Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre Hotel

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Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 163

155 Rene Levesque East - Montreal - Quebec - H2X 3Z8 - Canada Hotel Website | 514-448-7100
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Reviews - Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre Hotel

6/10
A little Confusing
Submitted by: Julia in 27/09/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
There is a small confusion about this hotel. This hotel is quite new, only a few months old. There was another hotel which carried the same name but it is renamed "Holiday Inn" and it it right next door to Hotel Suites Le Faubourg and is owned and managed by the same people. So when you get all this nice reviews about Hotel Suites Le Faubourg beware, that it is most likely addressed to Holiday inn.
Anyway, Hotel Suites Le Faubourg is quite nice and is a good value for the price. It is not too expensive but provides all the necessities. Because it is quite new, everything there, like chairs, plates, hair dryer and so on, is new. It also includes a very nice kitchen with all necessities. The only issue I had was that the room had a very small window or sort of balcony door with no balcony. There was not enough light and not enough fresh air. We had to use air conditior, which I hate. Also, the lady at the reservation desk was trying to convince me that they did not have the room I reserved (two double beds and a sofa), so I had to fight for my right. But anyway, if you want to stay in a nice, clean and affordable room and be able to cook for yourself instead of eating at expensive restorants, I reccomend this hotel. Plus, if you have a situation where three people sleep separately, they have rooms with two beds and a comfortable pull out sofa.
7/10
Newly decorated, spacious rooms, great value.
Submitted by: Dee in 11/07/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
To be fair, we had a few problems. Our room wasn't ready. We were booked into a one-bedroom instead of a two-bedroom and had to wait for the two-bedroom to be cleaned. The gizmo to return the flow of shower water to the tub faucet didn't work and the plug didn't hold the water. The lobby was under construction. So, why the 7? Nicely appointed rooms, new furnishings, tasteful decor, very clean, fully equipped kitchens, ample seating and storage and awesome location near the Old Gates, Chinatown, University and Jazz Festival. Wonderful staff, very friendly and helpful. And, great prices. I was apprehensive at first but we had a wonderful time. We generally stay at the Hyatt but were travelling as a couple with four children this time. Would definitely stay again.
10/10
Spacious, Clean, Convenient
Submitted by: Julie Sharp in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This was a great place to stay. For less than the price of a double room in most hotels, we had a one bedroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen. It was convenient to many sights and the subway. Great place to stay.
1/10
My worst nightmare!!!
Submitted by: Daniel Masse in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I have already sent a review for Le Faubourg les Suites a year ago and I believe that I was not the only one to feel like I got ripped off; let me explain briefly.

I live in Montreal and have travelled around this country a whole lot and I am consequently fearly familiar with the hotel & accomadation business. This was simply and honestly the worst nightmare of my life. In my opinion, I have always been a good client of Le Faubourg Les Suites. I stayed there 5-7 times before I reserved through your business in March 2004 and have always had a great stay.

Let`s keep it simple; I was treated like an animal. It could be because I was not wearing my usual Pin-Stripe suit or simply because Mr. Powell did not like my face; whatever the reason might be, I was treated unfairly and had to be escorted out by the police of Montreal force. I am a law graduate and I know my rights...I thank god for that because Mr. Powell had ordered the police officer to search my room!!!

It made no sense then and it does not make more sense now.

I recently drove in front of the place and noticed that Le Faubourg les Suites did not exist anymore. A good old Holiday Inn had taken over.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Inn Express Montreal Centre Hotel

Night in Montreal

from A TripAdvisor Member
We visited Montreal for one night in February and stayed at the Suites La Faubourg. The hotel is a nice clean place with large suites, much like an apartment. It was great to have a separate livingroom and kitchen, as we went with our child and her aunt. There was plenty of space for 4 people. The staff were helpful and friendly.

My only negative is that it is not located in the best part of Montreal, but it is definately close to everything. It's right outside China Town, and really close to Old Montreal, both beautiful places to see if it isn't February and freezing outside.

We would stay there again and probably will this summer.

Want to go right back!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a stay at Le Faubourg in Montreal and want to go right back! Booked this on the internet and wasn't sure what to expect, but what a find! Excellent suite, wonderful and friendly bilingual staff, and a generous "continental" breakfast for free every morning.
Location convenient for walking everywhere. Highly recommend!

A true find!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Le Faubourg last week and would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to our friends. As for the location, the proximity of a alternate life style neighborhood really has no impact on the guests of the hotel. You have to walk a few minutes to get into what might be considered an unsavory area, but walk south, east, west and there is no problem. A few blocks away is Chinatown where we had GREAT dim sum. A few blocks west on Rene Levesque enter the IPA grocery store for a fine treat those who love gourmet food. Continue through the back of the store to the underground mall and access to St. Catherine St.
and downtown. The rooms were large with separate bedroom and sitting area. Very nice kitchen with broiler, coffee maker, and microwave.
Spotless and the staff could not be more informative and polite. We will stay there again you can be sure!

Very good hotel, charmless location.

from A TripAdvisor Member
The good: The Hotel-Suites Le Faubourg is a very modern, clean, well-run hotel, and we found the bilingual staff helpful, professional and courteous. On Expedia, I got a rate of about $110 US, which seemed quite good. Airline pilots and crew stay here, as do lots of tourists and business types. Rooms (ours was actually a junior suite) are good-sized, with a kitchen, a narrow sitting-room, and decent-sized bedroom; the bed was comfortable, and there are nice TVs in both rooms (yes, Virginia, some of the channels are even in English). Four people could share the suite, but only if you don't spend too much time in the room. Our suite looked out on the courtyard, so it was quiet; the view is on the dull side. The windows actually open. The usual amenities are provided: hair dryer, coffee maker, dataport, etc. No mini-bar, and there isn't a bar in the hotel, so bring your own drinks and snacks from the IGA a few streets over. Valet parking in the hotel garage is $14/day; you mightn't want to park on the street overnight. The "Continental" breakfast served in the attractive lobby is quite generous: all manner of baked goods, breads & bagels, waffles, cereal, fruit, yogurt...

The bad: there's nothing even remotely *bad* about either the Faubourg or its staff. Would I stay here again? Probably, depending on my finances. But if you need a romantic getaway or want charm when you walk out the front door, spend the extra money (in some cases, *lots* of money) and stay in Vieux-Montréal (the old city). This is because of...

The ugly: the Blvd. René-Levesque along this stretch runs through what realtors like to call a "changing" neighborhood. Another guest remarked in a review that the neighborhood immediately to the North (around Rue St.-Catherine) seemed "scary". Well, that depends on what scares you: the three-block walk up to the St.-Laurent Metro stop didn't feel *scary* so much as dreary and then sleazy: street-people types, sex-video places, scruffy-looking clubs. It's a little better--but longer--to walk thru Chinatown to Place-d'Armes station or east to Berri-UQAM (Université de Québec a Montréal). In short, it's not as bad an area as some of the hotel districts in NYC or San Francisco (or even Paris). Just don't expect Disneyland.

BTW, the Métro is excellent and safe, and goes basically everywhere you'd want to visit except the top of Mount Royal; it's also *very* warm, even in the dead of a killer Montréal winter: shed your coat as you descend or prepare to sweat. This goes for the "underground city" concourses as well. The locals seem to like it this way. I made the mistake of wearing a sweater, instead of just carrying it, during one underground foray: THAT was a bad idea. Quite a few of the stations are worth seeing for their architecture and public art; I've visited twice and haven't even seen most of them.

A final word for those who, having read a few of the other reviews, might wonder whether Montréal is worth visiting: it certainly is, especially if you enjoy vibrant, historic, cosmopolitan cities. There's tons of stuff to do, see, eat, buy and enjoy, no matter what your age or interests. As in any great city, there are lots of beautiful areas, as well as lots of ugly areas, sometimes right next to one another. But it's absolutely worth your time to explore, even if you don't speak a word of French.

Great Hotel; Iffy Location

from shazam58
We spent 5 nights here in August. The rooms are great -- as big as many a 1 bedroom apartment, with a full sized fridge, 2 TV's, full size desk. The room (and the hotel) was very clean and bright. Our view was of a vacant (and not pretty) lot. Continental breakfast (with toaster) was perfectly decent, with many choices.

The big "but" -- which no other reviewer has mentioned -- is the location. While it is reasonably close to downtown and Chinatown, if you go north 1 block you are in the middle of a really unsavory, ugly red-light district. The sex stores, the drug addicts and the extreme bikers were unreal. We're from New York and this beats anything we've got now (and maybe even Times Square at its old-time worst). It's as if every low-life sin in Montreal was crammed into about 4 blocks. We got out of there fast (with our two young sons) and never turned that way again!! If you don't want that a block away from your hotel, find some place else to stay. If you don't mind -- this is a great find. To be fair, we saw no trace of this blight at or in front of the hotel itself, and we would stay there again.

Excellent Location

from passportwilltravel
We recommend this hotel for its convenient location and for the friendliness of staff. It is within walking distance of the Old Quarter, Chinatown and many of the eateries and shops on St. Denis and Sainte Catherine. Other touristic spots readily accessible from metro stations. It is straightforward and modern, and a good choice for families. The only problem we encountered was a lack of air conditioning in the main room (which housed the sofabed) so that our son was a little too warm and had trouble sleeping. Our bedroom had the powerful a/c unit and we had to crank it up to try and help move cooler air into the other room. This would be an issue on very hot days, which they had been experiencing. We did not inquire about additional help, but they might have a solution, if approached. Otherwise, an excellent choice.

Great Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from this hotel spending 3 nites . Great place. Its clean, the service is very good and the rooms are large. We stayed in junior suite which had one bedroom, living area with a foldout and kitchenette. all new appliance and bath was good size. Hotel is a great location. 8 min. walk to Old Montreal. 15 minute to downtown and few blocks from the Metro. Great deal.

Wonderful Hotel

from DonutHole
I chose this hotel online and had no idea what to expect. The hotel was wonderful. It was clean, modern and well kept. The one bedroom suite rooms were small by US standards (in my opinion) but quite adequate for a family. It was great having a large refrigerator. We stocked it with drinks and snacks from the IGA nearby. The breakfast was great and saved us an additional expense. I would advise getting a map from the front desk when you arrive. They will circle various areas for you so you don't wander into less desirable areas near the hotel (this is especially important if you have children with you). Old Montreal (Place Jacque Cartier) is down the hill a block and a half from the hotel. We had a great time, enjoyed the hotel and will definitely stay here again when we go back next year.

Very comfortable stay!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Le Faubourg Hotel was a perfect place to stay during our recent visit to Montreal. The staff was friendly and helpful, the room was spacious and squeaky clean and the location was pretty good.

The hotel is less than a 15 minute walk to Old Montreal, after a quick walk through the colourful and vibrant Chinatown. Additionally, it is very close to a Metro station that would pretty much take you anywhere.

The streets behind the hotel are rather "urban," with the occasional coffee cup and miscellaneous trash blowing by your feet, but c'est la vie. If you don't like urban grit, stay in Connecticut.

Overall, the hotel is a good value. The add-on's add up pretty quick, ($14 per night parking... pay-per-view movie...) but you can easily make up for it by chowing down their Continental breakfast before you hit the town for an $8 crepe. We'd gladly stay here again.

Best value in Montreal!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This new hotel is definitely the best value in Montreal. It may not be located near the other high-priced hotels, but it's location may be better. I was with a group of friends that had 2 rooms here. We did a lot of walking, within a couple minutes of Chinatown, St. Catherine St and Old Montreal. When we did take cabs, it was pretty cheap ($6 to Crescent St and/or St. Laurent St for bars & clubs). It is also situated within 2 blocks of 2 Metro stations, which we used to go to Olympic Stadium for an Expos game. The suites are large and contain all new furniture. With a queen bed in the bedroom and a fold-out sofa in the living area, the suite easily slept the 4 people in our group. The suite also contained a kitchen with coffee machine, toaster oven, microwave, stove, and large refrigerator. The bathroom was similar to most hotel bathrooms. Our friend's room had a balcony overlooking the street the hotel is located on - René-Lévesque Est. There is also a large IGA supermarket a couple blocks down where we bought lots of stuff to stock our fridge. The continental breakfast is adequate, with croissants, cereals, hard-boiled eggs, waffles, and coffee/juices. The staff, from the front desk to the concierge, to the night manager was EXTREMELY helpful. Though all rooms are supposed to have an iron to go along with the ironing board, ours did not. When we requested one, the night manager came to our room, explained that there weren't anymore available, but brought his own personal iron for us to use. Now that's service. If you're traveling to Montreal, I highly suggest this hotel - especially if you're traveling with kids and/or a large group and/or are budget minded. I'll be there when I return to Montreal.

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  • Address: 155 Rene Levesque East - Montreal - Quebec - H2X 3Z8 - Canada
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