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Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur
Ranked #76 of 163 Hotels in Montreal
New Mexico
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45 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Quite an adventure”
Reviewed July 2, 2006

Visited in May (single male traveler) and have to say that this really is a great bargain. I stayed in the suites section and had a large bedroom, kitchenette (with all appliances and conveniences - for those who want to shop and eat in occasionally), private bathroom and plenty of space. Portable air conditioner, TV included, no telephone and no internet capability in room - some kind of intercom was on wall but didn't have to use. Room was very clean and quiet for the most part. Not straightened up one day during my 9-day stay. Finding hotel was easy once you understand all the one-ways and maneuver the traffic (which is menacing). Arrival was hurried as parking in front of hotel is limited, then you walk up flight of stairs and quickly check in. Suites are around the coroner, and parking (private but very inexpensive) is a block behind. Once you get parked, you have to bring luggage back to the suites (roadwork going on and confusing entrance). I had a room on the 3rd floor and the climb was daunting. If you are elderly or have problems getting around, this is not the ideal setup for you. Parking was okay on weekends, however, weekday parking filled quickly with people who worked in the area. Sometimes have to leave key and have attendant park when space opens up. Not a big deal though. Conveniently located in "center" of town within walking distance to China Town, Old Town, and most "tourist" sites. Walking distance to all kinds of restaurants and major malls nearby. Yes, the area does look kinda seedy, but I felt pretty safe, and I wandered about all hours of day and night. Rental car came in handy because I wanted to visit Quebec, otherwise, the metro system and buses are everywhere.

Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed April 12, 2006

Hotel is within easy walking distance of the convention centre and wonderful specialty shops. The rooms are clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. The rates are very reasonable.

The hotel has personality. The room I stayed in had hard wood floors, an original oil painting, and an old bank vault for a clothes closet.

The neighborhood has tatoo shops and sex shops, but felt very safe, and I was out until around mid-night fairly often. The odd night there was some noise when the bars let out, but that did not keep me awake. People concerned about night noise can ask for a room away from the street.

I would give his hotel serious consideration if I was going to Montreal again. The hotel is one of the few travel bargains available.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2006

First, the location: Next to a tatoo/piercing place, accross from a romantic(?) shop, and a street off several sex shop! It is however a block or so from the Desjardin complex which is nice and convenient.
Second the room. We decided to go for the renovated studios with private bath. Those are not in the same building that the main hotel, but off a side street. There are 4 of them. The studios are nice and clean. The sound proofing is terrible so your stay will depend on the other customers. We stayed four long nights there (We had paid in advance!...big mistake!). The first two nights, we didn't sleep!
Third, there are not elevators.The steps are very steep and made of metal. Finaly, the safety in that building is lacking.
If I can advise you, check out the Hyatt regency hotel in the desjardins complex (their room were only $20 more and so much better!)

  • Stayed December 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2005

I'll start with a disclaimer-- this hotel is probably not that well suited if you're travelling with children, but otherwise, its great. We stayed at the studio apartments, so i don't know how the other rooms are, but the studio is great. The reason this hotel is so cheap is that there IS a sex shop right nearby, but this in no way should deter you from staying there. The area is safe, it's a 5-10 minute walk from the Old Port area, a 10 minute walk from downtown, and barely a 20 minute subway ride to the Montreal Casino. The subway is literally up the block, less than a minute walk.
The studios are great, and include a fully equipped kitchen. Our studio was very clean. The only downside was that there was no phone, so bring your cell phone.
Overall, i greatly enjoyed it, so don't believe the bad reviews about the "area" that its in. The location is incredibly convenient to pretty much anything you'd want to see in Montreal.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed October 4, 2005

For the record, I did not see the rooms. Once we arrived, we were so turned off by the surrounding area, we just decided to pony up, pay some more & go to a cleaner, more decent location. Street is full of sex shops, prostitutes, and druggies, homeless people. Just not want I want to be around when I'm on vacation. Was trying to save money, but it's really not worth it, if you're going to be scared to venture out or even not have a lobby or somewhere to hang out when you're done with the tourist thing.
As far as the location, the places we ended up with were just as good. Metro makes everything convinient.

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Reviewed May 23, 2005

Price and location are this hotel's main selling points, but it also manages to squeeze in some unassuming charm: high ceilings, bare-brick walls, original pine and maple floors, and paintings by local artists. Excellent value for my little budget !

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Tempe, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2005

Stayed here for 3 nights in a single room w/shared bathroom. As they advertise, I found the place really clean. Was surprised to find well-kept hardwood floors in the guest room. Air conditioning worked well too, but didnt need it much... TV didnt tune much in though, but no big deal.

The shared bathroom is one where you walk in and lock the door and have all to yourself... its not the several showers and sinks in a row like you might find at the ymca or a youth hostel. Quite nice.

Staff was great too. No problems here. Great budget choice; suited my needs just fine. Would consider returning!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Property: Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur
Address: 9 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 1Z5, Canada
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Location: Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Quartier des Spectacles
Amenities:
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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