I stayed here for a few nights while attending a conference in town. I wanted an escape from the abundant scientists at the conference and knew that Le Plateau would be the place to find it. I stumbled on the Pensione on Google Maps while checking out the neighbourhood and then discovered that the Casa Del Popolo is exactly what I want in a bar/venue/cafe. The real-life version did not disappoint. I spent evenings in the bar winding down from the conference and people watching writing letters and whatever. It seemed like a very inclusive and fun space lively and upbeat.
My room was what I expected. It had a shared bath and toilet (separate) which was never a problem. The room was comfortable with a cozy bed, cold AC a futon that I didn't use and a TV that I also didn't use. The furniture is all retro 70s stuff. None of it is nice, but it's completely functional. The space gives you what you need to spend time in Montreal which is the last place you want to waste your time lounging around a hotel room.
The only drawback was that the music from the club was slightly audible. This didn't prove problematic for me. I had the air conditioning on and the white noise from that cancelled the music and I slept perfectly. You may want to be careful in the winter if you plan on sleeping early. But, the music is also quiet enough that you may not be bothered. Ear plugs would also work fine.
All in all, this place is a great one to begin to try to soak up some of the music, artistic and free thinking culture that makes Montreal great. I highly recommend staying here if you are young and open minded and came to the city to explore.
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