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Motel Montcalm

6.0 | Fair
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Downtown Gatineau, good rates and staff, mixed room reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many lodgers praised the hotel's proximity to restaurants and Ottawa
  • The hotel's rates were found to be inexpensive and reasonable
  • Several reviewers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • Some guests reported inefficient appliances and poor Wi-Fi
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 13, 2013
Overview
Located about a 1-minute drive from the nearest Highway 148 on-ramp in downtown Gatineau, the Motel Montcalm is geared towards road travellers who prefer a centrally located hotel with an outdoor pool and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk and a hair dryer. Rooms with a jetted tub are also available and all rooms are non-smoking. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour reception, BBQ facilities, a business centre, designated smoking areas and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

Casino du Lac-Leamy is about an 8-minute drive away, while Place du Ruisseau offers shopping 5 minutes away by car. Parliament Hill is roughly a 12-minute drive from the motel and Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is a 30-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 6, 2013)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's location, rates, rooms and staff.

Numerous guests praised the hotel's location. They found it close to shopping, restaurants, downtown Gatineau, Ottawa, Casino du Lac-Leamy and Costco.

Many lodgers were satisfied with the hotel's rates. They described them as reasonable, great and inexpensive.

The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by several reviewers. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, renovated, well equipped and quiet, with comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that some patrons criticized their lodgings (see below).

Several travellers were pleased with the level of customer service offered at the hotel. They characterized the staff as friendly, bilingual and helpful.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

Although several guests were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, some lodgers criticized their accommodations. They reported poor Wi-Fi signals, small-sized rooms, cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms, poor heating, worn decor and furniture and inefficient air conditioning. 

Noise transfer was mentioned by a few reviewers. They reported noise from guests in adjacent rooms and outside the building, as well as noisy in-room air conditioning.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.3 out of 10 from 79 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #9 of 23 Gatineau hotels with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.4 out of 5 with an 80% recommendation rate from 5 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 6, 2013 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
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Location
  • Casino du Lac Leamy (3.3 km)
  • Gatineau Park (10.5 km)
  • Gatineau Airport (12.1 km)
Map Marker Motel Montcalm
175 rue Greber, Gatineau, QC