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Hotel Le St-James
Ranked #53 of 165 Hotels in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2007

We’ve stayed at some of the best hotels in Europe – the Hotel Le St James is clearly in their league.

The hotel is small and sophisticated. The lobby has the air of a gentleman’s club.

The two suites we had for three nights were magnificent – large, comfortable, and decorated in an old world charm. The service was impeccable.

The old city location is convenient to both the old city and downtown, which is a 10-5 minute walk.

This is the perfect hotel for a couple’s weekend getaway to Montreal.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2007

I am very critical of hotels, and this one, surprised me. I have nothing but glowing things to say about this hotel. It was first class all the way. The location was superb, the concierge was fantastic, the room exceeded expectations. Everything was impressive. Stay here, it's expensive, but worth it in the end. You will have great memories!

PS: Don't miss Gibby's for dinner!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2007

Wow. A truly wonderful hotel in Old Montreal. Worth every penny; the service and staff alone make this a winner. Add in fabulous rooms, especially the suites and this is not just a great find in Old Montreal, but a great place period.

Even traveling with an infant, our stay was easy and enjoyable. The staff (all of them from the housekeepers to the concierge to the general manager) went out of their way to make our stay perfect. The concierge were amazing. They arranged for great, kid friendly dining options that did not involve placemats with crayons and hot dogs. Speaking of which, Eggspectations is a great breakfast option and just steps away from the hotel.

If you are in Montreal, might pass by Montreal or are just thinking about Montreal run don't walk to the St. James.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank babymakestres
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Reviewed 14 June 2007

The location is very convenient, close to everywhere in Vieux Montreal.

I stayed at a regular guestroom, which doesn't have a bathtub -fine by me-, and the decor and cleanliness was impeccable. The toiletry was Molton Brown and was very enjoyable. My room faces an extremely small garden surrounded by other rooms, thereby lacking sunlight. It was a disadvantage because you have no idea what the weather is like outside -- this is very critical in a place like Montreal. Also, be advised to set up an alarm, as you are not likely to wake up to the bright sunlight in the morning. Fortunately for me, I was there on vacation, not for business.

Staffs were very helpful and professional, although they were at times not so friendly.

I do think it is a top notch hotel with good service and amenities -- a natural thing considering the price-, but in my personal opinion, this hotel was not so inviting. I've stayed Four Seasons, and other top-class, old-school hotels, and I've stayed Ritz-Carlton most of my recent trips, but none of them were so uninviting.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank depttop
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Reviewed 11 April 2007

Le St. James is expensive for Montreal, but we felt it was worth every penny given our travel style and tolerance of paying a bit extra for convenience and comfort.

We booked Le St. James hotel as a last-minute choice based on a positive review in the New York Times.

We did our same-day booking online at the hotel's web site. This was an average experience. Our main complaint is that the website form is so integrated into the design of the rest of the site that it's not as clear as it could be. Although we were able to complete the reservation quickly and without problems, next time I will probably call since the employees are so enjoyable and capable.

We drove from New York to Montreal and arrived at Le St. James at night. Although the doorman was absent at first, he re-appeared as we started to make our way to the lobby desk. From there, service was top-notch every step of the way and in no way could be considered lacking.

Front desk clerks recognized us and greeted us by name when we returned from our time spent outside the hotel. We had a couples spa treatment, and the women who did the treatments both worked silently and in excellent coordination. We also had room service and enjoyed flawless, courteous service from everyone who we came in contact with. We also had a strange incident with a window that blew open because it had been improperly latched--the hotel sent up someone to fix it within minutes.

The major negatives about Le St. James are the workout facilities (poor, cramped, and limited) and a temporary, but unfortunate situation in that some of the rooms have windows that permit construction noise from across the street where a Westin Hotel is being built. We were originally in one of those rooms, but we were graciously switched to a room that was silent.

Overall a great experience and one of the better hotels we've stayed in over the last few years.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank NYCthirtysomethings
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Reviewed 25 March 2007

Disapointed I didn't have a bathtub in the room. When I asked the front desk they said there were no other rooms available, though I really doubted it. The shower was great but there was no bench in it. Shower curtain was too small and water ended up all over the floor. Service was excellent. Watch out for additional charges like $30.00 a night for Valet parking. Room was a bit small. Gym was almost non existent, no pool. It's good if you want to pay lots of money for spa treatments. Although the service was great, you really paid for it.

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3  Thank maatt
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Reviewed 22 February 2007

Fabulous hotel and a great location. I stayed in Hotel Gault last year due to the rave reviews on this site. What a disapointment, totally over rated. We went back to Le St James last week, What a difference.
The service was friendly and efficient. we had a suite which was large and well furnished, huge bathroom with walk in shower. Comfortable and warm furnishings, not like the minalimist office chairs and furnishings at the Gault. If you are going to Montreal stay here......the Rolling Stones do!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Le St-James

Address: 355 St-Jacques, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9, Canada
Region: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Quartier International
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Montreal
#11 Spa Hotel in Montreal
#29 Luxury Hotel in Montreal
#31 Business Hotel in Montreal
Price Range: £194 - £336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Le St-James 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Member of The Leading Hotels of the World, renowned for its warm professional service, exceptional interiors and avant-garde elegance, this timeless grand hotel has become the benchmark of hospitality in Canada. This historic building, dating from 1870, is ideally situated in vibrant Old Montreal with easy access to shopping areas, restaurants, and the financial center. With impeccably detailed guest accommodations, each room and suite possesses its own character and personal charm. XO Le Restaurant offers its guests a modern and innovative cuisine. Le Spa served as the "Merchants Bank" vault. The stone wall is the original wall of fortification of Montreal which was preserved and now contributes to the peaceful candlelit setting we offer for the ultimate relaxation experience. Hotel Le St-James is a Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner with Trip Advisor. ... more   less 
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