The Hyatt is the place to stay for the Just for Laughs Festival and the International Jazz Festival in July, as it overlooks the Place des Arts plaza (where most of the festivals' free events are staged). They have some smoking rooms with air purification systems.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Brutalist concrete facade--with the windows in a checkerboard pattern--can be off-putting.
Never smaller than 350 square-feet, the rooms have great views of downtown Montreal, huge flat screen televisions, signature beds, ergonomic work areas, and fast, free Wi-Fi.
Accommodating European performers and Hollywood elite, the Hyatt has some smoking rooms with air purification systems.
Modern and clean, the bathrooms have all the touches that make it fun to take a bath in a hotel, including KenetMD bath products and fluffy towels.
Spacious, with a lounge bar and many intimate seating areas, the lobby is great for festival goers and large groups. The swanky bar is back-lit and fun for people watching. Bar service can be slow on busy nights.
YOU SHOULD KNOW You must take a glass elevator on the exterior of the building to reach reception on the sixth floor, so anyone with vertigo may not be thrilled with the ride.
The Hyatt has a lovely indoor pool, with a sundeck and ample deck chairs tucked among the lush landscaping. It's tranquil and restful.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The pool is closed on Mondays and Tuesday, so manage the children's expectations.
Full breakfast is serviced at Saveur, overlooking the terrace. There is also an ultra-chic SIX Resto Lounge, Reso, Wine Bar (on the 6th floor). During summer, enjoy a cool beverage on the terrace and take in the music from one of the celebrity DJs.
The Hyatt has the exciting new wine vending machine, Enomatic, for self-serve.
The 12-story hotel, at the northern end of the Complexe Desjardins shopping mall, has easy access to the Musée d'Art Contemporain across the street, and Chinatown, one block south. There is underground parking, but drop off your bags in the round-about before parking the car. Then walk everywhere. Alternately, the metro is right across the street.
Enjoy some jazz and casual dinner at Bistro Le Balmoral (5-minute walk), with its French fusion menu and impressive wine list. Taverne F (5-minute walk), an outpost of Ferriera Cafe, is another option. It's loved for its fine Portuguese dining and lovely atmosphere.
Hipsters love to be seen at Furco (10-minute walk). They have a trendy patio and fun mixology. Alternately, there's the Bleury bar à vinyl (10-minute walk), showcasing eclectic live bands and DJs.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What a home base for Montreal's many festivals! The Hyatt is a hub all summer, when the Place des Festival is alive with music, circus, film, comedy, and more. Don't worry, the rooms are well soundproofed. We love the mingling in the lobby, on the terraces, and around the sundeck. This is a boozy hotel with many bar options and a nightclub vibe. The staff at reception is efficient and friendly, accustomed to welcoming celebrities and civilians alike.