Montreal is a very difficult city in which to find hotels that are both good and affordable. I've stayed at a number of affordable hotels that were so quirky and bad that i could never recommend them. In addition, since i drive to Montreal, i need a hotel that has free parking rather than one that charges $20-30/night for parking or that forces you to find questionable street parking on your own. This generally means staying in the outskirts of the city. In the US, you can always find great values in the outskirts for $75. The same thing in Montreal runs you $100-120. This is the Hotel Universel in the eastern part of the city, about a 20-minute drive from downtown (but with a metro station a 15-minute walk away). This is an excellent hotel that i would relate to the style and quality of a chain like Comfort Inn or Quality Hotel. The rooms look like something from the 90's but are perfectly fine, with firm mattresses and a fridge in the room. I requested a quiet room and got one. Some reviewers have commented on the thin walls here, but i seemed not to have had neighbors close by and so i didn't notice neighbor noise. I should add the clientele here is "mature" (40+), and so you don't find lots of noisy 20-somethings here. The hotel staff is extremely friendly, which is not something you can ever count on in Montreal. Parking is free, and there is a huge parking lot. WiFi is free and was generally good, although there were definite slow-downs during peak hours, which i found quite frustrating. On top of the hotel being far from downtown, it is not close to any stores or restaurants. Hence, you are pretty much stuck eating the $10 "buffet" breakfast, which offers an extremely narrow selection of scrambled eggs and toast. Don't expect the continental breakfast of other hotels; it's eggs and toast and that's it. Overall, this is a really fine hotel and a relatively affordable ($100) alternative to the high prices and expensive parking of downtown hotels. I really enjoyed my stay here. Of all the Montreal hotels that i've stayed at in the price category, this one is clearly the best in terms of room quality and service. So long as you can put up with the extra driving to and from the city and the lack of nearby stores, this hotel is an excellent choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Universel Montreal, rated 3 diamonds (AAA/CAA) located on Sherbrooke Street by the Olympic Stadium, Biodome, Botanical Garden, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and Viau Metro station. Offering 230 clean, smoke-free, spacious rooms in various categories equipped with all amenities of a 4 star including FREE wireless high-speed internet. International cuisine restaurant. Unwind at our Bar Lounge or enjoy our 2 HEATED SWIMMING POOLS (indoor and outdoor (seasonal). 13 Conference/ Reception halls for up to 550 people. FREE PARKING. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Universel Hotel