Monday, 12 January 2015

Travel Diaries: Holiday Inn Select Montreal

Back in December, my bff and I took a trip to Montreal for a girls weekend. Montreal is less than two hours from Ottawa, so it makes for the perfect getaway location. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Select Montreal, which is just outside of Chinatown. I haven't stayed in that part of the city before, so it was a lot of fun being able to explore!

Holiday Inn Select Montreal

Holiday Inn Select Montreal

Holiday Inn Select Montreal

The Holiday Inn Select Montreal is currently undergoing some renovations, so there's an alternative entrance to get into the building. Since this hotel is just outside of Chinatown, you can definitely expect an Asian influence. The renovations are aiming to make the hotel more feng shui, which I'll be honest - I don't know a ton about. The room we stayed in had one queen bed, a couch, chair, tv, and a fairly large bathroom. The hotel has a gym, pool, and there are shops on the main level of the building, underneath the hotel. The hotel is equipped with free wifi, which I appreciate immensely! There's an Asian restaurant in the hotel, with a beautiful fish pond to take in during your meal. 

Holiday Inn Select Montreal Bathroom

Holiday Inn Select Montreal Room Service
Room service!

While we had a great overall experience with this hotel, there were some minor flaws. The thermostat didn't seem to work, so we call down to reception for additional blankets. An hour later, we were still pretty cold, so we called reception to check on the status of those blankets. This time, the blankets arrived within minutes. Another complaint that I had was about the shower. The shower seemed to be pretty hit or miss - the first shower of my stay was lukewarm at best. The next day, the shower water was hot, and I was a happy camper. My last qualm is that this hotel room did not come with a mini fridge. I like having the option to bring food (ahem, leftovers) back to my hotel room, and a mini fridge would have come in handy! 

Holiday Inn Select Montreal

One of the main selling points for this hotel is the location - just outside of Chinatown. You're just a minute walk away from a wide variety of Asian restaurants, I almost felt like I was back in China! You're also only a ten minute walk from the amazing shops on St. Catherine street. 

Downtown Montreal

A queen room at the Holiday Inn Select Montreal will run you about $130 per night. I love the location of this hotel, and my experience here was quite pleasant. There were a few small setbacks, but nothing major. If you're looking for a hotel close to Chinatown, this is the hotel for you.

Holiday Inn Select Montreal Downtown

99, Viger Ave West

Montreal Quebec H2Z 1E9

514-878-9888

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6 comments:

  1. I've been here before! the pond is so nice. sounds like a good stay overall but definitely some room for improvement :)

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    1. Oh that's awesome that you've been here too! Ya I loved the pond, so relaxing! :)

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  2. we stayed there many years ago and I like the location as it is so close to downtown(yes, all the shopping) and nice restaurants. Guess the hotel needs some improvement. When I stay in hotels, the most important thing is cleanliness and shower:)

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    1. Oh that's awesome that you've been there before too! Yes, a nice shower (or bath!) is very important to me too :)

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  3. That fish pond looks so nice! I'd love to visit Montreal, it sounds like a beautiful city :)

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    1. Oh you have to visit someday! I love Montreal :)

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