Staying in Montreal at the end of a long motorcycle trip wasn't in the plans, but vacation is vacation. After 2 weeks on a cabin at the northern edge of nowhere, a little pampering was in order. And where else to stay, but a 4.5 star hotel in Montreal?! Made the reservation on booking.com, where it CLEARLY stated that no charge would taken until we showed up. We do that, because on a bike trip, one never knows. No problem there... just a little surprised when the front desk (when I found it on the second floor) told me the room was already paid for. I had no issues with the front desk folks, unlike some others... very nice, courteous, friendly, and professional. The valet was ready to park our "vehicle" until he saw it was a motorcycle. That's ok.. I wouldn't have allowed it anyway. The entrance to the parking garage is right around the corner. Then the fun starts. The parking level for the hotel is 9 (yes..NINE!) stories below street level (the upper levels were all reserved). And it ain't cheap - $28 per space (2 motorcycles take up one space). Oh yeah.. and that's every time you leave and enter again (lucky for us, we didn't need the bikes once we parked). Once you find a space in the lower level of Hades, you take the elevator up to some kind of shopping mall, where at 5pm on a Saturday evening, all the shops were closed, and it was ghost town. Rather creepy. And good luck finding any direction to the hotel lobby! Also, if you're schlepping luggage, it's not all that close! Once we got to the room, however, we forgot about all that! Gorgeous, big clean room, HUGE sparkling clean bathroom. Couldn't ask for more! OK, so we were overlooking the building next door, but we didn't care. We then tried the wifi... amazingly enough, there was a charge for wifi! No one bothered to tell us it was free if we signed up for the hotel group membership.. but how would we have done that WITHOUT the wifi? Seriously... charging for wifi access stopped in most places 5 years ago. Earlier in the trip, we got FREE wifi at a $35/night motel. No one again bothered to tell us it was free in the lobby. The walk to old Montreal was about 10 minutes away.. perfect location.
So, to sum up...
Good stuff: Great place, awesome location, great rooms, friendly service
Not-so-good stuff: a little pricey, expensive parking, no signage from the parking garage to the lobby, no free wifi.
Would we go back? Heck yeah... for a special occasion! Just be prepared for the nickel-and-dime stuff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bienvenue to the InterContinental Montréal! The hotel is ideally located at the gateway of Old Montreal and the downtown core, twenty minutes from Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s International Airport. Elegantly overlooking the international business area, connected to the Montréal Convention Centre and the underground city, the InterContinental Montréal is perfectly positioned for your next business trip. Minutes away from the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and the Quartier des spectacles, the hotel also offers a great location for cultural getaways. Begin your day with a succulent buffet breakfast at our Osco! restaurant or exercise in our salted water pool. Upon your return in the evening, enjoy Provencal tapas and an absinthe cocktail at the Sarah B. bar, and benefit from stunning views of the city from your luxurious and spacious guestroom. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you'll experience an authentic Montreal je ne sais quoi! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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