Fodor's Expert Review Springhill Suites by Marriott
445 rue St-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec H2Y 2Z7, Canada See on Map
Handy and quiet, with large rooms and underground parking—rarities in Old Montréal—this all-suites hotel attracts families, government employees, and business travelers who want standardized service in an old-world location.
Don’t brush off the free breakfast as a token jam-and-toast affair. It’s a deluxe offering, with hard-boiled eggs, an assortment of breads, cereals, yogurts and cheeses.
Thank you, West Elm. They helped make the recent room renovations a success, adding a cool wooden bench over the heater, modern desks and an overall boost in style. There are still microwaves and mini fridges in the suits, and dedicated work areas.
The rooms don’t exactly ooze sex appeal, so this is no place to mix business with pleasure. You are here for business.
Efficient and smart looking, the bathrooms have glassed-in showers, dark wood accents, and square farmers sink. You’ll recognize the body products, by Paul Mitchel
Indoor fire pits? Yes, please! It’s hard to recognize the lobby after its recent renovation, with new circular area rugs, tiled floor, curvy wall dividers and pendant lighting. Even the reception is curved and paneled for style. The new mobile check-in is a convenient hit.
Bring your swim trunks! There’s a saltwater pool and fitness zone with an inspiring nature mural. Kids are welcome here.
Pioneers of the lobby market concept in Montreal, the Springhill Suites were the first to offer an advanced selection of frozen dinners, snacks and ice cream—instead of a full-on restaurant and room service, which pushes up the room rates. Craving some Sriracha popcorn or Cake in a Jar? Get it, and more, at the 24-hour lobby market. You’ll also find frozen dinners, flatbreads and salads.
Now’s your chance to clock some miles on your FitBit. Busy rue St-Paul is a block south, the Vieux-Port is a five-minute walk, and Place Jacques-Cartier is three blocks east. You can walk everywhere in Old Montreal, or take a short cab trip downtown and beyond.
For Quebecois farm-to-table game served in style, go to L’Orignal (15-minute walk), where they rocked the barnboard look in 2008 before anyone else in town. For a special night, splurge at Les 400 Coups (15-20-minute walk) Dress up and tip well.
For a fun terrace experience, there’s Boris Bistro (15-minute walk), with their magical courtyard, fairy lights, and pitchers of sangria. Or, indulge in some wine by the glass and people watching at Hambar (15-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is where you want to book a long-term stay. The Springhill Suites won’t make you feel like you’re camping in a hotel. Rather, you’ll feel like you’re experiencing life in another city. The great rates, free breakfast, lobby market, parking and fitness perks make the case. The location, on a quiet side street, is a blessing and a curse. While it’s great to dodge the noise pollution on rue St. Paul, it can be hard to find the hotel on its narrow, off-the-beaten-path street. Alas, that’s what a GPS is for.
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