I did a bunch of due diligence in searching for hotels for me and my two friends (we are three 30-something professional men) visiting montreal for the first time. I came across this hotel in our search we automatically selected it based on the Trip Advisor reviews, price (value) and their website. The website was very easy to understand and the pictures and details were 100% accurate. We booked a deluxe sweet, asking for a king size bed and pullout couch, so we can comfortably sleep 3. We requested a balcony, as in mid October, we would certainly appreciate the fresh air. The price was all-inclusive (included taxes, which was great, because taxes in Montreal are high) and incredibly reasonable for this size. We also found out that we got free continental breakfast because we booked an online package. We also appreciated the free and simple wi-fi, as our American phones were otherwise roaming. Two weeks before we arrived, I took a look on Trip Advisor and saw that Le Saint Sulpice was offering a free upgrade to a better room. I called them up and they quickly and politely agreed upon a free upgrade to an executive suite for the same price as the deluxe suite. The executive suite would be similar to the deluxe suite (1 large king and pull out couch), but have its own terrace and much larger living space. We were very excited.
On the day of arrival (driving from New York), we get to the hotel quite easily. Right before we get to the hotel, we notice that the hotel is literally the very next building to the Notre Dame Bassilica and the large open square on Rue Notre Dame. Absolutely gorgeous location! We later find out that it is about 20 steps away to St. Paul street--to quinessential Old Montreal neighborhood. It is also a block away from quaint wine/liquor store, a small Montreal bodega, , a couple of souvereir shops, and a reasonably-priced currency exchange (both with nice store-fronts)--for convenience purposes. The valet told us to actually park a block away to save a lot of money on parking if we did not plan on going in and out (he could have easily just told us to do their own valet parking the entire weekend). We drove a block away and parked our car Thursday mid-day and picked it up Sunday afternoon--all for $50. Not bad.
We walk to check in and the foyer is very beautiful--muted browns, tans and abundant (but not overbearing) lighting. We check in about 2 hours before scheduled check-in (which was no problem) and the attendant informs us that unfortunately, we cannot have the executive suite with its own terrace at this time. BUT, knowing that we are three men/friends that would prefer to not cuddle up on 1 bed and a pull out bed, they asked us if a two bedroom executive suite with a fireplace is fine--at the same original price as the deluxe suite. Of course it was--it was actually preferable!
We walk into the executive suite (on the 6th/top floor) and find that it is by far the largest hotel room we have ever been in (and we have stayed, seperately, at many fancy 5star hotels over the years in towns/cities across America and countries across the globe). The executive suite, because it had 2 bedrooms, also had two full bathrooms (one with walk in shower, another with a bathtub with shower). The glass bubble countertops/sinks in the bathroom were quite cool (I now want one for my home's bathroom). We were very excited and even took pictures of the hotel room to remind ourselves later (we know it is tacky, but we were legimately impressed). If you look on the website, the executive suite pictures (aside from the pictures of their own terraces) are 100% accurate to what we got.
The bartenders and concierege worked incredibly hard to understand what type of restaurants and clubs we would like (given our prefereances, backgrounds, etc.) and made excellent recommendations and reservations for us. We actually let the concierge plan our Saturday night for us, and we could not be happier with the result. In fact, the concierge actually changed his mind after making an initial reservation for us at a traditional French restaurant to a reservation at a more contemporary French restaurant (all within 5 minutes walking distance to our hotel on rue St. Paul), because he knew that we would like the more contemporary food and atmosphere. The restaurant, Braxo, was an amazing reccomendation and we would have never found it without the concierge (there are many restaurants on St. Paul--some of which are tourist traps and others that are absolutely amazing and for locals). The post-dinner lounge and club that the concierge put us on the guest list for was Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel (and attached Velvet speakeasy downstairs in the cellar--when I mean cellar, I mean dungeon--so cool). The place is the oldest inn in North America and is a must-see for nightlife. Supposedly it is a great restaurant too, but after 11:30 p.m. this place was filled with gorgeous women dressed to the nines (which we appreciated). And the atmosphere was incredible and unique. He also recommended to us a few other restaurants-turned-clubs on St. Paul, which were great. We ended up hopping to those other places after leaving Velvet. Was nice to be able to walk from our hotel 5 minutes to great restaurants, lounges, bars and clubs, as well as see all the Old Montreal architecture, landmarks and sights (including the St. Laurence River, only 3 blocks away from hotel).
The housekeepers did an excellent job preparing our rooms every day, as you can expect that three 30-something males would be messy and leave stuff everywhere on floors, counters, etc.
Complimentary continental breakfasts were decent (croissants, fruit and yogurt, bread and jam, cereal), but we would not pay the $15 each for continental breakfast there if it wasn't free as a part of our package. There are AMAZING non-touristy breakfast/brunch places a few blocks away on Rue St. Paul anyway. One morning we actually skipped the free Le Saint Sulpice breakfast in order to go to a brunch place a few blocks away on St. Paul (assorted meats and cheese fondue--couldn't pass it up). We did not end up eating at Sinclair restaurant aside from continental breakfast, supposedly it is a great place.
It was raining many times during our stay, so we borrowed their umbrellas (which were in each room and were so nice and classy, I even bought one myself to take home). Their Sinclair lounge downstairs in the back lobby was nice, simple and open, great younger bartender that gave excellent recommendations for restaurants, lounges and clubs, etc. Wish the outside Sinclair Terrace adjacent to the lounge was open (supposedly it is listed as one of the nicest in the city), but likely closed because of cooler, rainy and unpredictable weather that weekend. We would have liked to do the Scandanavian spa (affiliated but not operated in the hotel, it was in a building close by) too, but didn't have the time.
Only criticism were the beds were a little too soft, not that supportive. Otherwise, amazing hotel and would definitely come back again--this time with my family. Wouldn't even consider another hotel, to be honest. Perfect location, great views, great staff. They even take pets (though I don't think I would bring up my dog--nobody had dogs in Montreal--not even in the parks).
Additionally, you should double check your reservation's details via phone with them after you book online, as their online booking system is disconnected from their front desk reservations/operations, etc. for some reason. I had to remind them of my reservations, as well as the complimentary continental breakfast package.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to Notre-Dame Basilica, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal boasts a unique Old Montreal experience. Guests will be enticed by the unparalleled allure of this unique boutique hotel. The spacious and elegant suites overlook a lush courtyard garden or the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. Enjoy the comforting warmth of the lobby or the refined cuisine of Sinclair - both complemented by attentive staff that make the most of every stay and celebrate a true 'Art de Vivre'. Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal features 108 inviting suites with a minimum of 47m2 (500 sq ft) of living space. Fully opening French-style windows overlook the courtyard or the historic streets of Old Montreal. All suites are newly furnished with a living room, work desk, additional sofa bed, equipped bar-type kitchen with Nespresso coffee machines, flat screen TV, comfortable feather duvets and pillows. Luxurious bathrooms include bathrobes with refined amenities by L'Occitane en Provence. After a day of sightseeing, guests are welcome to enjoy a cocktail in the garden (in season) or a delightful meal in the brand new Sinclair Restaurant. Located in the heart of the gardens, Sinclair Restaurant now welcomes diners in a marvellous glass space with window-doors that open onto the magnificent exterior terrace. Exclusive guest services including room service, in-room massage, free fitness centre access, turndown service, attentive 'Clefs d'Or' Concierge services, valet parking and many other amenities are also available (some at additional cost). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal
- Le Saint Sulpice Montreal