Hotel Review: InterContinental Montreal
The InterContinental Montreal is a luxury hotel in the city center of the Canadian metropolis. The hotel is aging quite a bit, but offers a decent value for the money and good facilities.
When visiting Montreal, I was looking for two interesting hotels to review. I settled with the Sofitel on the Golden Mile and the InterContinental near Old Town. At the latter property, I stayed two nights, while I only spent a single night at the Sofitel.
- Classification: Four Stars
- Room Category: Deluxe Corner Room
- Month of Stay: November
Not only is the InterContinental very well located, but the rates for my stay were quite good, too. The hotel was below 200 CAD, which is quite a good deal for Montreal.
As an InterContinental Ambassador I also received discounted breakfast (19 CAD per day), an upgrade to a Deluxe Corner Room, a small gift, a welcome drink and late check-out till 4 pm.
While the welcome gift was small, the overall status recognition was quite good.
Deluxe Corner Room at the InterContinental Montreal
The Deluxe Corner Room I was assigned at the InterContinental Montreal was at least as dark as the hallway, which have a weird feeling of red light.
While the room is spacious and has two windows, there’s not much light coming in at all.
That aside, the room felt quite nice with a large bed, two nightstands, a comfortable armchair with an ottoman, a big working desk with a basic chair and a drawer with the television on it.
The whole furniture looked quite dated, but fitted the relatively classic feel of the hotel. While the huge carpets and strong colors didn’t really suit my taste, everything was well arranged.
To my surprise, the condition of the room was quite good despite its obvious age. An additional positive was the Keurig coffee machine.
The views of the city were great, too.
The bathroom needs to be mentioned in the area of positive remarks, too. Why? Because it first and foremost had a daylight and felt very bright compared to the room.
That aside, the bathroom didn’t feel that special with a single sink, a toilet, a bathtub and a walk-in shower with one shower head.
The shower pressure is good, but I found the bathtub to have quite a odd shape and would have preferred to have a toilet separated from the rest of the bathroom.
Breakfast at the InterContinental Montreal
The breakfast is served buffet-style in the restaurant of the InterContinental Montreal. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I was able to book breakfast for a discounted rate of 19 CAD per night, which I thought was reasonable.
The breakfast spread wasn’t enormously big, but there were several hot options, a nice selection of pastries, cheeses, muesli, fruit and more.
The quality of all items was very good and the coffee and juice (freshly squeezed) served at the table were another positive. The breakfast also includes eggs made to order, which you can order at the buffet. I had an omelette, which I though was reasonably good.
All in all, I’d recommend having breakfast at the InterContinental Montreal. Especially when booking in advance, it’s a really good value for the money.
Gym & Pool at the InterContinental Montreal
The hotel offers some nice recreation facilities on-site, which isn’t the case for all hotels in Montreal. First of all, there’s a nice gym, which lacks a bit of daylight. However, the equipment is in a good condition and modern. There are a couple of treadmills and other cardio machines alongside a few strength machines and free weights.
All in all, a good gym for a hotel workout. The pool has way more daylight and even comes with a terrace, which could be a nice place to relax after swimming in summer. At the same time, the pool doesn’t feel very atmospheric, so it’s not like you’re going to spend time on a lounger here.
While the pool is nice for swimming on your own as it is quite long, but very narrow, it’s getting a little claustrophobic with more than one person in. Nevertheless, it’s always great if a city hotel comes with a nice pool.
Overall impressions of the InterContinental Montreal
The InterContinental Montreal isn’t the most modern or sophisticated hotel in the biggest city in Quebec, but it’s still a good option in Montreal. The rooms are spacious and in a good condition, while a bit too dark for my taste. The views are nice and the bathrooms aren’t bad either. Breakfast in the restaurants was a positive surprise and the pool and the gym are additional facilities making a stay here more enjoyable. All in all, I’d recommend the InterContinetal Montreal, especially for a rate below the 200 CAD mark.