I booked this hostel with 3 friends for the Jazz Festival. I relied on the reviews here and the hostel website. I am sorry to say that the "new improved" accommodations are not at all as described. Apparently, the hostel has recently acquired a second building, which they have billed as "deluxe" with private and semi-private rooms. But the site is very much under construction, with holes in the walls covered with fabric, rooms with not a hook or a shelf to place belongings, a food preparation area (won't call it a kitchen!) with no water (but a sign warning you to wash the dishes immediately or face a $5 fine!) and one bathroom for the entire site. (No extra sink or toilet...for 12 people.) Contrary to the pictures on the site, the rooms had only bunk beds and one room had air mattresses instead of regular mattresses.
We booked two "deluxe" twin rooms...paid the same price for both rooms. One room was fairly large, with a big sliding glass door and a balcony. (And no furniture but the bed...) The other was basically a closet with NO windows and one dim light on a shelf. We asked if there were any other rooms available, and were told no...but a room (with a window) stayed empty our entire stay. This "deluxe" site is on the 3rd floor with an Indian restaurant on the second floor. It apparently used to be an office, as the desks and shelves and lighting are all still in place and the industrial gray carpet is on the floor. The living room space could be cozy, but it was windowless and had only one very dim lamp. One of our rooms had a glass "French" door as an entrance, which was covered with a sheet tacked up on the door.
To the management: it is commendable that you want to branch out with "deluxe, semi-private" rooms. However, it would be really nice if you did more than shove a bunk bed into a room and stuck a table with a toaster and a microwave in a hallway. The space has potential, but before you rent it and label it "deluxe" you might want to finish the job of turning it into a place that is less like a construction site and more like a hostel. I am giving this place a poor review not for what it is, but for what it SAID it was. False advertising, big time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Auberge Apéro, a European-style hostel in North America’s most European city, Montréal. Apéro is the French word for aperitif – the beginning of a great meal or in this case – a great vacation. With only 12 beds, we offer a cozy, personalized atmosphere on two floors of an old 1880s graystone with all the amenities you expect from a hostel, and many that you don’t. The rooms are bright with hardwood floors and some interior brick walls that add an air of coziness to the Auberge. The second floor contains the reception area, the store, common rooms, and the laundry. ... more less
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