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HI Montreal Hostel
Adelaide, Australia
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80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Stay here and join in the tours!”
Reviewed 28 October 2011

I loved this place. Great location, excellent kitchen and common areas. It even has a bar downstairs that sells some pretty good meals. The bar however does mean that it's far too noisy to actually watch anything in the "tv room", maybe they could curtain this area off? The daily tours that the hostel runs are great, join in, see the sights with a local and meet some of your awesome fellows travellers. The downside? The website/brochure says free wifi throughout the hostel. You can't get wifi in the rooms so you need to sit in the noisy bar area. Apart from that, a fabulous place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

The hostel is in a great location! It's easy to get to places within the city. It's also very clean. I didn't have any issues with the cleanliness.

However, the prices listed online are for members, and when we arrived we were charged roughly 25 dollars more (for 2 nights) than we anticipated. For the money we spent there we could have gotten a hotel room. It does say that the prices are for members on all websites, but it's not well advertised. We weren't the only ones surprised at check-in. We were at the desk area when three other groups checked in and all were surprised by the price of their rooms.

Also, parking is said to be included with the price of the room. It's clearly advertised on the website, another reason we thought staying at the hostel would be a better price than a hotel. However, there is no parking anywhere near the hostel. They claim that they have never offered parking. We arrived on a Montreal Canadiens hockey game night and parking was very scarce and prices were inflated. We shelled out an additional 29 dollars for parking.

If the hostel would just list the proper prices, and not rely on getting people in the doors with false advertising, it would be a great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2011

The place was great:
-laundry
-showers with soap dispensers
-lockers in rooms (bring your own)
-daily cleaning service
-daily activities (trips/excursions/pub crawls, etc)
-extra storage
-clean facilities
-HUUUGE kitchen area with multiple fridges and cupboard spaces for food
-onsite pub for breakfasts, other meals, and beer
-super friendly desk staff
-one rude bar guy
-extra bathrooms in the hall (aside from the ensuite bathrooms)
-WiFi a little shoddy in the rooms (best in foyer and pub in basement)

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Himontreal, Guest Relations Manager at HI Montreal Hostel, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Hi David! Nice comment, thanks a lot. It's really appreciated. Hope you'll come back one day :) If you like hockey, notice that we also have ticket for all Habs game (just so you know).
Later!
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Malgrat de Mar, Spain
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

HI Montreal Hostel is really well located, just a block away from the subway and about 10 minutes walking distance from the Central Train Station. The staff is very helpful and kind: for instance, they recommended us getting the international hostelling card just at the check-in moment to have a discount... and we had already booked a private room mentioning that we weren't members!

If you don't want to cook for yourself, there is a restaurant. We went there at the breakfast (really good value!).

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Himontreal, Guest Relations Manager at HI Montreal Hostel, responded to this review, 20 September 2011
Hi! I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay at the hostel. By the way, i'll noticed the staff at the café that you like the breakfast!

Hope you'll comme back again!

gabriel
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

Fantastic place, litterally round the corner from the subway station, which was an easy 5 min trip from the main bus station.
The hostel itself was pretty big but friendly. Only problem was there were no elevators, but staff offered to help me carry my massive bag up to the 3rd (top) floor, which is above and beyond their duties so I was very happy.

Stayed in a 10 bed dorm, but it was split into 4 and 6 bed rooms with an en-suite, really liked the set up. Beds were comfortable enough.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Himontreal, Guest Relations Manager at HI Montreal Hostel, responded to this review, 20 September 2011
Hey!!! Nice to read that you enjoyed your stay here :)))

Oh, and for the elevator, unfortunatly we have to deal with a pretty old building (even if it doesn't seems like), so there probably will never have any :(

Hope you'll come back again!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

This hostel was a very fun and social one. They had a bar/ restaurant hangout spot where they had a party at night and breakfast in the morning. Everyone was very friendly- the pub crawl was free and very fun :) It is in a great location and the rooms are very nice- ours even had its own bathroom. Since we showed up the day of and ended up in a 4 person female only dorm it was a little bit expensive, but I think it ended up being worth it. They provided towels and sheets and internet was free. Overall it is a great place to stay in Montreal but book it early as it was full the first two nights we wanted to stay there!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Himontreal, Public Relations Manager at HI Montreal Hostel, responded to this review, 17 September 2011
Hey! I'm very glad you did enjoy your stay at the hostel :))) We try to keep it fun with the activities (pub crawls are often the most enjoyed ones!!!). Thanks for this really nice review, it encourages us to continue working for the best!
Thanks again, have a good day!
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Vancouver, Canada
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103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Very nice victorian style HI Hostel,good central location in downtown,the metro station Lucien L'Allier is just around the corner.
the staff all the time was very friendly,helpful and they speak good english & spanish...they were teaching me some Quebecois words.
downstairs they have one full kitchen very clean with a huge fridge also a small bar with really good local beer.
you need to try the croissants & muffins the have! so tasty with coffee in the morning.
tks for everything
a bien tot
betour

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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Property: HI Montreal Hostel
Address: 1030 Mackay, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2H1, Canada
Region: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Centre-Ville (Downtown) , Ville-Marie
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 94 Speciality Lodging in Montreal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Montreal Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 239
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The HI-Montreal Youth Hostel is dedicated to making you discover the best of the city! We’re not only centrally located in downtown Montreal, close to Irish pubs, supermarkets, microbreweries, restaurants, a pool hall and even an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet, but we also organize several daily activities, such as pubcrawls, urban walks, skating and much more! ... more   less 
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