Located a 6-minute drive from McGill University and 8 minutes from Montreal's city centre, the Hotel Chez Swann is popular with leisure travellers who prefer a boutique-style hotel with modern decor and an on-site restaurant.
This hotel has 23 air-conditioned rooms, each offering a king or queen bed, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, cable TV, a desk, a bathrobe and slippers for each guest, an iPod docking station, an iron and ironing board, and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer a double bed, while rooms with separate bedrooms and balconies are also available.
Hotel amenities include a free continental breakfast, conference/meeting space, a fitness room, a business centre and two restaurants. Le Pois Penche offers brunch, lunch and dinner daily, while Liquid Nutrition is open from 7:15am to 6:00pm daily. Parking is not included but is available in a public lot behind the hotel. Pets are not permitted, and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.
The Bell Centre is about a 7-minute walk southeast, while Old Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica are both roughly a 10-minute drive northeast of the hotel. Shopping can be found on nearby St. Catherine Street (about a block away), and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is a 20-minute drive southwestward. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, pets not permitted. (Call Date: February 18, 2013).
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, location and staff.
Many guests were pleased with their accommodations at this hotel and described their rooms as clean, modern and spacious. Several reviewers commented on the comfort of the beds. However, be advised that some rooms do not provide a window to the outside.
The hotel's location was praised by numerous lodgers. They found it to be close to shopping on St. Catherine's Street, as well as close to the Metro, restaurants, and the Bell Centre. One guest reported it was, "walking distance from practically everything".
Several reviewers praised the hotel's staff. They were characterized as friendly, attentive, helpful, "knowledgeable about the entire city", and were reported to provide a quick check-in service.
While the majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a couple of common complaints among them about noise transfer and the mandatory deposit.
Several reviewers mentioned instances of noise transfer during their stay. They reported being able to hear neighbours in adjacent rooms talking and moving around, as well as footsteps overhead, and music from the on-site restaurant below.
A couple of guests complained that they were asked for a $200 deposit (held on their credit card) upon check-in. This deposit is in the event of guests smoking in their rooms, and is refunded upon check-out.
guest reviews rated the hotel 4.5 out of 5 from 286 reviews.TripAdvisor.com
guest reviews ranked the hotel #19 out of 166 Montreal hotels from 157 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.7 out of 10 from 42 reviews.
The author called the hotel on February 18, 2013 to verify some information.