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.

Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is a great base for visiting historic and charming Old Montreal.

Old Town Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is a great base for visiting historic and charming Old Montreal.

Poodle Lady in Old Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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

Basilica De Notre Dame - Montreal

Basilica De Notre Dame – Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

Basilica de Notre Dam - Old Montreal

Basilica de Notre Dame – Old Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

Kitchen

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.

Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is a great base for visiting historic and charming Old Montreal.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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!

Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is a great base for visiting historic and charming Old Montreal.

One free drink per day at Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

 What does not work for families at Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal

City locations

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.

Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is a great base for visiting historic and charming Old Montreal.

Charming Old Montreal, Quebec – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.!

Expensive parking

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.

Looking for a taste of Europe in North America? Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal is a great base for visiting historic and charming Old Montreal.

Happy hour at Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton your base for vistiting Old Montreal

Embassy Suites by Hilton your base for vistiting Old Montreal – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom