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Good value for money and ideal for business travellers, according to many reviews

Pros
  • Free parking, free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Location next to major highway was convenient for many guest reviewers
Cons
  • Older hotel, according to some reviewers
  • Some guests thought the hotel was a bit too far from downtown to easily explore
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 10, 2013
Overview
Hotel Ruby Foo's is located on Decarie Boulevard, in the west end of Montreal, northwest of the downtown core. The hotel is particularly popular with business travellers, as it is near many businesses and located off the Decarie Expressway.

The hotel offers free parking at its outdoor parking lot, as well as free wireless Internet in all its common areas and rooms. It features a fitness centre which is open 24 hours a day, a spa, a seasonal outdoor pool, and seven meeting rooms. 

The hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge on site. Restaurant Bianco Nero serves authentic Italian dishes and pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven, and is open seven days a week, from 6:30 am to 11 pm. Ruby Foo's Lounge is the hotel bar, open from 11:30 am until 11 pm.  

Guests can choose from three guest room options: a room with 1 king-size bed, a room with 2 queen-size beds, or a studio-kitchenette, which comes with 1 queen-size bed, a pull-out couch, and a kitchenette. All rooms are equipped with a work desk, a 32-inch LCD flat-screen TV and pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker with coffee and tea, a mini-fridge, an alarm clock radio, 2 velour robes, a hair-dryer, an iron and ironing board, and phone with voice mail.

The hotel is located about 8km from the downtown core, or about a 15-minute drive. The Namur metro station is a 2-minute walk from the hotel, and about a 20-minute ride into downtown. The hotel is located across the street from the Decarie Expressway, a major autoroute. It is 10km, an approxmate 15-minute drive, to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

There are several restaurants in the area, particularly of the fast-food variety. The Orange Julep restaurant, a Montreal landmark, is across the street from the hotel. There are also some shops in the area, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel, including a Wal-Mart and some discount outlets. It is about 6km, or a 15-minute drive, from the western slope of Mount Royal, which includes Beaver Lake. In the winter, the small man-made lake becomes a popular ice-skating rink, and in the summer it is a pleasant area for walking, biking, and picnics. Also in that area is St. Joseph's Oratory, a basilica that is a major tourist attraction in the city (all distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps).
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The Good
Overall, the hotel received many positive comments in the reviews consulted for this analysis about its good value for money. There were many comments that this hotel was a good choice for guests travelling to Montreal on business.

Many guest reviewers were pleased with the hotel's free wireless Internet and the free parking lot. A few reviewers wrote that it was a big relief not to worry about their cars and to come and go as they pleased. 

Many reviewers appreciated the unique d├ęcor of the hotel, with a few comments that it had an "asian flair" and "chic without being tacky". There were also numerous comments that the rooms and beds were clean and comfortable.

Although the hotel is located about 8km away from the downtown core, many guests found it easy to get downtown, either by car or metro. Many reviewers enjoyed having a metro station a few minutes walk from the hotel, and being close to a major highway. Business travellers in particular commented that the location next to the highway was very convenient for getting around the city.

The hotel staff, particularly the front desk agents, recieved many positive comments in the reviews for being courteous and efficient, and some guests enjoyed the hotel's amenities such as its 24 hour gym, which one reviewer said was "well-equipped", and outdoor seasonal pool, which another reviewer found "relaxing". 
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The Bad
Although overall, the hotel received many positive comments, there were a few inconsistencies among the reviews used for this analysis.

While the location was deemed ideal for business travellers or those with cars, there were a few comments from guests  that it was a bit too far from downtown, and that they might have preferred a downtown hotel in order to better explore the city. 

A few reviewers also mentioned that the hotel's location, overlooking the Decarie Expressway, made for some poor views and bothersome traffic noise. A few other reviewers said the walls were thin, and were bothered by noise from their neighbours as well as from the air conditioning units in the rooms.

A few guest reviewers felt their rooms were not clean enough, and that the hotel, although nicley decorated, was old. 
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com reviewers ranked this hotel 57 of 168 hotels in Montreal, and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 99 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.2 out of 5, with 23 total reviews.

Booking.com reviewers gave this hotel an 8.3 out of 10, from a total of 45 reviews.
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
8.1
Very Good

Rated 8.1/10 based on 226 reviews

Ranked #81 out of 1 hotels in Montreal


5 out of 10 | Miriam stayed September 10, 2010

"We were put in the old part of the hotel which smelled very musty."

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9 out of 10 | Elza stayed August 25, 2004

"Bell man "Sammy" was very kind and helpful. He always said hello and offered to help with directions and suggested attractions."

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Location
  • CAE (4.6 km)
  • Mont Royal, Montreal
Map Marker Hotel Ruby Foo's
7655 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC