180+ rave reviews // Superb access to public transit // *ALL* amenities within 10-min. walk // Can walk to downtown // Free parking // Easy to get to and from airport // Outgoing host who also really likes introverted people; understands what they need // In sight of parklands, bike paths, and turbo-gentrifying neighbourhoods // Steps to the Atwater Market + profusion of assorted other kinds of places to eat, drink, and be scary // Gay-friendly doesn't begin to cover it // Well-behaved kids, yay
Welcome! Some bedrock basics to know:
(1) I continue to live here (discreetly and out of the way) during guest stays.
(2) To book *both* my guest rooms (in order to sleep a max. of 3 guests), you must enter "3" for number of guests when booking.
(3) While I always like to offer my guests something to eat and drink when they arrive, and provide coffee and tea; milk and sugar for them each morning, breakfast is not included in my offering.
/// A large Super C grocery store at a 5-min walk from here is open daily 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and nearby cafés and restos abound. ///
The location of this sunny, 1,100 square-foot, iconic Montreal triplex flat (ca. 1910--famous curly iron fire escape and all ;-)) is:
---Just southwest of the downtown core
---100 metres from a subway station
---A 10-min. walk from the 747 shuttlebus stop, the first stop from the airport
---A 5-minute walk to the fabulous Atwater Market and every other kind of amenity
---100 metres from the Lachine Canal parklands and bike path
Staying here makes for a really nice visit, and a fun and inexpensive way for small families or groups of friends to vacation together in comfort and with very easy access to all the best this fantastic city has to offer, which I'm happy to direct you to as best I can.
In every respect, my place can very comfortably accommodate a travelling party of 3, in two closed, private, bright, comfortable guest rooms, each containing a standard double bed. (Please see what follows the ** at bottom of this description box for details and instructions as to how to make the kind of reservation request you intend.)
Beyond your clean, cozy, private room(s) with WiFi, comfy double bed(s)---with a renovated bathroom that's a pleasure to use beside them---I encourage you to relax and to make full use of the spacious common areas of the apartment just as you like.
Beyond the privacy of their rooms, my visitors are welcome to hang out in the large central living room and to use the big kitchen and back deck as if they were their own. By all means, "flomp" on one of the big couches in the living room; feet up; with a book, listening to your music on my speakers; spread the city map out that I've lent you and ask me which mountain lookout has the best view; cook a full meal in the kitchen at whatever hour you like. If you are comfortable enough to act as if you were my nice roommate, I will be pleased.
Each guest room has drawers for you to put your clothes in if you like. Clothes can easily be hung on a hook with hangers behind the door to each room.
Though all the rooms of the apartment save the bathroom get loads of natural light, the window of the guest room with greens, blues and a cream-coloured dresser ("east-facing") gets lots of morning light in summer, and gives onto the the back porch and courtyard; the other (the "west-facing" room), with beige and grey and a vanity with a large mirror, is bathed in afternoon light year-round and faces rue Charlevoix.
The renovated bathroom is located between the two guest rooms, which is very convenient---meaning that shy or very private people can get to all they need and out the door again without having to cross paths with me much, if at all, if that's what they would like to do.
The shower's water pressure is great, and in the bathroom there's a deep shelf under the sink, towel racks, and several drawers there for you too. I will provide you with a fresh towel, and you're welcome to use my humble soaps, shampoo, and conditioner. There's a basic hairdryer here too.
In the spacious kitchen I have lots of counter space, all manner of pots, pans, non-fancy kitchen tools and a microwave for you to use; at least a full shelf in the short fridge; and a kitchen cupboard that's just for your things.
The apartment is beautifully laid-out for several people to share freely without awkwardness, and for different people to do their own thing in at the same time. For example, as soon as you come into the entrance hallway, you can glimpse the big living room and kitchen and can see what's going on and, if something is and you prefer to be alone, you can go right into the bedroom at the front of the apartment for some solitude, if that's the one you chose.
The common areas are generously sized, making it easy and comfortable for my guests to cook a meal in the kitchen at the same time I'm fixing a snack, for example. In warm months, the back porch off the kitchen (right next to a big, leafy tree)---which can very comfortably seat six people---can serve as another private social space. The living room is big enough for three friends to be on the couches having their own conversation over coffee while I sit at the dining table on my computer without this being weird for anyone.
When the Humidex temperature rises to the low 30s (we have these heat waves about five times a summer in Montreal), I set a powerful air conditioner into the living room window to relieve us. Each guest room also has its own electric fan with which to maintain sanity at such times. ;-)
Only in very exceptional circumstances do I ever *want* to host more than one guest party at a time. When such a very special circumstance arises (which is once yearly), I will always tell the party who's already booked everything I can about the details of the situation and ask them to tell me frankly what they would think of another party staying. There would be options, possibly remedies on offer in such a situation. I would never book the second party without the blessing of the first.
** The nightly rate is determined by a combination of the number of guest rooms to be prepared and the total number of guests in a party.
Here's how it works, and what to do:
If 1 or 2 people want the use of 1 guest room, the base rates for summer high season are:
-- $50 CAD/night (Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs nights)
-- $55 CAD/night (Fri and Sat nights)
-- Please see calendar for details.
If you are 2 people who each want a double bed and closed guest room all to yourselves, please enter your enquiry or booking request as if you were a party of 3. (Enter '3.') This will automatically generate the correct subtotal.
If you are a party of 3, just enter '3' and all will come out correctly.
Though my place can easily accommodate 4 people for sleeping, I have found that, while OK, it's not optimal for 5 people to live here at once. Four people (including me) aren't ever "on top of" each other here, but with 5, there might be a little waiting for this or that, time to time. That's why I'm always very happy to accept bookings for up to 3 people, but would only consider accepting parties of 4 if they'd be happy with what they're getting into and only want to stay for a short time.
I want to make sure everybody feels contented and at ease while they're here, i.e., not waiting 45 minutes for the bathroom on a busy morning!
If you could let me know in your reservation request:
-- your approximate E.T.A. for the day of arrival
-- which guest room you'd like me to prepare for you
. . . much obliged!
Thanks for checking out my listing!
If you've read my descriptions and find that your question is still unanswered, please feel free to ask me whatever it is.
Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home in all common areas of the apartment (i.e., everywhere but my bedroom/office), including the big living room/dining room, back porch and kitchen.
Interakcija s gostima
I am a friendly person who, once you're here, will be happy to tell you whatever I can about what you're looking for in this fabulous city. Though I myself am extroverted, I have many introverted loved ones and know how to give lots of space and quiet to those who want it. If I'm around and you'd like to have a glass of wine with me and tell me about your day, that's great. If you're more a "just need the bed, thanks" kind of traveller, that's great also. I have been both myself, and have very much enjoyed my Airbnb experiences. I want yours to be wonderful too.
Whenever I sense my guests want more privacy, or if I do, I retreat to my big 'sleeping office' for a while and work, eat, or do whatever else, and give them some space.
À noter : En dépit du fait que je casse mon français partout (désolée en avance !), je le parle assez bien à être facilement compris neuf fois sur dix, et ma compréhension du français écrit et parlé est mieux.
Free nearby parking is plentiful at all times. Very rarely is it the case that guests can't park directly in front of my building or directly across the street for their whole stay. (See bottom of this box for details.)
The neighbourhoods just across the canal from here (Griffintown, to the east of where rue Charlevoix meets rue Notre-Dame Ouest, and Saint-Henri, to the west of there) have been gentrifying at breakneck speed the last several years. This is now a 'foodie' neighbourhood in terms of grocery and restaurant offerings. Many critics' darlings and otherwise highly-rated new restaurants can now be found in the Southwest borough of Montreal, as well as an old but big kid on the block -- one of Anthony Bourdain's all-time favourite joints, Joe Beef -- just four blocks away.
Access to Highway 15/the Decarie Expressway from here couldn't be easier nor could picnicking by the water in a pretty national park. I don't think listings in any neighbourhoods other than Pointe St-Charles can claim that! :-)
There's a gas station at a stone's throw from chez-moi.
Near the bike rental and repair place across the bridge from the Atwater Market (south side of Lachine Canal) you can rent kayaks and paddle boats by the hour---another special feature to this unique location.
The only times you cannot park right in front of my building are between 7:30 and 8:30 AM, Thursdays, between April 1st and December 1st.
Right across the street, parking is prohibited between the same hours of the same months on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Parking on neighbouring streets is also minimally restricted and ample.
After heavy snowfalls, pay attention as to whether there are short, bright orange, temporary signs put up along the sidewalks near your vehicle. These would indicate exceptional no-parking hours coming up for that location for that evening or next morning. Cars need to be elsewhere during those hours so snow removal can be done.
Please take care not to scratch the lovely hardwood floors (they aren't mine) or to spill anything on the living room carpet, as liquid makes its dyes run.
Please don't have guests over that I don't know.
Other than these, just enjoy the place and come and go as you please!
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As a host, I'm really pleased to share my cute, sunny, big place with you. It is a treat to have the rustlings of other people around. Living alone has its perks, but by nature I am a social animal who enjoys the intersection of my life with others, be it in just a few words exchanged or something more elaborate. I also like surprises and seeing the world through as many eyes as possible, and I can't think of a better way for this to spontaneously happen than by having people come through here, going about their business, in a relaxed and informal way.
I am warm and flexible, get along with all kinds of people--including ones very different from myself--and care a lot about meeting the needs of others. I will do my best to provide the kind of hosting that will make you most comfortable, and will enjoy the process. As I said elsewhere in the listing, I can be gregarious, but I also know very well how to give quieter and more private people lots of space. I know what it's like to just want a place to shower and sleep and that's it. If that's what you're after, that's what you'll get, and it will be good.
One last thing: Montreal has been my home for the better part of 20 years, and I adore this city. I'm very proud of all the things that make it special. If you ask, I'll be delighted to tell you about whatever you want to know. If I don't have answers, it'll be a kick for me to try to find them or to at least to point you in the right direction for finding them yourself.
As a guest, I like to have a lot of fun, but not at the expense of others' good sleep, or anything else. I'm friendly and enjoy talking with people about all sorts of things, but when I'm travelling and lodging with airbnb members, my main goal is to get outside and stay outside until 'lights out'. I'm there to enjoy your city!