The cultural and social heart of the western Plateau , this beautiful park is centered around a magnificent fountain. The ... More
Saint Louis Square
The cultural and social heart of the western Plateau , this beautiful park is centered around a magnificent fountain. The textbook Montreal architecture surrounding it is among the most coveted in the city, and singer/poet Leonard Cohen is said to maintain a residence on the Square. Situated one block north of Sherbrooke Street , between Rue Saint-Denis and Avenue Laval, its beautiful old trees, ornate park benches and patches of grass provide the perfect setting in which to waste a summer afternoon. You won't be alone!
I was a little concerned over what this hotel would prove to be like after reading some less than stellar reviews, but my partner and I were wonderfully surprised. To start with the not so great...I do think they should consider changing their manner of reservations to make them more transparently secure for internet users as I was a little concerned going on my blind faith, but it did all end without any problem. I did also experience a slight delay of about an hour getting into the hotel at first which was rather uncomfortable, but was likely due to a misunderstanding. Luckily we were able to just go down the street for some dinner. Once we finally got inside we saw the hotel is rather small, adding to its cozy feel, however, the size of our room was definitely not. Not cavernous by any means, but perfect for a couple. The room was also very quiet and pleasantly, comfortably decorated and equipped. A deliciously prepared breakfast is also made available by Blair who was a very kind, friendly and helpful host for us during the stay. I believe he will though not be working there as of now, so hopefully they have found someone else to continue as such. There is even a rather inviting jacuzzi on the back patio, unfortunately we were always out enjoying the sights of Montreal and missed the chance to relish in that. The location at the Carré is also great, one of my long time favourite neighbourhoods of this great city.
We had reserved a specific room at carre st louis for new years eve a few weeks ahead. We even paid ahead, and wanted a room with a jacuzzi (this was all specified). When we arrived as planned, we found out that they had given our room to someone else. They offered an administrative reason, but basically they had known for over a week they would not be able to give us the room they had confirmed for us, and at no time did they call us to let us know. Also, they offered us another room without the jacuzzi, with no discount whatsoever. The guy working there seemed like the didn't care at all, and simply said we could take that room or go somewhere else. Or, we could wait until everyone else checked in and if something was left or someone would agree to switch, we could do that. Since we had time to kill, we went down the street, and found a great room for only a little more with the jacuzzi at Jardin Antoine. The staff is friendly, and their website doesnt do the rooms justice. Come here instead, and avoid headaches.
Wow! What can I say? First of all, if you like sleeping with sheets on your bed, you might want to pass this place up.
What? Yup, a buddy and I rented a room here, a queen size bed and a pull-out. Nicely enough appointed room. Only there were no sheets for the pull-out and none were provided upon request. The answer was: "Oh I thought you two would both use the queen size bed." Right, that's why I requested a room with two beds.
The room was not cleaned after the first night. The excuse for a lot of this was "the help didn't show up, so I had to do it myself". Ah ha, so that's why my buddy didn't get linens and there's mold growing in my day old coffee cup on the dresser?
Then at the end when we asked for a discount, or a few complementary beverages, we were told, "I'll make it up to you next time. Otherwise I'd have to explain to the owner why the inventory numbers are off." Why in the world would there be a next time?
Oh yeah, and "these are some of the most inexpensive rooms for their size in the whole city." Wow! Great tagline! "Come to our hotel, it's cheap, the rooms are big and you will be cheated and treated like you were given something for free."
Did I mention I watched the guy straighten up our room as I was packing and saw him hang up the same bathrobes each of us had already used. Think about that for a minute the next time you stay at a hotel.
So, if you like IKEA furniture and a decent location on St Denis - stay here! If you want a clean room, sheets on your bed and a check out time later than 10am - don't stay here! Oh yeah, and if you want passive agressive, smug management - stay here!
Right around the corner on Laval is a cute B&B called Aux Portes de la Nuit, that's where we wanted to stay but couldn't get a room. Their service seemed wonderful from my interactions.
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