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Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau

Old Port of Montreal | Corner McGill and de la Commune West, Montreal, Quebec QC H2Y 3H8, Canada
+1 514-284-0333
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the cold tubs where warm

Granted I have been spoiled by having experienced natural hot springs and spas in various parts of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
911hulahula
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Troncones, Mexico
Awesome, relaxing and unique experience!

We recently went to Montreal with another couple and since it was winter and freezing we were... read more

Reviewed March 5, 2018
Vanessa M
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Ithaca, New York
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Step onboard into a universe awash with astounding contrasts. In an invented space, between two water worlds... float away.Anchored at the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau offers passengers the healing benefits of a spa coupled with the natural lulling movements of the St Lawrence River. Surrounded by enchanting decor, with Old Montreal as a magical backdrop, this mysterious and innovative floating spa offers privileged proximity to the river while enjoying the relaxing and energizing merits of the water circuit.Bota Bota is comprised of five decks on which you will find the various spa installations: two saunas with incredible views of the river and the Old Port, a eucalyptus steam bath, outdoor whirlpool baths, cold showers and baths, relaxation areas, restaurant, terraces and garden.Over and above its breathtaking Montreal location, this unique spa offers prolonged well-being to its passengers through massage therapy, body treatments, facial treatments, manicures and pedicures, as well as yoga and meditation.You can also delight your taste buds at the restaurant operated by Auberge sur la Route, with Michelin-starred chef Eric Gonzalez at its helm. Affiliated with the reputed Auberge St-Gabriel, Auberge sur la Route allows passengers to complement their experience with a fresh and simple menu, both original and comforting, for a serene healing of body and mind.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“water circuit” (133 reviews)
“cold bath” (12 reviews)
“spa experience” (24 reviews)
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Old Port of Montreal | Corner McGill and de la Commune West, Montreal, Quebec QC H2Y 3H8, Canada
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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"spa experience"
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"hanging chairs"
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"hot pools"
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"unique experience"
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"great massage"
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"swedish massage"
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"couples massage"
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"mani pedi"
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"bean bag chairs"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Granted I have been spoiled by having experienced natural hot springs and spas in various parts of the world. I was excited to go to the bota bota as it is hosted in such an elegant location, on board ship, in such a world class...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

We recently went to Montreal with another couple and since it was winter and freezing we were looking for activities to keep us busy. We didn't do a massage, but we paid for the 3 hours of use and/or the water circuit and really enjoyed...More

Thank Vanessa M
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Vanessa, Thank you for taking the time to share your Bota Bota experience! Thank you, too, for your suggestions! I would also recommend coming early in the morning to avoid the crowd. And we do ask our guests to bring their own flip flops....More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Bota bota is a spa on a boat, but don't worry it's at the dock all year all day and it's fantastic place to spend an afternoon. We went on the calypso package for Valentine's day and we weren't disappointed, definitely will be returning.

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Kate, Thank you very much for your kind words! I am glad you enjoyed your Valentine's Day aboard with your loved one and hope you will visit again!

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

- overall decent services and location but wouldn't recommend for a luxury spa experience - Pros: location - in old montreal, very cool setting on an old ship, amazing skyline views (I went at night) fairly priced unique experience professional masseur cons: less than facilities...More

Thank Chiara P
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Chiara, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We value our clients feedback as it helps us improve our services. Thank you for your comment regarding the water circuit. I will personnaly look into improving the communications regarding that matter. The...More

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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

We totally disapointed over all. First, it was hard to find the parking for the first time visitors. The parking lot is kind of hidden and naturally it was empty that we saw after parking our car 300meters a way.. The massage room tempruture was...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

Dear "istcan", Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Our clients' feedback helps us improve our services. Regarding the parking situation, being on a boat, we unfortunately don't have the required space to have our own parking. Maybe one day will we...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2018

I absolutely loved this spa, The customer service was incredible so helpful and friendly would go back for sure. It was an expensive experience because myself and my daughter did not plan properly, we should have booked a package instead of doing it one by...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

Dear "shariyfah N", Thank you very much for your revew! We are delighted to read that you had a good time aboard with your daughter. I will make sure to share your kind words with the customer service team. Feedback like your is always really...More

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Spent the day at Bota Bota and had such a great experience. It's a really beautiful spa, in a nice location. You get a great view of the Montreal skyline. They have both indoor and outdoor facilities which is great when it's cold outside! I...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

Dear "Samattack", Thank you for your review! I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your time at Bota Bota. Regarding the restaurant situation, we apologize about this. Unfortunately, due to government requirements (use of a SRM for all food and beverage orders), it's impossible to...More

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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had amazing massages In the morning followed by the waters. Views are great. We both enjoyed the experience but felt the pools were not as clean as we expected them to be. More attention to cleanliness is required to make this...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Dear "Stranger8788", Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We are delighted to read that you both enjoyed your massages and the water circuit. I am sorry if you felt like the pools were not as clean as expected. We have automated...More

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

This was one of my favorite spa experiences, ever. The setting, in a converted barge on the frozen river was spectacular. Stunning views of Habitat 67, the iconic, Brutalist apartment complex. We arrived around dusk. check in was a bit tedious, and there can be...More

Thank Miss718
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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Dear "Miss718", Thank you for your very kind words! We're really happy to read how much you enjoyed your time spent aboard. I am sorry you did not enjoy your massages, though. Could you please send me an email at natalie@botabota.ca so I can make...More

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

I've been to other spas in Montreal and this is by far the best one. It has the most diverse set of options in terms of the water circuit, with several pools - some heated, some not - as well as other facilities. The most...More

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Natalie E, Responsable relations clients at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2018

Dear "JBee97", Thank you very much for your review! We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your time spent aboard. I am sorry about your robe being misplaced. We gladly would have changed it for a dry one, if you mentioned it to...More

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TravelingSolo88
February 20, 2018|
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Response from MasterGeorge8 | Reviewed this property |
Well, you can show up and go no reservation needed, but this is a popular amenity I suggest you reserve in advance, you won't be disappointed. But if you want to go and see the place first that will be fine. Enjoy and relax.
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February 19, 2018|
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Response from Rita S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, 3 days before are enough for reservations , if you go you cannot exchange the day ! Because anyways you pay once you are there and most of the ameneties and food before leaving not at the entrance , you wear a... More
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Stephanie O
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Response from Francine F | Reviewed this property |
From my personal experience m, I’ve been really relaxed afterwards and a dinner and a stroll follow perfectly so I recommend an afternoon trip. I’ve stayed around 3-4 hours max. Hope this helps and you have a great trip!
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