H9P 0A2 Travel Guide

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The First-Ever Aloft Hotel Gets Sized Up By The New York Times

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  Site Where: 500 McMillan Blvd, Montreal, QC, Canada, H9P 0A2
August 18, 2008 at 11:55 AM | by | ()

This is actually the bed at Aloft Rancho Cucamonga. But they are pretty much all alike.

It's "cleverly designed." The lobby is "a hoot." Rooms are "subdued." We'll give you one guess where The New York Times stayed recently...Aloft!

Specifically, Aloft Montreal Airport. The review is more about the brand than the property itself, and it's spot on about the elements of Aloft that do and do not work. For instance, the hotel earns points for having guest rooms with a "refreshing lack of clutter," but loses out with "corporate chirpiness" like when desk clerks say "Aloha" instead of hello.

(We don't quite get all that aloha business either. We're not in Hawaii, a place of sun and fun. We're in Montreal, or Lexington, or Chicago, or Philadelphia, likely on business. So thanks, Aloft, for reminding us that we're not in Hawaii on vacation.)

In all, the Times sums up Aloft so well, we're a little miffed we didn't think of this analogy ourselves: "If the design-savvy retailer Target opened a hotel, this is what it would look like."

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Blame Canada :: Aloft Montreal Airport Opens First

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  Site Where: 500 McMillian Boulevard, Montreal, Canada, H9P 0A2
June 5, 2008 at 11:09 AM | by | ()

While the Aloft in Lexington, Massachusetts has been hyped since the beginning of time as the very first Aloft hotel to open come August 1st, sneaky Canada has gone and opened the Aloft Montreal, making it the first Aloft to open anywhere in the real world and not just Second Life.

From the official press release:

Developed and owned by the joint venture between Silver Hotel Group and Northampton Group Inc., the 136-room aloft Montreal Airport will offer a variety of intuitive technologies, atmospheric public spaces, and a whole array of appealing guest amenities. Created for today's traveler, aloft hotels are modern, fresh and fun, with loft-inspired design and free-flowing energy.

Our anger at Aloft aside (WTF? Why did you hype Aloft Lexington for YEARS then open first in Canada?!?), we found rooms tonight at Aloft Montreal and what we first found wasn't cheap. $229 CAD ($224 US) for an internet rate which is to be fully pre-paid and no cancellations excepted. Another WTF!?

Then we checked again five minutes later and the prices had been sorted out to $189 a night for the internet rate and $199 for the Best Available Rate. The Corporate rate was listed as $229. Whatever. Our suggestion? Don't trust this website on its first day open. Call the hotel to book.