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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Kensington Montreal
The warmest hosts and the best breakfast in Montreal!
I really enjoyed my stay in Montreal at "Le Kensington", its hosts: Josée and Reno are really nice people, I will never forget the warm welcome, the useful tips to travel around Montreal, the conversations with Josée at breakfast or when Reno drove me to the airport when I left Montreal. These kind of things made me feel as at home!
The hotel is a typical canadian house very confortable and tastefully decorated. You will enjoy watching TV with Reno and talking about hockey matchs or places to visit in Montreal
The food at Le Kensington is simply delicious and tasty! both hosts are excellent cookers and enjoy making happy their guests. Josée asked me about my preferences for breakfast and provided me interesting conversations and information during breakfast time.
Le Kensington is located in a peaceful region in Montreal and at the same time well communicated by bus and metro.
I wish a lot of succes to Josée and Reno with their B&B, they really know how to treat a guest and enjoy doing that. If you are planing to visit Montreal "Le Kensington" is a very good option (if not the best) to consider for housing.
Jesús Gonzalo Asensio
Super City Break!
Staying at Le Kensington is a truly superb experience, totally relaxing and a real "home from home". The Gabrielli's have a rare ability to make you feel "one of the family" within minutes of meeting them. We could not have had a more delightful stay in such a lovely old Montreal house, beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated. We will not forget the wonderful and varied breakfasts and look forward immensley to the day we can return! If you are in the area and you want the best, Le Kensington is the place for you!
A week in Montreal
Although we have run a BnB in England for 17 years, we deliberately did not mention this during our stay at Le Kensington.
Our spacious room with ensuite shower room and walk in closet was first class.We were encouraged to use the facilities and equipment of the nearby kitchen should we have wished to self cater.The comfortable lounge gave us a chance to view Canadian television and to use the broadband internet to research our holiday and to send emails.
To us food is a very important part of the holiday so we were pleased to act on our hosts suggestions for evening meals, and of course to indulge in the tempting ,appetising and varied breakfasts.We will long remember Reno's Secret Citrus Starter and the large jug of maple syrup served with appropriate dishes.
Reno had arranged to meet us at the VIA station on arrival,which was much appreciated but what we did not expect was an orientation tour of central Montreal with a bird's eye view thrown in.
To cap it all, having enjoyed the hospitality of Josie and Reno all week, Josie insisted on returning us to the station at the end of our holiday.Definitely above and beyond the call of duty!
Noel and Andree Livesey
A Home Away From Home
Reno and Josee are the warmest people and provide excellent accommodations. They make sure you know your way around the city and you don't leave without a good breakfast in your stomach. From the moment they pick you up from the airport, you feel like you're visiting old friends. Reno gave me a wonderful tour of the city and always had suggestions for things to do. They truly made my stay in Montreal easy and comfortable and I will undoubtedly stay with them whenever I return.
Thanks Josee and Reno..
Great room, service and helpfulness from this really cute B&B. From the first phone reservation where Josee asked what cereals and foods my kids and wife like for breakfast, or my food allergies, to the terry robes to lounge in, we were really pleased. Josee and Reno were very nice and not intrusive, leaving us the dining room to relax and watch TV and read in the evenings. Gourmet breakfasts with fresh fruit and waffles were great. Our kids enjoyed the stay with the toys and flexibility most B&Bs don't have. The room was perfect with 2 double beds, ceiling fan (though they have A/C but who needs that in September in Montreal?), and windows that open. The price was right on for traveling families. We would definitely return to stay with Jose and Reno and wish them much success in the future. You can tell they care and know what they are doing. If the location is where you want to be it's a 'no brainer' to pick Le Kensington over some sterile hotel or motel... Thanks..rob.
It's everything that's good about staying with friends...
Our stay at Le Kensington was a wonderful choice--and we have the experiences to be able to make a comparison. Josee and Reno made us feel very much at home. The accommodations are incredibly clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The location is in a charming neighborhood, but not far from the downtown area.
We were given maps of the area and Josee took the time to show us the view from Mont Royal as well as the neighborhoods and local market. She even chauffeured us to our destination downtown.
Each morning, they served up a grand breakfast as well as some intelligent, stimulating conversation. Plus, we had a great kitchen to use, so we didn't have to eat out every night. Sensitive to the needs of their guests, this hospitable couple knows how to make a good trip a great vacation.
We had a stupendous time in Montreal and wouldn't hesitate to book Le Kensington again.
Thanks, Josee and Reno.
---from Emily & Scott
Le Kensington Saved Our Vacation!
I have to say that our stay at Le Kensington was the best we have ever had at a B & B. Our trip to Montréal began with a huge dissapointment and Reno and Josée came to our rescue! We arrived in Montréal to a hotel that didn't exist called "Berri Suites" we found this hotel on Craigslist and it turned out to be a scam! To our misfortune we had to stay at a Holiday Inn that night after driving all day and being very tired (We paid a hefty bill for that one night!!)
We almost turned around and drove back home to Toronto but with some searching online we found an advertisement for this great B & B called Le Kensington! When we arrived we were greated by Josée and Reno two of the nicest people we have ever met! They provided us with maps, drove us to the subway station and provided us with access to the internet. Our suite was a wonderful room with a porch overlooking the back yard, we also had our own private bathroom with a jacuzzi tub! The entire house was spotless and we consistantly had fresh towels and linens. We both felt so at home at Le Kensington and had wonderful conversation with both Reno and Josée.
The food was excellent Josée and Reno are both great cooks they made everything from eggs, to waffles, to croissants and tons of fresh fruit!
Reno and Josée also gave us some excellent recommendations for nearby restaurants, they went above and beyond what anyone could ask for while on vacation. Josée also took us and another couple on an excursion to Little Italy and to a great outdoor market! They guided us to places they felt we might be interested in and really welcomed us into their home.
We feel we got a real taste for Montréal while at Le Kensington and what it might be like to live there. After one week we both wished we lived in Montreal and considered moving there! After staying at this B & B I would never stay in a hotel or any other B & B while visiting Montréal again. I would recommend this B & B to all of my friends and family and would revisit without a doubt!
We both can't thank them enough for what they did for us while we stayed with them :)
Jillian & Patrick
A Gite Treat! Sweet!
... and one of the best parts was the concise yet detailed overview our hosts gave us of the neighborhoods of Montreal while gathered round maps spread out on the dining table.... providing exactly the sort of understanding that had been our goal (and they didn't even know that was our goal!). Wait ... I think we stayed with special friends .. we must have known them before .... where was it? Hummm......
A wonderful B & B
My family and I recently spent five days at Le Kensington, a bed and breakfast in Montreal. We could not have been happier there. Our hosts, Josée and Reno were warm and welcoming--excellent B&B hosts.
The B&B was spacious, clean as a whistle, perfectly air-conditioned and about as close to being at home as one could wish. The beds were extremely comfortable and the spotless bathroom was well equipped with towels, soaps and shampoos. We had the use of the kitchen and kept a few things in the fridge so we didn't have to go out to restaurants every night. Le Kensington is in a residential neighbourhood of Montreal, but quite close to downtown by car. Public transit is also good. Within a stone's throw of the B&B there are several places to buy food and wine (a staple in Montreal!) and there's even a recently renovated municipal pool that we visited several times (note to parents: it was great!). On our first visit to the pool, we figured we would just spread our towels out by the edge of the pool like everyone else. My husband had to go back to the B&B, having forgotten something, and to my surprise returned with beach chairs--courtesy of Reno and Josée. They really think of everything to make their guests comfortable and happy. Oh, and for those of you who can't live without your Internet fix, there's a computer in the living room, just for you. If you just want to relax, they also have excellent cable TV service (way better than the Sheraton in Manhattan!).
Did I forget the food? Shame!! Breakfasts at Le Kensington are wonderful and copious. We found that we barely had to eat lunch because the breakfasts were so great. Josée loves to cook and we reaped the benefits.
Would we go back to Le Kensington? Absolutely. Try it, you'll love it.
We stayed at Le Kensington while in Montreal for an 80th birthday celebration. Josee & Reno were wonderful hosts.
Our breakfasts were fantastic with juice & coffee and choices of fresh fruit, cheese, frittata's(veggie & meat), french toast, sausage, bacon, croissants, bagels and more. We were very pleased when they accomodated us one morning and provided brunch for a few friends. The dining room was a great atmosphere for us to get caught up.
With family in NDG it was an excellent location for us and it is close to public transit for easy access to other areas of the city. Reno & Josee were very helpful with restaurant suggestions and any other questions.
We thoughly enjoyed our stay and have been telling any friends that if they going to Montreal it is a great alternative to a hotel. Our room had all amenities of a 5 star hotel including terry robes!