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Old Montreal hotel with Old World charm and modern amenities

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel, free continental breakfast
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms with luxurious bathrooms, according to many reviewers
  • Rooftop terrace with views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Montreal
Cons
  • Valet parking, at $28+tax/day was expensive, according to a few reviews
  • A few guest reviewers found their rooms overlooking St. Paul Street a bit noisy
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 9, 2012
Overview
The Auberge du Vieux-Port is located on de la Commune Street East, in the heart of Old Montreal, and is a typical choice for guests looking to explore the city's cultural and historic centre.

Free wireless Internet is provided throughout the hotel, as well as a daily complimentary continental breakfast. Located just beside the hotel is the restaurant Taverne Gaspar that specializes in British pub food with French and Quebecois accents, and is also popular with locals. The hotel also has a rooftop terrace which offers panoramic views of the Old Port and the St. Lawrence River, as well as a reception hall which can accommodate up to 60 people. Valet parking is available for $28+tax/day.

The Auberge du Vieux-Port has 45 rooms that include 1 queen, 1 king or 2 double beds. For guests on longer stays, or who prefer more space and amenities, the hotel also has 24 studio lofts, with either 1 or 2 bedrooms. All studios come equipped with a full kitchen, a living area, a dining area and a work area.

All of the hotel's rooms and studios feature stone or brick walls, hardwood floors, a flat-screen LCD TV, an iPod docking station, hypoallergenic bedding and a multi-jet glass shower. Guests may request a room with views of either Old Montreal or the St. Lawrence River.

The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the Place d'Armes metro station, which is in a complex that also houses the Palais des Congrès convention centre. From the Place d'Armes metro station, the bus station is 2 stops away (at Berri-UQAM station) and the train station is also 2 stops away (at Bonaventure metro). This hotel is about 20km from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, or a 20 to 40 minute drive depending on traffic conditions.

The hotel's location in Old Montreal means guests are a 5 to 10 minute walk to the area's many attractions, such as its renowned restaurants, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology, the waterfront area of the Old Port, the Bonsecours Market, as well as Montreal's Chinatown district. The restaurants and nightlife on St. Laurent Boulevard are about a 20 minute walk from the hotel (all distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps).

Front desk agent (call date: July 31, 2012) confirmed hotel's wireless Internet and parking service.

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The Good
The Auberge du Vieux Port received nearly universal praise in the reviews consulted for this analysis. Every aspect of the hotel- its décor, location, staff service, and rooms- garnered a substantial number of compliments.

Many reviewers found the rooms to be spacious, well appointed and clean. A few commented that the exposed brickwork and Juliette balconies overlooking historic St. Paul Street made them feel like they were in Paris. 

Several reviewers also appreciated the luxury of the bathrooms, which feature what one described as "the biggest, deepest bathtub to soak into" and " too many shower heads to count". Another reviewer described the rooms as "historically hip".

Many reviewers spoke highly of the river and city views afforded from the hotel's rooftop terrace, and some who had stayed at the hotel in July enjoyed having a prime spot from which to watch Montreal's annual International Fireworks Competition.

The complimentary continental breakfast also received some positive comments, particularly for its "fresh-baked and still warm pain-au-chocolat!"

There were numerous comments that the staff service was exemplary, and that the hotel itself was a perfect blend of Old World charm and modern facilities.
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The Bad
Overall, there were very few negative comments about the hotel in the reviews used for this analysis.

A few guest reviewers found the parking rate of $28+tax/day to be expensive. There were a few comments from guests who found their rooms overlooking St. Paul Street to be a bit noisy, and a few others who wrote that the elevators were slow.
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TripAdvisor.com reviewers ranked this hotel #13 of 168 Montreal hotels, with a rating of 4.5 out of 5, based on 361 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 9.2 out of 10, based on 309 reviews.

Hotels.com reviewers rated this hotel 4.7 out of 5, with a total of 68 reviews.

Front desk agent (call date: July 31, 2012) confirmed hotel's wireless Internet and parking services.
Editor's Analysis by Natalie W.
Analyzed by Natalie W.
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Guest Reviews
9.2
Excellent

Rated 9.2/10 based on 950 reviews

Ranked #11 out of 1 hotels in Montreal


10 out of 10 | Debra stayed June 26, 2010

"LOVED CHARMING AUBERGE DE VIEX PORT"

"I loved Auberge Du Viex Port (Inn at the Old Port). Our room consisting of two double beds was very large and had about 12 foot ceilings with beams on it and brick on one wall. Nice location to walk to shops and restaurants in the Old Port and by the harbor (recommend Gibby's Steakhouse -- pricey but good). Front desk staff was outstanding dealing with two problems we had: 1) our reservations had been cancelled a week earlier by a travel company we did not even book with and 2) we had flight delays which caused us to arrive a day late."

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9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 21, 2006

"Very nice hotel and staff, in the Old Port section of Montreal. Lovely roof-top terrace restaurant. Short but interesting menu. The rooms were an attractive mix of historic loft and updated flooring and bath - and large. Internet worked like a charm. Hotel is probably better for the tourist or a couples romantic get away, unless business happens to be close by or renting a car. The only downside - we stayed during a heatwave - a week of mostly 90F days, and the hotel air conditioning was not up to the task. Street noise and flying insects restricted use of the windows (no window screens) for cooling."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 12, 2005

"The hotel was attractive and comfortable, the food was very good and the staff was friendly and helpful. The only negative comment is that the rooms, although charming, are rather dark in the evening, making it difficult to see when dressing, trying to apply make-up, etc. The bathroom, however, was well-lit with fluffy towels. We would stay here again."

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10 out of 10 | Mary beth stayed September 29, 2005

"This was the fantasy hotel stay we were looking for!! We had only a few short days for a honeymoon and staying at Auberge was such a relaxing treat, from the fine view of the harbor to the wine and cheese in the afternoon to the fabulous breakfast (included)the next morning. The rooms were beautiful and well thought out and the staff was great, including Brian who helped me chase my VAT form halfway down the block in the rain! We'll come back!"

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10 out of 10 | Leavitt stayed May 19, 2005

"this is a hidden gem. they have doubled the ground floor space, and refurbishment is nearly complete. this will allow a bar and comfortable seating area at street level with great outside light from the riverside. the restaurant is superb - we took 4 local residents and they raved about it."

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Location
Map Marker Auberge du Vieux-Port
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC