While the snow continued to fall at a steady clip, my taxi pulled up outside Hotel Bonaventure Montréal. A quick departure from my cab and a few steps later, I was taken in by the distinctive style of the entrance corridor. A quick elevator ride to the lobby is necessary because Hotel Bonaventure Montréal sits on the final two floors of a 17-story business and professional complex. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Montréal, and even connects to the city’s underground concourse.
I arrived for my check-in early thanks to my flight’s early arrival. Hotel staff took my name, verified my reservation and informed me my room would not be ready for a little more than an hour. I was offered the convenience of checking my luggage and heading to the executive lounge, where I was treated to coffee while getting some work done. The genuine care and attentiveness hotel staff pays to guests was excellent to see, exemplified when the lounge attendant brought me a bottle of water without my request. The time before my room was available flew and, before I knew it, I was making my way to my accommodations.
Hotel Bonaventure is a penthouse hotel located on top of several stories of businesses and offices. As a result, all 397 guestrooms are located on the top two floors. Every room has a view, either of Montréal, or the hotel’s garden. The result is a simple floor plan with two floors of guestrooms running the entire perimeter of the hotel. The plan is simple and makes getting lost an impossibility.
The rooms themselves feel slightly dated. The accommodations are comfortable and suitable, but, when compared with the rest of the hotel, which recently went through a massive renovation, the rooms do feel a bit left behind. According to hotel management, the guestrooms are next up on a continuing list of planned renovations. Aside from the aesthetic, the rooms are cozy and welcoming. I slept well both nights and was pleased with the consistent water pressure and temperature. In addition, hotel staff placed several complimentary water bottles in my room throughout my stay, making sure I always had something to drink.
The rooms’ workspaces were also up to my expectations, and created an excellent place for me to get writing done in my downtime. Although I only spent a little less than 48 hours at the hotel, the room quickly felt like home.
One thing that stood out to me during my time at Bonaventure was the wide array of amenities, services and conveniences present. The hotel features a heated rooftop pool accessible indoors and outdoors..
Another great feature I noticed early on was the hotel’s connection to the “Interior City.” Also called the Montréal Underground City, this is 33 kilometers of connected infrastructure that lets guests travel to dining and shopping without ever actually stepping outside. It connects most of downtown Montréal, including the Bell Center, home of the Montréal Canadiens.
Otherwise, Hotel Bonaventure features a number of standard amenities, like complimentary WiFi, access to a fitness center and access to the executive lounge for certain guests. The hotel’s conference and meeting facilities were renovated in the summer of 2018; the result is more than 50,000 square feet of accommodating meeting space suitable for everything from small team meetings to grand expositions.
HOTEL BONAVENTURE MONTREAL
900 DE LA GAUCHETIERE W.,
H5A 1E4, CANADA
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