900 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, Montreal, QuebecMap
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Clean, Modern Downtown HotelFlag review
The Fairmont QE is a very large downtown hotel connected to the Underground City, which is a big plus. It also has an indoor pool, including a separate small wading area for young children. These factors coupled with its central location was the draw for us, but in hindsight I really missed the suite-style accommodations with the full kitchens that I've grown accustomed to at other comparably priced hotels. That option doesn't really seem to exist in Montreal except on the outskirts. Our room was very small, and we only had a queen bed (that was all that was available). We could barely fit our daughter's small travel bed on the floor. The bathroom was small and cramped, but the amenities were modern and clean. Everything was very pricey, with traditional (and, in my opinion, outdated) hotel amenities - think a warm bottle of water by the television with an $8.50 price tag. No, thank you. No refrigerator. The bed was comfortable, at least, but the "down" comforter was very under-stuffed and felt/sounded like it was made of plastic. The whole hotel feels modern and clean. The gym / health club is fairly large and better than average, so if you want to work out, it's very convenient. There are plenty of elevators with hardly any wait time. Valet parking is available on Mansfield Street... sort of. You have to park, *go inside and fetch the valet yourself* (in a major city, no joke). The valet dropped the pillows I brought from home in a puddle on the sidewalk; thankfully, the hotel gave me replacement pillowcases to use during my stay. Although this is the only side of the hotel that offers valet service as there's a no standing rule at the front of the hotel, the valets are never there, and it took about ten minutes to find one every single time while you're trying not to get ticketed. Driving alone means hauling the child(ren) in and out of the car during this process. That was very annoying. Overall, this is a decent place to stay but is much better suited to business travelers than families.
Tips for Families
Take advantage of the pools, but try to go off-hours as the facilities can become quite crowded in the late afternoon and early evening. Be sure to check out the Underground City, as the escalators in the hotel take you right down!
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Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
Due to the winter weather, the Botanical Gardens, La Ronde, etc. were not available. However, if you find yourself in Montreal with children in inclement weather, I recommend the Biodome/Insectarium, the Underground City, the Montreal Science Center, Chinatown, and the Musee Pour Enfants (for the 5 and under crowd) over the bridge in Laval.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly restaurants
I highly recommend Restaurant Nil Bleu (Ethiopian) just a short drive away. The entrees are served family-style, and there is something for everyone. We went with the vegan appetizer platter and the meat entree tasting menu for two, with our three year old daughter sharing along with us. She also loved the mango juice. The injera was among the best I've had, and so far this was the best Ethiopian I've had in the Northeast.
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