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Good For Couples
Loft Style accommodations
I actually like the look of this place. The open concept, loft style. The location is okay, however not far from there is a well known drug area. Regardless, Montreal is not known for violent crime. My problems with this hostel were far less threatening: while there I was a victim of 'fridge raiding'. Another time the staff took my towel and undies (not sure why.. for the salvation army perhaps? ) They didn't exactly assist me in retrieving the lost stuff. The owner seemed abit prickly, but then again it was perhaps because he was heavily involved in renovating the large place... Now for the good points: this is one of the few hostels where the laundry facilities are free. The breakfasts are 'very good'. Real butter, nice bread, quality jam, fresh coffee, real orange juice.
So if you don't mind being a victim of 'fridge raids' from time to time, you might actually enjoy staying here. The crowd is quite young, if you are 40 or 50 something you might not enjoy it as much as other hostels.
Guesthouse worth checking into
Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend this place as a hostel, as I've recently learned that they've closed the hostel part of the business, and now they offer only private rooms. Although they have multiple beds in some rooms, if only one or two people stay in a room with three or four beds, they must pay for all the beds.
It is a shame to lose the hostel accomodations, but it always seemed just too good to be true, and it isn't really all that surprising that they couldn't keep up the business on such a small scale. They told me it was just too much work.
Note: During winter months (Oct.-May,) this place is not very busy, and it is important to make a reservation a few days ahead of time to ensure they will be open.
Unique Quality: Kitchen facilities, good TV lounge, great second floor terrace with view of downtown skyline. Great location near downtown, the main Berri/UQUAM metro station is just five minute walk away.
"Halfway between a hostel and a B&B"
Situated in the gay Village area, this friendly hostel-B&B is an ideal place to stay for someone looking for cheap accommodations. It was recommended to me at the Montreal VT forum, and it didn't disappoint. I opted for a 4-person dorm room, and I was lucky enough to have it all to myself during my 4-night stay. They ask if you're male or female, so don't worry - you don't have to share with a member of the opposite sex.
Rooms are no-frills; in the dorm you get your bed, drawer and shared amenities described below. But at CAN $20 per night, I'm well-satisfied with the value for my dollar. I took a peek at a single room, which included a desk. Furnished apartments are also available.
Run by a very nice man named Luc, Alexandrie has a small, homey college dorm feel to it. Bulletin boards and coffee tables provide info about events around the city.
I would imagine that around gay pride week, Alexandrie might fill up faster, so definitely make reservations in advance.
Unique Quality: Amenities include a continental breakfast provided from 8-12 (you wash your own dishes) that you can eat on the rooftop patio (pictured).
You also have access to a kitchen for those who want to buy and cook their own food, a common room with a stereo, TV and VCR, laundry facilities, a phone (be courteous, use your phone card) and free dial-up internet access. Bathrooms located on ground floor and basement are shared, natch.
Alexandrie is about 2 blocks from the Metro and 4 from the clubs on St. Catherine Est, so it is close to the happenings and yet quiet. My *only* complaint is that its location hinders nightlife activities for a single female. While Amherst itself seemed to be a safe street, it is the dividing line between the Village and the low-income projects which made walking alone at night a dubious prospect. But if there are two of you, I say it's perfectly fine.
Directions: Cross street is Robin. Metro: Berri-UQAM; don't use Beaudry; it looks closer on the map, but it's not and you end up walking through a dodgy neighborhood (again Amherst is the dividing line between the Village and the projects).
More about Alexandrie
Can anyone recommend a good hotel to stay within close distance to a Metro (to go to Vieux Montreal). Budget about $100-$150.
Re: Recommended hotels
Since you're not getting much for responses, www.montreal.com has a hotel section that list most of them, and is a good place to start.
I usually stay at hostels, myself, so can't personally recommend a hotel of that price, although if you might be up for a Bed & Breakfast I can recommend you look at the Alexandrie-Montreal, http://www3.sympatico.ca/luc321/ This is within walking distance of downtown and near the Berri Metro station, but in a fairly quiet area.
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