Hotel Le Crystal Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Hotel Le Crystal, located in downtown Montreal, is convenient for both business travelers and families, thanks to its big suites with kitchenettes and pull-out sofas. Room decor is clean-lined and contemporary, with lots of wood accents, while the lobby delivers more of a wow factor with its sleek, trendy style. The lovely indoor pool offers great views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, the French brasserie is elegant, and the fitness center is big and modern.
Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Hilton Garden Inn has a convenient location near McGill University in Downtown Montreal, and spacious, clean (if generic) rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves (convenient for families trying to save money on food). The indoor saltwater lap pool is a great kid-friendly feature, with excellent city views and a connected outdoor terrace, and the fitness center is large and bright. But the property lacks distinctive charm.
Novotel Montreal Centre Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Novotel Montreal Centre offers spacious rooms with clean, contemporary decor (think: Ikea) featuring convenient sleeping arrangements for families (most rooms have either two double beds, or a king bed with pull-out couch). The location in Downtown Montreal, right next to shopping on Sainte-Catherine Street, is excellent. But there are few features -- just a decent fitness center, a solid restaurant with outdoor seating, and meetings rooms -- and there's a fee for Wi-Fi.
Loews Hotel Vogue Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 142-room hotel stands smack-dab in the heart of Downtown Montreal, amid tourist attractions, boutiques and restaurants. It's part of the kid-friendly Loews chain, which means families can expect amenities such as games available on loan and Fisher-Price welcome gifts. Decent-sized rooms (many offering two double beds) come with iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, as well as marble bathrooms with TVs and big Jacuzzi tubs, but the hotel lacks some of the features one would expect in this price range, like a fitness center, a spa or a pool.