Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Then look no further then historic Montreal. You will be impress with its rich history, outstanding architecture, French cuisine, and an old European charm. The Old Town, with oldest buildings dating back to the 1600’s, is located in downtown Montreal. Cobblestone streets, outdoor cafes, and small art shops create the quaint atmosphere unique in North America. There are a lot of hotels available for visitors within walking distance of the Old Town. One of the best choices for families visiting the area is Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal.
In general, I plan my vacations well in advance to make sure that my lodging expenses are covered with my credit card earnings. My trip to Montreal was different. With a sudden desire to visit the city, I added a one night to my weekend camping trip to Adirondacks. I made my reservation three days before arrival.
I did not use my favorite IHG credit card this time. My best option for a free hotel night was to use Barclay Arrival Plus credit card. I paid for my hotel with it and later erased the charge with points I had accumulated on my account.
Since I intended to spend only one night in the city, I concentrated my search on location. It had to be in a center of Old Montreal. I did not want to waste my time driving. Of course, I was also looking for good price; points or not, this is still my money. My choice was Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal. I was very pleased with my selection.
What Works for Families at Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal
Location at the heart of Old Montreal
The hotel is located just around the corner from the main square of Old Montreal, where you would find one of city’s famous attractions – Basilica de Notre Dame. It turned out to be the most beautiful church I have ever visited in North America. There is an entry fee to visit. Credit cards are not accepted.
Two rooms for the price of one
I could not believe how large the suite was. There is a living room with a sleeper sofa and bedroom with a queen size bed. Both rooms are equipped with their own TVs and are separated by a door.
Eating out in Montreal could be expensive. so being able to cook can save a traveler a lot of money. Large fridge allows to store food and drinks.
Large bathroom with a soaking tub
After hours of walking, it was a pleasure to take a bath. Bedroom TV can be easily turned around so I could watch from the tub if I wanted.
Cook to order breakfast included in a price of the hotel
I was really impressed with quality of my breakfast. I noticed that the hotel was popular with families. There were a lot of kids around me, and all of them seemed to enjoy their food.
Surprise for mature family member – daily free drink!
That was the point when I realized that I really liked the hotel!
What does not work for families at Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal
In order to be close to Old Montreal, I needed to compromise on the outdoor space. There were absolute no spot for the kids to play outside. Even the sidewalk space is taken by an outdoor café. On the other hand, the old town itself provides many closed to traffic areas where children can run freely.
Kitchen comes empty unless you place an order to get it stocked
To my surprise, all cabinets in the kitchen were empty. I called the front desk and asked about it. The answer was – you need to place an order for the kitchen to come with silverware, glasses, plates, pots etc.!
This did not come as a surprise to me. Actually, I felt that the parking here – even though expensive – was still less than I am used to pay in major American cities.
Loud sounds of the city
For a light sleeper, the city noises could be disturbing. Hotel guests will hear the noise of the street and occasional ambulance, police, or fire track sirens.
It takes skills to find the hotel
Again, this is a city hotel; therefore, getting to it is not easy. There are lights, heavy traffic, one way streets, crazy drivers and suicidal pedestrians.