We (husband & I) went to Montreal in Aug. 2009 (not 2010. The list wouldn't go that far back) for a one-night trip. We didn't have a place booked, so went looking for one when we found La Maison Brunet. It's a Victorian house built in the late 1800s and is quite charming (at least I think so). Like the title says, it isn't fancy but the service, truly was, outstanding. We reached there around 9:00/9:30 AM but no room was ready yet. We were informed that a gentleman has just checked out and that room will be ready in an hour or so. The lady was very friendly and seemed really sorry about the fact that she can't offer us a place on the spot (though she reserved it for us). She called another lady who is responsible for cleaning the rooms I suppose, and from what little French I understand, she explained to her that we came all the way from Toronto on an overnight trip, and are really tired. She asked her to quickly set up the room so we could get some rest and send her on her way. We chatted a bit, she gave us a brief rundown of the area and the surrounding places we could go check out. The location is superb. Only a short walk away from the Montreal Science Centre and the harbour. She gave us an idea about leaving our bags and going for a walk while the room is being set. She even gave us directions to find cafes if we wished to eat out (mind you, breakfast hour was over and we eat out anyways). We were also given easy directions to roads and stuff.
So we left our bag and went on our way and took our time exploring Old Montreal. I must say I fell in love! Montreal is a beautiful city. When we got back, she greeted us at the reception was very happy to inform that our room was ready. She also gave us some brochures and coupons for local attractions. The room was very clean, had a double bed with a futon, TV, lamps, a/c (it wasn't working, as we later found out around midnight. She apologized and gave us a fan which was fine with us. An a/c would've been awesome on the Aug. night though). It was a nice sized room. Bathroom had everything, including a hairdryer. There was a kitchenette with a mini freeze and microwave etc. The fridge came in handy for storing sandwiches and drinks we brought back. The shower had a good flow. Our 2nd floor window had the view of the quiet street La Maison Brunet is on and the Montreal Archives building. After napping a bit, we went out again and weren't back until midnight or so. There was no set time, we went in and out of the B&B as we pleased. It just seemed safe enough to walk around. Had a great time at Old Montreal/downtown area. They had the streets blocked off for pedestrians. Reminded me of Toronto's Kensington Market on the weekends
It's been 2 yrs and one of the things I most remember about Montreal is our stay at La Maison Brunet. It isn't a 3 or a 4 star hotel. It's a B&B, and a very affordable one at that. We paid less than $90 for our 1-night trip. To be honest, a part of me wants to stay at a fancier place on our next visit to Montreal but then again, I wouldn't mind if we decide to go for La Maison Brunet again. In fact, I landed on this page looking for an affordable hotel/B&B for our next month's trip to Montreal and thought I'd just give my honest review of the place.
Oh and I must add one more thing. Check out CAFE DA FINO'S. It's a shame this place is not listed in the Restaurants section of Montreal. It's on rue Ste-Catherine. Can't say enough about the food and service. What other place will make coffee (free) for you to take on the road back home?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maison Brunet hotel offers you a trip in hearth of Old Port Of Montreal in a victorian house of 1860's. Nowadays, this house has been modernized for your own comfort. Ideally situed near of Old City, and near by a short walk to down town, metro, restaurants, shops, tourist activities. Maison Brunet proposes several services at an affordable price. Finally, meet people who love their profession and who want to offer you best trip in Montreal. ... more less
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