What you need to know:
The host: Shirley is a wonderful host, always quick to respond to any questions or queries about the apartment and/or the neighbourhood. She is super kind and left us some snacks, sparkling wine and Montreal bagels upon arrival and was always only a text message away for anything we needed.
The apartment: Cute, quirky, CLEAN, quiet. The bed was cozy and the room a good size for a couple looking for some time away. Shirley keeps the place spotless – not an easy feat in an old building. The place has lots of character. The only confusing thing is that the street entrance didn’t have a visible address number, so it took us a while to figure out which building was ours. But once we did we enjoyed it.
The neighbourhood: The location is quite good – outside of the main downtown bustle but still lively and within walking distance of it. It also has lots of character and many great restaurants within a 5 minute walk from the apartment, including Kazu Japanese Restaurant and Moose Bawr, both of which I highly recommend. You can also walk to the Museum of Fine Arts, Mont Royal, the Bell Centre and, if you’re up for a 30–40 minute jaunt, Old Montreal. The Guy Concordia subway station is only a block away though if you’d rather hitch a ride on transit. It’s quiet at night so you can sleep soundly and there are nearby Tim Horton’s, Starbucks and McDonalds for coffee/breakfast if you don’t want to make something in Shirley’s kitchen.
Overall: My fiancée and I were here celebrating our engagement and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The apartment was a clean and cozy home base before heading out each day, the neighbourhood offered lots of options for staying closer to home if the weather got bad, and Shirley was wonderfully accommodating. I highly recommend her place to any travellers heading to Montreal.