I returned from Montreal yesterday afternoon. It was a very good trip.
Holiday Inn Select(by Chinatown)-For the price it was great. Area seemed safe, room seemed clean, staff seemed nice/friendly. The room was a typical hotel room, nothing special, but the amenities(coffee maker, mini-fridge, iron, hair dryer) all worked. I tried to really pay attention.....since there are a few people interested in the hotel. The negative was a few stain marks on the carpet, the vent in the bathroom was pulled out a bit, and I've had better/softer sheets in equal level hotels. The bottom line for me is that if I got a good deal again through hotwire, travelocity, priceline, internet special, etc., I would be fine with it and stay there again. If I could only get the normal weekend rate......I would probably look for more of a boutique hotel, b and b, or inn. Something with a little charm.
Now to the eating and activities-
My niece and I arrived Thursday afternoon. We had an early dinner at L'Express before going to a play. I had the poultry liver mousse with pistachios, pickled duck, and baba au rhum. I loved the poultry liver mousse. The duck was fried duck legs on salad greens. It was o.k., but I don't think I would order the dish again. I don't know why I ever order baba au rhum. I never like it, but for some reason I always think it's going to be different. I would go back again, but just sit at the bar for the liver mousse and a drink.
Friday for lunch we went to La Passe Partout. It was very good and a really pretty restaurant. I had the curried sweet potato soup, sausage baked in bread, and a really bittersweet choc pie with mocha icecream. I enjoyed all of it. The only complaint I had was I would rather more sausage and less bread in my main course. We bought some pate and bread at the bakery to bring back to the hotel. I would like to try the restaurant at dinner. We went to the Cirque du soleil that afternoon and a play in the evening, so we didn't have enough time to eat dinner out. We had the pate and bread after the play. My niece thought the pate was too strong tasting.
Saturday we had dim sum on Clark St. It was good, but nothing different than I've had in the states. Saturday night we had dinner at La Colombe. I had carrot/parsnip soup, venison/onion appitizer, and duck breast with a cherry/wine sauce. For dessert, we had a pear tart and some type of choc mousse/cake. Every dish I had was great. It was my favorite place.
Sunday we took a bus tour to Quebec City. We ate lunch at Aux Aniens Canadiens. What a bargain! 3 course lunch with a glass of wine or beer for $15(can). I had escargot, meat pie, and maple syrup pie. The escargot was o.k. The meat pie was really good and had some sides that worked well with it. I thought the maple syrup pie was like pecan pie except no pecans.
The trip was great! I need to return........so many places to try.