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“What a dump!”
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Hotel Elegant
Ranked #114 of 163 Hotels in Montreal
Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a dump!”
Reviewed 7 August 2008

This hotel is anything but "elegant." I have been in Motel 6s with more charm and grace. Tacky, tacky, tacky from the lobby and front desk to the rooms. The entire place reminded me more of a youth hostel than a hotel. For instance there was a crudely made sign with no frame even tacked to the wall, saying no visitors after 10 pm.

The rooms were small and very cheaply and poorly furnished. Wireless internet ended up needing a wire.

Also there was a crappy, crappy attitude on the part of the staff....very rude and obnoxous.

Stay here only if you are desperate. This place bills itself as three-star but probably doesn;t even deserve one star.

  • Liked — Nothing!
  • Disliked — Cheap decor and rude staff
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled solo
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2008

On the way back to Toronto , coming from Québec we stayed one night in Hotel Elegant in Montréal. Despite we had read some positive reviews o this hotel prior to book, we were very badly impressed by this Hotel that is not at all "Elegant" like its name .
At the front Desk we had the sensation having disturbed the guy who was "working"(?) on Internet.
The darkness of the corridors leading to the rooms looked like those of a Hospital and the "grey doors" had something disquieting.
The room was very basic , and the bathroom was dirty.
We found some papers under the wash basin and the most disgusting were some blood traces on the hair drier itself, on the wall were the hair drier was located and on the hair dried cable . We assumed someone had successfully tried to kill mosquitoes.
To conclude our experience in this Hotel, we asked the front desk guy if it was possible to have breakfast around 06:30 a.m. since we had to leave early to Toronto, but the guy answered this was not possible before 07:30 a.m. ... not even a cup of coffee!
We were therefore obliged to stop later at a Motel on the road despite we had breakfast included in the rate we paid..

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — All the rest
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank YvonneRoma
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Hilo, Hawaii
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2008

We originally booked another hotel which ended up having an emergency plumbing issue so the staff booked in this place which was slightly more expensive. The hotel I originally picked was cheap and kinda cute. This new place was across from the Greyhound bus station and Metro and more on a busy street. I liked Saint Denis street better. The rooms were sort of like the Days Inn with minimal furniture, hard bed and a smoking room. We were advised by the staff that parking on the street could be done (plenty of spots) but not to leave anything visible. That implied statement made me sort of wonder about the neighborhood but being with two other girls and near the Metro stop we had a blast and made it work. I am sorry I had to pay 89 a night but we weren't there that long to really have to stare at it. The staff was pretty nice and knew English. The room was clean and not complicated and everything worked.
If you want a budget hotel this would be fine but don't expect to be waited on like the Fairmont.

  • Liked — Near the Metro
  • Disliked — Not my favorite hotel
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Prncs365
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Barrie, Canada
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62 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2007

Hotel Elegant is advertised as a "new construction", and that is certainly true. The furniture & fixtures appear new, but that's not to say they are nice. It seems as if many things were purchased very cheaply: small & scratchy towels, 1-ply toilet paper, thin bed coverings, TV with a remote that never worked.
However, the hotel was clean, the beds firm & comfy, and the pillows fluffy. The bathroom was small but adequate, which also describes the tiny shampoo packets.
Having an elevator was a nice extra; having no temperature control in the room...not so nice.
On the plus side: we loved that there was a mini-fridge in the room and a super-powered hair dryer in the bathroom.
One of our least favourite things about this hotel: no parking lot. I realize this is not unusual for the Latin Quarter, but it was unexpected to us. The parking space we were given was a block & a half away, underneath the library, AND we had to pay for it!
The hotel staff were always polite and friendly, and spoke English. We did not try the free breakfast, but it was available between 8am and 10am.
The location of the hotel disturbed us at first. There is a large construction project going on directly across the street, and the bus station is right behind that. Several undesirable locals often loitered around the area, and we were approached by a beggar within seconds of exiting our hotel. But we soon grew accustomed to the "feel" of the area, including the lively "Village" district just south of the hotel on Saint Catherine street. And a short walk to the west was St Denis street, with its fantastic array of food & drink & night-life.
We also found it quick & easy to reach the Metro (at Maissonneuve & Berri) which is the best way to get around Montreal. (All day Tourist passes are $9.)
All in all, a decent hotel for the price. Fair enough place to crash after a long, wonderful day spent exploring beautiful Montreal.

  • Liked — central location
  • Disliked — no parking at hotel
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank CeeGunn
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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96 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2007

The Hotel Elegant gave me everything I needed and expected for my recent trip to Montreal. Compared to other budget hotels in the Latin Quarter area, I was pleased that I was able to wheel my luggage right up and through the front door and then take an elevator up to my 4th floor room. Having air conditioning in my room was also essential, however it would have been nice to have control over it. There were times when it was either too cold or had turned off and we were forced to accept whatever it offered.

Having internet access was extremely useful. This room didn't have wireless acess, so fortunately they lend out internet cables. The outlet, however, is by the phone, which is on the nightstand. So forget working at the little table while sitting in a chair unless you bring your own, really long cord. You'll also need to bring your own way of telling the time, as they don't provide any kind of clock. But I did get a room with a little refrigerator, which was pretty handy. Now I just wish they get around to acquiring coffee makers and maybe microwave ovens, as we had no way of making anything hot to eat. While they offer a continental breakfast, it is served from 8 am to 10 am and we always had to leave by 8 each morning.

The beds are on the too-firm side and the room is not well lit, but the bedding is fine and we had no problems with noisy neighbors (perhaps because the hotel wasn't full). The main switch controls wall-mounted lights over each bed and you can't opt to have one of them off. Then the little bedside lamps are not much better than night-lights. This leaves the dresser side of the room pretty dark at night.

Since the hotel was newly constructed, everything is clean and functions well. There was a hairdryer in the bathroom. At the time of our stay, there was a major construction project across the street, with a fancy new building going up. It's not pretty right now, but there is nothing about this section of the street (Rue St-Hubert) that I'd call "sketchy" (as per another review). Our walk out to the nearby Berri-UQAM metro station or area shopping and restaurants was just fine at all times of the day. OK, there are panhandlers in the neighborhood, but they're everywhere else in Montreal as well. And Rue Ste-Catherine heading east from St-Hubert happens to be the heart of the gay neighborhood, so there were couples and singles cruising for action. But you don't have to walk that way if you're just headed to the metro. Since Berri-UQAM is a main hub station, we had easy access to both the orange and green lines that got us everywhere we wanted to go in just a few short stops.

The service was great. We were able to check in early. And then for our departure, they handled ordering a taxi for us the night before and the taxi was right on time. In all, the Hotel Elegant provided a comfortable and care-free place to stay at a low price.

  • Liked — Convenient location, clean, great price and service.
  • Disliked — Can't really complain for the price.
  • Stayed August 2007
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6 Thank Bravaencore
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NYC
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2007

This hotel is fairly new and very, very clean. It is a good economy budget hotel that has the bare basics, but you are getting good, clean accomodations and service for the cheaper price. The room had a telephone, tv, closet area, big window and full bathroom. There is wireless internet access if you have a computer. Some rooms have mini fridges, but because the hotel is newer they have not finished putting them in every room yet. There is VERY limited parking in the back of the hotel, but a nearby parking lot charges $7 CAD a day. The hotel provides a small breakfast daily (big muffin or croissant, jelly, tea or coffee, glass of OJ) and has a couple drink vending machines. The location in regards to being near exciting/tourist-friendly parts of Montreal is good, but the street itself looks like it may sometimes get sketchy. The street is full of budget hotels and new constructions. We were there during the jazz festival, so the people around the street were okay for the most part, but it definitely looks like the late night crowd during an off season or certain week nights could be very questionable. Still, it is close to the subway, St Catherine and St Denis (exciting streets with stores and nightlife), a 20 - 30 minute walk from McGill and Mount Royal, and a 15 minute walk from the jazz festival and underground mall. The only downside is that the walls are pretty thin, so if there are noisy guests nearby you will probably be able to hear them. We could occassionally hear showers running in adjacent rooms, but enjoyed our stay well enough nonetheless.

  • Liked — very vey clean, elevator in building
  • Disliked — very thin walls
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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12 Thank jewelnyc
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Property: Hotel Elegant
Address: 1683 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3Z1, Canada
Region: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > The Village (Gay Village)
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #114 of 163 Hotels in Montreal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Elegant 2*
Number of rooms: 44
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