So I wanted to take my 3 year old son to see cirque du soleil in old Montréal and picked what I thought would be a nice but not over the top hotel, the sister hotel to the Place d'Armes, a hotel I stayed at 2 weeks prior. The room was all that was to be expected, old world charm with new world conveniences; familiar and meeting all my expectations.
What I did not expect was the staff. I am not sure how many people travel with 3 year olds but mine goes everywhere with us. At the end of a full day of travelling, site seeing and of course going to the circus, he was understandably a bit cranky and hungry. We went back to the hotel and walked into what is essentially their fine dining restaurant. In need of martinis, my wife and I were compelled to stay. By the way, the first drink is on the hotel; really.
We were afraid our son would make a ruckus (as cranky hungry 3 year olds sometimes do) so we asked if they could accommodate us in the rear of the restaurant. Unfortunately for them (and why I am writing this review) the place was less than half full. The hostess appeased us with not only a table in the back but what was essentially a whole room away from the other guests - whew.
My son does not eat fine dining (what 3 year old does) but he, being just a little bit precocious, only wanted to eat calamari. Not a beautiful grilled cuttle fish mind you, calmari like you would find at the local family style Italian restaurant that one sees in a strip mall… you know, the doughy little deep fried rubber bands that make you too full to eat your entrée. My wife and I had already ordered our drinks and we were settled in, somehow we would attempt to muddle through.
Luke, our waiter, apologized when we asked for the fried basket of fish (yes, I asked knowing full well that it was not on the menu). A few minutes later and maybe two sips into our cocktails, Luke returned to take our dinner order. To our shock and amazement, he had with him a huge basket of fried calamari! Luke went to the neighboring restaurant to get my now crazily excited child the dinner of his choice. WHO DOES THIS?
After a satisfying meal of oven roasted partridge served with an asparagus flan, a glass of California Pinot and (of course) a few of my kid’s calamari, the family retired back to the room. Exhausted and full, we read our boy to sleep on one of the bed’s soft down pillows. With all good intention, we prepared to go to the beautiful roof deck for a night cap (we had our niece with us to babysit) but alas, the comfort of the bed was to compelling. A prodigious day was to come to completion; we would rise to fresh brewed coffee and a friendly greeting from our host – “how was your dinner last night?”
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nelligan's elegant accommodations pair century-old stone walls with a chic, modern decor. Natural light flows through the 44 rooms, 59 suites and 2 penthouses, while stately furnishings and high-end amenities punctuate the ambiance. The hotel perfectly accommodates groups with its expansive ballroom (fits up to 400) and 4 modern conference spaces. In the lobby, a regal, four-story atrium provides the perfect respite for an afternoon drink while adjoining Verses Restaurant offers a market-fresh menu. And for a taste of Montreal's mischievous side, Mechant Boeuf serves up delicious cocktails and great music nightly! Room service is also available. Finally, situated atop the elegant property, Terrasse Nelligan delivers unmatched city views! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nelligan Hotel Montreal
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