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“A boutique hotel with few pretences”

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Hotel Le Saint Andre
Ranked #109 of 165 Hotels in Montreal
Reviewed 14 April 2009

If you're looking for overall good value, do not have exalted expectations and just need a decent place to park yourself at night, the St. Andre is a generally sound choice.
Although I'd not stayed there for several years, over the long haul -- more than 25 years -- I must have lodged at the St. Andre at least a 20 times or more. I've seen it go through various changes, such as the redesign of the lobby, but it has always retained its character as a modest, friendly boutique hotel with a touch -- just a touch -- of European charm; (which may explain why it tends to be favored by foreign budget travelers.)
The hotel has never undergone a complete renovation. It always seems to have been piecemeal and there's always something that's likely to bother fastidious travelers. Housekeeping standards have varied over the years too. It always pays to ask if a room is renovated or not and, if you don't like stairs, which floor it's on. (The elevator is way at the east end of the building.)
For my most recent stay I had No 21. It was clean (which has not been the case with all my previous visits), simply furnished, well lit, and, although on the small side by the standards of North American chain hotels, had plenty of hanging and drawer space. The queen bed was firm enough although the bedding, like the towels, is low-end stuff.
The CRT television delivered a good picture (cable) and it was possible to set it as an alarm (there's no bedside clock radio). Rooms on this (north) side look into a grim alleyway which at night is brightly lit. Because there are cheap venetian blinds rather than drapes, the room can never be blacked out. A small writing desk was needlessly cluttered with a vase of cheap artificial flowers. There were two small armchairs and, a useful touch, a small bar fridge. An air conditioner beneath the window is concealed behind slide panels when not in use.
The renovated bathroom was fine. It is among those where the old bathtub has been replaced by a large, tiled shower -- so large in fact that it tends to cramp the rest of bathroom, especially the crapper! There is no hairdryer, only basic soap and those rather low-end towels I mentioned. (Irons and ironing boards can be requested.)
As others have mentioned, sound proofing is not good. The halls and floors creak as is common in older European hotels. But then experienced budget travelers know to carry ear-plugs (and a blindfold can be useful too).
Depending on how you plan to spend your time, the location is good; very close to the Metro (Berri-UQAM) and bus station. By foot you can be almost anywhere you're likely to want to visit in the downtown area within 30 minutes. There are plenty of restaurants along St. Catherine St (immediately north of the hotel). If you turn right at the intersection you'll be heading into the gay "village." Turn left and you'll be headed towards the seedy red-light neighborhood around St. Laurent but soon pass into a more salubrious section of this long thoroughfare. Turn north off St. Catherine at St. Denis and you'll find a lively street scene with lots of cafes and small eateries. The hotel lobby is well stocked with tourist maps and informational brochures to guide you on your way.
And, of course, there is something rather charming about the hotel's long-standing tradition (except when it briefly experimented with a breakfast room) of delivering a continental breakfast to your room. If you want heartier breakfast fare you don't have to walk far to get it. And if you fancy a tipple in your room, there's a liquor store only steps away, heading west on St. Catherine.
Internet savvy travelers should have no problem finding a room here at a decent rate although in high season prices rise and the hotel can often be fully booked during one of the city's many festivals, especially during the jazz festival and Gay Pride weekend (yes; the St. Andre appears to be very gay friendly judging by the provision of a number of free gay publications it makes available) so it helps to plan ahead. In the off-season, you can probably get a room in the CND$70-$80 range/44-50 Euro (pretax). The St. Andre apparently has a high return rate among those who appreciate its unpretentious charm and who prefer to save their money for things other than a lavish hotel room. It will always have its detractors -- yes, there are things it could improve, at a price -- but clearly has also won itself a loyal clientele.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 February 2009

I have stayed a few times in the past at this hoted, it was ok and clean. You can't expect much for the money you pay. But my last stay was just horrible, the room was extremely dirty, stains on the bathroom walls, etc. The place must of changed hands. Would not recommend it to anyone. Even if you just need a place to crash DON'T.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2008

I booked this on bonjourquebec.com. I thought I was getting a deal considering it was $52 marked down from $90 regular. But after staying here, I feel that the discounted price is what the regular price should be. So if you're going to book this hotel, find a discounted room on bonjourquebec.

I usually stay in 3 or 4 star hotels, but I suppose for a 2-star, this is absolutely suitable. There was not much to be desired in terms of the appearance of the hotel and my room. But the room was fairly clean and included the essentials. The bathroom actually looked nicer than the room. There isn't much parking and it's hard to get in and out of it with the tight laneway, but there is a cheap parking lot right across the street.

What I really appreciated about St-Andre is the staff. I met three of them and they are wonderful! I found them to be very friendly, polite, and helpful. Having my breakfast delivered right to my door in the morning was quite a surprise!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 August 2008

This hotel was absolutely fantastic. The Hôtel Le St-André is located in the Latin Quarter of Montreal. Yes, the area was a little seedy, but the hotel is located right in the middle of the city! There is a lively scene going on- students, gay, posh, etc. You don't need a car as most things worth visiting are either withing walking distance or a quick metro ride away. The nearest metro stop is about two blocks away--if that.

The service was wonderful. The front desk people were all very friendly, helpful and speak both english and french. Breakfast is delivered to your door- but you have to make sure to request a delivery time at the front desk. There is a *tiny* parking lot in the back and it is free. Yes, it does appear a little shady, but there is a video camera in the back and the person who checked us in was watching it religiously. He knew that we had parked back there before we mentioned it!

Why not 5 stars? Well, the hotel is a little shabby and is by no means luxury. However, the room was spotlessly clean (and I am piiicky) and the beds were comfy. I was lucky enough to get a huge room, but I did notice that most of the rooms are teeny tiny. I would totally stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2008

The hotel was great – once we got there, the person at the desk was very helpful in answering our questions. There is a small, free, parking lot available for guests – it fits about 12 cars, however if you are not lucky enough to get a spot – there is a parking garage right across the street. The room was not large, but comfortable enough for 2 people. The hotel is located just a 5 minute walk to the subway, and 30-40 min walk to downtown (old town) – depending on how fast you walk. The neighborhood is not fancy, but is safe. The staff was very helpful in suggesting good places to have dinner. Rooms were cleaned daily and every morning you get breakfast delivered to your room –a perk that is included in the room price.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2008

The hotel was convieniently located to the attractions we were interested in but the hotel seemed to be in a state of run down. We did not feel secure finding people (homeless) sleeping in the hotel doorway and late at night the front desk was unattended and doors open to allow anyone to come and go with no problem. Our room was sufficient but needed some TLC (ie: bathroom door handle falling off and toilet seat was broken. We would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2008

After reading all the mixed reviews on this site, I was nervous about staying here. But my fears were unfounded. This place turned out to be a great bargain. The location is excellent--walking distance to one of the main subway stations. The staff was courteous and helpful. Our room was clean, bed was comfortable. And breakfast was decent and always served on time.

Stayed: May 2008
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Address: 1285 rue St-Andre, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3T1, Canada
Region: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > The Village (Gay Village) , Ville-Marie
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #109 of 165 Hotels in Montreal
Price Range: £57 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Le Saint Andre 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
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