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Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel, Montreal, Quebec

People sitting in lobby of airport hotel in Montreal

Modern and Sophisticated.

Bar area at Marriott hotel in Montreal

The Marriott’s bar area is a cool place for a drink, a snack, or an espresso.

Normally, this reviewer isn’t a big fan of airport hotels. Too often, they’re a bit down at the heels and the service is less than spectacular. The Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel, located in the Montreal-Trudeau Airport just 20 minutes from downtown Montreal , has changed my mind completely. This ultra-chic property redefines the airport hotel experience into a luxury accommodation and dining experience that travelers shouldn’t miss.

Travel weary guests don’t even have to leave the confines of the airport buildings to access the Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel. It’s located right inside the terminal just a quick escalator ride up to the fourth floor, yet a world away from the bustle of the airport. Guests are greeted by attentive reception staff in the stylish and modern Great Room lobby that’s decorated with plenty of couch-style seating and occasional tables that invite gathering. The sspressamente illy café, located in the lobby area and offering espresso and coffee drinks, and the free internet in the Great Room, give guests even more reasons to linger in this pleasant public space.

A few steps away is the ultra-modern bar lounge area, decorated with 60’s mod chairs and low lounge tables where they offer a 5-20-minute menu (for those in a rush), an extensive selection of salads, appetizers, and sophisticated sandwiches. Just around the corner is Bijou Resto, an upscale restaurant that’s well worth a visit.

Upstairs the hotel’s excellence continues. The 279 guestrooms and suites, all continue the mod décor theme and feature plenty of airport views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Montreal Airport Hotel Guest Room

Guest rooms with their floor-to-ceiling windows offer great airport views and plenty of light.

The guest rooms are large with small refrigerators, in room coffee and tea, flat screen TVs, in room safes, work desks that are large enough that you can actually work at them, a comfy overstuffed chair and ottoman with good reading light, lovely toiletries, and high-speed wired and wireless internet (for an extra fee). I was disappointed at the extra $15.95 charge for in-room internet, which seems stingy in a hotel of this caliber. If you don’t want to pay the extra tariff, you can opt for the free wireless internet in the lobby or use the computer in the business center. (Unfortunately, there’s only one internet computer in the business center; the other is designated for airline ticket printing only. In a hotel this size, three to four computers would be more guest-friendly.)

On the hotel’s 8th floor, guests may use a modest-sized indoor pool and whirlpool. Unlike many indoor pools, this one doesn’t knock you over with the smell of chlorine and the surrounding couches and chair area with its sunlit views through the glass wall make a pleasant place to hang out even if you’re not into swimming. Across the hall is the 24-hour fitness center that’s well stocked with both aerobic and weight lifting equipment and a spa where you can get massages for your travel-weary body.

Wood desk in hotel guest room

Desks that are large enough to work and desk chairs that are comfortable — great perks for business travelers.

The hotel also has rentable meeting rooms, a large ballroom, two interview rooms, and two conference suites and all the high-tech equipment needed for any conference or meeting.

Real bottom line: The Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel is what airport hotels should be. It’s a great choice for business or leisure travelers who want convenience and luxury only steps away from your airplane. Even if you don’t stay at this luxury property, you should say no to poor airport food and enjoy some of genuinely excellent food in the Bijou Resto/Bar.

Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.