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Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur
Ranked #85 of 165 Hotels in Montreal
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We found an extremely reduced special rate on Booking.com for a suite with one bed, but when we arrived we realized they'd upgraded us to a suite with two beds! That was a really nice surprise. Kitchen was fully equipped with cooking and dining utensils, a microwave, toaster, large fridge and even an ice bucket for wine. The location was also great (literally down the street from Place-des-Arts, about a 5 min walk to St Laurent and right in the middle of downtown) and the front desk was totally fine with us leaving our luggage there after checkout. Cons: Although the cleaning services were thorough and tidy the first day, there was no service on the second day despite our requesting it with the door tag. Also, it's surrounded on both sides by sex shops and adult stores, and you do have to walk up a few flights of stairs with your luggage. Overall: excellent value for the price we paid and more than met our expectations :)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Our studios all have full kitchens and many appreciate this convenience. We are pleased that you enjoyed your upgrade and that you were able to benefit of our great location. Till next time.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Located a few steps away from Place de Art, which is right at the starting point of the bar alley on St. Katherine St.., and Shopping district (on the same St. Katherine St.). The rooms are nice. Small, but very clean. Service is very friendly, always very glad to help. This is a place to stay if you are not looking for something posh, but more comfortable then a hostel. If this hotel would have more rooms with shared bathroom, I would say it's a best for its price at this location.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Glad that you enjoyed the service. Our hotel, being located in a centennial building have rooms of a variety of sizes. Our budget rooms have shared washrooms and tend to be smaller but our standard, superior and studio apartments have all been renovated and have private washrooms. There is a room type for everyone's budget. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed in a studio (with full kitchen and private bath), booked ahead online to get the discounted pre-paid rate. Room was very clean and it was an inside room so it was quiet, although you can hear other guests walking in the hallways etc. Bed was ok, a little hard, but sheets were crisp and clean. We always stay at budget hotels, would rather spend our cash on food and drink! Staff was very nice. It's a great location, literally one block from the metro, 2 blocks from a supermarket, and easy walking distance to shopping and dining in the downtown area, chinatown, and latin quarter. I would stay here again. Only downside is parking is expensive, but it is anywhere in the city... there was a lot around the corner offering parking for $12 per day but we were advised against parking there (although it seemed ok to me) and parking at the Place des Artes is close but $17 per day.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Many guests take advantage of our special rates (prepaid non-refundable rate) and appreciate our reasonable price for a downtown location. We thank-you for your patronage and look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

During a recent family trip to Canada, my wife and I had been convinced by another couple to visit Montreal and Quebec.Traveling on a budget, we trying to find a reasonable compromise between the location and quality of the hotel. Based on the strength of other reviews, I had picked this hotel. I must say that despite the initial impression, we ended up liking this hotel a lot.

I must start off by saying that the hotel is in an excellent location, on the corner of two central streets, Blvd St. Laurent and Rue Ste. Catherine. Having visited Montreal before (20 years ago), I knew this to be a prime spot. However, seeing that other hotels in the area costed at least twice as much, I was a little weary of the trade-offs that this hotel must offer, and was wondering if all the good reviews were due to the hotel's location, rather than the accommodations. It was difficult to tell from the pictures, so, in truth I did not know what to expect.

The central location is a bit of a double-edged sword: many streets in Montreal are one-way, while others do not allow left turns. In addition, while the GPS does not show this (even with current Google maps on the smart phone), part of Ste. Catherines is closed off to vehicular traffic for the summer, due to a number of festivals in the neighboring complex for the arts, transforming the street into a pedestrian mall. This makes getting to the hotel quite difficult. Even when you do get to the vicinity of the hotel, you realize that it is not possible to get close enough to the front of the hotel to easily unload the luggage. The hotel does not have its own parking; however, there is a lot a few hundred feet away that will let you park, for $25 per day.

The hotel is in in a family-friendly location - the hotel occupies 2nd floor and up of a couple old buildings joined together. The main floor establishment has a large neon sign "Sex Shop", and the store windows contain various sex paraphernalia, toys, and erotic clothing in lace, leather, and vinyl. If you are traveling with children and are not willing to indulge their curiosity, staying in this hotel would probably be ill-advised. The stretch of Ste. Laurent going south is also lined up with seedy establishments, reminiscent of New York's Times Square circa 1970.

Needless to say, having been greeted with the above-mentioned neon sign upon approaching the place, I was not exactly sure what to expect. As I mentioned, the lobby is on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator in the building. As one of our traveling companions had a sore knee, this was a bit of a concern, especially as the floor heights in the old buildings are probably close to 14 feet, making the flights of stairs way longer than they are, especially when being weighed down by the luggage.

Still, the lobby was neat, and tastefully furnished. The clerk at the reception desk was very friendly, and his cheerful disposition put me at ease. After registering, we were directed to our rooms, which happened to be on the top (4th) floor. I quickly realized that the hotel was made up of two separate buildings, which were only connected on the 2nd floor, and even then were on two different levels. So after getting to the lobby, we had to step down 6 steps, and then go to a separate stairway to go up. Did I mention that there are no elevators?

Yet, these minor nitpicks aside, when we got to our room, we were pleasantly surprised by the decor. The room was decorated with a tasteful mix of painted plaster and exposed brick walls, the overhead ventilation and sprinkler pipes were also painted in silver color, giving the modern, clean look to the space. The headboard and night tables were modern, light-colored wood finish, as was a coffee table, and an arm chair. Opposite the bed, there is a desk with a drawer unit, and a rather large flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, in the same wood finish. The bed was covered with a matching bedspread. The look was clean and modern, yet warm and welcoming. Our room did not have a closet, but it had a large wardrobe, with a hanger rod on one side and shelves on the other. It is a simple but practical solution to storage, without messing up the feel of the historic building.

The bathroom was also nice and modern. It had a sink, an oval toilet, and a nice shower with sliding glass doors. There was no bathtub, which to me would be useless anyways, unless it is a Jacuzzi tub. The toiletries were nice, though the towels were thin.

The bed was comfortable, better than I had expected at an inexpensive hotel, which added to the overall experience of the stay. Our room was looking out to the north, and even though all we could see was the top floors of other building, they looked kept up and added to the urban feel of the location. The air conditioning unit in the window was a little noisy, but not horribly so, and kept the room cool without straining.

The other nice thing is the included breakfast - rather than serving one in the hotel, with questionable quality of food, the hotel provides visitors with the vouchers to a cafeteria located across the street (which is closed to car traffic). The cafeteria is properly equipped, and will trade you a breakfast coupon for a selection of continental breakfast fare, with a choice of a croissant or a muffin, a bottled smoothie, a yogurt or fruit salad, or such. The coffee or tea is also included. You can also pay extra to get a sandwich or eggs. Having experienced the inconsistent quality of the breakfasts served at other hotels, with questionable-quality of food, three-day-old muffins, and running out of other staples, I thought it was nice to be served by a properly trained staff, who stores food in properly refrigerated storage, stocks fresh croissants and pastries, and makes consistently good coffee.

But of course, the best thing about this hotel is the location. It is within walking distance of the Old Montreal, the Arts complex, and shopping. During the two days that we stayed there, we ended up not using the car at all, as all the places of interest to us were within the walking distance. As you can gather from other reviews, there is a wealth of public transportation options in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, though the bus fare is $3 each way - this is the norm in major Canadian cities, e.g. Toronto and Quebec. And if you are interested in the Montreal nightlife, this seems to be right in the middle of it (you'd need to take pains to avoid being immersed into it).

Overall, despite a few minor shortcomings, this turned out to be a very good hotel stay, with the friendly service and clean, tasteful accommodations easily eclipsing the initial misgivings I had about this place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Thank-you for taking the time to review our establishment. We read our clients reviews carefully and always try to improve on the quality of the service that we offer. I realize that there is quite the daunting stairwell but I am pleased that you found the accomodation a pleasant surprise. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This hotel is in an excellent location! Just a minute walk from the Metropolis if you're going to see a concert, across the road from a great vegetarian buffet, around the corner from an IGA and a metro station which can easily get you to the malls and places you want to go. Not only is it in a great location but the staff is wonderful as well! We arrived hours before check in time because we had early travel times and once we went to the hotel they let us leave our luggage and got our room ready extra early while we went to breakfast nearby. They even called us when it was done, awesome service! We stayed in a studio apartment so there was all the kitchen appliances you would need! Great price and place! You even get continental breakfast at Le Commensal just across the road, which has some choices and delicious chocolate criossants. We didn't experience any noise like a lot of the reviews said, I think we were towards the back of the building. There are clubs and sex stores, bums and stuff like that around but there's stuff like that everywhere, not a hassle if you just give it all the cold shoulder. It's a great place for exploring Montreal and you're right in the middle or everything!! Will definitely be returning if I go back to Montreal!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Thanks for your review. ...it is much appreciated. I am pleased that you enjoyed our hospitality and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

There are a few bad reviews about this place out there however My experience with this hotel was great. For $89 a night I had a clean room (hard wood floor, not carpet) which was well stocked with toiletries, friendly English speaking staff, great location to explore montreal by walking/public transit, my own washroom, and a convenienty located strip club across the street.
Some things you may not like: sex shops downstairs, lots of bums and prostitutes around (never got hassled), noisy A/C (had to turn in on on one day in October!), strip clubs, can be quite noisy outside at night so bring some ear plugs if you don't plan on partying outside.
Nothing bothered me so I will definitely stay here again if I ever find myself montreal bound.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you felt that you had a great room for the price. Our hotel has been under new management for the past three years and have made many renovations and upgrades to the property. In both 2011 and 2012, we have received an excellence award from Tripadvisor due to the high ratings offered by our guests. We are proud of this accomplishment and work diligently to continuously improve. We look forward to your next visit to Montreal.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Great location, very close to China Town, easy walk to Old Montreal as well. Metro is close as well. Don't worry about the strip clubs around there, if you want to avoid them, just take a right when you walk out of the hotel. If you are staying in downtown Montreal, one of the things you have to expect is walking past a strip club. Not the prettiest area at night, but no problems at all. The room was fine, nothing fancy, but good enough. Shared bathrooms were fine, there was always a shower available, no problem. Front desk was helpful, as well. Not noisy at all with the air conditioner on, not sure otherwise.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Larry56Montreal, Manager at Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Thanks for your comments. Being very centrally located in the downtown area, there are strip clubs and some homeless individuals. The area, however, is very safe. In addition to being close to Old Montreal, Chinatown, the latin quarter and the gai village, we are in the midst of the finest entertainment venues in the city. Our area (Quartier des Spectacles) also hosts most of Montreal's festivals. We are pleased that you found our hotel the perfect location to visit the city. Hope to see you again soon.

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Address: 9 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 1Z5, Canada
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Location: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Quartier des Spectacles
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Montreal
#28 Romantic Hotel in Montreal
#49 Business Hotel in Montreal
Price Range: $47 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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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