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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.
From journal Montreal: Always Try Something Different
London, United Kingdom
September 6, 2004
This is a multi-story building with the top two floors reserved as a hotel. The top-most floor had ensuite rooms (where we stayed) while the next floor had rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens in the hallway (more like a hostel). Our room and adjoining bathroom was very clean; however, the rooms had only just been refurbished and televisions and Internet access was still being sorted out. Oh well, it wasn't like we were going to stay inside the whole day!
The rest of the building held a little cafe, a hairdressers, the gym/pool that are open to the public and a preschool/nursery. The cafe became our morning hangout for breakfast where bagels and muffins with egg and cheese were the norm. The gym and pool are also available free of charge to hotel guests. Internet access was available via booths in the lounge on the ground floor.
One day, we arrived back to the hotel to find that the door had not been closed properly - perhaps the cleaner had not shut it fully. Luckily for us, nothing valuable had been taken but one of my friends had a sweater missing. When we reported it to reception, they were quite blasé about it as we had mentioned that nothing important was gone but they took my friend's details should they find the sweater. We never heard from them.
Although the place was very clean and very affordable, this incident marred our entire stay with them.
From journal A Week in la Belle Montreal