This hotel is doing some refurbishing with some totally renovated rooms, and the standard rooms have been given a face lift. I asked for a quiet room away from elevator and ice machine, but as I checked in early, I was away from elevator, but the ice machine was outside the door. Despite that, the room was quiet except for the occasional sound through the door. Walls are solid so no transfer of noise between rooms or much outdoor noise. Usually I use earplugs but didn't need them and had a sound sleep. Bed was firm but comfortable. Chair seat was already looking saggy, but furniture was all looking new but without much character. Not boutique image at all. Bathtub was old, but the tiling was all very shiny and clean and must have been redone sometime recently. Carpet was industrial dark and could have had a better choice. Room was clean and surfaces shiny though could have spent a bit more attention on the carpeting near the door and in the sink area. Towels could be upgraded but adequate. Ample hot water. Needs more than one pack of coffee per room as it is also a small coffee maker.
Hotel has a shiny new foyer, but elevator is archaic, small and slow. Stairs are not well marked and some service only the banquet back areas. Seems they do a booming event and banquet business as well as hotel. The daytime was much busier than overnight.
Hotwire secret price was appropriate, especially for the free wifi, free parking and free shuttle in the area. Mario the shuttle driver was professional and calm and a help with a car battery boost.
Overall, a very good 3 star choice particularly if one is attending activities in the area.
- 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