions to get through the maze of detours, because of all the construction, to head towards Sherbrooke to go visit family for a week. Since it was late at night there were hardly any cars on the road so it was really easy to get through Montreal & get pass the Champlain Bridge.
After spending a week in Sherbrooke with family, we drove back to Montreal. We arrive at our Hotel (Chateau Champlain) around 3pm today, Wed the 29th. Despite the fact than we got a really low rate bidding on Priceline ($100/night), we got an amazing newly renovated room on the 16th floor with a view of the park. So far, we’re really happy with the Hotel but I’ll wait until our 3 nights stay before writing a full review.
After checking in & dropping our bags in our room we needed to fill our gas tank up before returning the car. There’s a gas station just 2 blocks from the Hotel (on De la Montagne) so it was really easy. It was very convenient to drop our rental car at the Budget counter at the train station. It was only a couple blocks from our Hotel. By the time we dropped the car it started raining but luckily we were able to access our Hotel through the underground city.