Decided to stay at this hotel because we thought it might be quaint and it is ideally situated so that you are not very far from most things. I will give it this much credit. It's not a bad location. When I booked the 'Executive' class room which is supposed to be the best they have, I was told it had a balcony and faced Sherbrooke street. Well as it turned out, our room faced a cramped back alley which had scaffolding set up for the repairs going on on the third floor. The walls are paper thin, we could hear entire conversations in the next room and bathroom as if the people were in our own room. This baffled me completely why more drywall wasn't used between the rooms to soundproof them at least a bit. I could hear the people going to the bathroom clearly on the other side of the wall. The rooms were large and had an old fireplace that no longer works and mantle which seems cozy. But there are no rugs on the hardwood floors anywhere so with the high ceilings the room isn't very cozy at all. We were on ground level so there was no balcony. We both stripped back the sheets on the bed to check the mattress as it was so hard and basic that we were sure it was a box spring and not a mattress. It was in fact a mattress - just a really crappy one. Thin and hard like rock. Our room had no toiletries whatsoever except for those tiny useless soap bars, it had no blow dryer, no iron...nothing. The room had an old 21" television. Nothing new or modern and the remote was missing the back to keep the batteries from falling out each time you picked it up to change the channel. The telephone was a push button and there was no direct two digit code to contact the office. You had to dial two digits then the 10 digit phone number to get through. When I called to enquire about my 'Executive Room' I was told that was all they had left in the hotel. So I guess what I was told when I booked the hotel, didn't matter to them. The hardwood floors were nice and the ceilings were high and had character with the beautiful mouldings around the perimeter. But that's not what I paid $150 a night for the room to get. Breakfast was included at the little restaurant located on the first floor to the right of the entrance to the hotel but the patio was filthy dirty with cigarette butts and beer caps that had obviously not been cleared away before opening for breakfast. There were old leaves and cobwebs in the corners of the wood benches and the patio desperately needs to be repainted. All the wood! Our waitress (Maddie I think) might have been serving breakfast but she was completely out to lunch. She should not have been waiting on tables and each time she walked away, several tables of guests commiscerated together about how inept she was as a server. The tables were dirty and she began to serve me coffee in a used coffee cup. Blech! I had to ask her to come back twice to wash the table. The included breakfast isn't much even for a continental so we opted for the regular breakfast that we got a discount for so we paid $4 each. Still then, we got one grape, a tiny wedge of watermelon, a square of melon for the side of fruit that was supposed to be included. The plate included bread and when I asked that mine be toasted, I was told they had no toaster. I asked for it to be placed flat on the grill in order to toast it and she told me they had no grill. I questioned how they then managed to cook eggs and bacon. She left with the bread and brought it back 15 minutes later lightly toasted. The eggs were fine but not cooked the way I asked and the bacon is more like the strips of pork used when making baked beans. Thick over cooked slices and not very salty. The restaurant is a joke. And I'm not normally fussy about most things like this...but this was really bad. So I ask this question>>> What is so executive about this room other than the size of it? I didn't get the balcony, the view, toiletries, a blow dryer, a nice TV for late night, a good bed or even competent service with a nice breakfast??!! Never again. The ONLY thing I would recommend this hotel for is that there is free street parking if you are lucky enough to get one of the approximately 10 spaces right next to the hotel or one of the 3 in the back laneway. AND if you need a place to stay with your dogs, they are pet friendly as long as you rent the Executive Class Rooms (which we did). And Parc Lafontain is very close by to walk the dogs in. Otherwise I don't recommend this hotel. Ever. I was so disappointed. It was supposed to be a nice romantic stay for us. And it wasn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de Paris has been hosting guest for over 30 years in the popular Plateau area of downtown Montreal. Housed in two beautiful heritage homes, this hotel a variety of room types to satisfy every guests from low priced, small budget room to large executive suites. Be advised because of the nature and age of the buildings, all rooms are only accessible be stairs (no elevator). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Paris Hotel
- De Paris Montreal