Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Average Value
Good For Solo
An excellent hotel
By the time we arrived at the station in Montreal which is directly under the QEII Fairmont Hotel, we were not in good humour after our long 10 hour Amtrak rail ride from New York especially trying to navigate up escalators with our large amount of baggage. (This is not necessary as an elevator can be found on the very lowest level of the station on the Amtrak line which takes you directly up to the Fairmont. This however is very hard to find with little directions available)
Arriving at our room late in the night and very travel weary, we found no bath towels in the room. After trying housekeeping, reception and any other dept. possible, none of which replied, I went down to reception who advised someone would deal with the matter. After 20min nothing - so we both bathed using the small hand towels available and after yet another 10 mins the bath towels arrived.
Not being in the greatest of moods I scribbled a note to the Manager expecting that little would come of it, but in the morning there was a message on my phone, to call him to arrange a meeting. This we did and are pleased and impressed that he dealt with the original problem with great humour and professionalism. I was more than pleased to accept his apology but as we were about to leave, he asked if we would care to have a full breakfast on the hotel in view of our problem which naturally we kindly accepted. An excellent example of how to deal with a problem which turned frustration in a hotel, into a very pleasant stay
Definitely pricey especially if you eat or drink in the hotel restaurants and more probably more suitable to business,conventions, or perhaps John Lennon (see below) where someone else is picking up the tab rather than the family holiday maker, but so very convenient having the railway station right under the hotel after a rather prolonged journey from NY
Unique Quality: The Le Reine Elizabeth hotel is situated directly over the main railway Station which not only serves Canada on their VIA Rail service, but is also the terminal for the AMTRAC service Montreal to New York Pennsylvania Station. If coming into town by rail from the US you need to go up one set of escalators ( unless you are lucky enough to spy the elevator) and then seek out in the massive station area the small, well hidden corridor leading to the elevator on that level which takes you directly into the hotel reception area.
This railway station is part of the RÉSO or La Ville Souterraine, underground city where you can walk through and access large areas of the City without ever coming to the surface which is very useful in inclement weather. in the area of the underground station a number of food halls where you can get some great low cost meals. Montreal with its 32km of underground passagways has the largest underground city in the world and with the passageways not only having their own retail outlets, but also connections to many commercial premises above and below ground
The hotel location is very central and ideal for walking virtually anywhere in the city. If asking directions to the hotel use "Queen Elizabeth hotel", as the "Fairmont" doesnt always ring any bells with locals
John Lennon and Yoko Ono made this hotel even more famous in the late 60's with their " Bed-in " and from their suites in the hotel, they recorded "Give peace a chance"
Directions: Blvd Rene Levesque is a large road well known to all locals of Montreal. Right next to the Sheraton Le Centre
Room rates too high - go elsewhere
Montreal is my favourite place to visit and have fun. Over the past few years, I've stayed at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth maybe 50 times all totaled. The room and hall décor was somewhat dated, but the service was good. Over the last 5 years, the rates were going up slowly but at an acceptable rate. The past year, I've stayed in a Fairmont View room for less than $180 Canadian - this was reasonable considering I would usually book 2 weeks in advance.
Even though the décor was dated, the rooms were comfortable - most rooms I booked had a king bed, a comfortable reading chair and a desk with a couple of additional chairs. If I booked a suite, there was a comfortable sofa and chair in the first room (with tv) and a king bed in the second room (with tv). And if you were a President's Club member, you would get free high-speed internet access.
Today I tried booking a Fairmont View room for several dates, from 2 weeks to 7 months away. In all cases, the rates were over $200. Even 6 months out, all the dates in October and November were $225.
They have been updating the rooms over the past few years, but the changes made do not justify the drastic price increase in 2011. I would recommend that you book elsewhere to get a better value 3+ star hotel. I know that this Fairmont President's Club Platinum member plans to take his business elsewhere.
Unique Quality: Completed in the late 1950s, it was built by the Canadian National Railway. Later it was sold to Canadian Pacific Hotels, which is now Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. It is the largest hotel in the province of Quebec with 1039 rooms and 21 floors. It is laid out in the old style of a grand hotel.
One of the more famous Hotels in Downtown
This was a very nice and convenient hotel. We stayed here because my boyfriend's conference was held here but even if it were not, this was a centralized place to stay. The metro station in located underneath the hotel with a convenient elevator that takes you down to the train station. The underground city had some wonderful bakeries and shops.
The hotel itself is not architecturally interesting. The room was comfortable. The Montrealis Bistro served up a wonderful buffet breakfast. This was the same hotel that John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their bed-in and also offers up this particular room to stay in.
You can walk up to Rue St. Catherine within a couple blocks. This is a popular shopping area and a few more blocks to Rue Crescent which has this great restaurant row and bar hangout area.
A friend and I spent 5 nights at the Fairmont over the july 4th holiday weekend. Service was excellent from check in to check out. The room was good size and meticulously kept. Our only complaint was the air conditioner on high was barely cool. The restaurants although expensive were excellent. Our meal in the Beaver Club was truely one of the best meals I've had anywhere. My only complaint there was the server old and inattentive. Convienence is one of the best reasons to stay there. It is located over the subway and train station. All the concierges were helpful with touring, dining, and jazz festival options. I would recommend this hotel highly and plan to return there in the future.
Unique Quality: High Tea was a true pleasure.
Directions: Downtown area.
This hotel is normally expensive but I got a great air/hotel package $880 for a weeks stay. The room was small. It had a minifridge, great view (we were on 16th floor), TV, clock radio, iron. There was limited drawer space and hangers. Be careful of the hot water for it can scold you if let to run for a too long.
The hotel is huge and you need to take part of a day to get familiar with it. It has underground parking, ontop of the subway, VIA rail, and Amtrak stations. The shuttle bus for the airport, tours, and casino stop in front of the side entrance of the hotel. The underground mall is right underneath it as well. You do not have to leave the building to go anywhere when it rains. There is a spa, gym, pool, and a business center inside as well. There are two restaurants that belong to the hotel but in the mall it is connected to there are at least 3 food courts and a few more restaurants. It is in walking distance to many St. Catherine Street, Montreal Visitors Center, and is on the parade route of Caribana.
Unique Quality: The service is here is very good. Everyone was very helpful. The concierge was exceptionally knowledgeable about all the events happening. The cleaning staff do an excellent job in keeping the place tidy. The food is OUTSTANDING. Yes, it is rather expensive but believe me it is worth every penny. Even if you do not stay at this hotel, treat yourself and eat at this restaurant.
Bonaventure train station
Great Hotel for Many Reasons
What can you say? It's a Fairmont after all. That name is the one I turn to first whenever I visit Canada. This hotel has it all. The location cannot be beat. It sits on top of the metro line and the ViaRail line and a connection to one of the larger sections of the Underground city (RESO). It is situated almost evenly between the east and west parts of downtown and it is situated almost evenly between Vieux (Old) Montreal and the St. Catherine and Sherbrooke areas. You can walk or catch the metro just about anywhere. The hotel decor in the public areas was simple elegance - not overdone but still very well appointed. There's a health club, pool, sauna, and spa on the floor just below ground. The legendary Beaver Club restaurant is in this hotel. There is also a business center that I did have reason to use and it was sufficient. The room I stayed in was well maintained and showed no signs of aging. The views from our room faced Mount Royal but most rooms face the river and Old Montreal. I would offer 2 observations about this property that are not negatives but just things to be aware of. The first is for those who have stayed in some of the more "castle" like Fairmont Hotels (Quebec City, Ottawa, Vancouver), this is a more business-like type architecture. There is nothing wrong with that but it would be a stark difference if you were expecting the castle. Also, the entry level price rooms are not equipped for four people. We were only two and it worked fine for us and three would get by. However, for four people, you might want to bump up to the next category. Again, not a bad thing necessarily but something you would want to know in advance.
Unique Quality: Location, connnection to most of the Underground City and metros, the Beaver Club restaurant.
Directions: Downtown but close to Old Montreal
Comfortable and convenient
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel was a very nice hotel. The room was very comfortable, the staff polite, and it was extremely convenient. We took the train to Montreal and the station was many levels under the hotel. We literally hopped off the train and then took a series of escaltors up to the hotel lobby.
Give Peace a Chance
This is one of the most fabulous hotels you could ever hope to stay in - it's considered one of the top 500 hotels in the world. (I only wish I had a photo of it - though it wouldn't do it justice because from the street, it just looks like any commercial high rise building.)
The QE is perfectly positioned in Downtown Montreal so that if you stay there during the winter and it's bitter cold out, you never have to set foot outside. It has access to the wonderful "underground" city of Montreal which is a shopper's delight. And even if you do want to venture to rue St. Laurent or maybe have a meal on Bleury or Crescent St., it's a quick and easy cab ride away.
Unique Quality: There is plenty that sets apart this amazing hotel, but for me, perhaps the most noteworthy aspect is this: The John Lennon/Yoko Ono Suite!
That's right - the famous weekend "Bed-In" took place in none other than the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal in May of 1969! Protesting the Viet Nam War, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a peaceful demonstration via their hotel suite which is where Lennon wrote the lyrics to "Give Peace a Chance".
Today, you can purchase the "Bed-In for Peace" package for $500 a night which includes an overnight stay in their famous suite, a souvenir photo of the 1969 event, breakfast for two and a bottle of sparkling wine.
OR you can do what I did (it's kind of unorthodox but I say go for it anyways): ask to speak with the Sales Manager. Express interest in seeing the suite because you are considering staying in it. If the staff isn't too busy and the suite is unoccupied at the moment, you'll be escorted through the suite where you'll see all kinds of memorabilia including photos of the Bed-In, how the room was arranged (Lennon and Ono pushed their king size bed directly under one of the windows facing out over the street where below, thousands of fans and fellow protestors kept a vigil), news articles and all kinds of stuff relating to that crazy weekend.
My husband is a huge Beatles fan so this was a real treat when we spent a weekend in Montreal a few years back. We were completely stoked and even chatted with one of the older bellhops who gave us further details of that weekend - he was on duty when it happened....a living, walking piece of history!
Directions: Right across from Place Ville St. Marie and the Eaton Centre, in the heart of downtown
Great location with reasonable price
We stayed at the Moderate Large King NS top floor. The room was spacious and the view of the cathedral was nice. Make sure to request a view of the cathedral when making reservation. This is one of the largest hotel in Montreal. It has over 1000 rooms and high speed internet connection is available in every room. Concierge service as well as the staff are very friendly and helpful. I made all my dinning reservation through the concierge and they are also very knowledgable. Since this is a big hotel, there were multiple convention or meeting going on during our stay. So the hotel was fully booked and crowded as well. Even this did not take away from the excellent service from the hotel staff. Since my wife is a fairmont president club member, the extra pillows were there when we got to the room. Great location, super service, excellent restaurant (Beaver Club), health club and indoor pool, not to mention the great view from the room. All this for under $200CAD a night, what more can you ask for?
Unique Quality: Beaver Club is a must for all who enjoy fine dinning. Location is the best. I can walk to Basilica, infotouriste place, underground shopping. Also a great view of the cathedral from the room. Above all, reasonably price for a Fairmont hotel.
Directions: The hotel is convienently located above the train station. It is also a few blocks away from old Montreal. 15mins walking time from the Basilica. One can also access the undergound shopping area through the elevator in the hotel.
I stayed here as part of tour package. The hotel is situated in downtown Montreal and is easy to get to off the main highway. The room we had was a standard room and although smallish, was cozy and very clean and comfortable. We had nice view of the area from the window. What I really liked was the bathroom, believe or not.
I would not recommend eating at the hotel unless you like to spend a lot of money. Also, it was crowded weekend as it was both Columbus Day weekend in the States and Thanksgiving in Canada. Trying to get an elevator was insane.
Her Majesty the Queen
Beautiful architecture surrounds the Hotel Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. I am sure to review this hotel in the near future.
The Best View in Montreal!
This is a beautiful hotel~ centrally located, great service, very nice room. We happened to get a room with a spectacular view of the Cathedral of Mary Queen of the World. In fact, it was right across the street, I felt like we were sitting on its rooftop!
Unique Quality: Ask for the room with the view of the cathedral!
Queen Elizabeth Hotel
very nice hotel in the center of the city. The subway runs right under the hotel and an escalator will take you there. I have always found the hotel above average and prices affordable, but in recent years the price has gotten pretty steep (approx $200 per night) but there are still deals to be had. Call the hotel directly and ask for discounts.
Directions: Commercial district
The Grande Dame of Montreal
This is the grande dame of Montreal hotels, and she was recently taken over by the Fairmont Hotels consortium, who gave the old lady a facelift, with new and improved facilities.
The QE is your best bet if you want a down town hotel location that is close to all amenities, transportation and sights. You can access the QE Hotel right from the train station (Amtrak& VIA Rail) that pulls in underneath.The location of the QE puts you right smack dab in the centre of down town Montreal; close to shops, theatres, restaurants, cafés and boutiques. Plus it is connected to a vast underground shopping network which is VERY convenient in case of inclement weather.
Rooms are generous and clean, with efficient service throughout.
(Check web site for specials, bed & breakfast packages, rates, etc )
Unique Quality: - Check out the Beaver Club Restaurant while staying here. It's a rather high priced venue, but it has a wonderful rustic decor and ambience, and a unique menu featuring wild game.
- And don't forget.. John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed here during their famous "bed-in" during the late 60's (Suite 1742), where the song "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded!
Directions: If arriving by train (AMTRAK or VIA RAIL): can be accessed right from the train station underneath.
If arriving via Dorval Int'l Airport: about a $25.00 - $30.00 (Cdn) taxi ride from the airport.
usually I stay with a friend...
usually I stay with a friend however I have stayed at the Best Western in Dorval by the airport and Queen Elizabeth Hotel on St. Catherines Street.
anywhere from 120.00 canadian to 260.00
Unique Quality: Its a beautifully old building yet with modern qualities surrounding it and easy access to anything downtown or oustide with the metro in the same building.
Directions: Queen Elizabeth is located right downtown on St. Catherine's Street and the metro is directly under it.
More about Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Short-term parking near VIA Station
I am planning to drive from Ottawa to Quebec, picking my family up from Montreal VIA station (they are traveling by train from Toronto to Montreal) during the easter long-weekend. Anyone know good and safe parking lots near VIA station (895 de la Gauchetiere West, The Central Station is located under the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, near Bonaventure Metro or McGill Metro).
I am not familiar with Montreal roads, will be traveling in the night. Couple of questions-
- Would it be easy to find a parking place nearby with empty spots? Cost of parking not a big issue..
- Is it better to park away from downtown and take a taxi from VIA station? Where?
- Is it ok to move round using the metro with luggage?
Re: Short-term parking near VIA Station
I don't know the answers to your questions but please know that you can't turn right on red lights on the Island of Montreal.
Re: Short-term parking near VIA Station
There is parking indoors right at the station, in the hotel complex.
You shouldn't have any trouble with bags on the metro, as long as you don't have a bunch of giant steamer trunks!
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