By Robert K. Stephen
(MONTREAL, QC) – The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is located at 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, in downtown Montreal. It faces much of McGill University’s campus and Mont Royal itself. It is minutes from bustling St Catherine Street and a few minutes’ walk to both the McCord Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Being on Sherbrooke Street, the hotel’s got all the high end clothing shops, within an easy walk. Just down the street, on St Catherine, you’ve got more of the mainstream shopping, including the always fun Simons.
Good dining spots are also just a stroll away. The Peel Metro station is but a couple of minutes.
Although downtown, the Omni is nestled in a refined and relatively quiet section of Sherbrooke Street.
I’d say this is a generalist hotel with all ages and from all geographic regions. This is no hipster hotel, with youngsters manning the front desk. I like the age distribution of the staff. In terms of exterior architecture its looks like a prefab concrete bunker. Interior lobby renovations create a harmonious atmosphere of lobby, reception, and the Alice lobby bar.
The customer service level is high if not impeccable; whether it be at the Opus Café or the front desk.
While there have been recent renovations to the Omni Mont Royal, the rooms seem to be as they always have been, except spruced up. The hotel was formerly a 4 Seasons, so room size and design is five stars.
The bathrooms seemed to have undergone the least amount of renovation as they have a very heavy 1970 colour scheme and, my goodness, the tub has curtains.
While the rooms are certainly not in the luxury category, they are spotless and comfortable. Rooms ending in 06 to 08 seem to have the best view of Mont Royal. See if you can upgrade and get the view.
At the time of writing, rooms start at $189 on the hotel website, but I see $159 on a discount booking site.
Swimming pool (summer only), gym, and business centre. A hotspot for corporate meetings in Montreal. Planning a corporate event? Then the Omni Mont Royal may be for you. Concierge desk sits off check-in area.
Alice Lobby Bar
Alice Bar appears to be a hot après travail-type of bar and the vibe from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm is more of the business crowd. The cocktails and wine list are adequate and there is a light food menu. There is an honest attempt at promoting Quebec micro breweries and there are even a couple of Quebec wines.
Alice Bar seamlessly integrates in the lobby area.
Serves buffet ($20) and an a la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner with sophisticated choices. But, while Opus may be buzzing in the morning, befitting the fate of so many hotel restaurants, it’s just about deserted in the evening.
The tiled floor and the brown and beige colours continue the motif of the hotel.
Breakfast buffet is adequate, although you latecomers are taking a risk as a couple of times the watermelon and fresh pineapple were a bit soggy.
A1 friendly and efficient service in this small bistro themed café.
No need to suffer. A good selection of food and a decent wine and beer list.
Should you stay there?
Many steps above a budget hotel, but not a luxury hotel. It has comfortable and clean rooms maintained to a high standard. You’ll not want for food and drink. Tip-top service and perfectly located.
Yes you should stay at the Omni Mont Royal.