Hotel de L'Institut Hotel 4 star
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3535 St. Denis Montreal, Canada -
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This atypical hotel is actually a school! Opened in 1974, it has about forty guest rooms and two restaurants managed by students. All the catering and hotel industry professions are represented, and even though at times it is easy to spot the first-year students, we appreciated the 'professionalism' of the final-year students. Slightly far from the centre, this hotel is not expensive compared to the quality of the services it offers. Worth trying for its special ambiance and its excellent restaurant.

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      Hotel de L'Institut   -   © Igor Lubinetsky

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      Hotel de L'Institut   -   © Igor Lubinetsky

       
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    Location 7.95 /10

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The rooms are comfortable but on the whole the decor is quite basic. We liked the balconies in all the rooms, and even though there are 5 superior rooms, compared to the 35 standard ones, the only difference is the better quality of bedding and flooring, with parquet instead of carpet. In front of the window is a small lounge area furnished with a sofa and a coffee table, ideal for those who want to make the most of their room with a drink from the minibar.
    The bathrooms are narrow and most certainly have the smallest wash basin on the market! You can get splashed all over just washing your hands! A bathtub to warm up in after a freezing day is a nice touch in this country. As the hotel claims to be eco-friendly, you will find a small hint of organic in the bathrooms, namely products made from goat's milk. They are quite nice and leave the skin soft.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    Located in a modern wooden building, the Institute is made up of classrooms and workshops on floors 2 to 5, and guest rooms on floors 7 and 8. On the understated but modern ground floor, there is a large lifeless hall that opens out onto the restaurant. That's all you'll find at the Institute, a large, rather cold hall and a lift that serves only the 7th and 8th floors.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The main restaurant is on the ground floor and opens out onto the street through a large bay window. Its Nordic dark wood decor is a little retro, but people come here for the cuisine rather than the decor. Part of the service and the cuisine is provided by the school's students. The cooks work a lot with seasonal and local products. For appetisers, you can get lingot goat's cheese and its tapenade accompanied by a carpaccio of sun-dried heirloom tomatoes for $12 (£7.50), but also mackerel glazed with Espelette chilli peppers accompanied by smoked potatoes and horseradish tofu for $10 (£6). For the main course, the pan-fried pavé of halibut with apricot sauce and courgette flower for $22 (£14) won us over with its finesse and originality.
    A restaurant managed solely by students is on the first floor, with a less chic decor. It is the students who serve and cook lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner. A 3-course menu is offered, by which we mean a starter, a main course, and a dessert. There is no choice, but the price is unbeatable. It will cost you $14 (£9) at lunch, and dinner, served from 5:00pm onwards (we are in America!), costs $19 to $26 (£12-£16).

    To know

    Guests and Montrealers alike can buy dishes, pastries and chocolates everyday at knock-down prices from 3:00pm onwards. These dishes and confectioneries are concocted during cooking classes and are a great way to eat fresh products without breaking the bank. Just go to the students' cafeteria!

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Meeting room

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