After a surprisingly not-so-stressfully drive to our hotel on one of Montreal’s busiest roads on a Saturday afternoon and finding parking, Mark and I were welcomed at Hotel Abri du Voyageurs by a warm fireplace and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
Montreal is always a great, quick getaway for us because it’s close by and really offers an experience we can’t get in Ottawa. For this trip, we wanted to explore Montreal’s hipster neighbourhood, Mile End, and visit the multiple Christmas markets. A hotel on Saint Catherine – between Mile End and Old Montreal – was the perfect hotel location. Abri du Voyageur/Hotel Quartier des Spectacles is a great centrally located and budget-friendly hotel.
The lobby is small, but cosy in Abri du Voyageur. I imagine on especially cold days, the sofa in front of the fireplace is a very desirable spot. It is also a brightly illuminated space from the natural light coming from the large windows behind the reception desk.
The breakfast room is just off of the lobby and is also a space bright with natural light. The continental breakfast offered is not your boring bagels, muffins and coffee breakfast. Everything was laid out on a bar with prepared granola and yogurt, free chocolate croissants and fresh hard-boiled eggs. There was a variety of teas and two kinds of coffee available. Orange and apple juice were also available for those who do not require caffeine in the morning.
There is also a terrace that guests can access from the lobby. There is a table with chairs for guests to enjoy. This would be a fantastic area in the summer to meet other guests from the hotel.
Our room was one of the Superior rooms facing out on Saint Catherine street. This budget-friendly, industrial chic room was quite spacious with the queen size bed at one end of the room and a love seat on the other end. The hardwood floors really made the room clean and bright, as opposed to the dank and dark look some hotel carpets give off.
The interior of the room is also flanked by two brick walls from the original building. This, along with the exposed pipes on the ceiling, accentual the industrial chic theme.
The spacious bathroom was equally clean and modern. We had plenty of towels and extra soap. I was in love with the vanity and the faucet! My only regret is not taking a video of the way the water spouted out of the faucet.
Abri du Voyageur is located in the the Quartiers des Spectacles, also known as the theater or entertainment district. This is where all the action happens all year ‘round!
The hotel is also extremely central to most major sites and attractions in Montreal. As such, it is a very safe and walkable neighbourhood.
Know before you go…
Name Abri du Voyageur/Hotel Quartiers des Spectacles
Price Range $70 -$145
Breakfast Continental breakfast is extra and paid with your reservation
Front desk 24 hours
WiFi: Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
I received a media rate for my stay at Abri du Voyageur. All opinions are my own. All photos and videos by Amanda Holmes