Our stay at Antoine's apartment in Montreal is exactly why we continue to use Airbnb: we got to enjoy what we felt was a more local experience. Antoine's apartment felt like home (very cozy with all of the books, dvds, and music!) and he provided us with thorough details when booking. We appreciated the flexible check-in time and upon arrival, his very friendly sister greeted us. She was invaluable in helping us find a nearby parking spot where we wouldn't receive a ticket (we were slightly confused by the signage, especially since we're not fluent in French). She even called the upstairs neighbor to confirm!
Antoine's apartment is located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood that's close to many restaurants and stores. For as much as we enjoyed exploring the surrounding area, we could have easily spent the entire time hanging out in his apartment. We especially loved making use the record player and since we had some work to do, we were grateful for the good (and free!) wifi connection.
When we make it back to Montreal, we'd love to stay in Antoine's apartment again. Highly recommended if you want a taste of what it's like living in Montreal.