While my room did not resemble anything depicted in either the "professional" or "traveler" photos, and there were a few other minor off-notes, I found L'Abri du Voyageur quite satisfactory.
On the plus side, the location —the still relatively new Quartier des Spectacles at the eastern end of downtown and a short walk from the Quartier Latin, just around the corner from two Métro stations— is great, and the staff are helpful and friendly. The included breakfast is actually a voucher for the nearby Café Dépôt chain, a Starbucks competitor, and is quite good. There are other options in and around the Complexe Desjardins shopping center.
I should also give points to the staff for their quick attention to a minor glitch that I'd noted and pointed out to them on the display of the lobby computer. I had in fact expected this to be ignored.
My room, though spartan, was large, and quite suitable to my needs, even though a.) the television signal was abominable, b.) I couldn't find a way to turn on the ceiling light, and c.) the advertised WiFi was not available.
On what may be the not-so-plus side for some travelers, one does have to climb a long flight of stairs to the reception desk, then another set of stairs to the floor where the shared-bathroom rooms are. One might also want to keep in mind another reviewer's comment about the place not being for light sleepers. Though I had no problem sleeping with the window open, the adjacent intersection of Rue Ste-Catherine and Boulevard Saint-Laurent can be a gathering spot for rowdy characters.
As for the sex shop next door, perhaps only the most incorrigible bluenose would have reason to be concerned. These establishments are not the squalid, creepy spots that many in the US are —and many of both the customers and staff are women.
In view of price and location, this hotel proved a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dating back to 1876, Abri du Voyageur Hotel has been renovated in keeping with its historical character. High ceilings, bare brick walls, maple-wood floors, continental doors are reminiscent of the past and give our hotel a unique personality. Abri du Voyageur Hotel is not an impersonal, run-of-the-mill cookie factory type hotel but is part and parcel of the history and evolution of the Faubourg St.Laurent and of Montreal.Abri du Voyageur Hotel is adjacent to the Quartier des Spectacles Hotel. Each hotel is in a separate building linked by a common lobby and reception. A single entry serves both hotels in a 4 storey centennial building.All our rooms and studios are equipped with an air-conditioner and cable television. We also offer free wireless internet for all our guests.A friendly professional staff and a warm ambiance offers you a welcomed refuge in the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown Montreal. Relax in our ‘hotel de charme’ and visit by foot Montreals’ boutiques, cinemas, restaurants, museums, art galleries, sport events, shows, bars and discothèques. Metro St.Laurent ( subway station) is less than a block from the hotel and will bring you in 10 to 15 minutes to those few sites not in walking distance ( ex. Doré Beach on the St.Lawrence River, Mount Royal, the Botanical Gardens, the Biodôme, the Casino of Montreal). What a dream location! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Abri Du Voyageur
- l Abri Du Voyageur Montreal