Review: Hyatt Centric Montreal is an ideal weekend getaway

by Anshul
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Hyatt Centric Montreal – Introduction and Booking

Just over a year old, Hyatt Centric Montreal is a stylish addition to the historic district of Old Montreal. Nestled near some of Montreal’s most iconic landmarks, the hotel provides easy access to the city’s top attractions, culinary delights, and shopping destinations, making it an ideal base for a weekend getaway. A Category-3 in the World of Hyatt portfolio, the hotel offers incredible value for guests who redeem at 12,000 points (standard rate) per night. While cash rates at the hotel vary between $175 and $200 during winter, peak summer and fall prices can be as high as $380 to $425 per night—the peak price in points caps off at 15,000 points.

In December 2023, I had the opportunity to stay at Hyatt Centric Montreal during a PMB Meetup weekend and paid a cash rate of $258 (+ taxes) per night.

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Hyatt Centric Montreal – Exterior

Hyatt Centric Montreal – Arrival and Check-in

A 20-minute drive from Montreal International Airport and 10 minutes from the Via Rail train station, the hotel is part of a mixed-use development of Place Gare Viger (old train station), with an exterior resembling misaligned blocks placed over each other. The hotel was celebrating its first anniversary since its official opening, with the lobby looking pristine with warm wood colours and Christmas decor.

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Lobby and Check-in area

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Common Spaces (one of many)

Check-in was quick and easy; the staff gave me an orientation on the hotel amenities and hours of operation, and I was on my way to room 743 on the highest floor. Floors 2-7 were guest rooms, and the pool and rooftop restaurant on the 14th floor.

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Main elevators to rooms and rooftop Bar/Pool

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Corridor – 7th floor

Hyatt Centric Montreal – King Room High Floor

Room 743 was a corner king-bed room on a higher floor that offered views of Old Montreal and Downtown. The room was spacious and had an industrial chic look with white and grey walls. I quite liked the minimalist and functional approach of the furniture and local artwork in the room. A full working desk and a sleek wardrobe gave the room a distinct character. The view from the room was impressive, thanks to the low-rise landscape of Old Montreal.

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Main Entrance – Room 743

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King Bed Room

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Room amenities

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Clean and spacious room concept

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In-room Coffee and mini fridge

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View from room – La Grande Roue de Montréal

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City View – Downtown Montreal

Hyatt Centric Montreal – Food and Beverage

Hyatt Centric Montreal’s food and beverage service is managed by Cartier Arms, which encompasses various dining spaces, including a 130-seat signature restaurant, a terrace for 30 guests, a private dining room for 20, and extensive banquet and event spaces.

Upon arriving at the hotel, I opted for room service for a late lunch from Cartier Arms restaurant. I ordered the Scotch Egg and a burger. The order took ~45 minutes, and I was told that the scotch egg was taking longer than expected. Unfortunately, both items were pedestrian.

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In-room service – Scotch Egg and Burger

The signature restaurant is inspired by the turn-of-the-century golden age of railroads, reflecting the fusion of Québec and British cultures. Cartier Arms presents a menu that combines contemporary fare with a nod to local traditions. During the meetup, I experienced the elevated food service and hand-crafted drinks and confirmed that the food and service exceeded expectations.

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Pub Cartier Arms

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More Seating – Pub Cartier Arms

Pub Cartier Arms is also where hotel guests congregate for breakfast over a dedicated menu when not playing host to evening gatherings and dinner service. I ordered the shakshuka with a side of bacon for my breakfast service. The food was good without being exceptional.

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Pub Cartier Arms – Breakfast Menu

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Pub Cartier Arms – Shakshuka breakfast

Hyatt Centric Montreal – Other Hotel Amenities

The amenities at the hotel include an extensive array of meeting and celebration spaces, a 24-hour fitness facility, a four-season rooftop pool, and courtyard gardens for hotel guests to stroll in.

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Secondary Street level Entrance

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Hyatt Centric Montreal – Gym

The hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Horizon, provides a scenic overlook of Montreal’s Old Port for those seeking a view. It offers a menu of light bites, shareable meals, an extensive wine list, and a selection of hand-crafted cocktails. This rooftop venue is ideal for enjoying the city’s skyline, especially with its 360-degree views encompassing Old Montreal, the St. Lawrence Seaway, Mount Royal, and downtown Montreal.

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Rooftop Restaurant – Horizon

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Rooftop restaurant and Pool

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Rooftop heated Pool

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Daytime Pool View – Downtown Montreal

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Night views from the pool – Downtown Montreal

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Rooftop View – La Grande Roue de Montréal

Hyatt Centric Montreal – Takeaway

Hyatt Centric Montreal is a modern full-service hotel suitable for a varied guest profile. The service and amenities offer belie its Cat-3 status in the Hyatt portfolio. Given its prominent location in the historic Old Montreal, this property will surely be a favourite amongst weekend vacationers and those visiting Montreal for marque events throughout the summer and fall months. I will return to the hotel, even just for the rooftop drinks and a pool with stunning views.

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mojo February 26, 2024 - 6:16 pm

Bathroom photos, water pressure report would be helpful 🙂

Anshul February 26, 2024 - 6:23 pm

Def fail on bathroom pics – thought I had them, but not. Fwiw: Standing rain shower, snazzy mirror and good water pressure and temp 🙂


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