The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
The 'Auberge Alternative' is a budget boutique hostel. The doors were opened in 1996 by travellers passionate about making their lives meet their values. The auberge fuels itself on the positive energy of people wanting to create and evolve. The art of travelling moves us through internal as well as external landscapes and often a creative urge demands to link the two. The Auberge Alternative is an arts hostel providing accommodation and resources to travellers and artists alike to join us in redefining bohemia.
An 'auberge' translates as an 'inn' and ours is situated in a 1875 warehouse, which we restored and rejuvenated. Starting with a minimalist budget, furniture and doors were found on the street and restored, the beds were made by hand, we salvaged and restored what retained value and quality, our personal possessions were thrown in. We used what we had, and in a sense, what we didn't have, to create an art house. The basic attributes and rich textures of the old city building: the rock walls, the old hardwood floors, the arched windows and high ceilings; we were able to restore. The minimalist budget forced inspiration and powered a passion to achieve our goals against what seemed impossible odds. Welcome to the Alternative.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Security
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Child Friendly
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- Internet Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- Meeting Rooms
- Non Smoking
- Steam Room
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 3 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
From Trudeau Airport:
Taking the bus is easy and cheap. Take bus #747 from the airport terminal and exit at the first stop (Lionel-Groulx metro station). From there, take the orange line to the Square Victoria metro station (towards Henri-Bourrassa). The rate is $10 and gives you access to public transit for the rest of the day (keep your ticket!). Come out of the Square Victoria Metro station following the indication for rue St-Jacques. When you arrive outside, look to your left for a map of the area. The hostel is on the map. It’s a 5 minute walk.
Take a taxi. They have a flat rate of $40 for all destinations in the Downtown area (the price is advertised on the rear windows). Don’t let them fool you, it’s the law.
From the Bus Station:
Take the escalator to the Berri-UQAM metro station located under the bus terminal. After paying the $3,25 fee, take the orange line direction Côte-Vertu. Get off at Square-Victoria metro station. Follow the directions to rue St-Jacques. When you arrive outside, look to your left for a map of the area. The hostel is on the map. It’s a 3 minute walk. Take a taxi or walk. The taxi should cost between $3.50 and $5. If you prefer a walk (or your wallet likes fresh air) it’s a 10 to 15 minute walk. Ask for directions at the information desk or call us at 282-8069
From The train terminal :
Take a taxi or walk. The taxi should cost between $5 and $7. If you prefer a walk (or your wallet likes fresh air) it’s a 10 to 15 minute walk. Ask for directions at the information desk or call us at 282-8069
From Toronto or Ottawa
Take highway 20 from the 401. You will be on this highway for 20 to 30 minutes following the signs for Downtown. When you are less than a kilometer from Downtown you will see a large tunnel to your right called Ville-Marie. It will also say Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal). In the tunnel, move to the right hand lane and take the first exit (1km) called St-Denis/St-Laurent on your right. In the exit stay in the right lane. You will end up on St-Antoine street. Change lane to be in the right lane with great care of incoming Montréal drivers (a nice blend of French, Italian and Greek to name a few). Turn right on the first street where it is allowed (one way). Welcome to the old city. The 2nd or 3rd street you will cross is St-Paul. Turn right, drive (1or 2 minutes) until you cross St-Pierre, our street. It’s a small street. On the intersection of St-Pierre and St-Paul your attention might be drawn to a gallery of flamboyant nude portraits or by the very nice bakery opposite. Turn left on St-Pierre and our door is immediately on your right after the gallery. If lost call 282-8069.
From Boston or New York
From the border, follow the directions for Montréal. You will cross the river on the Champlain Bridge. After the bridge, take the second exit. It will say Downtown (in English). drive 2 or 3 km on this highway. Take the second exit call Wellington/Notre-Dame to the right. At the fifth intersection you turn right on Notre-Dame. After crossing a major street call McGill, you will turn right on St-Pierre (our street). The hostel is on your right after St-Paul street. If lost call 282-8069.
From Québec City
Follow the directions for Montréal (Highway 20). You will cross the river on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. At the end of the bridge stay in the right lane. Drive to the end of that street and turn right on viger 720. Drive for about 5 minutes but don’t take the tunnel stay on Viger street to the right of the tunnel. Turn left on St-Urbain. There is a Metro station on the corner of St-Urbain. You will cross 5 or 6 streets before your reach St-Paul Street. Turn right, drive (2 minutes) until you cross St-Pierre, our street. It’s a small street. On the intersection of St-Pierre and St-Paul your attention might be drawn to a Gallery of flamboyant nude portrait or by the very nice bakery opposite. Turn left on St-Pierre and our door is immediately on your right after the Gallery. If lost call 282-8069.
The Alternative Hostel is situated in a privileged location, at the intersection of different neighbourhoods, thus linking history and modernity, harmony and diversity, culture and business matters.
Within 10 minutes of walk, you have among many other things:
Two subway stations (Square-Victoria and Places d'Armes)
Downtown Montreal and International District (North)
The Lachine Canal and St.Lawrence river (South)
Old Montreal (East)