Charmingly furnished 4 1/2 apartment in the trendy Mile End. Lots of cafes, restaurants and boutiques nearby, as well as the Rialto and the Theatre Outremont. Seeking someone(s) with the right affinities to rent this little gem apartment. There is wireless high-speed internet plus bedding and towels are provided too. Ideal home from home. Beautiful wood floors, lots of art and plants. The kitchen is really well equipped for those who like to cook. The bed is a queen and has a super fancy mattress. The kitchen has a cute balcony that faces east and the sunrise. In the living room there is an amplifier hooked up to some good speakers with a cable to plug into your lap-top, phone or i-pod for you to enjoy your music. The number 80 bus stops at the corner of the block; the most regular service in Montreal with buses heading downtown every four minutes during the daytime, as well as service all night long. Rosemont and Outremont metro stations are both nearby. If you have a car there is a reserved parking spot.
Smoking on the balcony
Checkin-checkout was easy as pie, Patrick very helpful. Apartment as advertised: great location, comfortable apartment (quirky and oldish, but comfortable).
Very positive experience.
Excellent location in mile end neighborhood around the corner from famous bagel shops, great coffee shops/cafes, Great restaurants and bars. Easy to grab bus/subway and get to old Montreal in 30min.
Just what we needed...
Parking space, quaint full kitchen, espresso maker, covered back porch, comfy couch in living room, great stereo system, queen size bed (firm). No TV- which was good because you shouldn't be watching TV when there is so much to do!
Prompt. Provided clear directions and We didn't really need much from patrick beyond that, but he got right back to us when we touched base to check in/out.
This is a homey/quaint apartment with character. We literally felt like we were coming home every night.
A bit outside of the hotspots, you are only a block or two from everything you need to get settled in--groceries, coffee, wine, and a few nice restaurants. Walk a few blocks more and you are in the heart of some of Montreal's most popular areas with great nightlife and beautiful streets to wander through. Although the apartment sits on a main road with easy access to a main bus line, be prepared for a hike if you want to walk directly to a Metro station.
The apartment was clean and comfortable, and I was well received even though I showed up a little early. Patrick had all the basics covered, and I had a very comfortable sleep. I enjoyed making a morning cup of coffee on the old gas stove, and although the shower setup is a little basic, the great water pressure/super hot temperature was perfect after a cold, rainy day outside. Do be careful with the bathroom door nob, as it can pop off and leave you stranded!
For a simple, no-frills place to land, it was just what I needed. I would stay here again!
Patrick was a very welcoming and easy-going host. We found his apartment to be very stylish and cozy, with a great little terrace. Everything necessary for a short stay was present. The location of the apartment was great, too, close to all the nice and trendy places of Mile End. We definitely recommend Patrick's apartment for people visiting Montreal!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the "cool hipster apartment in trendy Mile End," but there were a few things that could have gone more smoothly. The most trying part of our stay was Patrick's minimalist responses to our requests for information. Repeated requests in the days leading up to our arrival for instructions on how to contact him, how to get keys, when to arrive and so forth met with either no response (initially) or frustratingly incomplete responses (repeatedly). When we finally got an instruction to arrive at midday, we did so only to find the previous guests asleep in bed; Patrick just seemed unable or unwilling to arrange a mutually convenient time for both sets of guests.
After that, we were pretty much on our own, so far as Patrick went. We got no advice on how to use the apartment's various amenities or any kind of welcome or introduction to the neighbourhood from Patrick. Luckily it's an area of Montreal we'd lived in in the past and luckily, too, we've stayed in these kinds of typical Montreal student flats before (the vibe is definitely more "poor student" than "hipster," by the by), so we were able to figure stuff out.
The apartment was also pretty filthy when we arrived, and we spent quite a lot of time dusting, sweeping and cleaning the bathtub. We did ask Patrick if we could borrow a vacuum cleaner, but apparently he doesn't have access to one.
So much for the negatives. On the plus side, the neighbourhood around the house is hugely enjoyable to explore. There's a great deal of terrific dining, interesting design shops etc. within a reasonable walk, but there's also still a lot of the old neighbourhood stores getting on with their business as well. It's a funky, diverse and always interesting area. And it's easy to get downtown on the Bixi bikes or on the 80 bus down Park. If the flat itself is rather run-down, it's perfectly functional and comfortable.
If you're a light sleeper you should be aware that Ave du Parc is a major road. The bedroom only has thin, gauzy curtains that don't cut out the light at all and the a/c (in the kitchen window at the back of the house) isn't powerful enough to bedroom (at the front). So if you need the bedroom window open it will be both noisy and light.
This apartment is in my favorite neighborhood in Montreal. It was very comfortable and the fact that it has its own parking space is a huge bonus; parking in the area is always a headache. Patrick lent me a bike, gave me a futon for when I had guests come and is a warm, generous person. But he has a lot going on and so sometimes it would take a little time to connect with him. People should read the reviews and understand what this apartment is like: quirky, a little run down, very typical of apartments in the neighborhood. If your main aim is to have an affordable place to stay in a vibrant neighborhood with wonderful coffee, bagels, beer and character then this will suit you.
This apartment is lovely, spacious, and comfortable, and I loved the neighborhood around it. I only met Patrick briefly but he's very nice and conscientious of his guests. I really enjoyed having this as my home base for exploring Montreal and I would recommend it to anyone else visiting the city!
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