by Rhonda Massad
I am lucky my visit to the new Glen site MUHC super hospital was for a happy reason so I had the chance to explore with no anxiety.
It is quite a beautiful building from the inside full of high reaching windows which give plenty of light over an atrium that serves as the entrance to the building. From the outside, the building is lacking in architectural flare from my point of view but I am certain some people find it beautiful with each hospital in a different colour tiled exterior.
Parking has been covered by many different media sources so I won’t spend much time here. Inside parking is readily available and the cost is $25 a day. Within a 24 hour period you can buy a pass UPON LEAVING for $30. So when you are leaving for the first time you choose “full day” and for the extra $5 you can come and go for 24 hours. Express parking right in front of the building is $30 a day no in and out.
Lets get to the food.
Boulangerie: This is a great option. Open from 7 am to 7 pm. A very good quality choice for a hospital. I am happy to say they have fresh breads and cheeses. The sandwiches are excellent. They have everything from salads to cookies and boutique style juices. No kids juices here, fancy stuff. They also have a coffee bar that has many choices and biscotti to match. Not crazy expensive like the airport or the cinema but you are paying a little more for the better quality and it is worth it. Muffins run about $2.50. I had a bagel with salmon, cream cheese, capers and tomatoes with a bottle of water that cost me about $10. The only issue I have here is that they do not replenish after the lunch hour. By dinner time the choices were limited and I ended up not finding what I wanted.
The Hospital Cafeteria: This is also a good choice. Very busy at meal times. Hot meals can be had from 7 to 9 p.m. with the exception between 3:15 and 4:30. Weekends the hot meal section closes at 6:45 p.m. Worth checking the times, they were written in marker by hand so I am guessing it varies. They serve sandwiches as well as hot meals and soups and muffins and croissants. Every juice on the planet seems to be available as well. Better choice for kids, at least the kids in my world. I had a hamburger patty with gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies for $5. That is not a typo. I do not want to wonder how come it was so cheap. I was hungry, it was good, thats that.
I know I missed two kiosks because a helpful nurse told me so, a juice bar in the Royal Victory Emergency department and one kiosk for coffee just outside the main cafeteria in the Royal Victory Main hospital.
Gift shops at the new super hospital are also pretty super.
Multimags has set up shop in the atrium and they have a wide array of stationary products, books and magazines. I got a little lost in there. I love that kind of thing.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Gift shop also run by MultiMag, is another place that my family needed to call on the search and rescue team to find me. What a wonderful place to let your imagination run free. Toys for all and good ones. I even bumped into snow white. Not bad day at all.