Montreal's Best Budget Sleeps: Cheap and Cheerful Places to Stay


Most of the budget options are found not far from the central bus station near the gay village on the east side of downtown Montreal which is a good area for restaurants and night life. The good news for travellers seeking budget accommodations in Montreal is that most of the options are quite good for the price. All of these budget hotel suggestions are in desirable areas. Montreal also has a great selection of bed and breakfasts for the budget conscious visitor. These bed and breakfasts are centrally located and include a substantial breakfast, but often have shared washrooms. Almost all include free, reliable wireless internet.

There are plenty of quirky, small hotels done up in a European style that give you some elegance without eating up your entire budget. If you are comfortable sharing a bathroom, there are some great bargains to be found. The city also has budget chain hotel that offer cheap accommodation with a focus on efficiency rather than style. Most of the budget hotels are located in the key neighborhoods for tourists, making them a double-bargain since you spend less on cabs and car rentals while others offer locations populated by locals for a more authentic travel experience.


Dating from 1984, the Lord Berri is showing its wear but is well situated on the edge of the Gay Village within walking distance of the Latin Quarter. This budget hotel has medium-sized rooms decorated in earth tones with functional furniture.Some rooms especially those on the 6th floor and higher have been updated with new beds and linens-request when you book. Both comfortable Queen and king beds are available. If traveling in the summer confirm that the air-conditioning in your unit is working properly. Almost all the bathrooms are the originals ones. The central bus station and Berri-UQAM Metro Station is across the street making it a snap to get around town. There is also a Bixi bike stand nearby and a busy restaurant on site.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Lord Berri is centrally located near a major metro station, universities, the main bus station and the popular bike-sharing service, Bixi.

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For those more comfortable staying in chain hotels,The Holiday Inn Express Centre-Ville is a good option near the Convention Centre and a 5-minute walk to Chinatown. Downtown and Vieux Montreal are each a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The fair-sized rooms are clean and efficient and offer all the usual amenities. Some of the 161 rooms are extended stay units complete with fully-equipped kitchenettes and dishwashers. You'll also have access to a high-tech business center and gym.Athough it is an older property, the free wifi works well all over the property and the complimentary breakfast is both tasty and substantial.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This Holiday Inn Express is a trusted bargain chain hotel in the heart of downtown.

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Another historical hotel and budget boutique option sits right around the corner from the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, though the unassuming building is easy to miss. Inside, the renovated 32 rooms offer a pleasing decor of exposed brick, wood accents and warm earth tones. As is the case with these older buildings, there is no elevator and also no parking but the staff do a great job of finding a place for your car at nearby lots. The continental breakfast is substantial and the modern studio-apartments that are efficient, elegant and affordable and feature sleek,streamlined furniture.There's an onsite business center and 24-hour room service.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The property is reminiscent of a small Parisian hotel set in a neighborhood that serves as a venue for major festivals and shows.

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Abri du Voyageur
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Located on a lively but sketchy-looking section of Ste. Catherine street, the Hotel L'Abri du Voyageur offers clean and safe rooms that are well taken care of in the center of downtown Montrea.The staff are super attentive and the value here is unbeatable. The 1876 building has no elevator and mostly shared washrooms that are kept spotlessly clean. All the loft-style rooms are spacious with bare brick walls, high ceilings, original floors and a sink. If they're available, splurge for a private room complete with kitchenette and private bath. Be sure to park in a secure area or better yet use public transportation starting at the nearby St.Laurent Metro station.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: An historical building at great prices in a perfect downtown location with attentive staff all contribute to a great stay in Montreal.

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A true hidden gem in a cute and cheerful house on a quiet street between the Gay Village and Latin Quarter. Au GitAnn is near a main metro station, Berri-UCAM and also accessible to Montreal's bike - sharing program, Bixi and is a reasonable 20-minute walk to downtown. The Picasso room with it's private bath and balcony is a popular choice. Unlike other Bed and Breakfasts, the full breakfast is optional as reflected in the price. This cheerful B&B decorated in pastel colors provides very comfortable beds too.There are two common rooms for guests and a well-equipped kitchenette. Ann, the hostess, is as friendly as she is helpful.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Au GitAnn offers a perfect package in a great location with a wonderful host.

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The best room choices at the Hotel Ste.Catherine include the rooms at the rear of the building away from the hustle and bustle of Ste. Catherine street and /or one with a new carpet. A superb location for the price, the hotel is located in the the Gay Village near a metro station close to shopping and restaurants. This small budget hotel offers clean, tiny rooms, some with city views and mostly quiet considering the hotel's location. A continental breakfast consists of coffee, tea, juice and a muffin.The front-desk staff can help with directions and restaurant and nightlife suggestions. Parking is extra in very tight spaces.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hotel Ste.Catherine sits on the perfect location on lively Ste. Catherine St. just east of downtown.

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The University Bed and Breakfast is next to McGill University and a five - minute walk from downtown. Mount Royal Park is nearby as are the Prince Arthur Street, "Bring your own wine" (Apportez - votre vin) restaurants. University Bed and Breakfast Montreal offers single rooms and, for not much more, a whole suite suitable for up to four people. Inside, the suite feels like a well laid out, but small, one bedroom apartment. The suites, designated by color: Yellow, Red, Blue, Beige and Brick include a "comforts of home" package of coffee, tea, coffee maker and corkscrew. The Red suite has two single beds. The Brick and Beige suites have only one double bed while all the others have an additional sofa bed. As expected, the full beds are more comfortable. Local calls are free and the complimentary wireless provides a reliable internet connection.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The University Bed and Breakfast comes with lots of amenities and it's close to McGill University.

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Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast is an excellent choice for cyclists and those who love perfect pastries for breakfast. Located on the 1,800 mile Route Verte off Parc Fontaine in the plateau district, Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast is easily accessible to downtown, Old montreal and the Latin Quarter by bike, car or public transportation. Unlike many Bed and Breakfasts in the area, each of the three units has its own bath. Ken, the owner who has lived in the area since 1997, is very knowledgeable of the neighborhood. To eat like a local at good prices, be sure to get his restaurant recommendations, particularly those on Mont Royal a five -minute walk away.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: A bed and Breakfast run by a baker - perfect breakfasts and good dinner suggestions too!

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On the main floor of a charming Victorian townhouse on peaceful Ste. Famille street, Bed and Breakfast Chez Nous offers a perfect night's sleep in an ultra clean, cool and quiet room, reminiscent of a tomb. Although the living room is adjacent to the main floor bedroom, the proprietor listens to her television with headphones so as not to disturb the guests. The Plateau house is impeccable and a great deal for two visitors even during high season. A full breakfast served at a time convenient for you with lots of choices of organic foods and good strong coffee complete this ideal stay.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Bed and Breakfast Chez Nous sits at a great location on a quiet side street near the lively Plateau area.

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The Auberge Alternative Old Montreal hostel opened in 1996 as a grassroots movement dedicated to the alternative traveller interested in the arts. There is a strong tradition here of ecological practices, sustainable economics and cultural sharing. Everyone is invited to participate in the cultural life of the hostel.The is an arts hostel catering to the bohemian set. The management and guests seem mature and laid back but visitors can rest assured that they are staying in a place that is well run, clean and fairly quiet. Organic food is available for purchase and the large common room is homey and attractive. Try to book the spacious yet private red room on the second floor - perfect for a couple. Unlike other hostels, Auberge Alternative offers a wide range of activities such as art classes, travel information sessions, communal meals, parties, haircuts, jam sessions, language exchange, meditation and scrap booking.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Auberge Alternative offers a perfect location, friendly vibe and healthy food and activities available onsite.

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