I have stayed at many different types of hotels depending on my travel needs and when I’m booking I often ask myself these questions. Is the hotel clean? Is the staff friendly and helpful? Is it in a good location? What amenities does it have? How much does it cost compared to other hotels in the city? So when booking a recent trip for a photography excursion in Old Montreal, I wanted a hotel that was close enough to Old Montreal that I could walk there easily, I didn’t want to spend over $200 a night, I wanted it to be well run and I wanted it to be a nice place to stay (like a 4 or 5 star). Too much to ask in Montreal? I’m happy to report it is not! The Zero 1 Hotel in Montreal fulfilled all expectations and more!
Zero 1 Hotel Montreal Quebec
Zero 1 Hotel: Location
Located just steps from Chinatown and Old Montreal the Zero 1 Hotel felt to me like it was steps from everything! Located on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Laurent and Boulevard René-Levesque we were a mere two short blocks from the Metro’s Station Saint-Laurent on the Green line and a short walk away from Station Champ-de-mars on the Orange line. The popular shopping street Rue Sainte-Catherine was one block away as was beautiful Old Montreal.
Zero 1 Hotel: The Hip Room
I stayed in the Hip Room which is a popular room in the hotel, a little bigger than the Pop room, but generally the rooms include the same features:
- Clock radio with iPod/iPhone dock (there were ports for two phones)
- Microwave oven
- Mini refrigerator
- Coffeemaker and coffee
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- 32-in. flat-screen TV
- IP telephone
- Free WiFi
- Free local calls
- Philosophy Bath products
Our room had 2 very comfortable Queen size beds and like many boutique hotels everything had its place. The wall unit featured a sink, microwave, mini refrigerator and plenty of closet storage. There was also a small table and chairs to sit at to do some work.
I have to make note that each room in the hotel had it’s own free wi-fi to connect to! I’m a travel writer so being able to jump online and do the things I need to do without being on a slow over used free hotel wi-fi network is a major perk! Other hotels should really look into this!
The Zero 1 Hotel Amenities
The main floor of the hotel is quite spectacular. The modern lobby is funky and unique with lots of seating and unique decor. There are a few little lounge areas hidden off to the side with street views where you can also sit in with a little privacy.
The main floor also has a small gym and the hotel restaurant Pasta Tutti Giorni which featured a complimentary breakfast for guests. The breakfast was simple a choice between a muffin and beverage or toast and a beverage. Personally, it was the perfect little breakfast as we indulged in the amazing food scene in Montreal all weekend!
Also a great feature at the hotel is the open air courtyard. Entrance is off the lobby and this courtyard is inside the hotel but open above so it has sort of an I’m indoors but I’m outdoors in the fresh air feeling! There were all sorts of comfy loungers and tables and chairs in the courtyard a great place to grab a cup of coffee or to sit with your laptop and do some work.
A Word about Parking
Parking at the hotel is actually offsite as this is a downtown location. It is very common for hotels to do this which means you will have to pay a $25 per day Valet/parking fee. It is a bit awkward when you are coming in for the first time, but you can park your car in a special hotel zone on Rue St. Laurent next to the hotel and bring your bags into the front lobby for check-in. The hotel’s valet staff will then take care of your car and if you need your vehicle you need to give them 30 minutes notice. For us this was not an issue as we didn’t use our car during the trip but for someone that needs their car during their stay they may find this an inconvenience. I felt the parking charge was quite reasonable when I compared it to some of the other hotels I stayed at.
The Hotel Zero 1 is perfectly located for any trip to Montreal, the staff is so friendly and helpful. This stylish boutique hotel is a great spot for business travellers, tourists visiting Old Montreal and solo travellers. The hotel’s rates are quite reasonable given it’s quality and location. There is even a Couche-Tard convenience store located at the back of the hotel if you want to grab some drinks or munchies!
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