Montreal Downtown, located on the top floor of a six-storey, well-maintained building, this bright and sunny 101y2 apartment with a panoramic view, full equipped, central air conditioning and maple wood floor is great for two people. Large private balcony, communal roof-top patio with deck chairs and tables, a large communal flower garden.
Very quiet while being in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles. Between St. Laurent and Rue St. Denis Street, 600m from Place des Arts and the Place des Festivals. Near Old Montreal and the Village. Walking or biking to discover Montreal is a real pleasure! Your hosts have two bicycles ready at your disposal, a cycle path map, easy itineraries ideas including tours and activities (rafting on St-Lawrence River, multimedia urban circuit…), lists of our favourite markets and restaurants. At home, a choice of films and novels are there for you to immerse you in Quebec culture, should you wish. Your hosts, a Quebecois and his French wife, both work in the cultural sector.
- Living room, dining room
Bedroom and part of the dressing room are at your disposal
Washroom with bath and separate shower
Kitchen, ceramic stove top, oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, toaster, and electric kettle…
Washing machine and dryer
High speed Wi-Fi
- Interphone, 24-hour video surveillance of all entrances and common areas of the building
In the neighborhood:
Restaurants, bars, coffee house, supermarket
Quartier des spectacles and Quartier Latin
Place des Arts and Place des Festivals Saint-Laurent Street
Shopping mall Place Desjardins
Odeon Cineplex Quartier Latin
Musée d’Art contemporain
Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
Grande Bibliothèque du Québec (BANQ)
On your arrival, you’ll visit the condo, sign a check-in inventory list and receive a handy guide with information about the TV, air conditioning, washer/dryer, bicycles, garbage… as well as suggestions about what to do and what to see.
If you have any question during your stay or a technical problem, someone is there to help.
On checking out, the condo must be left clean, even if there is a professional cleaning between each rental. The cleaning can also be done for you on request for a 60$ fee.
WHY I LOVE Montréal By Regis St Louis, Writer (Lonely Planet)
I'm always struck by the unbridled creativity of this city. You see it in the magnificent inventions being stirred up in restaurant kitchens, in the barroom and on stage, and you even see it walking down the street with incredible urban art lurking in unexpected places. The dual French-English mix adds dynamism to the city as does its unique mash-up of European and North American culture. Most captivating of all are the people themselves. Montréalers embody joie de vivre. They eat well, throw great parties and are happy to share their city.
THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES
With a history stretching back more than 100 years, the Quartier des spectacles neighbourhood has always been a popular cultural and entertainment destination in Montreal.
HISTORY OF AN ENDURING CULTURAL NEIGHBOURHOOD
The present-day Quartier des spectacles largely overlaps the site of Montreal’s former Red Light district, whose history extends back to the beginning of the 19th century.
At the end of the 1800s, important teaching institutions such as the Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice and Collège Sainte-Marie moved into the neighbourhood. The Gesù theatre, the neighbourhood’s first cultural establishment, opened its doors in 1865 within Collège Sainte-Marie.
Other theatres followed: the Monument-National, birthplace of francophone professional theatre; the Gayety Theatre in 1912 (today the TNM); and the Théâtre Saint-Denis in 1916. In 1913, the Imperial Cinema was erected on Bleury Street, becoming one of the first “super palaces” to be built in Montreal.
Between the 1920s and the start of the 1960s, the neighbourhood was home to an impressive number of cabarets that headlined famous artists. Montreal garnered a reputation as a fun-loving city, and tourists started to arrive in great numbers. The American Prohibition (1920-1933) increased Montreal’s popularity. It is during this time that the neighbourhood was christened the Red Light district.
In 1980s, the network of performance venues expanded and the Cinémathèque québécoise set up on De Maisonneuve Boulevard. In 1982, the Montreal International Jazz Festival presented outdoor concerts in the neighbourhood for the first time. The natural vibrancy of the downtown area along with the many empty lots supported the proliferation and expansion of festivals over the years. Important cultural events became one of the Quartier’s motors and one of the principal attractions of the city for tourists and locals alike.+ More