Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel le Germain
2050 rue Mansfield, Montréal, Québec H3A 1Y9, Canada See on Map
The lobby in this sleek boutique hotel is peppered with models, record producers, and international hipsters who revel in the Germain’s well-known brand. It’s a place to see and be seen for both art and business.
Worried about keeping your carbon footprint down? There are two Tesla charging stations for electric cars.
Most rooms have grand views of Mont-Royal or the skyscrapers along avenue du Président-Kennedy, as well as decadent bedding. There are Nespresso machines, Tivoli stereo systems and a clock radio with iPod connection. Tech heads enjoy the connectivity panels to project their laptop onto a 42-inch screen.
The bedroom and bath are separated by a sliding "wall" of louvered blinds, another decor signature. There are bamboo and cotton towels, 100% cotton Le Germain bathrobes by Quebec designer Marie Saint-Pierre and Molton Brown toiletries.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The louvered blind divider may not afford the kind of privacy some guests require--because it's not exactly private whatsoever.
The chic lobby is a relief, frankly, because the hotel sits on a charmless urban street. Not to worry, one step inside and your fears of mediocrity are assuaged. Sleek seating, warm accents, and crisp flooring make it a stand-out entryway.
This is where Le Germain really shines. The hotel hosts Laurie Raphaël, a French restaurant by famed Chef Daniel Vézina. Go for the four, five or even 10-course tasting menus to fully experience the chef’s unique twist on Quebecois cuisine. Hope you're hungry.
The deluxe continental breakfast is served at Laurie Raphaël, where the coffees and breads are exceptional.
Le Germain offers a complimentary car service for the duration of your stay—in a Lexus, no less. Either get behind the wheel or leave the driving to them! Alternately, it’s easy to grab a cab at the Germain or walk to local business towers and sights.
For a mid-day treat, have a bowl of homemade goodness at SoupeSoup (10-minute walk). We highly recommend the carrot coconut with hints of ginger. Or, try the downtown satellite location of Toqué! called Brasserie T! (15-20-minute walk). The charcuterie plate for two is fun, as is the “prix fix” menu.
For UK imports and Anglo chatter, hit the bar at the Burgundy Lion (10-minute drive). Or, linger on the terrace at Le Vin Papillon (15-minute walk) and enjoy their extensive wine list.
WHY WE LIKE IT
From the free deluxe breakfast and the luxury car service to the designer bathrobes, Le Germain thinks of everything. We like their attention to detail. They’ve even considered your pet, who is welcome to stay for a $30 fee. The hotel’s brand recognition has cache and the property delivers.
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