Our first interaction with Angelica Blue was their website, which is kind of a graphic mess and connotes none of the immense charm of the place (sue me, I am a web and graphic designer by trade). Once we got past that, every interaction with Lyne Soucy, the owner, was great: before we got there she was helpful in any and every way.
When we arrived, we were a little perplexed that no one answered the door. Lyne was next door, where she lives, so if no one answers, try the doorbell on the house immediately to the left! Then again, it was really my fault: she had sent me the code to the door via email, and I'd forgotten to bring it!
Once inside, we found the entire place to be charming and restful. We had the premiere room there, the 'Royal Suite' which has an en-suite bathroom, and it was lovely, with serene morning light, great furniture, decorations etc. and a FANTASTIC mattress - easily the best mattress I've ever slept on in a B&B or hotel. The only caveat is that the lights could be higher. I am over 6 feet tall, and Lyne is quite short, so when she had the lights installed she probably didn't realize that when a guy like me jumps out of bed in the morning, he's liable to ding his head on the light.
The morning breakfasts, replete with freshly-made right-out-of-the-oven muffins, fruit and yogurt, coffee and all the rest were great, and a lovely way to start a cold February day.
The neighborhood has pluses and minuses. The biggest plus is that it's in the heart of Montreal, centrally located near the metro. it's easy to walk or metro to any part of the city quickly from here. Nearby you'll find all kinds of food etc. However, you will also find a few seedy strip clubs etc. centered in this neighborhood. Didn't bother us, but good to know for folks who might be sensitive to this. We found great vietnamese food nearby, and great shopping too.
We were also there during Montreal's 'festival of lights' which is a fun and madcap attempt by the city to get people out and about during the cold winter. And it worked: costumes, music, sausages and marshmallows you can buy to put on a stick and roast over an open fire. it had a sort of rave/Burning Man quality to it that was great fun, during the day, but especially at night with large projections on a huge dome and DJs whipping up aural and visual delights. The epicenter of the festival was probably 4 short blocks away from Angelica. But Angelica is on a quiet side street, immune from the noise of late night revelers etc. That's the beauty of it: you are near everything, but insulated on a nice little side street.
We also left behind some clothing after we left, and Lyne kindly sent it to us here in the US, gratis. How could you ask for better service than that?
I would say that all in all, Angelica is the best B&B I've ever stayed at. The only reason that I rated 'value' as very good instead of excellent is because it is at the high-end of prices that we found in our research - but you get what you pay for!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Angelica Blue Bed & Breakfast is a 4 stars B&B located downtown. A friendly atmosphere is waiting for you with an energetic and well informed owner. She always knows what is happening in the city. There is also nice hostesses ready to give you the best service possible. Come visit us!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angelica Blue Bed And Breakfast
- Angelica Blue Hotel Montreal