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    Cost Effective and Decent Hotel?

    Hey:

    Just wondering if anyone can suggest a cost effective and clean hotel for a future trip?

    ABM

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    P-R-I-C-E-L-I-N-E. Do a search on hotel bidding and you'll find all you need to know.

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    Now I could be a wiseass and say .....
    H-O-T-E-L-S.C-O-M ... but I won't.

    Of course it all depends on what you mean by "cost effective".

    Usually I go for HDLM (Hotel de laMontagne) just because it's very convenient to everything on Crescent St. & St Catherine; it's got a rooftop club & pool where it's great to hang in the summertime; is attached to the bar/club Thursdays via tunnel; has parking underground on premises; spacious guest rooms; large bathrooms w/ tubs; and many rooms have balconies.

    And also, as many will attest to, it's very SP-friendly.

    But it's rated somewhere between 3 to 4 stars depending on which website you're talking to. The cost will range from $100 to $200 per night depending on the time of year & what's scheduled that weekend as far as festivals or special events.

    For the $90 to 130 range you can get a "suite" (and I use that term loosely) at Le Cantlie Suites Hotel just a little further up on Sherbrooke, near the Omni & Ritz-Carlton. Looks like it was built in the same "cast-in-place" concrete era as the HDLM from the outside. Inside not as fancy as HDLM so it's OK if you're not looking to impress anyone. Seems more 'family-oriented' so SP activity should be very low-key. There's parking down below but not as convenient (access through back alley) and they've got a rooftop pool, too but with more kids & alot less eye-candy than HDLM.

    But for "cost effective" the plus is the suites have a studio-apartment style galley kitchen. Not just a kitchenette unit but full size appliances including oven & stove. So if you want to cook for yourself (and guest) or just be able to keep leftovers for another meal that's where it can pay off. Buy some bread & cold cuts for sandwiches and make your own coffee & breakfast in the morning instead of heading out to Second Cup or Eggspectations.

    But the one thing I've always really liked is the fact that the "bedroom" area is separate. It's not really a room - they just sub-divided a large room by adding wood & glass partition with French doors. But it's a nice touch to be able to go from sitting on the sofa to taking a woman by the hand and leading her away to the bed. Other than that the place is pretty generic as far as hotels go. Better than HoJo's, not quite a Hilton.

    P.S. - The thing to remember really is the more you save by staying further from downtown you may end up paying in cab fare if you plan to go out at night. That's the economical part about staying in the middle of everything. Even with a car it's cheaper & easier to take a taxi than to deal with paying for parking, tipping, possible parking tickets if you're on the street, not to mention DWI and trying to navigate through an unfamiliar city with a buzz on! Sometimes the extra cost for a convenient location is worth it.
    Last edited by incognito_NYC; 07-14-2007 at 01:45 AM.
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    Thanks

    Thanks A lot for the suggestions.


    ABM

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    I can't count the number of hotels I've booked via Priceline: the Hilton Bonaventure (too often!), the Marriot Chateau Champlain, the Delta, the Hyatt, the Sofitel, the Novotel, the Omni, the Sheraton. I even stayed once at a Day's Inn (if I can remember correctly).

    I liked the Sofitel the most. It was very modern. Great location too.

    But if you book through Priceline you don't get to choose which hotel you will stay at. You get to book based on a general Centre Ville location. Not knowing where you will end up is also part of the fun.

    Priceline is the way to go.

    I've not done the boutique hotel thing.
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    Doc's preference: Hotwire

    Quote Originally Posted by jackyo8193
    Priceline is the way to go.
    I used to say the same thing. I've since become a huge fan of Hotwire. I find it's easier to figure out which hotel you'll get with Hotwire & some hotels offered on Priceline scare me too much. With PL, i'm always afraid to wind up with either the Days Inn (it's a dump!) or the Doubletree (not much better) if i bid on a 3 star with PL. I used to play it safe & bid on the 4 star option, but i've since seen the crappy Cantlie Hotel & Suites being offered as a 4-star. I have been told by someone that this hotel is only offered as a package deal (air+hotel/car+hotel), but i still find it too risky to bid on.

    With Hotwire, you pay a few dollars more, but it's a safer bet. Lately, i wound up with the Marriott Chateau Champlain (listed as a 4-star) and it was one of my most pleasant stays ever. It's even become one of my favorite hotels, much to my surprise! I also wound up getting the Sheraton Center at various times during the summer via Hotwire. I'm not sure it's available on PL anymore.

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    studio suites

    don't know if you are looking for more than a one or two night stay? when i visit i stay for a week or two. i am a big fan of studio apartments. you can find some very humble/simple yet interseting space in montreal if you look. rent is very inexpencive for a city with so much to offer imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_sab
    don't know if you are looking for more than a one or two night stay? when i visit i stay for a week or two. i am a big fan of studio apartments. you can find some very humble/simple yet interseting space in montreal if you look. rent is very inexpencive for a city with so much to offer imho.
    This sounds like something that would interest me and my friends. Is there a website or more info you can provide on this?

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    berri suites

    the one i am most familiar with is on berri at rene levesque. it is very well located and it is a very fair price. they have a web sight that tries to make it look more modern than it is. it is clean and it is very well managed but it is not modern. you can expect a kitchenete with glasses and dishes and everything else. and if you happen to get the last room i stayed in you will have wine glasses too.

    i am going to try the vip suits on ontario and st dennis next visit. i want to explore a new neighborhood. it is a little more expensive. but it is still a deal if you are staying a week. i got it for $66 a night.
    guess who doesnt need driver side air bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegreatwalooo
    This sounds like something that would interest me and my friends. Is there a website or more info you can provide on this?
    My friends stayed at this place over Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed it very much. I believe they had a 2 bedroom suite with a pull out couch, etc. between the 6 of them. http://www.appartementhotel.com/

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