Dave's Montreal

Dave's Montreal

June 24-27, 2011

Thursday 23rd

Flew into Toronto for a work meeting, and did a business dinner at The Library.

Friday 24th

After work took Air Canada #418 one hour flight to Montreal.

Shuttle bus $8 from airport took me downtown, to Chinatown...

Then I drappged my luggage several blocks to my hotel.

Stayed at the L Hotel
#10 of 170
My review on TripAdvisor- "Location is fantastic- although honestly Old Montreal and Downtown is very walkable in general. About a 5min walk north to Palace de Congress, and that is also where the Westin and Renaissance are located. About another 5min to the metro stop. Less than 5min east to Plaza de Arms. About 10min gets you at the ferry docks and Science or Archeology museums.
From the 747 airport bus drop off (8$, there is a ticket machine that makes change now) it is about 15min walk dragging your luggage through the Chinatown area and past some homeless, but they don't trouble you at all. Taxi ride back to airport cost 38$ and without traffic was 20min.
There was always a front desk staff of about three people, never a wait. Spoke perfect English, and with their accents I believe perfect French as well. Extremely welcoming, patiently answered every question and with a smile, assisted with restaurant reservations. Coming in the door they would typically welcome me with a free bottle of cold water. Check in/check out was immediate and flawless.
Room 206 was large and spotless, extremely high ceiling. Free wireless internet extremely fast and easy to connect. Bed extremely comfortable. Curtains would black out sunlight. Mini fridge in the room, LCD TV. Air conditioning worked perfectly and was quiet. No special view from my room, off a quiet street.
Anything not perfect? Well, the toilet could have a more powerful flush (maybe a Montreal or personal thing?) and the public computer you can use for free to print out airline boarding passes was old and slow. Lighting in the room a little dim. Nothing preventing a 5/excellent rating. Also not the place to stay if you are looking for a big bar or pool scene. I did not try the breakfast or any type of room service.
I was originally going to stay at the Auberge du Vieux Port (which seemed very nice) but I saved over $40/night by choosing the LHotel. I would stay here again and recommend it to friends. Oh yeah, they had some pretty cool artwork hung everywhere too."

My room.

The hotel recommened a place right around the block, L'Original, that was supposed to have a truffle pasta dish- sold! However it was seasonal and they no longer served it.

So I had the spicy tuna tartare with ginger, tobiko caviar and avocado $14

Then a second appetizer of the day- a game hen I believe. With a cocktail about $53 all together.

I then took the train to the Italian area to visit a bar.

Back about 1:30am right before closing at L'Original again to get a late night bar item- truffled poutine, $13.
The staff was friendly and accomodating.

Saturday 25th

Just down the block from the hotel on the way to the tourist areas was this place which looked neat, so I figured it would be good for Sunday's breakfast.

Bank of Montreal

Area by the Basilique Notre-Dame,

Bought a few ornaments at this Christmas store.

Then walked around the Old Port area.

The F1 race was held earlier in the month, which my friend Dave had attended. It rained alot then too, but he said it was a good race.

Stash Cafe
Lunch at this Polish place I had found on TripAdvisor- it was OK.

Then it REALLY started to rain.

So there was a big line to get tickets, and then I had to kill about 90 minutes until my entrance time.

Visited the Marche Bonsecours.

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology
I've always liked Indiana Jones, so this brought back a lot of the film moments and was a fantastic exhibit.

W Montreal

I took the subway and hurried to my reservation at Liverpool House, which had good reviews on-line.

Asparagus $14

Lobster spaghetti $49

Walking by the convention center.

Some of the artwork at the hotel- in this case Warhols above the elevator.

After returning to the hotel I would learn they had gotten me a reservation at Joe Beef and at a convenient time too, but my phone battery had run out so I never got the message.