This is the place to stay if you desire to stay away from the tourist downtown area and absorb some of the local culture. Ideally situated near the Italian and Portuguese areas of Montreal, you are not more than a 5 minute walk from good food, parks, a local grocery store, several bakeries, or the metro (well, maybe 7 minute walk to the Metro). The third floor flat is a remodeled 1911 row house done exceptionally well and with very nice appointments. We felt very much at home in the neighborhood, visited with people in the neighborhood, and had an exceptional host that ensured we were settled after we arrived. I did not know what really to expect when we visited Montreal, but this neighborhood, the people, and our host made it one of our favorite cities in North America.
Some items you need to know. Parking is at a premium and their are reserved parking areas for those that purchase a permit (do not park there). There is free parking on the streets but read and understand the signs. They have street sweepers so on certain days you have to move your vehicle for a short period. Your host has some common sense rules but no more than most respectful people have with their own homes. Unfortunately, some previous guests have made the publication of these rules necessary. The flat is excellent place to stay so help keep it open to other wanders. The flat is on the third floor with a relatively narrow staircase so people with physical limitations need to take this into consideration.
We like to cook when we travel and the kitchen has what you need to prepare (better than most places) food. However, the draw to what Montreal had to offer in food choices will be hard for the foodie to stay at the flat for a meal.
Great place to stay in a wonderful and friendly neighborhood. The bagel shop around the corner was pretty snobby but other than that we had a wonderful visit.