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If you’ve been reading my posts about our family trips, you’ll know by now that Airbnb is our first choice when it comes to looking for accommodation that’s perfect for family travel. We’ve used the platform several times, and have always been pleased and satisfied with our choices. Well, I’m happy to report that for the last leg of our Central Canada road trip, we again managed to find one of Montreal’s Airbnb gems in the city.
Coming from Quebec City, it’s an easy 3-hour drive to Montreal. The only thing though is that when we arrived in the city, we found out that a lot of the main roads and highways were under construction, which basically means our GPS was useless. Fortunately, though we brought a pocket wifi with us and used the ever reliable Google Maps to manually navigate our way for the next four days.
We arrived at our Montreal Airbnb in the afternoon and instead of cooking or eating out, we decided to just have fast food for lunch.
The Montreal home is spacious, modern and stylish. The is the living room is where we spent most of our time hanging out, mostly due to the fact that the wifi signal is the strongest in this area of the house. There is also a small balcony on the corner which we never used since it was too cold to stay outside anyway.
The house is the perfect size for families, with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The two bedrooms, including the master’s bedroom, are located on the main floor. And the third bedroom is in the basement.
The only thing that may be awkward for guests is that the master’s bedroom has an open-concept bathroom. Which basically means no privacy, or at least you’d need to ask your roommate to leave the room when you do your business. My aunt occupied this room so that worked out quite well.
My husband, daughter and I occupied the second bedroom which has a spacious closet and is located right next to the common bathroom. My sisters stayed in the basement room which was well lit and also very spacious.
The kitchen is my favorite space in the house. I just love the sleek and modern look! All of the kitchen appliances are state-of-the-art, although we initially had a bit of difficulty in operating the stove. The washer and dryer are in a closet right by the kitchen which made it easy for us to wash our clothes while preparing our dinner.
The common bathroom was small but functional. The most important thing for us was that it was spotlessly clean.
The house is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Montreal and is in close proximity to major tourist attractions in Montreal. It is also a 5-minute drive from a shopping complex that has a Walmart, discount shops, some fast food chains and restaurants. Also just around the corner of the house is a convenience store. The neighborhood itself is quiet and if I remember correctly, there is a park with a children’s playground a couple of blocks away. This is the perfect home base for your Montreal sightseeing.
There’s no private garage in the apartment but street parking is available all day at no charge.
The home is equipped with all the basic amenities and appliances that you would need but we did have a few minor issues.
The first was with the wifi connection. The home doesn’t have a private internet connection and I believe we share it with another apartment so there were times when the connection is lagging or non-existent at all. Fortunately, we have our own pocket wifi so it wasn’t that big of a deal to us but in this day and age, most travelers expect fast internet connection with their accommodation so it’s something that the hosts may need to consider investing in the future.
Another issue we had is with the towels they provided. It has a very moldy smell that we couldn’t get rid of even after washing it twice. The hosts may need to invest in new towels for their guests or better yet, bring your own.
And lastly, although this was not a big thing for us, there weren’t any toiletries provided in the bathroom, just a bar of hand soap. Most Airbnb rentals provide basic toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and body soap. Again, it wasn’t a big deal but it would have been a nice perk.
The home is spacious and there is plenty of space to walk around. It’s very suitable for a big group or family of six since everyone can have their own private space.
Airbnb Host: (4/5)
David promptly responds to inquiries, even to the most simple questions. Check-in process was easy, the host will message you the lock code before your arrival. Check-out was fuss-free as well.
Value for Money: (5/5)
Considering the central location, complete amenities and condition of the house, I’d say it was great value for money!
Overall Experience: (5/5)
We had a very pleasant stay at this Montreal Airbnb and would highly recommend it to groups or families visiting Montreal. We had a very comfortable stay and we love its very convenient location. I feel like we’ve been very lucky so far. I’ve read so many horror stories about Airbnb and some are actually very traumatizing. That’s why it’s very important to read reviews before making a decision and booking. And not just the ones you see on the different booking platforms because honestly, but there’s also a chance that some of those are paid reviews. It also provides you some realistic expectations and hopefully, there’s less surprise by the time you check in.
So if you have plans on going to Montreal and are looking for a good combination, this Airbnb gets a thumbs up from me! Hope you have a pleasant stay as we did.
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Check out my other posts about our Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal Road Trip below:
Day 1: The Toronto Islands | CN Tower Experience
Day 2: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | Must-See Sights in Downtown Toronto for First-Time Visitors
Day 3: Niagara Falls, Canada: Hornblower Cruise, Table Rock Centre and Outlet Collection
Day 4: Royal Ontario Museum | Kensington Market and Chinatown | Toronto’s Graffiti Alley
Day 6: Old Quebec Town
Day 7: Montmorency Falls | Musee de la Civilization
Day 9: Montreal Botanical Garden
Day 10: Mont-Royal Parc