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Montreal Hotels

Postby BAR » Sat May 26, 2018 12:55 pm

Any suggestions as to hotels near Central Station in Montreal? Interested in moderately priced accommodations for one night after arrival on The Adirondack with return following morning. Thanks very much for any suggestions. (I have also posted on this forum at "Must see & Ride in Montreal but post did not move to the top of the forum as usual so reposting)

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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sun May 27, 2018 4:51 am

Although not moderately priced….The Queen Elizabeth is located directly above Central Station and the elevator drops right to the Concourse Level. This is a former CN Hotel….now a Fairmont.
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sun May 27, 2018 4:54 am

Also above Central Station covering the tracks approaching from the south is the Hotel Bonaventure….and just a block away is the Marriott Chateau Champlain….a former CP Hotel.
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sun May 27, 2018 4:58 am

IMO the best place to watch trains is at VIA’s Dorval Station located on CN’s busy Montreal-Toronto mainline about 10 mile west of Montreal and easily reached by commuter train and transit. VIA’s trains to Ottawa also use this route. CP’s mainline is adjacent with RTM (now EXO) commuter trains to the west island. The adjacent Marriott Fairfield Inn is moderately priced and offers an excellent view. Request a room high at the rear:
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby Ken V » Wed May 30, 2018 11:00 pm

You might want to give a hotel search engine like Hotels.com, Trip Advisor or Trivago a try.
For example: https://www.trivago.ca/?aDateRange%5Bar ... map=false&
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby gaspeamtrak » Thu May 31, 2018 12:11 am

NS VIA FAN wrote:Also above Central Station covering the tracks approaching from the south is the Hotel Bonaventure….and just a block away is the Marriott Chateau Champlain….a former CP Hotel.


I second the "Bonaventure Hotel" My wife and I stayed about a month ago for about $340 bucks Canadian for TWO nights taxes included !!! Ask for a room around Room "1211 Had a great view of the approach to Central Station below you !!! I will be staying there again !!! :-) :-D :-) :-D
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby Bob Roberts » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:44 pm

+ 1 on the Boneventure. It has been reasonably priced when I have needed it and I have found the rooms to be above average quality -- I like it better than the Hyatt which is several blocks away. Watch out for courtyard rooms, they are very quiet, but obviously no good for rail fanning.
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby BAR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:40 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. We have made a reservation for the Hotel Bonaventure.

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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:16 pm

Here’s the Hotel Bonaventure located on the top 3 floors of Place Bonaventure above the south approach to Gare Centrale. In the first photo below…the rooms (windows at the top) offer a great view of arriving/departing trains on the viaduct and the interior facing rooms overlook the roof top gardens.
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Re: Montreal Hotels

Postby Engineer Spike » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:17 pm

I'll give some input, since Montreal has been my away from home terminal for most of my career. Dorval is neat, since it overlooks both the CPR, and CNR lines. Another good point is that there is a good hobby shop about a mile away. The down side is that things are set up mostly for the traveler. By this, my opinion is that nicer places to eat are not as handy. There are bus routes, and you could ride AMT elsewhere, specifically downtown.

If I was going to go, my advice would be to stay a bit closer to downtown. My taste is not to do trains 24/7. Nothing says that your need to spend $$$$$$ to stay at The Bonaventure, or QE. There are more moderately priced places there too. Of course this has drawbacks too. Mainly driving and parking are a pain. Even if you plan to leave your car in the hotel's parking facility, it will cost.

This is why my recommendation is to go just outside of the downtown area. Both major railroads board their crews in a hotel on Boulevard Decarie. This hotel is about a 4 star establishment. There are many advantages. First, it is easily accessed from all the major highways. Secondly, there are both fast food, and nice sit down places nearby. If your do some exploring of the local neighborhoods, you can find some mice ethnic restaurants. The prices are more reasonable than the ones which target tourists and business travelers. Another plus is that the airport is still near, and you can travel the city easily. there are metro stops within a block or so, along with bus routes.
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