A January 2006 trip
to Montreal by smilingtraveller
Quote: Personal business trip in Montreal turns out to be EXCELLENT! From shopping to dining, Montreal is surely one of Canada's best cities.
Be prepared for cold weather in Montreal during the winter. I suggest wearing layers and plenty of Chapstick for your lips.
Find out out how the mall is all connected in the Underground shopping mall.
Be prepared to spend. The stores are unique, and even the budget traveller will spend major bucks!
Hotel | "Hotel Due Y de Montreal"
The Hotel Due Y De Montreal is a no-frills hotel that caters to those who seek a clean, safe, and accessible lodging without paying 100-plus a night. What I mean by no-frills is that you won’t see a bellhop, nor will you see thousands of dollars of mirror, marble, fake plants, or lavish couches in the waiting area. You will see a clean check-in area that is business-like and professional and wicker chairs for the waiting area. The building from the outside resembles that of any YMCA, simple and concrete, and the inside does, too. Location: It’s right behind Rue St. Catherine, so you have all the big shopping areas to access just minutes away. It’s kitty-corner to the IBM business building, and the street that leads you to St. Catherine is Rue Crescent. Hotel/Room Amenities: We asked for two double beds and a private bath since a shared bath costs less. The room was accessible for those who are disabled and proved to be very spacious. There were two nice pine night tables, a desk, a drawer stand, and plenty of room to put all your clothing. The bathroom was clean, with a good-size shower. The room has a coffeepot, ice bucket, TV, small soaps, and a good clock radio with a phone. The room was very nice. There were two windows and nice drapery.The bonus of this hotel is that you can use the gym (women only), which means you have access to the pool, sauna, and classes. It’s a great deal! Another bonus is the kitchen. The sixth floor has a common kitchen and TV lounge. It rocks! You can heat up food, have tea in the morning, and store things in the fridge. Everyone seems to be respectful of the food that is labelled, but I kept my milk in the room in a ice bucket. There’s a kettle, two microwaves, and grill/toaster. It is VERY clean and the seating area resembles a cafeteria. The room is the size of a small bedroom. Pretty great! I loved the perk of warming up my food and taking it back to my room and eating it there while watching a local movie. The TV doesn’t allow you to order-in movies.
SERVICE: The moment we stepped into the hotel, the staff was very professional. The lady who appears to be the manager was friendly and confident and gave us directions to groceries, shops, and other things on the map. The hotel is centrally located. We were given our hair dryer and our key. There was no wait time at all. They are very helpful and care about your well-being.COSTS: For 3 nights we paid 75 a night, and that is cheap because it was right after New Year's and the prices for other hotels were 100-plus. They only have one nonsmoking room. We were looking for something that would be basic, yet safe, clean, and accessible, and the hotel met all of those conditions.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2006
Montreal Y Hotel
1355 Blvd. Rene Levesque West
Montreal, Quebec H3G1T3
Attraction | "Le Maison Simons-Shopping Centres"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2006
977 Ste-Catherine St W
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W3
Hotel | "Marche Mourelatos "
1621 St. Catherine Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 1L8