Motel Montcalm is located in the heart of Gatineau, Quebec, just a short 7 minute drive over the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge from our Nation’s Capital, Ottawa, Ontario.
Established in 1973, Motel Montcalm’s mission is “to provide an intimate, warm and comfortable atmosphere offering a safe place to rest at an affordable price”. Motel Montcalm offers “exceptional value for the executive traveler, leisure traveler or family on a budget”.
We were invited by Motel Montcalm to come and stay for one night in their recently renovated King Jacuzzi Suite. Having spent a great deal of time in the Gatineau area, we were happy to be able to enjoy a night away from home exploring the Gatineau region famous for its Museum of Civilization, Casino du Lac Leamy, and of course, the gorgeous Gatineau Park.
We visited Motel Montcalm on a rainy night at the end of October, so unfortunately we weren’t able to take advantage of the amenities that Motel Montcalm offers during the summer months – a heated Outdoor Pool and Poolside BBQ Grill. The rain also kept us inside so that we weren’t able to get outdoors and really enjoy the beautiful Gatineau region. No problem though. We have spent countless sunny days exploring the Gatineau hills in the past, and the cold damp night meant we could stay inside in our cozy suite and enjoy it instead!
To be totally honest, we weren’t sure what to expect upon our visit to Motel Montcalm. We knew the area well, and knew that the Motel was located in an older section of Gatineau, along the busy Greber Boulevard. The motel was constructed in 1973, making this Motel Montcalm’s 40th year in business. So Motel Montcalm is an “older lady” showing “signs of age” on her exterior. Trust me, this 40-something Blogger can relate, lol! Knowing that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, we ventured into the motel office once we arrived, eager to get the key and go explore our King Jacuzzi Suite.
The pleasant staff member behind the counter greeted us promptly and provided us with our room key. The front office area was inviting, with complimentary coffee and muffins on display.
We opened the door to our suite to find this lovely surprise…
Upon entering our King Jacuzzi Suite in room 220, we noticed how clean the room appeared to be. All surfaces were dust-free, and the new floors (hardwood/tile) were immaculate. Sheets and towels smelled fresh and clean, and the bathroom was sparkling. Even our glassware was sparkling clean. We had a very good overall first impression of our room. We were relieved because we are fussy when it comes to cleanliness in a motel/hotel room. We’ve watched plenty of those news documentaries showing the “unpleasant” things you can find within some motel/hotel rooms.
Our room seemed rather cool when we arrived and we noticed the heat was turned down. We raised the thermostat and turned on our electric fireplace (nice!). Our room was warm and cozy in no time.
Our king-sized bed was comfy and LOADED with soft cushy pillows (loved this!). We noticed right away that there was a Keurig coffee maker in our room. We both love coffee first thing in the morning, so an in-room coffee maker is a must for us. We were provided with two different flavours of K-Cups each. There were some nice ceramic coffee mugs set beside the Keurig machine – a nice touch considering many motels just provide paper/styrofoam cups.
Needless to say, we very much enjoyed our in-room jacuzzi! Who doesn’t love having a jacuzzi bath right in their suite? On a cold and rainy October night, this jacuzzi was a very welcome treat! Towels were nicely set out for us beside the jacuzzi, and the tub was large and very comfortable for two people to relax in. A little bit of heaven! Great company, massaging jets of warm water, and a complimentary bottle of wine topped off our night at Motel Montcalm off perfectly.
There were a few issues we encountered that we feel, if corrected, could make for a better guest experience at Motel Montcalm. Here are our recommendations for Motel Montcalm:
The king-sized bed is on wheels. The bed should either be attached to the headboard, should be on legs, or wheels should be locked. We could not stop our bed from rolling forward on the hardwood floor, away from the headboard, while sitting up in bed.
Add a small waste paper basket in the bathroom.
Add a small alarm clock beside the bed.
Tidy up the wiring around the TV (if possible). For such a lovely looking room, the hanging wires are an eyesore.
Add a small (two-person) round table and place between the two chairs for those that wish to eat a meal in their room.
Have a staff member turn on the heat in the room shortly before guests arrive to make for a warmer welcome during winter months.
Any of these issues were minor, but hopefully they are things that Motel Montcalm can improve on. The most pressing issue on our list would be the rolling bed. On the bright side, the first time the bed rolled out from the wall, we were able to take a good look at the floor behind the bed. It was very clean – no dust bunnies to be seen!
While we could sleep through just about anything when it comes to noise, not everyone can. For example, my sister and her husband have difficulty sleeping with someone in the room next to them snoring. Motel Montcalm is located on a busy boulevard, and you will hear noise. The noise level of the cars outside did not bother us at all. But, if you are sensitive to noise, bring a pair of ear plugs just in case…or request a room that is away from the road.
As a tourist who has had to take advantage of a hotel’s “forgotten item list” a few times in the past, I was glad to see that Motel Montcalm also offers such a list of items to their guests. Forgot your toothbrush? A razor? Even a condom (!)? No worries, Motel Montcalm has you covered.