Garden Room in Buddhist Temple

House - Private room · Rue Saint Dominique, Montreal, QC H2T 1T5, Canada
Your host, Myokyo
65 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

A quiet refuge hidden away in one of the hippest neighbourhoods of Montreal, with access to two bus routes within three blocks and seven minutes to the nearest metro station. We are a ten-minute walk from “the mountain” - Mont-Royal Park, which has opportunities year-round for walking, running, skiing and skating. The Plateau has some of the best food, drinks, coffee, and vintage shopping in town!  A thirty-minute walk will take you downtown, to Old Montreal, to several museums, as well as up to the open-air Jean-Talon farmers' market and over to the historic Outremont area of Montreal. Visitors are also welcome to use Montreal's Bixi bike-sharing programme, with bikes parked at several stations within five minutes of the Zen Centre.

This simply appointed bedroom, the Garden Room, has a double bed, desk, chair, lamp, night table with reading lamp and clothes chest. The window and tomato balcony door look out onto the private garden area complete with apple and sour cherry trees. Guests share a large bathroom, and a reading room on the second floor of a large 1880's brick house. A weekly schedule of Zen meditation occurs on the ground floor which is open-concept and which has a small bathroom and kitchen/dining area and meditation hall. You may choose to enjoy your coffee at the table in the lovely small garden courtyard of the Zen Centre. Linens and towels are supplied. Electric kettle, cutlery and dishes are available for light breakfast preparation only (no cooking) along with fridge access. Guests are asked to clean up the kitchen after themselves. The house is vegetarian so guests are asked to not bring home meat or fish.

Guests are welcome to join the meditation schedule (Monday to Friday: 6-7:30am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 6-7:30pm, Saturday, 9:30-11am most weeks of the year) after arranging an instruction session of 25 minutes with the host, Myokyo, the abbess of the centre. Movement in and out of the house is restricted during these time periods. This has not proved a problem with guests in the past as most are not up and about by 7:30am, and most are out to dinner or resting before heading out for dinner during the evening meditation. All guests will receive a brief intro to the Zen tradition.

Myokyo lives off-site, about two blocks away, with the Zen Centre dog (who occasionally visits), but usually is working in the office upstairs at the Zen Centre during the day. She is readily available to greet you, to answer questions and to send you off to the corner for the best croissants and baguettes to be had in the city.

There is one off-street parking space available for guests and plenty of free street parking. Vehicles must have winter/snow tires to park in the space during winter months.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The Garden room was a unique and tranquil respite from the city - the Temple was beautiful and relaxing with a nice outdoor space, and the room was spotless and comfortable. The Temple is ideally located in one of the most exciting neighborhoods to explore in Montreal. Myokyo was a gracious host, very helpful with restaurant recommendations.

    July 2014
  • I totally enjoyed staying at the Buddhist Temple Garden Room as it was tranquil and with such beautiful and tasteful furnishings. Myokyo was a delightful person to meet and I would love to stay there again when I visit Montreal.

    July 2014
  • Myokyo a été une hôte incroyable
    Mon ami et moi avons passé 3 jours exceptionnels à Montréal, notamment grace à Myokyo qui nous a aimablement invitée à assister à une séance de méditation

    Myokyo nous a accueilli chaleureusement, alors même que nous sommes arrivés tard (22:00 - 10pm) et nous as conseillé sur les choses à voir et à faire, dans le quartier, comme dans la ville de Montréal.

    Le quartier lui même était très agréable, avec de nombreux bars, restaurants et magasins. Proche du métro (15mn de la ligne orange, station Mont Royal) et du centre ville.

    Pour les amateurs de Street art, vous trouverez de nombreux graffiti et peintures murales dans le quartier.

    June 2014
  • Le temple bouddhiste est un endroit unique par son calme au coeur d'un des quartiers les plus vivants de Montréal. Ma chambre était très confortable, d'une propreté impécable et Myokyo est à l'image de ce lieu ; une personne rare. Je suis heureuse qu'Airbnb permette de découvrir de tels endroits et recommande chaleureusement cette location aux voyageurs qui me liront.

    June 2014
  • This is my second time staying at the Buddhist Temple and everything was great. Again, the location is perfect, Myoko is very timely in responding and everything went smoothly. I would recommend staying at the Buddhist Temple to anybody!

    June 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    See you both next year!

    June 2014
  • I felt very welcomed in the garden house. The location is very convenient. You are just a short walk away from dozens of the nice restaurants and cafes of the plateau.
    Myoko was helpful in sharing some good eats in the neighbourhood.
    I had nice talks with her and enjoyed her little garden.
    If you like simple japanese style rooms, thats the place to be.
    I would advise you to take part in the evening meditation.
    It is quite interesting if you have - like me - no experience.

    My next stay in Montreal would/will be at her place.

    June 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Oliver, hope you'll come again with your wife! I trust that your further travels in the province have gone well.

    June 2014
  • Everything was clean, peaceful, and as described. Myokyo was very responsive and eager to help make my stay as pleasant as possible. Would stay here again!

    June 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Jay, hope to see you back in Montreal!

    June 2014
  • Myokyo is very welcoming and a great host, taking the time to help me find a place to eat and answering any questions I had. The room is quiet, clean and airy, wonderful to return to after a long day at the Grand Prix. I would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing and friendly place to stay in Montreal.

    June 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Adrian, great to meet you and, as I said, loved your tee-shirt with the silhouette of a special car!

    June 2014
  • Staying at Myokyo's Zen Buddhist Temple was serene - a beautiful quiet peaceful calm haven yet just moments from the busy-ness of Mont Royal. Myokyo is warmly welcoming and accommodating and it was a privilege to sit with her in morning and evening meditation. Thank you Myokyo - I will definitely stay here again if/when I return to Montreal.

    June 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Lelli, so glad it worked out at short notice for you to stay here. Lovely to meet you and best wishes for your continuing travel!

    June 2014
  • Moi qui avais besoin de repos, j'ai vraiment frappé à la bonne porte. En plus d'offrir une chambre confortable et très propre, la maison entière, avec son temple zen, propose une atmosphère de quiétude. Je me suis jointe avec grand plaisir aux séances de méditation, et j'ai profité de mon temps libre pour me promener à Montréal. L'emplacement est parfait et permet de profiter pleinement du centre-ville sans en ressentir le caractère très urbain une fois à l'intérieur. Une adresse qui restera définitivement dans mes incontournables de Montréal!

    June 2014
    Response from Myokyo:

    Héloïse, simplement un plaisir de vous rencontrer!

    June 2014
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Enpuku-ji Zen Centre, McGill and Concordia University Chaplaincy Offices
I am obviously very involved in Zen practice. I have a keen interest in dogs, growing vegetables, climbing on Mont-Royal, artisanal beers (especially Porters) and excellent salads... Quiet, but fun-loving and creative, I would say!
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