Hotel Du Fort---GREAT PLACE TO STAY :)
Just got back from staying at the Hotel Du Fort. WE HAD THE BEST TIME. The hotel was clean--hotel staff very nice. We are going to make this a yearly trip now. The location couldn't be better. It is located in the middle of 3 metros--all within a few blocks. You can be in Old Montreal via metro in @10 minutes at the most. We used the metros every day....traveled everywhere in Montreal...saw everything...and had a great time. Eat late --this is the city that never sleeps...seriously! If you love beer and food....Montreal is the place to go. Also, visit the Cock N Bull Pub--local bands play on Thursday and Friday nights--located on St. Catherine. Best place to eat is Cine Express --about 1/2 block on St. Catherine. Grocery store has everything you will need for breakfast, etc.... However Cine Express is very cheap....huge portions and great food...serves breakfast--stays open until @2:00 am.
Can't wait to go back. Have fun--we did :)
I originally stayed at the Hotel Du Fort in Montreal about 10 years ago, yet my recollection of the quality of the hotel was vague. For whatever reason, I decided to stay there on our most recent trip to Montreal, just to try something new ... and I was blown away with the curteous staff, the quality of the room, the overall cleanliness of the lobby and our room and, most of all, the value for our money ( ie. $135 per night in the heart of downtown Montreal). The location is ideal ... park your car and leave it ... everything is accessible either by foot, inexpensive taxi, or subway ...
Every aspect of our stay at Hotel Du Fort was positive ... I've now switched allegiances from my former "regular" hotel accommodations in Montreal.
Won't go back
When we arrived, we were told that our room wasn't available, as the previous people had not vacated it. When we explained we had a reservation that we had made several months previously (it was our honeymoon), we were told there was nothing that they could do. We stood and argued for approximately 30 minutes, and finally were given a room. Horrible experience. The room was nice enough, but I wouldn't risk getting told they wouldn't honour our reservation again. We won't go back.
Don't let the austere and rather bland facade fool you; this is an understated but elegant hotel located right downtown.
You would never guess this hotel used to be an office building - there is much warmth and charm offered in the cozy, attractive and exceptionallty clean rooms that offer great views of the city
My husband and I stayed here recently, and I really loved this hotel not only for its ambience, but for its GREAT DOWNTOWN LOCATION. Not only are you just a few blocks away from the metro (subway), but you are also within walking distance to several excellent restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine from Thai, to Italian, to Indian, Schezwan, Mexican, French.. and so much more.
Most rooms are equipped with a small kitchenette (mini-fridge and microwave), and although breakfast is included in the guest lounge (2nd floor), there is a very excellent grocery store (Provigo) located just around the corner from the hotel (on Ste Catherine St.) which is open until 2:00AM.
On the opposite corner is a major post office (so convenient for mailing those postcards and gifts to the folks back home!) - and if you are travelling with a laptop, high-speed internet access is only $9.95Cdn for 24hr access.
Left your laptop at home? Not to worry, because there is an internet cafe right across the street from the hotel!! (it is called "Battle.Net" if I remember correctly).
There is no pool, but the hotel has recently added a small gym and excercise room, but I haven't had to opportunity to check it out. They also have excellent conference facilities and a small buffet breakfast lounge area.
The buffet breakfast is nothing fancy - your typical juices, fresh fruit, cereals (hot and cold), croissants, bagels, toast, muffins, tea and coffee. The croissants are outstanding. And all layed out in a very attractive and quiet setting. The wide screen TV is set to CNN and local news, but it is set back in a corner of the room and not so blaringly loud as to disturb those who enjoy a quiet breakfast. Newspapers (both local and the New York Times) are complimentary also.
The views of the Montreal skyline at night, and the mighty Saint Lawrence river in the background are well worth the rates alone.
Speaking of rates, they are fairly reasonable compared to the other downtown hotels in the area. We paid $125.00 Cdn a night/per room during a weekend stay (March 2003) in a standard room, breakfast included.
My only complaint about this hotel is the rather plain bathrooms, with standard size bathtubs. They're Ok I guess - pretty much what you'd expect of any standard hotel bathroom - but I love a good soak at the end of the day in a big whirlpool/jacuzzi type bathtub, and it's a shame more hotels don't offer this feature.
Still, in my opinion - definately worth the money in comparison to other hotels in this area.
Hotel web site: www.hoteldufort.com/
Budget, not Boutique
I travel to Montreal regularly on business and thought I would give it a try since they were offering pretty reasonable rates. This is a hotel catering to the budget tourist or anyone else looking for an inexpensive stay downtown.
Spacious and well equipped rooms with safe, windows you can open and a kitchenette
Odd-ball location in Concordia University ghetto
Only two elevators
Insufficient and indifferent staff
Bland room designs
Not particularly clean
Similar hotels in the downtown include the Marriott Residence,Le Cantile Suites and the Phillips Square. Of these the Phillips Square gets my vote.
We are going to Montreal next week for a flying visit. Only 2 days and from everything I've read, we will have alot to fit in.
We are staying at the Hotel du Fort (read a couple of good reviews on here), plus the price includes parking and buffet breakfast.
The questions I do have are:
1) How easy is it to walk to downtown and old Montreal? Are things far apart that we will need to drive or can we just walk?
2) My brother says that we just have to eat at the Barbie Barn. I can't find it on the internet. He says its the best chicken and ribs he's ever eaten. Anyone know where it is?
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Your hotel is almost in the center of town so walking is no problem. I would not bother driving, either walk, use the Metro or take a cab.
Old Montreal is walking distance from your hotel but it is a good walk, 45 minutes or more.
The Barbie Barn is 5 minutes from your hotel and I thinkit is on Bishop or Mackay between Crescent and Rene Levesque.
There are so many good eating placs in Montreal, you cannot go wrong.
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You will be well located right in the center of the city. The very heart of the city Peel and ste-catherine, is a 15 minutes walk. Using the metro is the easiest way to get around.
Old Montreal is a 45 minutes walk or a 10 minutes ride on the metro.
Barnie Barns is on Guy st. just south of ste-catherine
Enjoy your stay in our great city
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Walking around downtown and old Montreal is easy so don't worry about that. As for the Bar B Barn, there's one in the west island suburbs near where I live and I've been there once and will never go there again. If you want ribs, I would suggest the Baton Rouge restaurants, the best ribs in town in my opinion.
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Welcome to Montreal I hope you have a great time.
Yes your brother is right but the spelling is wrong, the best ribs can be found at the Bar B Barn. their web site is http://www.barbbarn.ca.
Have a great time, looking forward to see your comments and pictures.
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Thanks everyone. Looking forward to visiting and experiencing Montreal.
Does anyone know if there are tours/shows etc at Cirque du Soleil?