To be fair, this is the only hostel I've been to. But, honestly, I can't imagine hostels getting any better. My friend and I stayed in a dormitory-styled room with bunk beads. We went in the middle of the winter so we had the entire room/bathroom to ourselves. The facilities were nicer than expected, with 1 bathroom for the 6 person room. You do have to rent a towel, but it is very cheap (2 CD) and wasn't bothersome to me. The location is very nice. It a short, 5 min walk to the metro (the main stop that connects everywhere) and its in the middle of everything while still being in a relatively quiet spot. But the highlight of the hostel isn't the location or the amenities: it's the people. The staff of this hostel are some of the nicest, most interesting people I've met. They come from all different countries, yet they spoke english well and were very encouraging about helping me with my french. My friend and I found ourselves switching between english, french, spanish, and portuguese while talking to everyone. It was such a cultural and enriching experience that we won't forget any time soon. We became friends with these people in the 3 days we were there. In fact, we almost missed our bus because we found ourselves playing videos games in the common room with everyone and not wanting to leave.
Also, the hostel has fun themed nights. Although I wasn't able to attend one because of the time I was leaving, I know they were having a Sangria night that I'm sure was fun and fantastic. Also, they have breakfast in the morning. If you want a legit breakfast, you're gonna have to go out or go to the market to buy ingredients then make it at the hostel. But they do have toast, coffee and orange juice if you like a light breakfast.
Overall, the hostel made my trip to Montreal one of the best trips of my life. As an 18 year old girls my friends/parents were a little worried about how safe we'd be at a hostel in a foreign country, but I have to say the Alexandrie hostel is one of the safest, friendliest environments I've ever been in. I hope to return again sometime soon. I would recommend this place to anyone.
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