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Pensione Popolo Montreal

5.9 | Mediocre
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Small inn north of downtown, some rooms with shared bathrooms, mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free theatre tickets
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers appreciated the convenience of the on-site cafe and bar
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several guests
  • Several reviewers appreciated having use of a guest kitchen
Cons
  • No on-site parking
  • Several guests found the stairs to the rooms steep and narrow
  • A few reviewers described the beds as uncomfortable
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from the on-site bar
  • A couple of reviewers found the rooms small
  • A couple of guests complained about cooking smells from the on-site cafe and bar
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 10, 2014
Overview
This small inn is situated among shops and restaurants, north of downtown Montreal and the Laurier subway station is within a 7-minute walk. With no on-site parking, this property is well suited for guests looking to explore the area on foot or by subway.

This property offers four rooms and one apartment-style unit. All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, a TV, a coffeemaker and air conditioning. Some rooms have shared bathrooms, while others have an en suite bathroom. The apartment unit has two bedrooms, a living room with a futon, a full kitchen and a private bathroom. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available and rooms are accessible by stairs only. Pets are not permitted at this inn.

The on-site cafe and bar serves dinner only and is open Tuesday through Sunday at 5 pm.

Other on-site amenities include a guest kitchen and two free tickets to a show at the Casa Del Popolo Theatre. This property does not offer on-site parking and the nearest public parking facility is a 10-minute walk away.

Mont Royal Park is about 12 minutes away on foot. Downtown Montreal attractions are about 25 minutes away via subway and include McGill University, the Bell Centre, shops and nightlife on Saint Catherine Street and the Place des Arts. The Old Port District is about 30 minutes away by subway, while Casino Montreal and La Ronde Amusement Park are both about a 40-minute subway ride away.

The Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is 25 minutes away by car. (All walking, public transit and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on April 7, 2014: Pet policy and parking policy.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, there were a mix of positive and negative comments found. However, there were several aspects of this property that guests seemed to enjoy and many reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable.

The rooms were often described as clean, while several guests added that the rooms were generally comfortable. However, there were a few complaints about rooms (see below). 

Many guests appreciated the convenience of the on-site cafe and bar, however, the on-site dining venue created some concerns for other reviewers (see below for more details). 

The staff were complimented for their friendly and accommodating service by several guests.

Several reviewers appreciated having use of the guest kitchen.

The surrounding neighbourhood was described as fun and vibrant by several guests.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, there were some common concerns found this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Several guests complained about traversing steep and narrow stairs to their rooms. 

A few reviewers found their beds old and uncomfortable, while a couple of guests said that the rooms were small.

While some guests enjoyed the on-site cafe and bar, a few reviewers were disturbed by noise from the bar at night, while a couple of other guests complained about noticing cooking smells in their rooms.

A couple of reviewers were disappointed that there was no on-site parking.
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Show Sources
Sources
Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.4 out of 10, based on 59 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #59 out of 148 hotels in Montreal, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 10 reviews.

The author called the hotel on April 7, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
5.9
Mediocre
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146 / out of 166
hotels in Montreal

Rated 5.9/10 based on 60 reviews

Ranked #146 out of 166 hotels in Montreal

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Map Marker Pensione Popolo Montreal
4871 Boul. Saint Laurent, Montreal, QC