Where do I start? I LOVE hotel place des arts. Part of me doesn't even want to write this review since I feel if you're reading this you will probably book my room and force me to stay elsewhere or not go to Montreal. I feel like hotel place des arts is my little Montreal secret.... But out of respect for my fellow travelers here is my down to heart honest review:
If you are looking for a chain hotel that gives you affinity point s and a 1-800 number this isn't it. This place is a hotel for mellow people and travelers / backpackers.
Ms.Wong runs the show at this hotel and she has very stringent hygiene standards. The room is clean and spacious. Keep in mind the linen / towels are not as "fresh" as a chain hotel but the actual hotel is spic and span. I challenge you to find a dust bunny, seriously. Ms.Wong does an excellent job of making sure when you arrive the room is clean and ready for you. She provides things like paper towels in the kitchen along side cutlery, plates and awesome wifi (more on the wifi reviews later)
Why do I stay here? Her rates are reasonable, she only charges 3.5% tax which must be the legal minimum as the big hotels are upwards of 10-15%
What you have to ask yourself is do you want a room/cell with 2 beds and a bathroom (aka chain hotel) or do you want to tell people "you rent an apartment in Montreal?" I tell people when I go to Montreal I rent a small apartment. That's what hotel place des arts is, a place you call home.
This type of hotel is not suitable for a business traveler that values things like 24 hour dry cleaning / mini bar / room service. However if you are a traveler or backpacker who doesn't like shared room hostels this is the place for you. Hostels in Montreal are about $35-$40 a night for a dorm. 3 people fit in her suites without sharing beds. that works out to something like $40 tax in per person. I've stayed here 8 times and never has the price been marked up due to jazz festival or Canadian long weekend.
It's basically hostel dorm pricing with privacy and FREE PARKING, the parking is an easy $15-22 per day value. Hotel place des arts = Privacy, excellent value.
The fact that they have small kitchen and fridge (think beer fridge) really tops this place off. Frankly the food in Montreal is so amazing you should never eat at home, but if you're on a budget just go to st.viateur bagel and toast them up at the hotel. There is a major grocery store across the street. A 24hr convenience store 1 block away as well as a bixi station (quick bike rentals perfect for tourists). Catching a cab outside is never an issue and cabs will find the hotel no problem.
Regarding the wifi, I was at this hotel in feb 2013 and in july 2013 (current review) when I visited again Ms.Wong added a new wifi network (which is free by the way, most hotels charge $20 a day!) And it was super fast. For the techy folk I was able to VPN to work and put in a full day of work with zero interruptions, and the apps I use are strictly online. Staying at major hotels my VPN session is often interrupted or so bad I can't work.
I think I've said enough, this place is cool. Some of the rooms have a balcony, which if you smoke is a godsend and something you won't find in 90% of hotels in Montreal.
Take my word for it, give place des arts a go.
Best of luck tripadvisor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A wise choice for value-conscious downtown travelers, budget, Victorian-style, Hotel & Suite Place des Arts in downtown Montreal offers one-bedroom suite, studio, and budgetrm; all the suites and studio are all equipped with bathrooms, including bath tub & shower, fully-equipped kitchen, free parking, close to metro Place des Arts, McGill University, Old Port. Perfect for extend stays, relocate, 4-5 people group. ... more less
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