Pros

  • Centrally located in downtown Montreal near restaurants, shops, and transportation
  • Walk to Montreal's Place des Arts in four minutes
  • Rustic accents like exposed brick walls, plus air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs
  • Studio Apartments have kitchenettes with ovens and full refrigerators
  • Computer and printer available for guests' use
  • Free coffee, tea, and water are available in the lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Parking available nearby
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Cons

  • Budget Rooms share bathrooms
  • Rooms can be noisy and some aspects are outdated
  • No elevator and steep steps
  • Breakfast not included in the room rate
  • Adult entertainment stores nearby, which might bother some guests
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Bottom Line

The 39-room Abri Du Voyageur Hotel is a value property with rustic character in the Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal's entertainment district. Air-conditioned rooms have hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi, but some share bathrooms and have outdated elements, though Studio Apartments with kitchenettes are available. In a lively area filled with bars, restaurants, and summer festivals, the hotel sits atop an adult entertainment store, which might rattle some travelers, and guests have complained about noise -- the building dates from 1876, and there is little soundproofing. Guests can arrange for on-site massages, and there's a computer and printer in the lobby. For more stylish budget-friendly rooms, try LikeAHotel - Le Prince Arthur, just off Boulevard St. Laurent, a 10-minute walk from the arts district.

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Hotel l’Abri du Voyageur

Scene

A rustically charming, slightly worn budget hotel

Housed in a building constructed in 1876, the Abri Du Voyageur Hotel has tons of character, with polished hardwood floors, lots of exposed red brick, and contemporary art along its walls. A long, steep staircase leads to the lobby, which has high ceilings, a beautiful brick fireplace, hanging industrial track lighting, and a knotty-pine front desk; a cluster of tan couches and ottomans creates an attractive seating area, and free coffee, tea, and water are available. Wood floors flow through the modern breakfast area, with small black tables, black-leather chairs, and colorful paintings. The room gets plenty of natural light through big windows. That being said, there are a few ways this hotel shows its age, including exposed pipes running along the ceilings, vending machines, and window-unit air-conditioners with exposed cords. The hotel appeals most to young, budget travelers seeking culture and action, and most guests are couples and solo travelers here.

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Location

Excellent central location -- many top sights within a five-minute walk

The Abri Du Voyageur Hotel is in downtown Montreal’s entertainment district (Quartier Des Spectacles) on a street that becomes a pedestrian thoroughfare during the summer. The Monument National, Theater du Nouveau Monde, Complexe Desjardins, and Place des Arts within a five-minute walk, along with restaurants, shops, the St. Laurent Metro stop, and Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. McGill University, the Montreal Convention Center, and the Old Port are within a 15-minute walk. Via metro, trips to the bustling Plateau take 18 minutes, and the Jean Talon Market is 30 minutes to reach, while the bus goes straight up Avenue St. Laurent to trendy Mile End in less than 20 minutes. The Eaton Center and Bell Center are about a 10-minute drive away, while Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is about a 20-minute drive (50 minutes by airport bus 747). 

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Rooms

Simple, with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors; Budget Rooms share bathrooms

Rooms come in Budget, Standard, and Superior categories, and Budget Rooms share bathrooms, while higher category rooms have en-suite bathrooms. All have air-conditioning, hardwood floors, knotty pine and wicker furniture, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and vivid contemporary artwork, and most have exposed red-brick walls. However, the cheap motel-style bedspreads lack style and furniture definitely veers towards the cheap and simple. Studio Apartments come with kitchenettes, including full-range stoves, microwaves, full-size refrigerators, toasters, and coffeemakers. Rooms can be noisy, though, as this is an old building; floors creak and street sounds reach the rooms, especially during festivals. Private bathrooms have white tile, and brown laminate countertops, magnifying mirrors, and showers or shower/tub combos with homey shower curtains. Shared bathrooms have gray tile, white countertops, and exposed brick, and the hotel provides toiletries in all bathrooms.

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Features

Free Wi-Fi plus computer station and massages; no on-site parking

Features here are in line with value properties throughout the city, though the massage room, which can be booked by appointment, is an unexpected addition. A computer and printer are available for guests in the lobby, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. A continental breakfast of croissants, breads, muffins, yogurt, and eggs is available for an extra charge. There's no on-site parking, but parking is available nearby, and the hotel's front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Poolside Drink Service

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