While not the most ritzy or cutting-edge Montreal lodging, families say an enthusiastic "oui" to the Le Square Phillips.
Its 164-foot high-ceilinged, non-smoking rooms and suites in a former textile warehouse boast what's rarely seen in Montreal lodgings: full kitchens with pots, glasses, dinnerware and cutlery.
Breakfast, Wi-Fi, cribs, playpens and highchairs are included in daily rates that are reasonable given the space and opportunity to prepare in-room meals. Families also enjoy the indoor heated pool (under glass on the roof), and outdoor sundeck with city views, plus laundry facilities open 24 hours a day. Pets are allowed at no charge.
The location is ideal, too, with easy walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants, museums and Old Montreal attractions.
Lack of a bar and presence of a loyal, long-stay business clientele translate into a dearth of the late-night revelers seen at other properties in this destination heralded for its lively nightlife. Le Square Phillips is known for its tranquility.
Little visitors will enjoy the wagon rolled out at check-in laden with toys and other kiddie treats, signaling the start of a family-friendly stay.