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Hôtel Nelligan

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Fodorites recommend the rooftop terrace and restaurant for great views of the Old City
  • lively bar right on rue St-Paul
  • huge bath tubs

    Cons

  • weekend wedding traffic
  • valet parking is $28 plus tax

Fodorite Reviews

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Hôtel Nelligan Review

There's a cultivated air of refinement echoing through this ultraromantic hotel, a landmark on rue St-Paul named after Québec's most passionate poet, Émile Nelligan. The hotel, just a block south of the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal, occupies two adjoining buildings from the 1850s, when thick stone and brick walls were common. Penthouses have terraces with views of the river; others overlook the four-story, brick-walled atrium. All beds are king-size, and the bathrooms are big enough to park your car. At the pub-style bar, Méchant Bœuf, make sure to snag a table near the window overlooking rue St-Paul and watch the world hustle by. And for breakfast with a view of the Old City and the harbor, try the rooftop terrace.

    Hotel Details

  • 44 rooms, 59 suites, 2 penthouses
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 08-11-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Good location - Hotel Not Luxurious

    After a wonderful stay in a Relais & Chateaux property in Quebec City, we were looking forward to continuing our luxurious trip to Montreal. We were disappointed when we were shown to our Hotel Nelligan King Loft Suite that overlooked the alleyway and had a lot of noise that involved trash collection, etc. We asked if it would be possible to switch to a room with a different view, and the Front Office staff never got back to us. While the room was large, the furnishings were not high quality. (Picture a cheap knockoff of Pottery Barn.) The Hotel did have beautiful Frette bathrobes; however, the bath towels themselves were a low-end Martex line and some were even threadbare. These inconsistencies show that the hotel has a lot of opportunity to improve. The food at Verses was okay. The waitstaff was friendly and very attentive. Unfortunately, overall, the hotel staff was rather young and not geared towards the more sophisticated traveller. Many of them were not familiar with the restaurants in Montreal that have received many accolades in Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, etc. The location is good and convenient. I plan to stay in another hotel on my next visit to Montreal.

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    Overall good hotel

    We stayed at the Hotel Gault two years in a row and decided to try the Nelligan this year. It has a "warmer looking atmosphere", the staff treated us well and the roof top restaurant was nice. We found our Loft Suite very nice but we do agree that you heard more noise due to the location compared to the Gault. Verses was ok.

    by Byron1, 7/1/07
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    Starts well ~ ends poorly

    The staff is extremely polite and pleasant. The bar staff is exceptional. The restaurant (Versus) is great. The location is good. Our window overlooked a small courtyard which really was looking at another brick wall, so there was no point in having a window, which makes it dark. The beds are hard ~ like sleeping on the floor. The pillows ~ bring your own! I need a massage after using them. Friday night was great. Saturday night there was a wedding in the banquet room, which happened to be below our room on the second floor. We did not get to sleep 'til 2:30am and we specifically booked the weekend to relax and sleep. The hotel should add more sound proofing and/or put non-wedding guests on the top floors and/or not host weddings.

    by BigDuke6, 9/24/07
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    Incredible stay

    We had a great time at the Hotel Nelligan. The room on the fifth floor was lovely (fireplace, king bed, double jacuzzi tub) and the service and the staff were superior. I can't recall a warmer staff. After reading some of the other reviews I was a little concerned but I saw nothing on what was mentioned. The hotel is in the oldest part of the city so the streets are narrow (although not alleys) and the sights and sounds of the city could be heard (although not to the extent of being troublesome.) We went the day after Thanksgiving and the hotel was decorated for Christmas. Combine that with an early snow and the place was magical. If you want to stay in a small, intimate hotel in the center of old Montreal, the Hotel Nelligan is a perfect location.

    by debdecatur, 11/29/07
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    Thank you all!

    I am writing this review to specially thank the staff of the hotel for such a great work everybody did during my wedding reception. Everything was amazing, on time, detailed, and almost perfect. I could not been happier with the result of all my effort without the support of every member of the staff in this gorgeous hotel. The reception was beautiful. Thank you all. The hotel has big pros and cons. The big pro I found and that was the main reason why we chose it for our wedding was the location: Vieux Montreal. It gives an amazing ambiance and a beautiful romantic atmosphere. However the big con was that the hotel was all booked so we had to put somewhere else a few relatives that came to town only for us.

    by smithcarry, 11/13/12

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