Montreal hostels offer an affordable alternative to the more expensive hotels and also afford direct access to the true cultural spirit of the city. The eclectic mix of ethnic backgrounds, great access to Montreal’s central points, and a relaxed and fun atmosphere make Montreal youth hostels a prime place from which to explore the surroundings. Montreal hostels near the airport are another convenient option. Airport transportation is available and whisks off to main city areas within fifteen to twenty minutes.
HI-Montreal is one of the top-rated Montreal hostels available. The area is filled with attractions and events, great nightlife, and plenty of interesting shopping opportunities. The location is close to downtown, but enjoys a quiet position tucked away on a serene backstreet. An onsite bistro and renowned chef is all you need to enjoy great meals at low prices. The scores of activities offered by the hostel include bar tours, bike tours, urban walks, and an intro to Tam-Tams, a local drum and dance favorite. From single and double rooms to shared rooms with 4, 6, or 10 beds, HI-Montreal covers the gamut. Hostel facilities include free Wi-Fi access, a self-catering kitchen, luggage storage, lockers, a café, a common room, and loads of tourist information. HI-Montreal is also the closest of all Montreal hostels near the airport at about a ten to fifteen minute drive.
Another option for Montreal hostels near the airport is Explorers Hostel where a quick, straight-route drive down Highway 40 sees airport arrival in under fifteen minutes. The hostel is adorned in bright colors, features a self-catering kitchen, small but clean bathrooms with showers and bathtubs, and big, bright windows. Explorer’s House is one of the only Montreal youth hostels within walking distance of Jean-Talon Market, a public market where fresh foods and prepared meals are sold. Special workshops, frozen desserts, and an authentic French feel create a rich experience. Hostel guests have the choice between four-person private rooms with bunk beds and private single rooms, an in-house games room, and a lounge with a flat-screen TV.
Only a few blocks from the Old Port waters and close to the Olympic Park, Montreal’s Little Italy, and historic Griffintown, Le Gite du Plateau Mont-Royal is one of the many Montreal youth hostels that offers excellent value for money. An old-school hippie vibe is apparent inside which is the perfect feel to make guests right at home. Visiting the many attractions within the area is easy with the help of hostel staff who make a true effort to keep guests informed of tours, maps, and other important details that help with public transport, admission costs, and much more. Each spacious room is individually decorated with Bohemian touches and features a sink, chairs, large lockers, lamps, chairs, and a table. The hostel lay-out is open-concept, and common areas include the kitchen, living, room, dining room and reception area. Breakfasts are free and dinner is available between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There is no onsite bar, which is a blessing to some and a pain for others.
Montreal is one of Canada’s most exciting city’s. It is so diverse and filled with history and culture that visitors flock to it in all seasons. Montreal is especially beautiful in the winter months and, with world-class skiing available, winter can be down right busy. If you want to explore the European feel of Montreal, late spring, summer, and early fall are prime times.
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