Situated in the heart of downtown Montreal with easy access to the Vieux Port, Mont Royal, and anywhere else you’d like to explore is the lovely Hotel Le Crystal.
Montreal is full of so many different things to do, areas to explore, and neighborhoods to check out that you’re going to want to stay somewhere that makes it easy to get around.
The Hotel Le Crystal is a 5-star hotel and it’s located in the downtown business district just steps away from the popular Peel street and close to all forms of public transportation.
With so many different hotels in Montreal to choose from I believe it’s a good idea to go with one that boasts a central location as well as all of the amenities you’ll need when you’re spending time away from home – and this is what the Le Crystal is able to provide.
From the moment I walked in the bright and spacious lobby until I checked out a few days later the staff were extremely friendly, very helpful, and always double checking to ensure that I was enjoying myself. Whenever I had any questions they were quickly answered and I was also given helpful insider tips on places to eat nearby and specific areas of the city I should explore.
As for visiting Montreal, it’s one of the best big cities in Canada to visit and it’s a must-see if you’re from Toronto or planning on exploring Eastern Canada.
For such a long drive from Toronto, or even from NYC depending on where you’re traveling from, it’s a good idea to spend at least a few nights in Montreal to make the most of what the city has to offer.
If that’s the case for you then I’d definitely recommend staying at the Hotel Le Crystal and in this post I want to talk a little more about the hotel and the experience that I had during my visit so that I can give you a better idea of what you can expect if you’re thinking of staying.
The Hotel Le Crystal: Luxury Accommodation in Downtown Montreal
The Le Crystal opened just in 2008, so it’s a relatively new hotel in Montreal, and although the owners describe it as a “boutique hotel” I found it to be more reminiscent of a higher-end chain style of accommodation rather than something boutique.
The hotel is located in a large commercial building in the downtown building district of the city in a 28-storey skyscraper. At the moment, apart from the lobby on the main floor, the rooms can be found between the 4th and 11th floor with a pool and spa on the 12th floor of the building.
Along with the spacious lobby there is a Starbucks cafe located on the ground floor so you can grab a coffee or a quick snack before heading out to explore the city. This was convenient for me as breakfast wasn’t included during my stay.
The surrounding neighborhood features quite a few restaurants and smaller places to eat so you’re never more than 5-10 minutes away if you’re looking for a bite.
Rates for the hotel start at around $210 depending on the room you choose and how far in advance you place your booking. As for the rooms, there are a few different types of rooms to choose from that vary in size and features.
I recommend going with a room that has a balcony, especially if you’re traveling during the warmer summer months. You should also ask for a room with a view, as some offer an incredible view of the surrounding Montreal skyline.
My Stay at the Hotel Le Crystal
During my visit to the hotel I stayed in a suite on the 5th floor of the property.
I was hoping for something with a better view of downtown Montreal, though I was able to just pop up to the pool and deck on the 12th floor where I could enjoy a 180-degree view of the city down below, so everything turned out fine in that regard.
The room itself was quite spacious but I found it to be awkwardly laid out. The hallway zig-zagged into the main living area and both the bedroom and living room felt somewhat cramped, despite offering plenty of space.
As a suite, the bedroom was separated from the living area, and featured a soft queen bed. There was a window in the room, that opened out into the living space and helped to let in the natural light from the outdoor window, which really helped to brighten things up and make it feel more spacious.
As for the living area, there was a couch, a small chair, a desk, and a little kitchenette with a fridge and microwave.
The kitchenette was great for keeping our drinks cold during the day and if you’re hoping to prepare something in your room there was plenty of supplies available to choose from.
The living area is what felt the most cramped and I felt there could definitely have been a better use of the available space.
I really liked having the desk, something that surprisingly isn’t a common feature in hotels these days, and it allowed me to get some work done during my stay in an ergonomic fashion rather than having to use my laptop in bed or on the couch.
Throughout the room was plenty of options for clothing and luggage storage if you were staying for more than just a few days and wanted to keep everything organized and out of sight.
For two people the room was well-suited and equipped, and apart from the awkward layout and design of the room I still found it to be a great choice for two people visiting Montreal.
The bathroom at the Le Crystal was surprisingly spacious and featured a large shower and grand sink area.
The shower had a double door entrance with the rainfall shower head, something I prefer while traveling, and plenty of towels and washcloths were provided.
Amenities were also available and there was even a small loofa that you could use if that was something you preferred.
Some other bathroom features included bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer, and some great smelling soaps and lotions.
Overall, the bathroom was well-equipped and offered more than enough space for one or two people to use it during a short-term stay.
Checking into the Le Crystal was a quick and straightforward process.
The receptionist quickly took my details and shared some information about Montreal, taking the metro, things to do in the city, and recommended some places to visit nearby.
After checking into the room my girlfriend and I went up to the 12th floor of the hotel where the spa and pool is located.
The pool is in a large, bright room that offers incredible views of the surrounding cityscape and the hot tub is actually outside and right on an outdoor deck, which also offers amazing views of the surrounding city.
There’s also a spa on the 12th floor so it’s possible to enjoy a relaxing spa treatment during your trip if you’re so inclined.
Another thing I really liked about the hotel was the fruit-infused ice water that was available at the entrance to the elevators. This was a nice touch and helped us to feel refreshed after getting back from exploring the city, especially during those warm summer days.
The hotel boasts an amazing location right in the downtown business district of Montreal.
Unlike the hotels in the Vieux Port part of the city, which are rather out of the way if you want to explore the other neighborhoods, the Le Crystal is very central making it easy to get anywhere you want to go.
Just steps away from the hotel you can hop onto the public bus or metro system and quickly head to anywhere else in the city.
I’d recommend picking up a daily public transportation pass, which costs just $10, and makes it a lot easier to get around instead of having to walk everywhere on foot or wait for Uber.
Within 5-10 minutes of the hotel on foot are a wide range of restaurants, cafes, small shops, local eateries, options for entertainment, grocery stores, and just about anything you would need for a short-term stay.
The historic part of the city, the Vieux Port of Montreal, is about 20 minutes away on foot and it’s a similar distance to the top of Mont Royal.
Helpful Tips for Visiting
As the hotel is located right in downtown Montreal there are some fairly high costs associated with overnight parking.
At the hotel you can have the car parked for you, which I believe costs $35 per day, or you could park in one of the nearby private underground lots for between $15 and $25 per day.
Driving in the city is fairly easy and I recommend checking online (I like using Parkopedia) to find somewhere that you can park.
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to pick up a Montreal public transportation pass to use because it makes getting around the city a lot quicker and easier than having to rely on Uber or walking everywhere.
You can easily walk around the different neighborhoods like the Vieux Port, the Plateau, and up on Mont Royal, but getting between them can really take up a lot of time and energy if you’re planning to walk.
Public transportation passes are available inside every metro station and anywhere that tickets for the bus or metro are sold.
The day pass costs just $10 per person and is valid for a 24-hour period.
Unlike most of the rest of Canada, Quebec is a French-speaking province and French is the language spoken throughout most of Montreal.
However, many people living and working in the city, especially in tourism or in service roles, speak English perfectly and you’ll have no trouble getting by with English.
Even trying to speak French the locals will interrupt me and start speaking English rather than having me hobble along with my butchered attempts.
Montreal is one of the safest big cities in Canada and apart from a few problem areas far outside of the city you’ll never run into any problems when you’re walking around and exploring.
As far as I know, even petty crimes like pickpocketing are extremely uncommon in the city so you shouldn’t even have to worry about your personal belongings when you’re checking out the different sights.
Just follow basic common sense during your visit in regards to your safety and you’ll be fine.
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