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Canada Travel Guide for Americans: Le Germain Hotel Montreal Experience 2016

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Le Germain Hotel Montreal Overview

Centrally located in downtown Montreal, we found the Le Germain Hotel Montreal to offer a blend of modern style and convenience. Within quick walking distance to a number of shops and dining options and lengthier walking distance to some of Montreal's most popular historic sites, we believe Le Germain Hotel Montreal is a great option for families that enjoy being immersed in the buzz of a beautiful city like Montreal. While this hotel could appeal as easily to couples and singles as to smaller families, we found the staff to be kind, the rooms to have a nice layout and the restaurant to offer a fantastic breakfast, which made it fairly family-friendly in our opinions.

Note: The lighting at Le Germain Hotel Montreal tended to be on the dimmer side to set a certain tone, which may appeal to those that find hotel lighting to be a bit harsh.



Le Germain Hotel Montreal at a Glance:
  • Located in downtown Montreal
  • Free continental breakfast included at on-site restaurant Laurie Raphael
  • Spacious rooms 
  • Luxury bath products (Molton Brown)
  • Fitness room open 24/7
  • Laura Raphael Restaurant located on-site
  • Spa services available
  • Close proximity to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, entertainment district, etc.
  • Moderate walking distance from Chinatown and Old Montreal with kids
 You can book your stay or learn more at Le Germain Hotel Montreal's website.


Location

If your family tends to scope out local eateries, enjoys museums or spends a good deal of time shopping, the location of Le Germain Hotel Montreal is perfect. We found that we could easily walk to delicious restaurants within 10 minutes even with the crazy weather we experienced while visiting (it was sleeting and snowing heavily throughout our trip). While it would probably only take 25 or so minutes to get to Old Montreal by foot from this location on a good day, we found it was much slower going with the poor weather and younger guys trudging through the snow--roughly 35-40 minutes. Still, if your family is used to walking and you're not restricted by hills (there are a decent number of upward treks), then seeing other parts of Montreal in addition to the immediate area shouldn't be a problem in most cases. Keep in mind there are cabs and public transportation to consider as well (we did not use either during our stay). There were quite a few retail and restaurant chains in this area, so if you tend to find yourself more comfortable with brands and companies you're familiar with, you'll enjoy this part of Montreal.


The Classic (2 Queens) First Impression

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Please note that I used a flash in order to get clear room pictures as the lighting and decor was on the darker side--which was fantastic for chilling out in. Images do not accurately depict the level of lighting in our room.

The Layout

The Classic (as our room was called) offered the common amenities we see in most hotels of this caliber, but we found the size was actually quite spacious (especially for a city) and laid out in such a way that it felt even larger than it actually was. Furniture was placed around the perimeter of the room resulting in a lot of open floor space available in the center, which was definitely nice with kids. The boys were quite please!

If you're traveling with young people this room is great for giving you some extra walking/pacing/hopping space (ADHD and SPD kids, you never know how they'll choose to unwind!). We loved that floor space wasn't taken up by multiple side tables, but rather swinging arms on one side of each bed were built in to give water, books or electronics a place to sit.

We always appreciate a room that offers additional seating besides the beds. Our boys were really amused by the shapes of the two black chairs in the sitting area next to the desk, which was a decent size for getting some work done on.

There was a mini fridge in the room concealed to look like a cabinet next to the desk, however, it was part of the mini bar/snack bar and was filled with beverages. More on that below.

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le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids


The Beds

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The beds at Le Germain Hotel Montreal were quite comfortable and a reasonable enough size in The Classic (with double queens) that Patrick and I were fine on ours and the boys had plenty of room to share on theirs. The comforter was plush, pillows were fluffy and overall we had a great night's sleep on them.

We suspect that the beds were memory foam or something along those lines--firm, but formed to your body. For those unfamiliar, these can make those of you (like me) that generate a lot of heat get a bit warm in bed, but we turned the temperature down in the room and found a happy medium that way. 


The Bathroom

The bathroom was quite large and despite only having 1 sink (we're generally fans of double-vanities when sharing a room--less elbowing!) there was plenty of floor space to maneuver around one another. The shower was large with a tub deep enough to soak in--something our boys always take advantage of. The water pressure was very good, making the rainfall showerhead a great experience. Having a separate water closet to conceal the toilet was another feature we appreciated--always nice when sharing a bathroom with 4 people!

One detail that really stuck out to us was the generous supply of Molton Brown shampoo, conditioner and body wash provided in built-in dispensers in the shower in addition to the small travel-sized ones left on the vanity. With 4 people showering at least once a day it can be easy to come up short when using travel-sized soaps throughout our stays (especially when you have impulsive little guys that think those bottles are 1-time use size), so this was something we noted and appreciated. 

Note: We found the water in Canadian hotels got extremely hot, very quickly and this was true of Le Germain Hotel Montreal--especially compared to the majority of hotels we've stayed in in the U.S. Keep this in mind with little ones!

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le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids


le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids


The View

Our view was of the backside of our hotel and the backside of the hotel across the street behind Le Germain Hotel Montreal. While not nearly as exciting compared to the view to the front of the hotel, it wasn't as tight or closed-off as other views we've seen in large cities in the past. Especially with the storm, it made for some fun people watching in the afternoon. If your view is important to you, I would definitely request facing the front of the hotel if possible. Montreal is a very busy city so while we don't know whether or not a front-facing view would have also meant more road noise, we can say that we had virtually no street noise from our room on the 9th floor.

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The Welcome

We always find it fun to see what types of welcomes hotels surprise guests with, especially for the kids. I'd say maple cotton candy/fairy floss was pretty popular with our crowd on a scale of delicious welcome treats!

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Additional In-Room Amenities

As we mentioned briefly above, this room did include a mini-fridge as part of the snack/mini-bar, but not one for guest use per say. It was filled with drinks that were included on the price list provided. If you have little guys that tend to be extra impulsive when it comes to in-room snack bars be sure to keep a careful eye as these items were easily accessible.

The snack bar included food snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages and some local items. Prices were on-par with what we often see at comparable hotels.

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le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids

We are big water-drinkers, so anytime a hotel provides complimentary water we take note! Le Germain Hotel Montreal provided waters by the coffee maker as well as bedside.

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A combination radio-clock supplied our youngest with all of the classical music his little heart could desire! While we always typically tend to use our phones as alarm clocks (old habits die hard), it was there if you wanted to give yours a much-needed shutdown overnight.

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While breakfast was complimentary on-site at Laurie Raphael on the bottom floor below the lobby, guests had the option of picking items a la carte from a menu and having them delivered to their rooms for private dining for a fee. We did not choose this option as we wanted to experience Laurie Raphael in-person, but it was a nice option for those too tired to be around other diners--less expensive than typical room service, too. Menus were in both English and French, which we appreciated.

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le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids

We always find it fun when hotels supply local magazines and periodicals for us to flip through. This one in particular seemed to be unique to Le Germain Hotel Montreal.

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The Complimentary Breakfast - Laurie Raphael at Le Germain Hotel Montreal

It's always nice when meals are included in your stay rate, but we sometimes find that hotels don't offer enough hot items, items that picky eater will touch or they're unable to cater to special diets. This was certainly not the case at Laurie Raphael. Not only were the majority of items offered fresh, hot and full of protein, but they served our drinks and offered to cater to any dietary needs we had. We found that what they had laid out was actually along the lines of things we'd normally eat for the most part, which was great. Even our picky eater didn't leave the table on empty. Everything was delicious and of course plenty of maple syrup was available in liquid and granulated form! Service was absolutely wonderful as well, especially for a continental-style breakfast. Even if only staying nearby Le Germain Hotel Montreal we would still recommend having a meal here.

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Plenty of fruit and nut toppings were available for the oatmeal along with lots of proteins.

le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids

le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids
Sweet pastries were of course a huge hit with our boys.

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The boys were in love with their frothy hot cocoas! Such a great treat on a cold day.


Valet

Valet was excellent as were all the doormen we came across. In-and-out service was available and they were quick to help us in and out of the hotel, making sure we didn't require assistance or umbrellas (remember that lovely sleet and heavy snow Montreal greeted us with?).


The Style

Le Germain Hotel Montreal's style could be summed up in 3 words--apples, art and installations. Le Germain Hotel Montreal had a very unique style with original pieces of art hanging on the walls and dark, funky fixtures and furniture accented by bright pops of color from the conversation-inducing green apples placed throughout the hotel. Being from an area dubbed "apple country" it was amusing to see so many apples worked into the decor of such a modern hotel. The kids certainly found them funny! We read that many of the accessories in the hotel were designed by Quebec designer, Marie Saint-Pierre.

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Apples, apples everywhere!

le germain hotel montreal quebec canada family travel guide special needs kids
Art on our room wall.

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Our view from Laurie Raphael during breakfast.

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Pretty funky for a lobby, right?


Le Germain Hotel Montreal Final Thoughts

Overall, we felt that Le Germain Hotel Montreal was a great option for those looking for a reasonably priced, centrally located stay in downtown Montreal. While this hotel worked fine for our family and the size of the room certainly made the stay family-friendly overall, this hotel would also work well for those without kids. We're not sure how the regular room would work for families with more than 2 kids, but there are larger rooms available. Like most city hotels we've stayed in, there wasn't a plethora of amenities per say, but we don't really feel most people stay in the city to never leave their hotels. As far as proximity to food, shopping and entertainment, Le Germain Hotel Montreal certainly shined on that front! Again, weather was pretty harsh while we were there, but we still managed to walk all around downtown Montreal, going so far as Old Montreal.

While we didn't require much in the way of services, we found the majority of service we received was courteous and helpful. We did come across one individual at the front desk that was a bit curt on the phone when we asked a question regarding our initial hotel charge, but it was quickly rectified by the front desk manager. Overall, we felt the stand-out services were those delivered by Laurie Raphael servers and the doormen/valet. The lovely ladies at the front desk that gave us directions to Old Montreal were also very helpful!

Our stay at Le Germain Hotel Montreal was comfortable, clean and convenient to the downtown area. We think this hotel would really appeal to those that plan to spend a lot of their time downtown, those that plan to do a lot of shopping as well as those that plan to drive to other further parts of Montreal. If you have little ones and you don't intend to spend much time downtown, this may not be the right fit for you if walking far distances is a problem. Again, we did quite a bit of walking during our stay, but our kids know the drill when we visit big cities--our youngest did at times need to be carried. It's best to assess your family's needs and plans before booking with anyone. Make sure to check distances between areas you wish to visit as Montreal is quite large with some uphill walking!

In the end, we had a pleasant stay and would recommend this hotel to families looking for the location and services Le Germain Hotel Montreal has to offer when visiting Canada.

 You can book your stay or learn more at Le Germain Hotel Montreal's website.



Note: We were offered media rates for this particular stay. All opinions above are our own based on our personal experiences.

12 comments:

  1. Montreal is definitely one of those places I would love to visit because I've heard such great things about it. Everything looks pretty great about this hotel. The design is very sleek, clean, and modern. Is it bad that I got really excited over those hot pink pillows? Haha!

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    1. Hahaha I loved the pops of color against the black! You should definitely visit Montreal if you get the chance! Such a fun place and not too far either :)

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  2. Love the look of the hotel! It looks like such a great place and kind of similar to one we stayed at in downtown Chicago (which was one of my favorite hotels we've been to!)

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    1. Oh cool! Yes, the vibe is really funky and unique.

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  3. I love the style of the hotel! It looks gorgeous!

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    1. Right? It definitely was in person!

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  4. Canada is on my must-visit list!!! This hotel is so chic!

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    1. For sure! I hope you get to go soon. :)

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  5. That looks like a great room! I want to visit!

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  6. Looks like a great place! Especially with the pink pillows!

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    1. Yeah, the pop of pink was so fun!

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