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Highly praised downtown Montreal hostel near Metro, shops and dining with free breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast
  • The hotel's proximity to the Metro (Berri-UQAM) and bus station was praised by numerous guests
  • Many reviewers complimented the hotel's relaxed and helpful staff
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
  • Guests found dining and shopping nearby
  • Many guests enjoyed the breakfast
Cons
  • A few reviewers reported noise disturbances during their stay
  • No parking on site but available nearby
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 31, 2014
Overview
Located one street from the Latin Quarter and a 2-minute walk from Berri-UQAM metro station, the Centrale Hotel Montreal is popular with pedestrian travellers who require a hostel-type environment with easy public transit access and a free continental breakfast.

This hotel has 31 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a mini-bar, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board, and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer one double bed, while rooms with a jetted tub are also available. The hotel also offers 4, 6, and 8 bed dorm-style hostel accommodations.

Hotel amenities include a free continental breakfast, a business centre, a library, laundry facilities, vending machines and bicycle rental. Parking is available nearby at $10 per day, pets are not permitted, and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Restaurants close by include Copines de Chine and Thai Express, which are both within a 2-minute walk east of the hotel. Shopping is offered at Place Dupuis Shopping Centre, which can be found 1-minute away on foot. 

Olympic Park is about a 25-minute walk south of the Centrale Hotel Montreal, while Old Montreal is a 15-minute walk southeastward. The University of Quebec at Montreal is roughly an 8-minute walk south, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is approximately a 25-minute drive southwest of the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, parking available nearby for $10/day, free continental breakfast, pets not permitted. (Call Date: February 8, 2013).
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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.

The hotel's location was praised by numerous reviewers. They described it as being within walking distance to the Metro, many tourist attractions, bars, restaurants, the gay village, and located beside the bus terminal.

Many guests were pleased with the customer service they received. They described the staff as helpful, pleasant, laid-back, welcoming and knowledgeable, and providing useful information about the area.

Several lodgers described the rooms as clean, comfortable and spacious. It should be noted however, that a couple of guests found the mattresses to be too thin, and found the basement rooms to lack light.
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The Bad
While the majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few of complaints about 
noise transfer.

A few reviewers reported noise disturbances during their stay. They described noise from guests in adjacent rooms and music in the lobby late at night, as well as noisy air conditioning units. These guests mentioned this hotel would be more suited to to young travellers looking to have fun and meet other travellers.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #6 out of 66 Montreal specialty lodging from 57 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.6 out of 10 from 26 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 8, 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
8.9
Very Good
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hotels in Montreal

Rated 8.9/10 based on 454 reviews

Ranked #33 out of 166 hotels in Montreal

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Location
  • Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal
Map Marker Montreal Central
1586 St-Hubert, Montreal, QC