Gone are the days of staying in stuffy, overpriced hotels or budget bed bug-infested hostel rooms when we go on vacation.
With the arrival of Airbnb, we’re now exposed to cool neighbourhoods and districts that aren’t slap bang in the middle of town above a busy nightclub.
We can also enjoy flexible living arrangements that allow us to spend time in our accommodation, cooking instead of paying for all our meals in restaurants, or returning at leisure without the fear of a guest house-imposed curfew.
And since we often overlook our own glorious backyard, it’s time to start shacking up in some of Canada’s best cities – like Montreal.
Here are some great places to stay for under $150.
Definitely worth the walk up to the third floor, this charming apartment is over a century old, but feels incredibly modern. There’s a beautiful mountain view which you enjoy from the balcony, and if you get bored of the vistas, there’s Netflix and Apple TV for guests to use. It’s a short walk to lots of eateries, bookshops and bars in the area.
Price per night: $89
Just around the corner from La Fontaine, one of Montreal’s most beautiful parks, this loft-style one bedroom apartment is a thoroughly modern affair (despite being in the basement of a 1900s stone house). Its stone walls, reclaimed wood and modern furnishings make this one classy place to crash for the weekend, and its sliding barn door lets in plenty of natural light.
Price per night: $113
If you’re looking for location, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to stay in the city than this. “La Belle” in the Old Port faces the Palais de Congres, is steps away from the Notre Dame Basilica, and just a short walk to Quartier des Spectacles and Chinatown. Plus, rent approved clients can rent the hosts’ Lexus for just $100 a day.
Price per night: $110
This apartment is located in the heart of self-professed up-and-coming district of Griffintown. It’s an uncluttered space means you won’t feel cramped if you arrive and have a fair bit of baggage, plus it has a den that can accommodate a third guest if necessary. The one bedroom is modern, clean, equipped, and there are some stunning views to be had from the balcony.
Price per night: $136
This open concept loft in a historical building has a fantastic view of the city. It’s a cool pad that’s perfect for young professionals and gets a ton of sunlight through its many windows. The host recently added a sofa bed to the fully furnished space so it can comfortably fit up to four guests. It’s close to Atwater market, stunning Lachine canal, and only five minutes away from two subway stations.
Price per night: $96
This downtown apartment is nestled in the business district (Quartier des Spectacles), which is just a few minutes walk from McGill and Old Montreal. The two-room apartment is incredibly modern, with clean lines and monochrome accented by splashes of colour. Walking distance to lots of dining and drinking options, and just steps from Places des arts Metro, the view offers a great vantage point from which to enjoy the city.
Price per night: $149
Bordering the Mile End and Outremont district, this space is just an eight-minute walk from the nearest transit station. And when you tire of all the restaurants, bars and nightlife the area has to offer, you’ll sleep easy in this canopy-style bed atop a crate. And since the apartment can accommodate up to three guests, perhaps one of them will repay you for finding this gem by giving you a rubdown on the massage table.
Price per night: $116
Conveniently located for guests wanting to visit hotspots like the Bio Dome, Planetarium and Gardens of Light, this charming apartment’s biggest sellers are the outdoor seating areas. With a lounger, patio umbrella and greenery, the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy summer evenings. But if the weather doesn’t permit an al fresco affair, you can watch the world go by from the beautiful sun room.
Price per night: $150
Minutes from the famous Jean Talon market and Plaza St-Hubert, this loft-style apartment is light, airy and provides a fantastic base to explore the city of Montreal. There are a myriad of choices when it comes to eating and drinking in the surrounding area, but if you want to explore, you’re just two blocks from the Beaubien Metro station.
Price per night: $95