|Entrance to LHotel|
Service at the AAA Four-Diamond property was excellent. Although we arrived about 11 p.m., some four hours later than planned due to flight delays, we were greeted warmly, checked in promptly, and offered information about where we might grab a late-night bite to eat. Though many of the area’s bars remained open, most of the kitchens at nearby restaurants had closed so we returned to the hotel. Olivier at the lobby bar prepared a charcuterie plate as we sipped our wine, so we were able to stave off growling stomachs before heading to our room.
|Living area, Room 318|
The bathroom featured a deep tub for soaking away the aches of trooping around the city, high-end amenities, an increasingly important magnifying mirror, a hairdryer, and bathrobes waiting for guests. While completely modernized, the bathroom would have benefitted from more counter space or perhaps a small table (for which there was more than adequate room) and a better hairdryer than the type that is attached to the wall. When I mentioned that to the desk clerk upon check-out, he wrote the comment down and promised to pass it along to management. Very high marks for responsiveness.
The hotel offers a European-style continental breakfast, which offers a far greater variety than its American counterpart. In addition to bagels from the city’s famous St. Viateur Bagel shop, the buffet offers several types of bread and jam, hard-boiled and deviled eggs, cheese and cold cuts, pate (great on a toasted bagel!), fruit, juice, muesli, coffee, tea and other beverages. An excellent – and convenient – way to fortify one’s self before heading out for the day.
Throughout our stay, staff welcomed us warmly whenever we arrived, departed, passed in the halls or stopped in the lobby. Many were quick to remember our names, which always makes us feel like honored guests instead of mere customers. General Manager Alejandro and front desk manager Jan made dinner and entertainment suggestions and offered to make reservations where necessary. Front desk clerk Marie-Andrea researched a salon recommendation for my wife. Members of the housekeeping staff we passed in the halls always smiled and greeted us with a “Bon jour”or “Good morning.”
|Lobby art at LHotel|
Located in the Old Town, LHotel Montrėal is within easy walking distance of a number of attractions including the Notre Dame basilica, a section of the Berlin Wall displayed in the neighboring Centre de commerce mondial Montrėal, bars and restaurants almost too numerous to count, and two Metró stations with trains that whisk passengers to various points throughout the city every two to four minutes.
Given its location, charm, and excellent service, we highly recommend LHotel Montrėal and will definitely make it our home away from home next time we are in Montrėal.
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