Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in Downtown.
This 142-room hotel stands smack-dab in the heart of Downtown Montreal, amid tourist attractions, boutiques and restaurants. Decent-sized rooms come with iPod docks and flat-screen TVs, as well as marble bathrooms with small TVs and big whirlpool tubs, but the fresh white-and-white decor is what makes them truly stand out. The hotel lacks a pool, but it does have a nice (albeit small) fitness center, a spacious restaurant, and several meeting rooms.
Le Square Phillips Hotel and Suites is a mid-range property in downtown Montreal within walking distance of many of the city's major malls and the Quartier des Spectacles, the lively arts district. It's a good choice for families or business travelers on longer stays, with 163 spacious suites. All units are simply decorated and have full kitchens; some also have separate bedrooms or loft sleeping areas. Both breakfast and Wi-Fi are included in room rates and the hotel has a fitness center and an indoor rooftop pool with an outdoor terrace overlooking downtown Montreal. Business travelers may want to compare rates at The Loft Hotel in the bar-heavy Latin Quarter, which is more stylish and also offers suites with full kitchens -- though the surroundings may not be the best for families.
The upscale Hotel Le Germain Montreal is a four-pearl, 101-room property with sophisticated, modern decor and a business-friendly vibe. The hotel is located in downtown Montreal, right across from McGill University and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and public transportation. Guest rooms feature simple but stylish modern decor, goose-down bedding, Nespresso coffeemakers, minibars, and Tivoli sound systems. The hotel has a bar and gourmet restaurant, which serves up a free daily breakfast buffet. Free espresso is available in the lobby, and room service is offered during limited hours. The hotel's 24-hour fitness center is small but functional, but there's no pool and spa services are only offered in-room. The Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, which is just a block away, offers a large, seasonal outdoor pool, extensive fitness facilities, and an on-site spa, but Wi-Fi and breakfast cost extra.
The 131-room Hotel Le Crystal is a sleek and luxurious high-rise with great Montreal city views from the 12th-floor indoor pool, a hot tub with a patio, and a modern gym. One- and two-bedroom suites feature kitchenettes and living rooms, and some have fireplaces and balconies overlooking the city. A bistro serves French cuisine and Starbucks is in the lobby. For conventions there’s 6,000 square feet of modernly designed space. This downtown location is near the Bell Centre; travelers seeking a quiet Old Town location can try the InterContinental Montreal.
The Sofitel Montreal is a 258-room luxury property on posh Sherbrooke Street in downtown Montreal, a few blocks from Mont Royal Park. The hotel is a good choice for business travelers seeking artsy sophistication, and for those visiting McGill University, which is next door. Guest rooms are luxe, with such creative decor touches as Impressionist-style paintings and black-and-white framed photographs, and come equipped with goose-feather bedding and floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel has an upscale restaurant that serves seasonal French cuisine, and an elegant event space. The fitness center, however, is tiny with outdated equipment. Guests might want to compare rates at the nearby Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, which has a somewhat larger fitness center and a pool.
The eight suites at the two-and-a-half-pearl Parc Suites Hotel are like mini apartments, with their own fully equipped kitchens. Located in downtown Montreal, this family-run property is less than 10 minutes from the city's arts and entertainment district, the Quartier des Spectacles. Modern suites have a homey charm and feature balconies with seating, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel permits pets, but fees and restrictions apply. There is no on-site restaurant or bar, but the unaffiliated restaurant downstairs serves a hearty breakfast and there are several dining options in the area. Guests looking for a more chic boutique hotel that offers free breakfast should consider Le Petit Hotel, which is in historic Old Montreal, though rates will be higher.
The Omni Mont-Royal Hotel is an upscale, cosmopolitan high-rise hotel with a downtown location near McGill University and Mount Royal Park, with lots of restaurants, shops, and attractions close by. It offers 299 elegant and spacious rooms and suites with amenities that include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, minibars, and lovely marble bathrooms. Property highlights include a restaurant and bar, seasonal outdoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. There are 14 meeting rooms on-site catering to various events, plus a full-service spa for those seeking a dose of pampering. However, parking and Wi-Fi incur steep fees, as does breakfast, and street noise can be an issue in some rooms. Travelers might also want to consider the nearby Hotel Le Germain Montreal, which offers free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast.
The contemporary, three-and-a-half-pearl Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Downtown is a good choice for leisure and business travelers alike, situated only a block from the convention center and an easy walk to the subway station and Old Montreal. Its 210 rooms are spacious and clean with large, modern bathrooms. The rooftop indoor pool and fitness center are a big plus. But rates can be pricey on certain dates, and downtown Montreal has many comparable hotels from which to choose in equally convenient locations. Some, like the Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal, could offer better rates so it might pay to compare before booking.
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. The indoor saltwater lap pool is attractive, 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 offers spacious rooms with clean, contemporary decor (think: Ikea), and a convenient location in Downtown Montreal, right next to shopping on Sainte-Catherine Street. 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.
Location is a big draw for the Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites, which is situated in downtown Montreal, next to McGill University, and adjacent to the shops, cafes, and shopping centers of Saint-Catherine, one of the city’s largest commercial districts. The heart of downtown is just a short walk away. There's a Lebanese restaurant downstairs as well as a lunch cafe, popular with locals who work in the area for a quick sandwich or Wi-Fi. The large rooms are possibly in need of a mechanical update; some guests have complained of noisy plumbing. Overall, though, it's an affordable and well-situated option for those who aren't looking for a distinctive aesthetic experience.
The 210-room Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is an upper-middle-range hotel conveniently located in the city center and just a five-minute walk to Old Montreal. Studios and suites are spacious and swanky, equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchens and modern comforts like whirlpool tubs and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. But in-room Wi-Fi incurs a fee, though it's free for Hilton HHonors members. Some suites also have separate living areas with pullout sofas, dining tables, and fireplaces. The hotel offers a free made-to-order breakfast, but the small dining room can only accommodate a limited number, so a wait is often necessary. Other on-site features include a trendy bar and restaurant, fitness room, and business center. For something with more features, travelers might want to check out the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville, which offers an inoor rooftop saltwater pool, hot tub, and outdoor terrace.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal is a mid-range, 456-room hotel in downtown Montreal, a short walk from the entertainment and shopping districts. Guest rooms have modern bathrooms and spacious SmartDesks with multiple connectivity docks and ergonomic chairs, as well as mini-fridges. There's also a spa, an indoor saltwater pool, and two saunas along with a casual French restaurant and bar on site. The hotel also has a kids' playroom and enormous meeting spaces, though travelers may want to compare rates and features at the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville downtown, which offers rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves at slightly higher rates.
The mid-range L’Appartement Hotel is a good value for anyone seeking residence-style accommodations in the heart of Montreal. It has a surprising number of on-site features for a budget-friendly property, including a continental breakfast included in the rates, a fitness center, sauna, and a large, heated rooftop pool. The property also has guest laundry facilities, meeting space, and a parking garage. Its 126 suites are not especially memorable, but they're clean and spacious, with full kitchens and private balconies. Still, decor does lean toward dated, and bathrooms are on the small side. Rates are attractive for a central Montreal hotel, but travelers seeking lower downtown rates could consider the Hotel St-Denis.
The Hilton Montreal Bonaventure is an upscale, 395-room property with extensive conference facilities and a convenient downtown Montreal location across from Central Station and within walking distance of Old Montreal. A good choice for business travelers as well as families, the penthouse hotel has a unique rooftop garden, a heated outdoor pool, and a classy restaurant. Rooms are equipped with large desks, air-conditioning, and coffeemakers as well as views of the garden, pool, or city skyline. However, the neutral-contemporary decor lacks character and travelers who want more stylish digs may be better off at the slightly pricier Loews Hotel Vogue.