Perfect hotel for a family vacation to visit Montreal!Comment of S. Gustavo , United States the 2016-08-29
"In the heart of the city"
We had to go to Montreal for a wedding and I wanted my wife to see the Old City and Chinatown. This was the perfect location and everything we wanted was within walking distance. The hotel needs a little updating but still satisfactory. We had a nice unobstructed City View. The Pagodas on the hotel roof, right by Chinatown gave it a unique flavour.
"Nice public areas"
Great bar and nice looking Chinese restaurant, hotel is in Chinatown so is to be expected. Montreal in November is chilly and the room heater did not work. I asked for a room change, no spare rooms, and rather than wait up half the night for a maintenance visit I got to sleep eventually. Next morning asked for it to be fixed. Two or three hours later it was eventually mended. Man on reception was rude and arrogant when I asked for it to be fixed. As this was holiday inn rather than the express version I had expected better. Fixtures and fitting are dated and could do with a refurbishment. As said the public areas are very nice. Nice friendly bar staff too. Restaurant manager kindly let us use a table to work at. Housekeeping also pleasant and polite. Shame the receptionist let down the team.
"Convenient location for Montreal"
Downtown 2 blocks away, metro and Palais des congres 40 m, Museums district 3 block, in the Chinese quarter and I can continue. Nice place but nothing special except the beautiful lobby and restaurants.
"Not a Typical Holiday Inn"
We stayed for 3 nights at this location and it was pretty good. Its a unique location in China town area but very close to old Montreal and right in Downtown. only 20 mins walk to Bell centre but $6 and 2 stops by Metro/Subway station which is right across the hotel. The hotel has a nice and big Chinese restaurant and lounge with koi pools and nice lobby that can bring drinks down to and enjoy hanging out. Rooms are not very big but comfortable. No Fridges or microwaves.. at least not in the room we had. The rooms were nicely decorated and very clean. The washrooms were big with lots of counter space to unpack. We didn't have a view out of our window as we faced into the building. Parking was a bit pricey and awkward. If you drive an SUV or a minivan you better get in early as the spots are limited and small. There are many parking spots available for small cars and low vehicles. The pool area is very small and located on 3rd floor with other rooms, so if you want quiet... do not stay on 3rd floor. Also, if you plan to work out while staying at this hotel... don't. The fitness area (if you can call it that).. is basically in a walkway to the pool.. and is constantly filled with kids jumping on the equipment. Seriously... if you like to work out, you will not be able to at this hotel. The staff is good, helpful, and quite lenient compared to other hotels which is nice, but it also allows guests to do some strange things in the hallways... like host a KFC chicken dinner on the floor while you are trying to get to the pool... Its not an average hotel by any means, but the overall rating of this hotel is average.
"B³ - Box x Bungle x Bustout"
I expected an average experience while on holiday at the Holiday Inn but I was quickly proven wrong once met by Shenbong in the elevator lobby. While I had no hatchets to bury, I was still able to dig the shovelteeth decor consisting of Chinese architecture and a koi fish pond in the main lobby. To sweeten the deal, the hotel had the foresight to place cultural enrichment stations (computers, for the less well read) nearby to let my friends online know about the Vietnam flashback I was in the middle of. This was only the beginning of the series of fortunate events at the Holiday Inn. After swinging from chandeliers and tossing banana peels at pedestrians from our hotel room, the staff visited us to ask if we could share our chimp-like behavior with their less fortunate, working class friends on the main floor. To this, we happily obliged and spent many hours discussing the intricacies of the universe on the provided couches while admiring the artifacts on display, likely stolen from either the Japanese or bought as knockoffs on AliExpress. Nonetheless, the staff's willingness to observe our degeneracy proved our presence to be a thoughtful present in their bleak lives, a status I can appreciate. However, upon our departure, we were met with the right hook of a boxer of the cardboard variety. When attempting to leave the underground parking, a member of the staff attempted to box us in and prevent our escape from the lesser province by barricading us with a parking barrier. Despite using the power of logic and common sense, his IQ proved too little to contest and as a result, we were at the mercy of a box playing his droll voice until we paid the toll price. After hearing the obscenities leaking from the voicebox, our fellow Ontario patriots waiting in line behind got out of their cars and yelled at the cube until the incompetent staff member was forced to grant us passage. If not for this slight, I might have stayed another night but I fear this box may become a casket.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Maestro - Diners Club
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM