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Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal

358 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2M1 Canada
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 20-07-05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-07-05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 212 Speciality lodging in Montreal
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Entertainment staff
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Baggage storage
Vending machine
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Mateo Giron wrote a review Nov. 2020
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My visit to the hostel was great and I’m happy that I was able to be a part of the community of people who live in the hostel. I expected a much dingier place because I’ve heard only mediocre and bad things about hostels but l’Auberge Alternative has everything one might need except for a gym: laundry room, many washrooms, fully equipped kitchen, surrounded by cute (but expensive) cafes and restaurants, a common room with literally anything you could think of that would be entertaining, lockers, decent beds and a great deal of cleanliness. I would recommend staying here if you are coming to Montréal if just for a bit because it is incredibly cheap at $20/night and absolutely worth the price.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Boutin R wrote a review May 2020
Hobart, Australia4 contributions
I have stayed in this auberge more times than I can count. I love the warmth of the staff, the comfortable atmosphere, the art, the architecture and the great location. I have met beautiful people, shared meals, gone for walks through the gorgeous old city and felt the Montréal magic. What I wouldn't give to go back there for a night, a snowfall, the fireworks festival, the comedy festival, another chapter of my life. I encourage anyone thinking of staying here to support this heart and soul act - the world needs more places like this.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Don't be scared of the Grand Bleu, the big dorm - you sleep very well there.
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Megan S wrote a review Sep. 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom21 contributions4 helpful votes
I had a lovely time at this hostel and wish I’d stayed longer! Simon and Greg were very helpful and welcoming hosts and take great care of their guests. The bottom bunks have curtains and are lovely, and the lounge is a really comfy, happy communal area. Oh, and wonderful location! Highly rated.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Auberge_alternative, Propriétaire at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
Responded Oct. 1, 2019
Thanks! You’re welcome back anytime!
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Serge R wrote a review Sep. 2019
Quebec City, Canada58 contributions54 helpful votes
3 long and narrow stairs to office. You need to go to picture 40 on 45 to start seeing the yellow room with 3 x 3 bunk beds. Beds are not easy to get into and stairs of bed are hard on your feet. No space, literally. Small lockers, so useless for suitcases. Beds are shaking at the slightest move. It is hot and the air is bad, even if the windows are open. Almost didn’t sleep. Although the hostel is well located, it is noisy late in the night. Bring ear plugs. The common room is open from 7h to 23. After that, no common room. This is also where the office is, the kitchen, the living room and the dining room. Small and after 23h, no place to talk or meet people. Showers are uncomfortable, small with just one hook. The location is the only positive thing in that place. The price is cheap, but I can get as good price as this at M. I won’t go back. Personal we met are okay, not overtly friendly. You pay breakfast. Booking.com put the best comments at the beginning, so do not trust necessarily what’s written in the beginning of comments. Mine is listed in the 75 to 100! After reading all the comments, I realized that I’m not alone in criticizing this place. Free but not secured WiFi. The answers of the manager of the hostel didn’t please me as he didn’t even answered the serious issues of this hostel. Don’t loose your time and go elsewhere. You will have a lot more for your money’s worth and most of all, you will probably sleep way better.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Response from Auberge_alternative, Propriétaire at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
Responded Sep. 9, 2019
Hey Serge, You are indeed not the only one criticizing the place; we try to adress it all the best, but do not always have time to do it properly. In the other review you've left us, you were complaining about the dorm being noisy; I was pointing out that ironically, I had to deal with a complaint about you guys going around in the middle of the night and making noise. I can get you did not like this response, but sometimes it's necesseray to show the other side of things as reviews only go in one direction. The 3 tiers bunks are only in this dorm, making it the cheapest option we have. Next time, for 2-3$ per night, you could get a much more spacious one. I get this is the second. As for the rooom, it closes 7 nights a week at 00:30, not 11pm. After these hours, we have two boudoirs area to hang out, but certainely not party up. We are not a party hostel like some other hostels in Montreal brand themselves.... and where it's harder to actually sleep.
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Maisy D wrote a review Jul. 2019
Chilliwack, Canada7 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed here with our two kids, ages 4 and 7. I was a bit unsure about a hostel experience with them, but it was good. We had a private room with bunk beds and a queen bed. The bunk beds did provide a bit of a challenge though as there is no ladder to climb them, and both ends are open, so I worried about my child sliding off as they are quite high. In the end my husband slept up there and I shared the big bed with one child while the other slept on the bottom bunk. Not ideal, but manageable. The air conditioning worked well (and it was HOT during our stay). The stairs are definitely something to consider if that's an issue for you. We were on the fourth floor. They are steep. The bathrooms were nice, and clean. The common area is stocked with board games (my kids were excited about that), and breakfast was decent (home made muffins, toast, fruit, cereal). Parking was a bit of an issue at Eaton Centre, which was a 20 minute walk away. It was $21 per day. The concern was getting your vehicle trapped in as nearby hotels use it for their valet parking and park cars three deep. So if/when you needed your vehicle you would have to wait for them to move the other cars so you could get yours out. For us this didn't matter until the morning we left as we did all of our exploring on foot. This hostel is easily within walking distance to the Notre Dame, Science Centre, and a nice little board walk with a few vendors, etc. We happened to be there during the international fire works show and could see well enough from there. Wondering around Old Montreal was nice. Very pretty buildings. Relatively expensive food though.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Auberge_alternative, Propriétaire at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
Responded Jul. 22, 2019
Thanks for this kind review :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
Which popular attractions are close to Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Nearby attractions include Notre-Dame Basilica (0.4 km), Old Montreal (0.3 km), and Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Conveniently located restaurants include Le 409, Brasserie 701, and Espace Cafe & Espresso Bar.
Is Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Montreal.
Are any cleaning services offered at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (1.0 km), Lieu Historique National du Canal-de-Lachine (0.2 km), and Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal (0.9 km).