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An okay place, but there are better! Mar 28, 2014
The Alexandrie-Montreal youth hostel is about 5 to 10-minute walk from the Berri-UQAM Metro stop, and the bus station, in the downtown area. Located on rue Amherst, it is about 2 blocks away from a gas station, which itself, is about 2 blocks from the Metro stop on Maisonneuve. Not easy to find, as there is not much in terms of signs, to really identify the building. So you will have to rely on the address number, which is 1750 Amherst.
The main thing to note, is that reception has an hours of operation, which closes at 11 PM. So make sure you check in before that. Because if you arrive after that, you will not be able to check in, and considered a no-show, thus you will be charged for the night.
Once checked in, you will need to get the code, in order to get inside the hostel. Especially if coming back in outside of reception hours.
The rooms themselves, basic and look rundown, with bunk beds. And they are small, so not much space to leave your things around and walk around. Luckily for me, the room was not completely filled up, so my experience was not bad.
Also, there are some shelves where you can put your shoes or other things, but no lockers in the room. Instead, there are lockers in the lounge area, but you need your own lock for them. The beds are comfortable enough, where you are provided with your own sheets and towel.
The bathroom is in the room, but the space there is also very tight. The worst is the shower, which is very narrow. And also rundown as well. And no toilet seat cover, which not only limits where you can store your items that you may have to bring along, like a cell phone, but the possibility of them falling into the toilet.
On the ground floor, there is a computer which runs okay, but can be frustratingly slow. Plus the lounge area, with the TV, kitchen, and dining area. The staff is nice, and very helpful. There is a free breakfast, which consists mainly of toast and juice. It is okay.
My stay at the hostel was okay for the most part, as it was very cheap and not crowded at the time, making some of these issues less of a problem. But the issues are still there, which is more than enough to not make me want to stay there again. While not the worst that I stayed at, there are much better options in the same area.
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