Montreal Homewood Suites Midtown

Old Aug 7, 2021, 5:55 pm
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Montreal Homewood Suites Midtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown

6939 Decarie Montreal, Quebec CA H3W3E4

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown

Location

This hotel is located outside the main downtown area  -somewhere in between the city and the airport. It is right next to a main highway (Highway 15/Aut. Decarie) which is a north-south connector in the west end of the city between Highways 20 and 40. It is next to a Metro station (Namur) in an area that is undergoing massive transformation. South of the hotel is mostly commercial, but the area right behind the hotel is purely residential. Accessing the hotel is relatively easy, but we have to be careful not to miss the "branch" off the main street. Also, when accessing the property the first time, parking access may not be as obvious. Due to current construction, leaving the hotel means going around a few of the residential street, rather than a direct access to the highway. Although next to a highway, there were no major soundproofing issues. Autoroute Decarie can get busy during rush hour - but this is nonetheless an interesting base to move in/out of the city - and using public transportation is an interesting option.  There is a Starbucks accross the street, as well as a "Local" mid-size grocery store for anyone needing to get supplies for an extended stay

 

Check In

This is a joint property with a Hilton Garden Inn, and both properties pretty much share everything: Parking, front desk, elevators, gym... the only thing not being shared is the Homewood Suites breakfast room.  We used digital key for our check-in so had minimal interaction with the front desk. You can just grab a ticket from the machine when coming into the 3-level undergroung parking which will be close to full on a busy night. Digital key worked flawlessly during this stay and we went direct to our room from the underhroung parking

Room

Pretty much all Homewood rooms at this property features the newer studio suite open concept. Upon entering the room you will find a fully equipped kitchen (fridge, microwave, dishwasher, cookptop, utensils, plates, bowls, glasses, cups,...) which is somewhat recessed behing the entry wall and the dining table.  Nest is the living room area with a sofabed and the TV against the wall. I found the TV placement a bit odd, as you would need to "lounge" on the sofabed, or be sitted at the dining table to watch TV... the angle from the beds is not best. You then have the sleeping section which in our case was Two Queen beds. Finally, you have the "powder room" and the bathroom. There was more than enough space to move around. Temperature control was adequate. Everything is new and in working order.  The room offered nice views of Mount RoyalIMG_20210801_0856452.jpg

Dining

There is one restaurant on site, and several decent dining options south of the hotel (best to drive, but walking would be ok). There is a separate room for the complimentary Homewood Breakfast. At this time, this is a "served" buffet which include and egg dish, potatoes, a meat item. Cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, pastries and toasts are also available. Only coffee and juices are self-served. Takeout boxes are available to bring the food back to your room if you do not want to eat in the breakfast room

Gym / Pool

There is a fairly good size gym on site, with the standard Hilton/Homewood equipment.  There is also a small pool available

Service

At this time, housekeeping service is limited to on-demand resupply of toilettries and towels... and maybe garbage pickup. I interacted once with the front desk staff and they were friendly

Overall

This is a nice, brand new property.  For the most part, I like the studio-suite open concept style, but I do not find it as conducive to work as the more traditional Homewood design. This will be great for families transiting through the city and potentially spending a few days in town.  A business person may find it suitable for an extended stay, depending on whether they like a traditional desk/chair or not... because other than the dining table, there was not work area that I noticed in the room.

There is no real distinction between the Hilton Garden Inn and the Homewood at this property. Often, when you see co-branding, you see two distinct buildings, joined by a wall and sharing facilities. Not there - I guess rooms on one side are HGI and the other side are Homewood... but the signs only display the room numbers.

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Old May 14, 2023, 6:56 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWCDNFF
There is no real distinction between the Hilton Garden Inn and the Homewood at this property. Often, when you see co-branding, you see two distinct buildings, joined by a wall and sharing facilities. Not there - I guess rooms on one side are HGI and the other side are Homewood... but the signs only display the room numbers.
Checked in yesterday to the HGI side. Basically rooms to the left of the elevators are HGI; to the right, HWS. There are no HGI suites; the only upgrade is to a "premium" room which is the top floor. If traffic noise bothers you make sure to demand a room on the non-highway side as it's pretty bad (I'm facing the highway, but as I always sleep with earplugs the noise did not keep me awake, though I might move across the hall over the weekend as it IS bothersome; mostly due to idiots with LOUD exhausts blasting up and down the road at all hours). The room is fine, if a little small.

If parking underground, make sure to give the ticket to the agent at check-in. They will program your room keys to open the gates and bill your room for the duration of stay.

The two on-property restaurants are pretty good. One is "Blandino's" which has an Italian theme, but last night the music was so loud that my watch popped up "Warning! Sound over 90db!" twice. Food was good tho. The other, Pancho, is "Mexican" and the kitchen is right there behind the bar. It's all tacos, which is fine with me. The elote salad was good too. I haven't gone anywhere off the property yet but it looks like there's some other options within a short walk. There's a Starbucks, another coffee place, and a supermarket just outside the hotel which is really handy. Room has a mini-fridge and a microwave, and a Keurig-clone coffee maker, and a good-sized LG tv.

Unsure about the location vs downtown, though. Only moved here from the Hyatt Centric because the commute from there to Lachine was bad unless I left super-early and I am not a morning person. We'll see if that's better tomorrow (Monday).

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Old May 15, 2023, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by born sleepy
Checked in yesterday to the HGI side. Basically rooms to the left of the elevators are HGI; to the right, HWS.

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So which would you reccomend booking?
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Old May 15, 2023, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Houminer
So which would you reccomend booking?
HWS was quite a bit higher than HGI, so that made my decision easier. I rarely ever cook in extended-stay places anyway, and there's a little fridge and a microwave in my room. But a bigger suite would be nice. There are no suites on the HGI side.
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Old Jun 11, 2023, 2:12 pm
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Hilton won't cancel reservation - anything to do?

I have a feeling that my question should be in one of the threads - if that's true, if a mod could move, I'd appreciate it.

I'm wondering what to do about a trip this coming weekend (Jun 16 - 19) to Montreal. I'm a Diamond member and I've got a reservation that I made with points at the Homewood Suites in Midtown Montreal. When I made the reservation, I didn't realize it was non-refundable. Dumb, I know. This would be fine - except that, after enduring breathing issues due to the smoke from the wildfires this past week in NYC, my family has no in going toward the wildfires.

I called the Diamond desk and they tried to advocate on my behalf with the hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel will not cancel.

The entire town is oversold for the weekend because of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Should I look for someone to take the room / to give the room to? Is that possible? Or should I try the Diamond desk on Monday and see if they have better luck during the week?
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You don't mention it but have you tried calling the hotel directly and explaining the situation?
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Old Jun 11, 2023, 9:07 pm
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You don't mention it but have you tried calling the hotel directly and explaining the situation?
I called and they won't do anything. Extremely bizarre to me. Entire town is oversold. If ever there was a time they could rebook these rooms, it would seem like now. And I started trying on Friday, so they had time.

Oh well - it's all within their rights, but they've lost me as a customer. And likely Hilton has lost me as well.

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