The Flashpacker's Shangri-La of Old Montreal!
The 'Auberge Alternative' opened it's doors in 1996 as the dream child of travellers wanting to make their lives meet their values. The auberge fuels itself on the positive energy of people wanting to create and evolve. The art of travelling moves us through internal as well as external landscapes and often a creative urge demands to link the two. The Auberge Alternative is an arts hostel providing resources to travellers to do just that and to join us in redefining bohemia for a new era.
An 'auberge' translates as an 'inn' and ours is situated in a 1875 Old Port warehouse, which we restored and rejuvenated. We used what we had, and in a sense, what we didn't have, to create an art house. The basic attributes and rich textures of the old city building: the rock walls, the old hardwood floors, the arched windows and high ceilings; we were able to restore. The minimalist budget forced inspiration and encouraged a passion to achieve our goals against what seemed at the time impossible odds.
We reinvent ourselves regularly and the recent renovations and upgrades include the arts space exhibiting work of travelling and resident artists, new bathrooms (winter 09) and new luxury mattress' and beds. Welcome to the contemporary hostel
there is nothing classy about this hostel. i stayed here twice (over a 5 year span) and was aggressively sexually harrassed on both occasions. not by a guest, but by a member of the staff (the overnight security personnel). everything i tell you is the truth. i did nothing to warrant such humiliating treatment, other than to exhibit politeness to the 'perps'. if you are a female traveller, i urge you to book elsewhere when visiting montreal. personally, i do not enjoy being humiliated by hostel employees.
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