me and a few of my friends are heading up to montreal for a weekend, and we were wondering what would be the best choice of lodging. whether it be hostel or cheap motel. also, if you had any suggestions.
any feed back would be helpful
I would say that hostels are better in Montreal. The motels (although I don't know them extensively) look really cheap to a local like myself, whereas the hostels look more put together. That being said, they are like other hostels around the world: some can be quite comfortable whereas others can be a tad crusty. I've never been to a hostel in my own city but I can tell you just by the pics and locations of the hostels that the HI hostel on Mackay and La Maison du Patriote hostel on St-Paul street are good bets. They are both located close by to the main action: HI is just a block away from bars, three blocks away from clubs and La Maison du Patriote is in Old Mtl where there's plenty of festival action and just a few minutes taxi ride away from the clubbing/pubbing. And they both look decent. B&B Chez Cynthia's is a bit further than the other two but in an affluent part of town. These three are really the ones I'd recommend by location. The one that is the most central is La Maison du Patriote. So I hope that helped and if you ever need any info on what to do, where to go, don't hesitate to ask! I've got plenty of suggestions!
I say go with hostels all the way! Or even a budget hotel. All the motel rooms I've been privvy to in and around the city are disgusting and just plain icky. And you're almost certain to find something living in the bathroom. A friend of mine used to live next to the HI Auberge de Jeunesse hostel downtown and she said all the people were really cool there and everyone said it was a great/clean place to stay. It's litterally a block from Cresent street, so you can hit the bars whenever you want. Another one is the Globetrotters Hostel on Mont Royal. This is a really trendy area of town and not far from the city centre. Beds in either of these places are less that $20US.
I did a little searching on my own and found the Hôtel & Auberge de Paris on Sherbrooke St. It's a hostel/hotel located on the central strip of the street and close to lots of trendy clubs and chill bars. The hostel rooms are $18US and the hotel rooms start at $50US per person.
Also, if you guys need stuff to do while in Montreal, here's my "What to do in Montreal" post from a while back.
I was super bored when I wrote it, lol.
Anyways, I hope that helps!
I've stayed in the La Residence du Voyager located on Sherbrooke street, a couple blocks east of Saint Denis. Both times I found it clean and comfortable, and quiet at night. It is close to a lot of the pubs and stuff and was pretty cheap... under $100 Can both times if I remember right... One time was in a single room which was very small, but comfortable the other in a twin room with 2 beds which had a bit more room.
Two blocks to the west from here is the Crown Point Hotel which is much nicer to the eyes, but much rougher on the wallet as well.
Quality Hotel Midtown: rates from $88.45
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La Tour Centre Ville: rates from 90,- Canadian $
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Brian, I'm sure you've already been on your trip, but I thought I'd weigh in just in case anyone else was wondering about this. I stayed in the HI hostel the first two nights and at Alternative Backpackers of Old Montreal (Auberge Alternative du Vieux-Montréal) the last two nights I was there a couple of years ago. Both have private and dorm-style rooms, and I thought both were quite nice and reasonably priced. Alternative Backpackers is a little farther from some of the main action, but it is a little more hip and quaint.