The Grand Immersia Hotel is one of the best escape rooms around Montreal, Canada. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in the Montreal area.
Update 2/15/22: If you enjoy The Grand Immersia Hotel, we hope you’ll check out our interview with Immersia’s owners Maxime & Roxane Filion on The Reality Escape Pod.
Fantastic service. Shuttle bus included with your stay.
Location: Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada
Date Played: February 2, 2020
Team size: 3-8; we recommend 3-6
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: 30.99 CAD per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
The Grand Immersia Hotel was different beast. It was big, narrative-driven, and incredibly compelling. With this escape room, Immersia has clearly established itself as one of Montreal’s must-play companies.
This ambitious escape game used many wonderful tactics to build intrigue and excitement.
As you’ll see below, we noticed a few rough edges and opportunities for refinement. That said, they didn’t get in the way of the intensity of this adventure. That’s really what you’re paying for in The Grand Immersia Hotel.
If you’re anywhere near Montreal, check into the The Grand Immersia Hotel. You’re doing Montreal wrong if you skip it.
Who is this for?
- Adventure seekers
- Story seekers
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Heist fans
- Players with at least some experience
- Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
- Size and scale
- Some gorgeous setpieces
- Brilliant delivery of narrative & adventure
It had been years, but the Grand Immersia Hotel was finally reopening. The opening bash would be the party of the century.
We had been abducted by a man obsessed with revenge. Before he dropped us off at the hotel, he had blackmailed us and given us explicit instructions to follow. He wanted the celebrities and politicians to suffer and we were his instrument.
The Grand Immersia Hotel was expansive, with multiple scene changes among vastly different spaces.
As with any hotel, The Grand Immersia Hotel was impressive in the common areas… and the rooms… less so. These were maybe a touch too unimpressive for the purported grandeur of the newly reopening hotel.
The grand parts of the The Grand Immersia Hotel really leaned into the grandeur.
Immersia’s The Grand Immersia Hotel was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, puzzling, and light actor engagement.
➕ The Grand Immersia Hotel built excitement and momentum. From the opening moments of this thrilling ride, through each scene change, it kept our hearts racing, and our solving energetic.
➕/➖ Immersia built an incredible juxtaposition into The Grand Immersia Hotel. We entered through the scene of a stereotypically bad escape room, but pretty soon, we could glimpse a later scene, even before we could reach it. Each scene was justified in the story and the collections of scenes worked together beautifully. In a couple of instances, however, that juxtaposition was a little too strong.
➕ The acting in The Grand Immersia Hotel was a lot of fun. We could play into it as much or as little as we wanted. Whether we chose to avoid or engage, it added excitement and the threat of consequence.
➕ We loved one elegant late-game puzzle. Although it was process-y, it was tangible and thematic. The moment we keyed into the aha, we were impressed.
➖ At times, Immersia leaned heavily on standard escape room tropes.
➖ One late-game puzzle lacked feedback.
➕ We encountered a clear decision point in The Grand Immersia Hotel. We understood our choices and their consequences.
➖ We read much of the narrative cluing from papers rather than felt it through the gameplay.
➕ The plot twist – albeit short – added to the experience. We enjoyed how the final scene played out to wrap up our story.
Tips For Visiting
- There is a parking lot.
- Note that this game is at Immersia’s Boisbriand Location.
- This game is entirely bilingual (French and English).
- Check out our tips for interacting with actors in escape rooms.
Book your hour with Immersia’s The Grand Immersia Hotel, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Immersia provided media discounted tickets for this game.