I've tried different hotels around the downtown core, and Auberge le Jardin d'Antoine has been the best so far. It's an annual golf trip with fun times in the evening, so the hotel doesn't need to be fancy, just clean and comfortable for what effectively is a nap overnight.
Firstly, if you're looking for something swanky, this isn't for you. Having said that the lobby and rooms are well appointed and match the century age of the hotel itself. The hotel is located in the very active Quartier Latin just east of the downtown core.
On the weekend of my stay, a part of St. Denis was closed due to a street circus. The hotel staff sent me an email early in the week advising of the closure and where I could park briefly to unload my luggage and golf clubs. While slightly inconvenient, the heads up was greatly appreciated.
I understand there are a couple of options. Mine was a city parking lot approximately a five minute walk away. The great thing about this was that my spot was effectively reserved and for only $10 per day, I had in and out privileges. Parking on site is not a possibility given the age of the location, but this was very convenient.
My room was a larger version, though not overly large, with a double/queen bed and a sofa. The bed was very comfortable (foam mattress) and the temperature was perfect. The bathroom was the most modern feature of the room; it had a decent shower and a whirlpool bath, accented with a large candle. Plenty of space to get ready for a night on the town.
A continental style breakfast is included in the price and includes eggs, ham, fresh fruits, cheese, coffee, and decent bagels (St. Viateur?) and different breads and a good croissant (Premiere Moison). It's simple fare, and maybe a little short on choice, but absolutely delicious and more than enough to start your day. You can sit inside or at one of the four tables located outside on St. Denis. You can also sit on the patio out back.
The Auberge le Jardin d'Antoine staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. They allowed me to keep my clubs in the back room rather than lugging them up the stairs to my room. Check in and check out were a breeze, and they always greeted me whenever I was coming or going. Any questions about the area or the city were handled wonderfully.
St. Denis is a vibrant street with a number of "terrasses" and restaurants (Boul. St. Laurent also has a number of clubs and patios; this is where a lot of the Montrealers hang out). It has the feel of a neighborhood and a definite character. The central Metro hub (Berri-UQAM) is only about 5-10 minutes away, with Vieux Montreal only slightly farther. It's a great walking city. Try Juliette et Chocolat just south of the hotel. Also the world famous Schwartz's is about a five to 10 minute drive away (The Main is also good for your smoked meat fix) and La Banquise is slightly farther north and they have the best poutine in the city and are open 24 hours.
I can't speak highly enough about my experience with Auberge le Jardin d'Antoine, and I will definitely be staying there next time I go to Montreal. Many thanks to the staff for all your fine work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will feel at home in our cozy 25-room 3 star hotel ideally located on the famous St. Denis Street in Downtown Montreal. We offer you comfortable rooms and a warm welcome since 1989.Included in room rates:WIFI and continental buffet breakfast. Parking option at 5 minute walk ($12/night). Unloading zone in front of the hotel door. ... more less
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