Opus Hotel, Montreal
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Country Gal Loses Her Heart to Montrealfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Has potentialfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The doorman "forgot" to bring our luggage to our room after we checked in, whenever we wanted a tea or coffee from the lounge there were no clean mugs or water (and there were certainly no nibblies either), our internet connection and the pay movie channels were not set up for us leading to 30 minute wait, lightbulbs were burnt out in one of the lamps, the mini-bar was broken and wouldn't open, no wine glasses, corkscrew, iron, or ironing board in room, hard time getting a hold of reception or valet service, and a few times the doorman just stood near the door looking at us (without opening the door)as we were entering the hotel leading to an awkward entrance LOL. It got to the point where we were never surpised when something went wrong. Seems like they took staff from their restaurants to run the hotel.
That said, the room and bathroom, although dark, were very clean and nice, the breakfast was great, we loved the "Fresh" toilletries, the location is excellent, and the gym is nice touch.
I realize that the things I am complaining about are very menial (I'm by no means a princess), but you expect a certain amount of service and attention to detail when you are staying at a hotel such as this. I would not stay there again only because I have stayed at what is considered their competition (many of them) and had better service.........and I could see myself in their bathroom mirrors!).
beautiful hotelfrom atlaffinity
they do not have a liquor license yet which they are up front about. some articles have errounesoubly mentioned the drinks they serve.
Great Hotelfrom Jolly Explorer
Our first impressions were very good - friendly receptionist - helpful porter - great location.
Our room was very spacious, comfortable and clean and the bathroom was amazing with a large walk in shower and plenty of fluffy towels. We had one disappointment when after two peaceful evenings the neighbouring room was occupied by a couple of very noisy women - waking us up in the early hours on their return from clubbing! We did complain to reception and they moved us to another room.
Breakfast was excellent with a varied choice of cereal, fruit, bread, pastries, tea, coffee and fruit juice.
An endless supply of bottled water was available and if you are able to return to the hotel late afternoon, small nibbles are supplied with tea and coffee in the reception.
We found the staff to be polite and helpful and would stay here on a return trip to the City. It is in an excellent location for exploring the city and the old town is only a short walk away.
re not looking for hominess!from A TripAdvisor Member
The right hotel in the right locationfrom Libor
Location: the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent turns out to be really a very central location. It is 1 - 15 minutes away from the Latin Quarter, the Village, Chinatown. While we walked to the Old Port area -- most people will probably want to take the Metro or taxi. However, the Old Port area was incredibly touristy -- the equivalent of Times Square in New York City. Sherbrooke and St. Laurent was the equivalent of Tribeca/Soho in New York City. Lots of interesting restaurants, micro-breweries, lounges, clubs and bars -- mostly attended by locals of various ages and interests. We were 5 minutes walk to Schwartz Deli -- which is Montreal's very effective response to New York's Katz's Deli.
Hotel service: The four of us came from all over the U.S. at various time. The hotel staff was very careful to remember our preferences, arrival times and helped us coordinate. After we had already "used" our rooms (towels, etc.), we had decided to get two adjoining rooms -- the hotel staff looked into it and immediately accomodated us. While I usually find it extremely creepy staying at hotels where the staff is better looking and better dressed/groomed than the guests, Hotel Godin was the rare exception where everyone was really friendly.
Great rooms: Stylish rooms with great bathrooms. The beds were extremely comfortable. LCD tv. Endless flow of free bottled water. Only complaint I would have was the rooms were a little dark and there was no bath tub. As others have mentioned, there was extremely nice space for a bar and restaurant, but they were not opened. I really hope they get to open them soon.
Access to restaurants: Montreal has a few restaurants that turn into dance clubs as the night progresses -- a very neat and fun concept. As we were going to various bars, the bartenders mentioned a couple of places to us: Gogo Lounge (not a strip club!), Myst, Cafe Buona Notte, Globe, Time Supper Club. We went to three of these. It turned out Buona Notte, Globe and Time Supper Club were all owned by Godin. There were huge lines of very beautiful people everywhere, but to my huge surprise (being a cynical New Yorker) the doormen escorted us in at the very front right away at every place when we mentioned we were from Godin.
Overall, great experience at Godin (and Montreal). We got a phenomenal price through Expedia ($165/night) but I would be willing to pay a lot more when I come back to Montreal again during Jazz fest. I only hope we can get a room then.
good breakfastfrom 1DCDaydreamer
Very beautiful!from A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful hotel in the best location in Montreal!from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel: At the Vogue, I've encountered plenty of snobbiness (maybe because my husband and I are young; I don't know). At the Hotel Godin, everyone was incredibly friendly from the moment I checked in until the moment I checked out. The Privilege King is a great room; ask for a room with a tub--it's very deep and plenty of room for two. The King bed is so comfortable; the pillows are incredibly soft. There is not a lot of counter space in the bathroom (none really--you have to improvise with the little stand next to the sink). The toilet is in a separate small room from the Shower and tub, which is a good idea. Even though I think the hotel was fairly crowded, it felt like we were the only ones in the entire hotel. It was quiet (except I could hear very late-night revelers outside my 4th floor window, but I didn't care). My laptop didn't pick up a wireless signal, but we purchased it through the TV for 9.95 for 24 hours. Neither the bar nor the restaurant is currently open (as of 9/18). The free breakfast is nice--fruits, cereals, breads, assorted cheeses, croissants, etc. Parking is 24 (CAD).
Location: half a block from Rue St. Laurent, with plenty of non-tourist trap restaurants (unlike those restaurants surrounding the area of Loews and the Residence Inn). Maestro SVP was a great seafood bistro; we also ate at Pizzedelic. You hear French a lot more in this area of Montreal, but everyone we encountered spoke English as well.
I just arrived home, and I'm already looking into staying there in November. My husband and I had a fantastic time there. I've never encountered a nicer staff. Not even a hint of snobbery.
Tip: book thru expedia, as it seems they have the best rates (a lot cheaper than my quotes from orbitz or the hotel).
You will not regret staying here!
Great Location - keep readingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Overall, the hotel is lovely and modern - like a photo spread from Wallpaper. (If you don’t know what Wallpaper is, you probably will not appreciate the décor and should take particular note of the following paragraphs).
The moment I walked in to the hotel, I appreciated what the owners were trying to do and I was very comfortable.
However, the hotel holds itself out as being in a very select league and when you play in the big leagues….well, you know.
From reading the hotel website, I had a certain picture in my mind – that expectation was not met. I was hoping for a boutique modern Schrager-esque hotel run like a Swiss watch – that did not happen.
The Hotel Godin in a brief description: “A modern Schrager-esque hotel run like my grandpa’s railroad watch”
While the spits and putters of the hotel (and my mixed metaphors) did not destroy the experience - I would say that this “wine is being served before its time” and the hotel needs to breathe a little before I come back.
A few issues:
Under-soundproofed for street noise
No liquor license.
Don't let the website fool you - just Google "liquor license and Hotel Godin" and you will see that after putting $30 million in renovations, the owners of the hotel have not been permitted to obtain a liquor license - because their other properties have a history of liquor-law violations.
So while you can go to the W and lounge and party in the lobby bar and eat in the hotel's restaurant - at the Godin you are stuck with empty space.
For some people that would be fine - they like peace and quiet....But please note where this Hotel is located. The corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent is ground-zero for nightlife (think Rush and Division in Chicago) and if you did not know that before you stayed in the hotel - you will know the first night when the horn honking and drunken revelry sings through your windows.
The positive side of location, location, location is that you can walk to an assortment of cafes, coffee houses, restaurants, bars and wander back home to the Hotel Godin with no fear of getting lost - you are truly in the middle of the action.
The downside of the lively street life is that when the lights go out and before the Xanax kicks in, if you close your eyes really hard, it still sounds like you have camped-out in the hotel’s backyard (or you left the windows open)….I am not sure if I slept for more than one uninterrupted hour at a time due to the noise.
The next problem.. strike that: the next “issue”....the staff.
Let me clarify: The staff is wonderful!! Nice, suave, polite, etc... The problem is the "understaff" - you see because the hotel is not fully up-and-running - the hotel is severely “understaffed”.
As frequent Montreal travelers know - there is a flat fee from the airport for transport to the city. About $30 for a taxi and $50 for a limo (Town Car). The limo driver got lost because for some reason no taxi driver or limo driver knows about the hotel - the point is: We were dropped off on the side of the hotel and stood outside for 10 minutes waiting for someone to help us with the bags - there was no one "on duty".
We schlepped all of the bags inside to reception and had to lug our bags to our room. The nice reception lady (girl) was about 5' tall and weighed 100 lbs wet – Do you think I was going to ask her to carry the bags?? Even if she had offered - which she didn't - I was not going to play the colonial governor, so I lugged all of the bags myself.
Later in the stay, doormen sporadically appeared, a wonderful concierge appeared and overall the experience was wonderful....Wonderful but "one-off" - and until they get their act completely together I am going back to the W.
With all that aside however, the hotel is really ABOVE-average, but it is not excellent.... and I am afraid that with this price-point only the excellent survive.
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Other names for Opus Hotel
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- Address: 10 rue Sherbrooke Ouest - Montreal - Quebec - H2X 4C9 - Canada
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