Traditionally styled furniture and hardwood floors give this small hotel plenty of shabby-chic charm, but its best selling point is its location right on rue St-Denis, among the Latin Quarter's trendy restaurants, movie theaters, and poutine joints.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator. Some street noise and panhandling is inevitable in this location.
No slave to contemporary decor, the rooms have a homey appeal. Some rooms have exposed brick walls, pine paneling, or iron headboards. The hardwood floors add considerable charm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some guests may find the decor choices to be dated.
Small but efficient, the bathrooms are well stocked with the necessities. Just don't expect much elbow room for blow drying your hair and sharing the sink.
Traditional in style, the lobby is narrow but welcoming. Wood trim and upholstered furniture set the signature look.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The reception area feels outmoded, with an old-style office desk and arm chairs.
Breakfast is included in the room rates! It's served in a stone-walled dining room in the basement. Again, the decor and flooring could use a boost.
The continental breakfast buffet goes way beyond the call of duty, with boiled eggs, ham, fresh fruit, bagels, and cereal.
Situated on a major thoroughfare, St. Denis, the auberge is well located, near a metro hub, the bus station, and on several bus lines. Ask at the front desk about parking. There are public parking meters on the street, but also a few spaces for guests.
The iconic Schwartz's Deli (5-minute drive) shouldn't be missed. Get the smoked meat sandwich with extra fat. Don't overthink it. Models and hipsters congregate at Buonanotte (15-minute walk) to nibble on Italian staples, sip cocktails, and mingle with celebrities and local designers.
Abreuvoir Bar et Terrace (5-minute walk) has fun drinks, live bands, and a leafy terrace in the summertime. Alternately, try Pub L'Ile Noire (5-minute walk) for a well-edited selection of scotch in a tavern setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Budget travelers mingle on the front terrace, watching the street traffic and chatting with panhandlers. This is an affordable base for young adventure seekers who like free Wi-Fi, metro access, and nightlife at their doorstep. While the decor won't win any awards, the auberge is clean and comfortable, with full kitchenettes and air conditioning. Like many smaller properties, there is no elevator, but the staff will help with your bags.