I was doing some research for the post about traveling to Canada to enjoy the arrival of autumn colors, when out of curiosity, I decided to take a look at hotels in Montreal. This is a familiar story to what I found when we went to Niagara Falls. Instead of using 40,000 Marriott/UR points, I paid out of pocket for an executive suite.
In Montreal there are 11 Marriotts, but interestingly enough, there are no category 8 properties. Five of these hotels are category 7 , and 2 are category 6. The 3 most interesting hotels would be the Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel, Delta Hotels Montreal, and the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain. Since these are all category 7, the cost using points would be 35,000 per night. However, if you were to not use points, the cost would be between US$128 and US$158!
If the sole Hyatt in the Montreal area meets your needs, the cost in Hyatt/UR would be 8,000 points per night ($152 per night) and 12,000 or US$195 for a room with club access. You could also pay US$ 168 and 3,000 points for club access. The IHG option would be the Hotel Intercontinental Montreal at 45,000 IHG/UR points! Or US$ 170 per night if you decided to pay. The best Hilton options cost between 44,000 and 41,000 Hilton points or between 29,333 and 27,333 MR points. If you were to pay for this night, the cost would in the range of US$139 and $140 per night.
Unless you want burn points on your trip to Montreal, paying makes more sense in most instances. As usual, Hyatt while offering the best value is also the hotel chain with the least options in the area. IHG represents the least value per point especially if you were transferring UR points to IHG to book your hotel night. One last thing to keep in mind is that, points might make sense during Montreal’s peak season when paying costs over US $300 per night. During shoulder and low season paying with points simple does not make sense.