The Atwater Market is also within view. (In winter you can see its clock tower from the front porch.)
The location of this sunny, 1,100 sq.-ft. flat–100 metres from a subway line, a BIXI stand, and from the Lachine Canal parklands–makes for a really nice visit.
Beyond your private room(s) with WiFi, a comfy double bed or 3/4 futon (please see details below)**–renovated bathroom beside them–everything you could need is within a 5-minute walk: big farmers' and artisanal foods market (Atwater), upscale pubs and restaurants, old school diners, excellent coffee joints, a bakery, big grocery stores, drugstores, a liquor store, corner stores (we call them dépanneurs), and post offices.
If you're coming to Montreal for conferences downtown, one of Montreal's many summer festivals: MUTEK, Mondial de la Bière, Grand Prix, St-Jean, the jazz fest, Les Francofolies, Just For Laughs, Divers/Cité, Osheaga, Piknic Électronik; or its many art and architecture museums, this place is very convenient to them all.
Via metro you could step out into the Quartier des Spectacles in 20 minutes or less; to the gay village in 25 or less. :::: Downtown is so close you could walk to the beginning of the bustling rue Ste-Catherine main shopping drag in 20 minutes if you wanted. :::: The SGW campus of Concordia University is 3 metro stops or a half-hour walk away. McGill is just 5 metro stops away. :::: For those who want to spend a lot of their time in the Plateau district, or Jean-Talon Market/Little Italy, you can get there quickly and easily by metro too. :::: You can also easily access Mile End by taking the green line right by this place to metro Place des Arts, then taking the frequent 80 bus north up av. du Parc. I do this all the time: it usually takes 30–40 mins door-to-door. :::: If you wanted to go further southwest and sample one of the terrific restaurants in Verdun, the green metro line or a 107 bus to take you there is a one-minute walk away.
My visitors are welcome to hang out in the large central living room and to use the big kitchen and back deck. (I have a microwave for you to use, a shelf in the fridge, a compartment in the freezer, and a kitchen cupboard that are just for you.) Each guest room has drawers for you to put your clothes in if you like, and there's a dedicated shelf, towel rack, and drawers in the bathroom for you too. Clothes can easily be hung in the cream-decor room, and outside the double-bed room.
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 double-bed room at the front of the apartment for some solitude.
The nice 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 common areas are very generous in size, 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 generous back porch off the kitchen can serve as another private social space. The living room is big enough for two 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.
If I sense my guests want more privacy or if I do, I can retreat to my big bedroom for a while and work, eat or do whatever else, and give them some space.
Free nearby parking is plentiful. The only times you cannot park in front of my building are between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, Mondays and Thursdays; right across the street, between the same hours on Tuesdays and Fridays. Parking on neighbouring streets is also minimally restricted and ample. There's a gas station at a stone's throw. Access to Highway 15 from here couldn't be easier (surprising for such a residential neighbourhood.)
In summer, bikes can be rented from a place a couple of blocks away. (The Lachine Canal bike path, almost at my door, is part of hundreds of kilometres of park and street paths in Montreal.) Near the bike rental and repair place you can also rent kayaks and paddle boats by the hour.
There are also BIXI stands at 2 and 3 blocks' distance from here.
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.
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.
** There are two guest rooms. Single travellers will automatically have the cream-decor room with a firm foam mattress- and duvet-topped 3/4 futon couch bed ($34 = single occupancy). Twosomes will automatically be assigned the double-bed room with graphic print bedclothes ($34 + $12 = double occupancy).
If you are a single traveller who wants the double-bed room, please reserve as if you were a party of 2. ($34 + $12)
If you are a party of 2 or 3 and you want to have both guest rooms, please reserve as if you were a party of 3. (Which will work out to 34 dollars plus 12 dollars plus 12 dollars.)
Hope that isn't too confusing.
Robin is the perfect host - really knowledgable about the area, generous, warm, great to talk to... I immediately felt at home in her beautiful apartment which is decorated so artistically! I loved all the little thoughtful touches like snacks and tea laid out. Totally planning on staying with Robin next time I'm in Montreal.
Stayed with Robin for nights and had an absolutely lovely time! Her house is as warm and welcoming as she is! On the coldest day of the year, it was a very quick walk from the subway and she even had a nice me waiting for me. I'm not sure what her pillows are made of, but I can't recall have such a wonderful sleep! highly recommend!
Hospitalité, appartement charmant, belle déco, hôtesse ouverte et accueillante, proximité du métro.
Merci Robin pour ton ouverture, de m'avoir partagé ta passion des parfums, pour tes petites attentions.
We had a terrific time in Montreal! Robin is delightful and her apartment is very nice and comfortable. Robin knows so much about the area and history of Montreal. She had great suggestions on where we should go and things to do. Her house is beautiful and a short walk from the train which is very easy to navigate. Robin even had pastries waiting when we arrived. Thank you, Robin for sharing your home and helping us to feel at home in Montreal!
Robin is the dream hostess! She is a wealth of knowledge is not afraid to dive into meaningful conversation and put commas where try belong. My guess is you could not find a better hostess in the city ;-)
We weren't able to come to Montreal during our intended visit dates, but I've stayed with Robin before and would recommend this Airbnb host to anyone! Great location and even better company!
Our stay at Robin's place was one of our best experiences during this trip. The apartment is lovely, big and clean. She had also prepared everything for us (utensils, snack etc) and gave us a superb introduction to the place.
Robin is a very social person and I truly enjoyed talking to her. She is very welcoming and adapts easily to the persons staying at her place.
I can give my warmest recommendations!
We were a part of three, and Robin's place fit us perfectly. The location was great, literally a block away from the metro. We had a great time here. The place is clean, comfortable and stylish, and Robin is an excellent host. Leaving out a few guidebooks and maps was a nice touch. Would definitely stay again!
My stay at Robin's apartment was fantastic. Her place is absolutely huge, nicely decorated, and very comfortable. She took the time to walk me through her place and show me the kitchen utensils and snacks she'd set aside for my stay, which really made me feel at home. She's so easy to talk to and very interesting - I really felt like I was hanging out with a friend I already knew, although my stay was a really short overnight. And her bathroom is super luxurious! It's a beautiful walk to the Atwater market on the other side of the canal. Highly recommended.
After living in Montreal for 6 years, I actually stayed at Robin's place a few days before I moved out of the city. Barely a stone's throw from the nearest metro and a two minute walk from Atwater market, Robin's apartment is fantastically located. During my last few days in the city, I had to run endless errands downtown - a feat made infinitely easier being situated just 15 minutes away by metro.
The apartment itself is stunning. Robin has an incredibly professional sense of decor, giving her rooms some fantastic ambience. Upon my arrival, Robin had conveniently laid out some kitchen essentials on her counter, including a French press and some freshly ground coffee. These two items became my new best friends on some of the more gruelling days I spent preparing to leave Montreal. The bedrooms and bathrooms are spotless, and it is obvious Robin works hard to keep them this way.
I had the chance to meet Robin briefly before my stay, and she is easily one of the warmest hosts I've ever met. Given that Robin had to be away from the city, my only wish is that we would have had more time to hang out together.
Bottom line, Robin's apartment exceeds all expectations and leaves nothing to be desired. Robin herself has to be one of the friendliest people you could meet here on Airbnb. A wonderful bookend to my time in Montreal.
Five stars. :)