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Downtown Montreal hotel near Metro with cheaper rates but many very negative complaints

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's downtown and central location
  • The hotel was deemed affordable by many reviewers
  • The hotel's staff were a source of several compliments by lodgers
Cons
  • Some guests reported disturbances from street noise
  • A few reviewers mentioned cigarette odours during their stay
  • Guests described run down and dirty conditions
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 31, 2014
Overview
Located on Montreal's popular St Catherine Street and a 1-minute walk from the St. Laurent Metro station, the Hotel Villa Montreal is geared towards travellers who prefer a centrally-located and economical hotel close to public transit and many of Montreal's popular attractions.

This hotel has 31 air-conditioned rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a sink and a mini-fridge. Standard rooms offer one double bed and shared bathroom, while rooms with two beds, a sofa, and a private bathroom are also available. 

The hotel offers a business centre and guest laundry facilities. Parking is not included, and pets are not permitted. The hotel does not offer wheelchair accessible rooms.

Nearby restaurants include Restaurant Ong Ca Can and St. Cyr, which can both be found within a 30-second walk of the hotel. Complexe Desjardins offers shopping and is approximately 4-minute walk southwest of the hotel.

The University of Quebec at Montreal is about a 4-minute walk northeast of the Hotel Villa Montreal, while Christ Church Cathedral is a 13-minute walk southwest. Old Montreal can be found roughly a 12-minute walk east of the hotel, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is about a 20-minute drive southwestward. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, pets not permitted (Call Date: February 19, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with praise going to the hotel's location, value, and staff.

The hotel's location was praised by many guests and was described as central, close to many attractions, shops and restaurants, as well as within walking distance to Old Montreal, the University of Quebec at Montreal, and the Plateau area. It should be noted however, that some guests found the surrounding area to be unsavoury and described it as the "red light distict", recommending it was not a good areas for family travellers.

Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's value and stated the rates were affordable.

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by reviewers.They were characterized as friendly, courteous and helpful in offering directions to attractions.

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The Bad
While the majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a couple common complaints among them including noise transfer and cigarette odours.

Several guests reported noise transfer during their stay. These reviewers reported quite a bit of street noise, due to the downtown and central location of the hotel.

Some lodgers had complaints of cigarette odours at the hotel. They claimed to have smelled a strong cigarette and marijuana odour at times, and reported that upon complaining to the front desk little was done to remedy the situation.

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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #112 out of 166 Montreal hotels from 55 reviews.

Expedia.com guest reviews rated the hotel 2.6 out of 5 with a 60% recommendation rate from 25 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 19, 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
5.4
Mediocre
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153 / out of 166
hotels in Montreal

Rated 5.4/10 based on 1252 reviews

Ranked #153 out of 166 hotels in Montreal

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Location
  • Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal
Map Marker Hotel Villa Montreal
57, Sainte-Catherine East (corner St-Dominique), Montreal, QC