University Bed & Breakfast
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
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Historical Traveler Reviews University Bed & Breakfast Montreal
Great Value and Location
We stayed here for 4 nights. Check in was a bit strange, the person working that day was unavailable when we arrived, so there was a delay of almost an hour. The desk is not staffed all day.
We were able to park on the street right in front of our room, you need to pay attention to the signs and move to the other side on certain days.
The B&B is about a 2 minute walk from McGill, hence the name. The Metro is a 10 minute walk, convenient enough for the able and many museums and sights are within a reasonable walk.
The room, at $99 C a night was roomy and clean, with a small kitchen and nice bath. Housekeeping is minimal, they change linen once a week or after your stay. The place is cleaned and tidied daily. We loved it.
University B&B, a very friendly and comfortable B&B
Last year I visited Montreal on my own for a week, during my stay in Canada. I found the University B&B through the internet and in no time I had made a booking for the B&B. On the internet I could already see that they had all different kinds of rooms and they "gave" me the White Room. When I arrived I couldn't believe my eyes. It was more like a small appartement than just a simple single room. The owner and staff were all very friendly. The room gave me a very homely feeling. There was a beautiful breakfast each day. I can really recommend this B&B. Especially since the staff and owners all speak English.
Home Away from Home
I can't say enough good things about the University Bed & Breakfast. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and more than helpful when it came to getting around Montreal.
Our room was comfortable and I felt like I was staying at a relative's home rather than a strange, cold hotel.
Ian and Pia are wonderful! Reservations were easy to make and the price is just right.
I plan to return to Montreal in the future and I already know where I'm going to stay.
Does what it says on the label
Just had 4 nights here. We found the place to be exactly as several of the previous reviews had told us it would be like. Our room was very spacious and clean, and you could easily apply the phrase "shabby chic", that is to say not as well maintained decoratively as you would expect your usual mainstream hotel. But we knew what to expect, and it did not spoil our enjoyment.
The place is extremely well located, and were able to walk to all areas of the city, often walking back late at night from one of the many excellent restaurants nearby.
The young staff were pleasant and always helpful, although the owners were conspicuous by their absence, as they were apparently enjoying an extended holiday in Turkey.
We would happily stay here again.
Would stay here again and again and again....
Just came back from a 4 night stay at the B&B and my experiences are the exact opposite of the last review.
The B&B is housed in two walk-ups that go back to the 1880's and before it was a B&B, it was a student rental property (hence the "shabby chic") and staffed by McGill students. The suites are furished with Ikea furniture, but still retain much of it's original charm (10 ft ceilings, original moldings and baseboards!) The pictures on their website are pretty reflective of the rooms, as are the other pictures posted here.
I was travelling with my husband and 10 mth old son and we stayed in the Yellow room (with pullout) and my parents stayed in the Beige room. The office/breakfast room is in 623 Prince Arthur, (which also houses the Beige room on the 2nd floor) The Yellow Room is on the first floor of the other building (621 Prince Arthur).
* booked both the rooms online and all email inquires were promptly and thoroughly answered by Scott
* very good location - we often came back around 10 pm and I never felt nervous walking around in the area; nearby, there's a 24 hr Second Cup coffee shop (Parc/Milton) and a 24 hr supermarket (Parc/Sherbrooke)
* we left our minivan in their secure parking garage (should've been an extra $10/day, but they didn't charge us.) If the garage is full, there is plenty of free street parking on the surrounding side streets.
* upon hearing that we were travelling with a little one, they had set up a play tent in our room (see picture) and he loved it
* since the Yellow Room was on the first floor, we just wheeled our stroller right in to the room
* even though they were booked solid, Scott and Jennifer went out of their way to make sure that we were happy and none of our requests went unanswered (e.g. leading up to our check-in, Scott even offered to try and save a parking spot on the street out front!) The owners, Ian & Pia, were on vacation in Turkey and we never got to meet them.
* your towels only get refreshed if you stay more than 7 days. With a little messy guy and the weather being so muggy, a lot of baths were taken. By the time we were leaving our towels were smelling kinda funky. But as I was checking out, another guest came in to the office to request more towels, which they said they would leave in their room when they did their daily clean up. I would recommend that you either bring some of your own towels or ask for new ones (which I never thought to do.)
* your bed is not made and the only room clean-up is that they take out your garbage (and they didn't do this in my parent's room the first day.)
* beware that the Beige Room is directly across from the office/breakfast room, but my parents didn't complain or mention any noise issues
* the Beige Room has two light switches in the bathroom, one for a normal light and the other one for a red light bulb(?!?) and it only has a shower stall and no bathtub
All in all, I would stay here everytime I came back to Montreal and would definitely recommend that to all of my friends and family!
The Worst Place I've Ever Stayed.... Ever
We stayed at this B&B on a family trip including me & my husband, our one-year-old, and an elderly relative. We were looking for a place to stay on a budget that could accomodate all of us. The owners assured us that it would be comfortable for a child and for our limping aunt, and they promised us a room on the ground floor (to avoid stairs), a queen bed and a pullout couch in the "suite," and enough room to set up a portable crib (which we brought). I asked them to please tell me if they could not accomodate our needs, and that we would go elsewhere if they couldn't. They assured me that theirs would be a great place for us.
They provided NOTHING of what they offered us, and with no apology. We had a room with a long flight of stairs, barely enough room for the crib, two twin beds, a lumpy futon, a rattling air conditioner, and a horrible little bathroom. There was not enough floor space for three adults and a one year old to all stand in the room at the same time. The breakfast, in contrast to many other Montreal B&Bs, consists of toast and cereal. The room smelled of awful chemicals when we arrived, causing me to break into hives and my throat to close up and forcing us to leave. We were lucky to get two rooms at the Delta Inter-City for the rest of our stay, which was gorgeous, comfortable, incredibly accomodating for children, with a wonderful professional staff.
We attempted to find the owners, or any staff, before we left, but nobody was around or available. When we called the next morning to discuss the situation, they hung up on me. Because they had charged us in full when we arrived (I will never again pay in full before the end of my stay), and because they are not in the US, it was a fierce battle with our credit card company to negotiate any refund.
This place is decently located but simply AWFUL. It is dirtier and more poorly maintained than any youth hostel I have ever been to in any country. Certainly do *not* go here with children or with anyone with compromised health. There is nothing relaxing about a stay at Unviersity Bed & Breakfast. These people don't care about hospitality, they just want your money.
I guess our complaining guest is telling us what the real problem was by saying that they checked out of 1 suite and they got 2 rooms in another hotel and they were happy because it seems that is what they needed in the first place...if they asked us, we would be also happy to give them 2 suites...
As for the issue of refunds, their aunt had already stayed with us for 2 nights (yes with limping feet and no complaints) before they joined her, and they wanted to check out at 6 pm, without paying any room fees for the night which would be unacceptable at any b&b and even hotels...
On the other hand, we have been open only for over a year, and we have had over 1500 guests stay with us so far....and we are very proud of having 1499 very satisfied guests out of 1500....
Perfect for budget travellers
We stayed at the Universtiy Bed and Breakfast in the Brick Room. We paid $99.00 per night, which is a very good deal in Montreal. Yes, the rooms aren't quite polished. It is very old building with plaster walls. So, just like that first little apartment you rented when you were young and broke, you will find ripples in the walls, some chipped paint, and some holes in the wall behind the bathroom sink. If you are accustomed to staying in 4 star hotels...this isn't the place for you. However, if you are looking for a good deal and don't want to stay in a questionable area, this is your place. Maybe it is a bit rough around the edges, but we always felt safe, the clientelle were good people, and the employees were friendly. They seem to be fixing it up as they go, so it's a work in progress (another review calls it "shabby chic"...good description).
Very close to McGill University, so the neighbourhood is alive with people at all hours. It's a bit of a walk, but you will find massive life on St. Laurent street, bars, 24 hour coffee shop, shopping, internet cafes, grocery, restaurants..everything. Or, take a 5 minute walk to the Metro. You can also walk into downtown, and walk to Old Montreal (closer to 25 minutes walking). There is a Laundromat 1/2 block down a side street that is open late and has a coffe bar (seems popular with students). There are a lot of students living in this area, so definitely not a dead neighbourhood. Continental breakfast is available upstairs each morning (I had bagels & coffee everyday, my perfect breakfast), and the employees there were chatty & friendly. Due to the age of this building, there are a lot of stairs involved, so not a great option if you rely on a wheelchair or have an injury where an elevator would be more comfortable for you.
If you are a budget traveller that is not overly picky, we recommend this hotel.
Good Choice for Budget Travelers
Stayed at the B&B for 2 nights in March with my husband. It was fine for two nights on a budget. It does look a bit sketchy from the outside. The first room (beige) was a bit dingy but we moved to another room (white) which was bigger and nicer for the second night. I believe they are currently making some upgrades to the rooms. The location is great for walking everywhere. Very central. I thought the staff were pretty friendly and helpful. They were fairly chatty at breakfast and called us a cab when we were ready to go. They'll keep your luggage for you if you're leaving after the check out time. As far as cooking in the room, they didn't say don't cook, they just said don't cook anything smelly (like fish). We weren't planning to cook anyway - too many good restaurants to try in our measly 3 day stay! I'd probably stay there again if I was on a tight budget, but I might try the Courtyard by Marriott next time if I had an extra $40 to spend. (Since it's also centrally located and gets good reviews.)
Suite little deal
I thought this place was charming. This was my first trip to Montreal and I wasnted to be near the action. We also didn't have a long time to spend here so we wanted to be able to walk to everything. And we did. This place is near the University so there is so much happening close by. Excellent restaurants, lots of city sights, Mont Royal hiking trails and viewpoint were all accessable by foot. (albeit some were a lot farther of a walk than others)We spent a lot of time in the latin quarter were there is always something to do. Just a 5 minute walk from the B&b and you are in the middle of some very hip places. The suite itself was what I expected (shabby chic I guess you would call it) My husband thought it was a little too shabby to be chic. We were glad the lighting was very low and ambient so you really couldn't see too mcuh of what was in the corners! The bathroom was small and a probably my only real complaint of this place. It could use an overhaul. The kitchenette was nice although they ask you not to cook so that's a little strange. No matter there were plantly of restaurants we wanted to try. Our roof top patio was a bonus. Although no views it was nice to get some air. THe breakfast was served by University students in the morning. It was okay but nothing to write home about. Continental only but fine. The hosts were not very friendly but they weren't rude either so it was fine. We really didn't see them while we were there anyways. All in all great value, good location with some Montreal charm. Would recommend it to anyone on a budget who likes ambience but who doesn't need the finer things in life:)
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