We recently stayed at this hotel for 2 nights - a paid stay. For those who are not familiar Design Hotels don't offer much in terms of benefits for Marriott Elites - much like Ritz-Carlton.
I knew this going in and so booked a Deluxe Suite and hoped for an upgrade to their Black Suite which is their top level suite - which would be a one-category upgrade, but did not get it.
The check-in was pretty smooth but the agent at the front door did not come to assist with our luggage till we almost came to the door - the bone chilling cold could be the reason. Once we were inside - he helped with our luggage and even put put coats in the coat closet.
The room was very nice although the furniture was a bit dinged here and there.
For dinner we went to Europea and tried their tasting menus - it is by far the best meal I ever had. Hard to imagine this restaurant not having Michelin star and Nix NYC another restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner having 1.
The service and the food was just outstanding. We were lucky to get a reservation as I booked it only 2 days to go and the only slot they had was 9 30 PM. This was a very long dinner as we were there till midnight.
We were so full by the time we finished that we skipped breakfast the next day and ate lunch at around 2 PM. For everyone visiting Montreal this is one dining experience they should never miss. They even have a vegetarian tasting menu - the reason we picked this place.
We toured the city a bit - it was extremely cold but we liked the city - it would be fun to come back in the summer.
We had drinks in the evening at the hotel bar which is very nice.
Next morning we had breakfast - and I was not impressed with the offerings. They charge 32 CAD per person and frankly the options were not great - no omelette station or even offered to make one, not much in terms of hot offerings, no oatmeal.
It is a nice hotel - the location is just ok unless you want to be in Old Montreal. Downtown is not that far but walking in winter can be pretty tough.