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An October 2003 trip to Montreal by tamtbell

Marriott Chteau Champlain Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Each time I have visited Montreal, I have fallen more and more in love with it. Whether it's the food, the people, the entertainment, or just the atmosphere, this city seems to just get better and better!

Marriott Chteau Champlain

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Hotel | "Marriott Chateau Champlain"

Marriott Chteau Champlain Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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During this visit to Montreal, we stayed at the Marriott Chateau Champlain, which even though the hotel itself is not anything truly special, the location makes it a perfect choice for anyone who chooses not to drive around the city. Upon arriving at the Central train station, we followed the signs that pointed to Rue De La Gauchetiere, which led us outside on a sidewalk. It is possible to walk from the outside of the train station to the hotel, but you have to cross a street or two, and during weekdays there is definitely some traffic that you will have to contend with. I suggest following the escalator down that is right next to the door that leads outside and following the signs to the Bonaventu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Marriott Chteau Champlain
1 PL DU CANADA
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 878-9000

Forget

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Restaurant

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We were looking hard for somewhere to eat, as our stomachs had been growling audibly for several hours. Finally, after walking around Marche Bonsecours, we found two restaurants open, both the same floor. One of them looked like a bistro, the other like a tiny, family-owned, cozy restaurant called "Forget." The manager or owner came forward as we were looking over the menu posted outside the door and asked us would we like to join them for lunch. With a quick look over my shoulder at my husband to see how he felt about it, we said yes. Now I was quite disconcerted when the manager/owner asked me, "Would we like to sit outside?" My first thought was, "Outside? Outside it is cold and windy, n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Forget
Bon Secours Market
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 871-9610

Le Senateur

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Le  Senateur Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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At nightfall, we descended upon Old Port Montreal in search of a good meal and even better atmosphere. After walking a bit up from Place Jacques Cartier, we were almost literally pulled off the street by a desperate manager/owner of a restaurant on our right hand side. Just a note: most of the managers or owners seem to be very desperate for your business, so watch out! The restaurant that my husband and I as well as the manager/owner decided that we ought to eat at was Le Senateur. The interior walls are painted in a blood red, I guess a somewhat in vogue color, and there are black and white prints of actors of just about every age hanging on the walls. There are small hanging lamps throu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Le Senateur
254 Rue Saint Paul East
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 866-5174

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On Sunday night, the last night of our stay in Montreal, we had an appointment at The Planetarium at 7:15pm, so of course we didn't want to venture too far from the hotel that evening. We decided to pass the time in the hotel bar, Le Senateur, and maybe have a drink or two and possibly some h'orderves. The bar is located directly off the hotel lobby and is very dimly lit. It has very comfy chairs that rather reminded me of small love seats that are very low to the ground as well as the main bar area in the center of the room. We took our seats in a far dark corner of the room and were immediately greeted by a very friendly bartender who took our orders for drinks and gave us some menus. My husban...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2003

Bar Le Senateur at Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain
1050 De La Gauchetiere West
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 878-9000

Restaurant Samuel de Champlain at Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

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Restaurant | "Restaurant Samuel de Champlain"

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We visited this restaurant two times, both for breakfast. Now this restaurant wasn’t so great that we just had to return, it was just that it was so convenient that we decided to return the second morning. Simply turn right as soon as exiting the elevators, go all the way down the hallway and then turn right again and you will find yourself at the entrance to the restaurant on your right. The staff here is almost overly friendly, as we constantly had someone coming by to refill our juice glasses, coffee cups, or just to check if we were doing okay. The buffet here though isn’t that great as my husband each morning searched in vain for French crepes and found none. After our crepes that we tried i...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 8, 2003

Restaurant Samuel de Champlain at Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain
1050 De La Gauchetiere West
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 878-9000

Planétarium de Montréal

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Attraction | "Montreal Planetarium/Planetarium de Montreal"

Planétarium de Montréal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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We went to the Planetarium on our very last night in Montreal, and the visit truly filled us with wonder and excitement to get home and attempt to find the constellations pointed out to us on our own. We actually arrived at the Planetarium around 10:30am Sunday morning, looking for something to do that would get us out of the cold rain and that was relatively close to our hotel (only about 2 blocks away). As we waited in line to pay for entrance to one of the shows, I noticed that the first show, "Little Bear" (Petite Ours), was for youngsters around the age of 4 and up. That was definitely not for my husband and me, no thanks! Instead, we purchased tickets to Night Sky (Ciel de Nuit), which was sho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Planétarium de Montréal
1000 St-Jacques St West
Montreal, Quebec H3C 1G7
+1 514 872 4530

Montreal Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Montreal Botanical Gardens"

Montreal Botanical Garden Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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On our first full day we originally planned to visit La Ronde, the local amusement park, however unfortunately the weather looked like it was about to rain at any moment so we decided to head off to the Botanical Gardens of Montreal. From our hotel we jumped onto the Metro at Bonaventure Station and took it to Berri-Uqam station where we then jumped on the green line and took that to Pie-IX station. Upon entering you then have a choice, head to the left or the right, we went to the left, as my main interest was the monastery, herb and fruits and veggie gardens. Unfortunately since our visit was in late October, most of the plants had been affected by frosts and freezes so many of the plants ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Montreal Botanical Garden
4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2
(514) 872-1400

Casino de Montréal

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Attraction | "Casino de Montreal"

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After all day touring historic Montreal, we decided it was still too early to go back to the hotel, so why not head on over to the Casino de Montreal for a little nightlife and entertainment. I have to admit my husband likes casinos more than I do, so this entry includes quite a bit of his input as well. The casino can either be driven to, but then you have parking costs or you can simply take the yellow line metro to Jean Drapeau Station and hop on one of the free buses. The second way is much easier as we have done both. Entry to the casino is free however my husband and I both noticed that on a Saturday night the average minimum bet was $25 on the tables and every day the minimum bet on th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

Casino de Montréal
1 du Casino Ave
Montreal, Quebec H3C 4W7
(514) 392-2746

Historic Montreal

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Attraction | "Fall in love again with life at Historic Montreal"

Historic Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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We descended on Historic Montreal on a misty cold Saturday at around 330pm with our stomachs growling for food and our legs tired from the walk up Rue Gosford. We were more than ready for a break after a full day of walking. The best way to get here if you are taking the metro is to get off at Champ De Mars station where you will take flights of stairs both up and down before reaching the doors to the outside. Here youÕll need to take a right and head up a very steep hill, cross the street and ÒVoilaÓ you are at almost the beginning of Old Port as well as you get a very nice view of Bonsecours Market or Marche Bonsecours as its locally called. This building is very old as it dates back to a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2003

Historic Montreal
St Laurent and the St Lawrence River
Montreal, Quebec

Eaton Centre

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On our last day in Montreal my feet were extremely tired and sore after walking the previous day, so my husband and I decided why not do some light shopping. We purchased another tourist pass on Le Metro, had a light breakfast at the restaurant in the Marriott Chateau Champlain (Samuel de Champlain), and went back down to Bonaventure Station to catch the metro to Berri-Uqam, and then to catch the Green Line to McGill station. Upon arriving at this station, head up the stairs from Le Metro, at which point you will see La Baie, the local department store. Turn an immediate right, and you will see some of the stores that make up Eaton Centre. We walked around the mall, looking in stores th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2003

Eaton Centre
705 Ste-Catherine St W
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4G5
+1 514 288 3708

Montreal, je t'aime

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Old Port Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This was my second trip to Montreal with my husband, and this time we decided to shake things up a bit. Normally, because we are relatively close to Montreal and Quebec City, we drive. However, this time we took VIA Rail from Kingston, Ontario straight into Le Gare Centrale, the central train station in Montreal. We were both really glad afterwards that we did this, as we no longer had the worries of parking in a crowded city, as well as all that extra mileage put on our Jeep, and of course, we also got to enjoy the scenery as it flew by without worries of traffic. As a travel agent, I have always advised passengers to check in at least an hour and a half prior for train reservations. However, I ca...Read More