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Highly praised downtown Montreal inn with delicious breakfast in a quiet neighbourhood

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking (limited to only 3 spots)
  • Many reviewers enjoyed their cozy and well-equipped rooms
  • Numerous compliments went to the friendly and bilingual staff
  • The hotel's location was praised by several guests
  • Several guests said the breakfast was delicious
Cons
  • Nearby overflow parking is $10 per day
  • No elevator
  • A few reviewers reported street noise from front-facing rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 28, 2014
Overview
Located in the Mont Plateau neighbourhood next to Parc la Fontaine and about a 14-minute walk from Mont-Royal metro station, the Auberge de La Fontaine is geared towards travellers who enjoy quaint accommodations in a park-like setting with a free breakfast and a 7-minute drive from downtown Montreal.

This inn has 21 air-conditioned suites, each offering one double or one king bed, a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a desk, a bathrobe for each guest, and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer one queen or one king bed, while rooms with a living area, sofabed, jetted tub and terrace are also available.

On-site amenities include a free breakfast, free access to the kitchen for snacks, an internet station, and bar service. There are only 3 parking spots available (first come first served), and additional parking is available in a lot across the street for $10 per day. Pets are not permitted, and the inn offers one wheelchair accessible room.

Nearby restaurants include Cafe Bicicletta and Restaurant Le Poisson Rouge, which are both within a 2-minute walk southwest of the hotel. Place Dupuis provides shopping, and can be found about a 20-minute walk away.

Notre Dame Basilica and the Jacques Cartier Pier are roughly an 11-minute drive southeast of the Auberge de La Fontaine, while the University of Quebec at Montreal is a 7-minute drive southeast. 
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is a 25-minute drive southwest. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, 3 free parking spots (or $10/day in lot), pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call date: February 4, 2013).
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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, staff, and location.

Many reviewers were pleased with their accommodations at this hotel. They found their rooms to be clean, well-equipped, beautifully decorated and cozy, with nice views of the park and a strong Wi-Fi signal.

The hotel's staff were a source of numerous compliments by lodgers. They were characterized as welcoming, friendly, bilingual, and helpful in answering questions about local places of interest.

Several guests praised the hotel's location. They described it as close to the park and many restaurants and within walking distance to the Metro, although a few guests felt the 15-minute walk was too long.
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The Bad
While the majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a couple of minor complaints about the lack of elevator and noise transfer.

Some guests were disappointed with the hotel's lack of elevator. These guests found that walking up three flights of stairs to their third-floor room was tiring, especially after a day of site-seeing. It was recommended that those with mobility issues book rooms on the first floor.

A couple of reviewers complained of noise disturbances during their stay; they reported hearing traffic and street noise while in rooms which faced Rachel Street. It should be noted however, that the majority of reviewers found their rooms to be quiet.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #27 out of 147 Montreal B&B and Inns from 128 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.9 out of 10 from 27 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 4, 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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hotels in Montreal

Rated 8.8/10 based on 439 reviews

Ranked #34 out of 166 hotels in Montreal

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Location
Map Marker Auberge de La Fontaine
1301 Rachel Street East, Montreal, QC