Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Accomodation at the Montreal YWCA

We've had a few people ask questions or express concerns about staying at our official accommodations, the YWCA Auberge and Hotel. It seems that there are some misconceptions about this kind of accommodation, and admittedly the quality can vary enormously from city to city. So we wanted to assure you that the YWCA accommodations in Montreal are safe, clean and very nice.

The entire YWCA was recently renovated, including the Auberge and Hotel. They are currently targeting their marketing to tourists and budget business travelers. When we visited the Y accommodations last spring, we found them to be cleaner and nicer than some of the budget hotels in the city. You can read some of their TripAdvisor reviews here.

The hotel rooms have an en-suite bathroom equipped with a shower (no bath), free Wifi Internet, flat screen TV, small fridge, alarm clock, hot water and fair trade coffee. The hotel rooms are on a separate floor than the auberge.

The cheaper Auberge rooms have only a sink and an alarm clock, although some may have televisions and DSL (wired) Internet access. There are shared toilets and showers in the hallways.

The Auberge also has a large, welcoming common area with a fully-equipped kitchen (including fridges and cupboards to store your food), lots of tables, and free Wifi Internet access. There is also a small common lounge with a television and a separate computer room with Internet access. These common areas will be available to all Gaia Gathering guests staying at the YWCA, regardless of whether you choose Auberge or Hotel accommodation.

Here are some pics we took of the YWCA accommodations when we visited last spring:

Finally, here is a YouTube video put togheter by the folks at the YWCA to promote their auberge and hotel.

If you have any questions, please leave us a comment below or drop Mel, our local committee member responsible for lodging, an e-mail.

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