Montreal Apartment-style Hotel Flouts the Odds and Opens Amid Pandemic

Montreal’s newest hotel has opened its doors to visitors, as occupancy rates at local hotels averaged only about 10 per cent in June because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Griffintown Hotel boasts a unique experience. It offers guests not simply rooms but complete one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo-style apartments in the 14-storey building. Ranging in size from 395 to 845 square feet, each of the 114 apartments is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, and clothes washer and dryer so guests feel at home. An entire floor is reserved for pet owners.

“Launching in the midst of a pandemic is quite a challenge but we believe it demonstrates the need for an essential service like ours,” says the hotel’s general manager, Laura-Michèle Grenier Martin. “Our vision is perfectly in tune with today’s reality. We offer a safe and autonomous environment while providing hotel standards and services.”

Guests have access to many amenities. In addition to a 24-hour reception and security service, an indoor garage is available. As well, each unit includes a private balcony with exceptional views.

Because it opened its doors in the midst of a pandemic, Griffintown Hotel has introduced a number of enhanced measures, including room disinfection using dry-vapour equipment commonly found in hospitals and a 24-hour delay between bookings in order to assure visitors’ safety. All apartments also have their own independent ventilation system.

The apartments are designed to comfortably accommodate up to five adults for a long stay. The hotel also offers discounts for rentals of seven days or more.


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