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Highly praised Old Montreal boutique hotel with spa, restaurant, bars and jacuzzi suites

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Courteous, friendly staff, said many reviewers
  • Prime location for exploring Old Montreal, according to numerous reviewers
  • Excellent bars and restaurants in hotel, according to many guest reviewers
  • Hotel ambience and décor described as chic and elegant in many guest reviews
  • Some rooms have views of Old Montreal and the St Lawrence River
Cons
  • Valet parking is underground and $30 per day
  • A few guests found the hotel a bit noisy
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 9, 2014
Overview
The Hotel Nelligan is located on Saint Paul Street, corner of St. Sulpice Street, in Old Montreal. It is one of the most well-known hotels in Montreal, and is especially popular with couples on romantic get-a-ways.

The boutique-style hotel features 4 meeting rooms, a ballroom, a fitness centre, and a spa. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all its rooms and common areas. Valet parking service is underground and available for $30/day, with unlimited in and out privileges.  Other hotel amenities include a business centre and fitness centre.

The hotel's restaurants and bar are well-known among the local population. Verses Restaurant serves contemporary French cuisine, and is open for lunch and dinner every day, as well as for brunch on the weekends. The Verses bar-lounge serves drinks as well as lighter fare. The hotel's rooftop bar, Terrasse Nelligan, offers drinks and lighter fare with views of the city. And the Méchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie serves pub-style food and offers a wide selection of beer on tap.

The hotel has 44 rooms with king size or double beds, 59 suites with king size beds, fireplace, double Jacuzzi and separate shower, and 2 penthouses with king size beds, therapeutic bath and separate shower, as well as a fireplace and kitchen. All rooms feature down-filled comforters, phone with voicemail, fax /modem data port, electronic safe, mini-bar, hi-fi Stereo System with CD player and alarm, hair dryer, and iron and ironing board. Many of the hotel rooms feature views that overlook either the hotel atrium or of the surrounding area of Old Montreal. 

The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Place d'Armes metro station, which is in a complex that also houses the Palais des Congrès convention centre. It is about 20km from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and a 10 minute metro ride to both the train station (at Bonaventure metro), and the bus station (at Berri-UQAM metro).

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, and the Bonsecours Market. It also a few minutes walk to Montreal's Chinatown district and to the restaurants and nightlife on St. Laurent Boulevard (all distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps).


Front desk agent (call date: Nov 6, 2014) confirmed hotel's wireless Internet and parking services.
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The Good
Overall, the hotel received extensive positive feedback in the guest reviews used for this analysis. 

The service provided by the hotel staff was commended by numerous reviewers. The concierge staff received many positive comments, as did the front desk, valet, and cleaning staff. One reviewer remarked that his stay there "was great mainly because of the enthusiasm of the young and dynamic team". There were several comments that check-in time was quick and efficient, and many reviewers wrote that they were offered the choice to upgrade. 

There were numeorous reviews that the hotel's restaurants and bars were of excellent quality. The rooftop terrace bar/restaurant was popular among the guest reviewers as well. One reviewer commented that it was "definitely a place to be seen in town...a fun place to have a cocktail in the evening and people watch." 

There were numerous comments about the hotel's "chic atmosphere" and "comfortable but elegant" rooms, which feature exposed brickwork. Many reviewers found the beds to be extremly comfortable and the bathrooms spacious and modern. One reviewer wrote that the hotel had "Old World charm, but with all the modern conveniences".

Some repeat guests wrote in their reviews that they appreciated the extra touches provided by the the hotel, such as a plate of homemade cookies with a "welcome back" note waiting for them in their rooms.
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The Bad
There were very few negative comments about this hotel among the reviews consulted for this analysis. Of those, many semed to come from repeat guests, who were disappointed with some of the hotel's changes. A few reviewers were disappointed that the hotel no longer offers free continental breakfast. There were also a few comments that the conditions of the rooms was not being kept up.

There were a few complaints from guests stating they heard a lot of street noise from their windows, and one reviewer recommended that guests wanting a quieter stay should not book a room on the 4th floor, underneath the rooftop terrace bar.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com reviewers ranked this hotel 10 of 168 Montreal hotels, and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 543 reviews.

Hotels.com reviewers rated this hotel 4.7 out of 5, based on 60 reviews.

Expedia.ca reviewers rated the hotel 4.7 out of 5, and gave it a 93% recommendation rate, based on 100 reviews.

Orbitz.com reviewers rated the hotel a 4.7 out of 5, with a 100% recommendation rate, based on 12 reviews.

Front desk agent (call date: Nov 6, 2014) confirmed hotel's wireless Internet and parking services.
Editor's Analysis by Natalie W.
Analyzed by Natalie W.
Natalie has been to 5 of the 7 continents in search of the world's best climate and the greatest beach hammock...still searching.
Guest Reviews
9.2
Excellent

Rated 9.2/10 based on 1326 reviews

Ranked #14 out of 1 hotels in Montreal

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9 out of 10 | Gaetano stayed November 05, 2006

"Rooms were big-very clean and stylish"

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9 out of 10 | Stefan stayed June 07, 2006

"This is a very nice small Hotel that makes you feel very welcome and important. We will stay there again in the very near future. My wife loved it :)"

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 08, 2005

"My wife Kathy and I enjoyed our stay in Montreal. One of the reasons was the Hotel Nelligan where we stayed (six nights). We enjoyed our room, we enjoyed the service (particularly from the front desk: Hilary helped us in many ways e.g. with tickets to the Cirque de Soleil, reservations at restaurants and many other things)."

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10 out of 10 | Jack stayed May 27, 2005

"I FELT LIKE DONALD TRUMP!"

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Location
Map Marker Hotel Nelligan
106 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC