I should start by noting my tardiness at not penning this review sooner but thought better late than never as I enjoyed my stay at this Montréal hotel.
Knowing that Marriott’s Residence Inn brand is aimed at longer stay travellers offering a large room and small kitchen I liked the unit for its value and amenities but what really made it excel is its location on one of main thoroughfares in the area, Rue Peel or Peel Street, a half block off Rue Sherbrooke and another two blocks on to the venerable McGill University in the shadow of Mont Royal. It seemed Residence Inn’s were often located near airports or in suburbs but several I’ve experience in recent years are very central so it’s either a recent trend or my poor brand perception. I should note here that there are actually two Residence Inn’s in the city centre so would recommend telling any cabbie it’s the Residence Inn on Peel to avoid any possible confusion.
The 460 sq. ft. Studio room featured a king bed and loveseat sofa bed and as I was sharing with family was somewhat curious as to whether the sofa bed once extended would have enough room or if it would bump up against the king but it all worked out well and access around the room even with the sofa bed open was okay.
The room was on one of the lower floors overlooking Rue Peel but never noticed street noise so the sleep quality was very good. There were several windows that could be opened to allow some fresh air in which isn’t all that common in hotel room design and is a nice perk.
The bathroom was very well laid out and appreciated that there were two separate light switches and one for the a ceiling fan so one could use the facilities at night with just the light and not the noisier fan. The backlit mirror light provided good illumination for shaving while a ceiling light was fine for quick trips using things other than the vanity. Tub & shower together although with an upgraded and adjustable shower head with Paul Mitchell toiletries on hand to round out what was a nice, user-friendly washroom.
The kitchen came complete with utensils, cups and cookware but as we had a room rate which included buffet breakfast and were out most of the day didn’t use it much except to make coffee and cool beverages in the full size fridge.
The full buffet breakfast was served in a room that also included two complimentary use computers and a big screen with leather sofa at one end. There was a very extensive assortment of hot & cold breakfast items from cereals and fruit to bacon and sausages, eggs, pancakes or waffles from a do-it-yourself waffle maker plus several juices and coffee and so a larger morning meal filled me up so I ate lite around lunch while on the go sightseeing. The breakfast room is the only dining on site but being in the heart of Montréal staff can help recommend several choices in the immediate vicinity.
The staff I encountered were universally polite, professional and fluently bilingual including the front desk staff who greeted you with a smile and quick hello upon returning to the hotel even offering freshly baked cookies. I can resist everything except temptation and cookies.
Among the matters worth noting (I won’t call them negatives as it wasn’t for me) is with no on-site parking having a car or car rental means a $25 daily charge at a lot nearby. If you can get by without a vehicle I would as Montréal is such an amazing city to explore on foot and the Residence Inn Montréal Downtown is so well located it makes an excellent base to begin & end your daily journeys.