Hotel Le Germain Montreal
What We Love
- Heart-of-it-all location in downtown Montreal, near the best sites
- Quintessential Quebecois fare served in style at on-site Laurie Raphaël Montreal
- Free daily continental breakfast and WiFi
What To Know
- This stylish, intimate boutique isn’t great for families
- Popular with business travelers because of its downtown location
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This chic 101-room boutique remains one of Montreal’s most cherished stays because of its intimate vibe, attention to detail and staffs’ passion for sharing the city’s best with guests. Loft-like digs radiate Zen vibes, with furniture designed and crafted in Quebec and dark woods set against earthy creams, silvers and whites. The requisite technology is all here too: flat-screen TVs, iPod/iPhone docks and wide working desks with plenty of outlets. Glass-enclosed showers provide a bit of a tease, but keep it classy with a shower shade if you’re so inclined. On-site restaurant Laurie Raphaël Montréal is the sibling of the same-named Quebec City mainstay, but it more than holds its own with wonderfully authentic Quebecois fair served in a seventh-floor dining room with sparkling city views.
In the Area
Take a stroll down Rue Ste-Catherine, right outside the hotel’s door, to shop in Montreal’s most stylish luxury boutiques. Take in a concert amidst archangels and apostles in Bourgie Hall, a 107-year-old church that opened as a performance space in October 2012. Then move on to dinner at Martin Picard’s cult eatery Au Pied De Cochon (“the pigs foot”), a carnivore favorite where even the French fries come topped with foie gras. The century-old Parc La Fontaine is rife with bike trails, jogging paths and ski and snowshoe routes in winter. Waterfalls, fountains, playing fields, tennis courts and an open-air theater are sprinkled throughout.
How to Get There
We arrived not knowing that Le Germain was about to undergo a full refurbishment. The only way that affected our stay was that the restaurant was closed and the breakfast came in a generous cardboard box with a selection of fresh items on offer first in a conference room and then in the restaurant.
The rooms are large with a very dark brown decor. Combined with the lighting being designed for mood meant that sometimes the rooms could be a little dark. Plenty of storage space. Comfortable chairs and bed.
The bathroom was good although the window between it and the room was a bit of an odd design choice.
My only real complaint would be that our rooms were at the back of the hotel and close to an air conditioning unit which was quite loud sometimes making sleeping a bit difficult.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful through out the stay which makes this one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at.
Liked the relatively small size of the hotel. Seemed to be much bigger than it was. And it appeared to be in a really good location, walking distance to the major university and other destinations. The House of Jazz is just down the street a block or two. Restaurants nearby. The hotel's restaurant was apparently off-line and being refurbished. The hotel provided simplistic "box brunches" which turned out to be sufficient. Staff was responsive.
Was generally disappointed with Montreal. Somehow we missed the "charm and character" that we had been led to expect. But, we were not disappointed with the hotel and would consider staying there again.
Check-in and Check-out in a minute. The bathroom set was complete. I reserved two rooms and the rooms were near each other. Just the breakfast needs to be improved because it's very basic and underneath to the general Hotel value.
Not my first trip to Montreal but decided to chose a hotel afresh looking at ratings vs price. Choosing a boutique hotel can be risky but the location of Le Germain was great, price reasonable and ratings good. I was not disappointed. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful including those assisting with the free included breakfast - pretty modest offering but adequate. Room was well appointed and comfortable - good bathroom (no bath). Will opt for Le Germain again.
Le Germain is a great boutique hotel very centrally located. Rooms are well appointed but the key to its success is the team of staff who work there. Everyone is very friendly and service minded from the doormen and breakfast staff to the concierge. Well worth the visit.