I'll start by saying that the two of us got a comfortable king-size bed, centrally located in one of North America's great cities, with breakfast and passable wifi, for $60/night, all-in (prepaid via Expedia; your mileage may vary). I'm going to make some critical observations in coming paragraphs, but I do so in that context.
Our room for the first night smelled strongly of cigarettes (although the entire hotel is nominally non-smoking, as are all hotels in Quebec). We were promptly and cheerfully relocated for the remainder of our stay. The staff seemed responsive and friendly in general.
Furnishings are worn and outdated, but we saw no obvious signs of uncleanliness in our room. Large dresser, closet, decent bathroom. No desk/table, and one rather tattered armchair. Zero ambiance—this is not exactly a romantic getaway—but perfectly liveable.
Walls and floors are quite thin, so light sleepers will need to cross their fingers that they'll be blessed with considerate neighbours. I slept fine, but required earbuds and white noise on my iPhone.
Breakfast is bare-bones (toast, muffins, cereal, tea and coffee). Apples and oranges would be a welcome and affordable addition, but whatever. Enough to get you going in the morning. What, you were expecting fresh-squeezed orange juice, waffles and fresh-baked croissants for $60/night?
Public areas of the hotel are clearly neglected. Stairwell walls are heavily scuffed and gouged by years of luggage (stairway is rather narrow; there is no elevator), and carpeting is worn. Noticed an M&M dropped on one of the stairs, and it's still there several days later, which doesn't exactly suggest attention to detail. A fresh coat of paint, new carpets, and a daily pass with the vacuum would make a world of difference.
A large Provigo (large supermarket) is an easy five-minute walk away, with a Pharmaprix a block beyond that. Bus connections are excellent. There's an excellent patisserie/cafe across the street, and Montreal's best vegetarian restaurant, Lola Rosa, is three doors down. For energetic travellers, Mount Royal Park, a half block away, offers great hiking and excellent city vistas. Lots of non-touristy shopping and dining in the area.
There is no free parking, and parking in the area is scarce and expensive. We did not have our car with us on this trip. (Hotel Le St. Andre is a better option for drivers).
In short, this is NOT a hotel to choose if you have any illusions of pampering yourself. If you're seeking a cheap, central and convenient place to crash at the end of the day, and you're not particularly picky, you could do much worse.
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