BW in Montreal

Old May 10, 19, 10:01 pm
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BW in Montreal

BW Ville-Marie Montreal Hotel & Suites
BW+ Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa

Narrowed it down to those two. Which ones would you choose for a few nites stay? Walkability to attractions, eateries, YUL to/from hotel, is important
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Old May 11, 19, 5:40 pm
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Having lived in Montreal for a few months in 2017 and stayed at both, I'd say Europa would be your best bet. It's closer to the downtown core and near restaurants. Ville Marie is closer to Mount Royal (the hill in Montreal). In addition, IIRC when you book direct with them you'll get a breakfast voucher each day that lets you have breakfast at the Cora's restaurant (think iHop but fancier) located at the hotel. Rooms are a bit on the small side, but all else being equal it's your best bet if those are the only two you're considering. As an aside, do you have AAA or CAA? If so, you can enter that into your hotel booking to lop off 10% off the cost of hotel. Aside from the peak times in Montreal (i.e. Grandprix Weekend June 7-9 and the world renowned Just for Laughs Comedy Festival from July 10th thru 28th), hotels in Montreal should be relatively cheap.

In terms of getting to/from YUL it's not going to make much of a difference since they're both at or near downtown Montreal and the airport is a good 30+ minutes drive. Your best bet would be to either grab an Uber or if you're on a budget take the 747 bus which costs $10 and should you drop you off close to either hotel.

Hope that provides some insight.

Safe Travels,

James
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Old May 15, 19, 6:16 pm
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I’ve been to both. They are average 3* hotels. Personally, I prefer the Europa. It has a great restaurant downstairs for breakfast (Cora) that doesn’t charge too much and there’s a private covered parking complex down the street that cheaper than what most hotels charge in Montreal. They don’t have their own parking, except valet, I think where they’ll charge a premium and probably park it a the same place. Basic rooms are small, especially the bathrooms, but get a lot bigger as you upgrade. Never got any upgrade or welcome gift with Diamond status. They just give extra points, they say.

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Old May 15, 19, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
Having lived in Montreal for a few months in 2017 and stayed at both, I'd say Europa would be your best bet. It's closer to the downtown core and near restaurants. Ville Marie is closer to Mount Royal (the hill in Montreal). In addition, IIRC when you book direct with them you'll get a breakfast voucher each day that lets you have breakfast at the Cora's restaurant (think iHop but fancier) located at the hotel. Rooms are a bit on the small side, but all else being equal it's your best bet if those are the only two you're considering. As an aside, do you have AAA or CAA? If so, you can enter that into your hotel booking to lop off 10% off the cost of hotel. Aside from the peak times in Montreal (i.e. Grandprix Weekend June 7-9 and the world renowned Just for Laughs Comedy Festival from July 10th thru 28th), hotels in Montreal should be relatively cheap.

In terms of getting to/from YUL it's not going to make much of a difference since they're both at or near downtown Montreal and the airport is a good 30+ minutes drive. Your best bet would be to either grab an Uber or if you're on a budget take the 747 bus which costs $10 and should you drop you off close to either hotel.

Hope that provides some insight.

Safe Travels,

James

Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
Iíve been to both. They are average 3* hotels. Personally, I prefer the Europa. It has a great restaurant downstairs for breakfast (Cora) that doesnít charge too much and thereís a private covered parking complex down the street that cheaper than what most hotels charge in Montreal. They donít have their own parking, except valet, I think where theyíll charge a premium and probably park it a the same place. Basic rooms are small, especially the bathrooms, but get a lot bigger as you upgrade. Never got any upgrade or welcome gift with Diamond status. They just give extra points, they say.
We will be there week of Jul 22. Booked at the Europa. I don't have CAA so I just booked the refundable member rate thru BW website.

There will be two of us, three full size luggages in total among us. Probably more convenient if we take the cab to/from YUL? I'm assuming there's a flat rate for that?
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Old May 20, 19, 12:48 am
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There will be two of us, three full size luggages in total among us. Probably more convenient if we take the cab to/from YUL? I'm assuming there's a flat rate for that?
Correct. Per the Montreal airport website, taxis from Montreal airport to downtown are a flat rate of $41. In addition, you could also take an Uber (albeit you'll need to go to the departures level IIRC) - the cost there would be slightly less (assuming there's no surge pricing in effect) at $27-$34. Given the 747 Bus ticket will cost you $20 total ($10 for each passenger) and you'll have to schlep your luggage over to the bus it would make sense to take a taxi. Remember, 1 CAD = $0.74 USD so things should be relatively cheap to what you're used to Stateside. Enjoy the discount ; Most things in Canada are similar to the US. Obviously Montreal in general and Quebec specifically will have more things in French but again everything should work as expected (i.e. credit card acceptance, restaurants, shopping, etc.)

Safe Travels,

James
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Old Aug 6, 19, 5:47 pm
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Just stayed at the Europa in June. It's a really nice hotel and very centrally located. There is no breakfast included, unfortunately and the hotel does not have its own restaurant. There is a Cora adjacent to the lobby.

Quebec taxes are astronomical: PST = 9.975%, GST = 5% and a lodging tax of 3.5%.
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