Just off of Rue Prince-Arthur, a bustling pedestrians-only street that is always full of life, is Le Gite. A delightful bed and breakfast in one of the most fabulous areas of Montreal, Le Gite is a perfect home away from home; particularly, I found it a great spot for the solo traveler who is looking for something nice that isn't outrageously expensive.
My room at Le Gite--Orange--was rather tiny (it fit a full-sized bed, and little else), but absolutely lovely. The room, like the rest of the bed and breakfast, is full of fantastic art, done by Frederic, who is one of the owners. At $72 (no breakfast) a night, the price was a tad high, but a) I went during tourist season b) they have free wireless in every room c) there's a lovely terrace out back, which I greatly enjoyed and d) c'est la vie. Worth it.
Diane, the owner, is an incredibly warm, accommodating woman. She really makes you feel right at home, engaging in conversation about art, city living, your pathetic attempt at speaking French, and so on. Simply put: she rules hardcore. And so does Le Gite, which is in a perfect location--it's a very artsy area near loads of awesome music venues, radical bookstores, great shopping, quaint markets, and delightful restaurants.
My only complaints are that the parking sucks, like in any city, so prepare to drive around hunting for a spot; and the fact that there was no lock on the door to the Orange room. I initially felt a little uncomfortable about this, as, naturally, I was hesitant to leave my stuff in an unlocked room, but everything was fine. It wouldn't stop me, at all, from returning, but I thought I'd mention it in case that would be the deal breaker for others. There are plenty of other rooms available, besides.
Le Gite is a wonderful place in a great area, run by awesome people. I was lucky enough to stumble upon at the last minute. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Gîte est un Bed&Breakfast situé près du Centre-Ville, au coeur du Plateau Mont-Royal, certainement le quartier le plus dynamique de Montréal. À cette hauteur, la rue Prince-Arthur est piétonnière et habitée de plusieurs restaurants, l'ambiance y est remarquable. Notre gîte est un B&B à quelques pas des rues Saint-Laurent et Saint-Denis toutes deux reconnues pour leurs boutiques, bars & restaurants. ... more less
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