My first night in Montreal was spent at the HI Hostel on Mackay Street downtown. I had arranged a private room (with ensuite bathroom). The hostel itself is clean and very friendly. Check in and out was effortless and quick. The room itself was on the smallish side, but clean and functional. You had to close the drape when you walked out of the shower, as the window opened to the courtyard.
As hostels go this is clean, generally well run and friendly. There are common areas to relax, and it wasn't noisy really, i didn't have to leave the room to ask anyone to tone down or anything like that. This doesn't seem to be a "party hostel." During my stay there were people of all ages and nationalities there and the staff was multilingual. Like other HI hostels this one arranges trips into Montreal and gives real good recommendations on what to do and where to eat.
Would i stay here again? Sure, for a short stay or if i was on one of the bus tours that starts from the hostel.
Unique Quality: There is a bar that serves simple entrees. Service was friendly and very good.
Location is downtown, it didn't seem like there was much to do after dark but I took a nice walk to some bars about 15 minutes away.
Whether you're a HI-member or not, this place has good rates for the dorms, $25-30. I cannot say what the private rooms are like, but I think this is a really cheap way to stay in an active, happening city such as Montreal. There is always some sort of activity going on that the hostel organizes, and the staff is really friendly and willing to let you know about some awesome hangouts in the city. However, the only thing I don't like about staying in the hostel--but this applies to all hostels--is that every single person in your dorm has a different schedule, so it's highly possible you will be woking up at 2, 3, 4, and 5am (like I was this morning) and it's a pain. But overall, it's an awesome place to be.
Directions: Metro Lucien L'Allier, when exiting the hostel, turn right then left onto the next coming street. If you are at Rue Crescent or Rue Bishop, you've gone too far.
Stayed there a few nights for my first stay in Montreal, and i was disappointed. The place is very small. I had a private room and i paid 60$ a night ... not very cheap if you ask me ... It's a pretty old building, it's well located but parking can be tricky (especially when you dont know anything about parking in Montreal). I wont go there again ... but i live in Montreal now ...
Well, I haven't stayed here myself, but heard a lot of good about it. People seem to enjoy the general atmosphere. So, for a cheap place to stay, downtown, this would be a good choice.
It has been awarded the Ulysses Prize in the 'Establishment' category, offering accommodation between 50 and 149 rooms at the Gala of the "Grands Prix du Tourisme Québécois 2005". So you can feel safe in your choice, and sleep on both ears. (Pun intended.)
You can reserve a private room if you wish to.
From their web site:
You have to be an HI (Hostelling International) member in order to stay at the Montreal Youth Hostel. Call the hostel or Hostelling International association nearest you to find out how to become member in your country (see www.hihostels.ca or www.hihostels.com ). Otherwise, you will have to become member on a daily basis at the Montreal Youth Hostel upon registration. The cost is $4.60 per day up to 6 days after which you will be considered a full year member starting on the date of purchase of your first daily membership stamp.
Unique Quality: They organize all sorts of activities throughout Montreal. You can check out what it looks like trough their web site, they have lots of pic.
Check out their great Deal for hockey fans!
Directions: Downtown, see map for all additional information. 1-866-843-3317 (toll free within North America). Near Lucien-L'Allier Metro and Guy-Concordia Metro.
One of the best hostel Ive seen and friendly service! 23$ or 27$ CDN depending if youre a member or not.
Airport Directions: Take shuttle bus ($) to downtown Montréal and get off at ADM terminal. From there, take the free shuttle bus to the hostel.
Bus Directions: Take Metro (subway) to Lucien-L'Allier stop. When coming out, turn right, walk to Overdale, and then turn left (200 m).
Train Directions: Exit station at Mansfield and René-Lévesque. Walk left along René-Lévesque and then turn left on Mackay (about a 15-minute walk).
Unique Quality: Has everything. check out their website for more info! :)
The hostel has a great package that includes: - 2 nights in dormitory - 1 subway pass for 3 days - 1 museums pass for 2 days ( Good for all Montréal's museums) - Linen HI member price: $75,90 (14% off on the regular rate) Regular rate: $88,30
Directions: Downtown (western part near Crescent street).
Metro Station Lucien-L'Allier. Very Close!
I love this place, it is perfect to meet new great people: the travellers passing by, roomates for a night or two, and all the people working there!! :-)
They have a really cool kitchen, showers in each room, and a lot activities organized, at least when the sun is shining or the night not too cold :-)
For the travellers, special hello to Camille and Wally from Australia, John (wherever you are now :-) ) and Lauren from England and Nathalie from Israel...
For the staff members, hello to Drejan (not sure of the name?) and Chris. Chris, hey man your French is sooooo much better than my English :-):-):-)
Really cool place!
Unique Quality: One thing nice, it is easily accessible, with a metro station just 1 street away (metro Lucien L'allier), and also not far from the nightlife animations, two blocks away from Ste Catherine Avenue...
A little bit far from St Denis Boulevard (where all the student bars are) by feet (+/- 25min) but there is the metro...and the taxi if you dare :-)
Auberge de Montreal - I stayed at the HI hostel in Montreal, and it was a nice place. Many rooms, big kitchen, good staff, near downtown. I recommend it. Downtown Montreal is within easy walking distance...as are Sainte Catherine and Mount Royal. There are also some Metro stops nearby which will whisk you off to tourist spots. One problem was that grocery stores were a bit too far away...so if cooking for yourself, buy most of your groceries at once instead of having to walk back and forth all the time.
Unique Quality: kitchen, cafe, dining area, tv room, pub crawls, internet access, etc....
Directions: near downtown
Approximately $18 Canadian for Hostelling International members.
Unique Quality: This hostel used to be a 3-star hotel. Most (all?) of the rooms have in-room bathrooms. My room even had air-conditioning. If you want a single sex dorm be sure to specify this when booking.
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Address: 1030 rue Mackay, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2H1, Canada