3 Best Hostels in Montreal, Canada – Rooftop Jaccuzi, Anyone?

3 Best Hostels in Montreal, Canada
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It’s time to get excited about Canada as we’re keen to show you the absolute best hostels in Montreal.

Keep reading if you’re keen on experiencing a rooftop Jacuzzi and enjoy a good old game of pool. Frankly, you’ll be missing out if you choose to stop here.

Your shortcut:

  1. M Montreal Hostel – top pick for solo travellers
  2. Auberge HI Montreal Hostel – great for groups
  3. The Alternative Hostel – one for backpackers

Psst! There happens to one an extra recommendation – a fabulous party hostel for the fun-loving travellers out there.

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Quick Introduction to Montreal

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Montreal cost 11€ – 18€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 57€ up to 195€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Tourism Tax: Be aware that there is a 15% tax charge NOT included in the price of any of the hostels listed in this articles.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Montreal

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Montreal.

  1. M Montreal Hostel
  2. Auberge HI Montreal Hostel
  3. The Alternative Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: M Montreal Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Auberge HI Montreal Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: M Montreal Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Auberge HI Montreal Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Samesun Montreal Central
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Le Gite Du Plateau Mont-Royal

1. M Montreal Hostel

Ok seriously, if we can’t convince you that M Montreal Hostel is the absolute BEST hostel in the city, we give up.

Frankly, we wouldn’t stay anywhere else. M Montreal Hostel reviews are pretty great compared to other Montreal hostels downtown.

Don’t take our word for it – have a look at the photos and read this epic list of inclusions:

  • On-site ‘M bar’ w/ daily activities
  • ‘M cafe’ selling smoothies & coffee
  • Rooftop swimming spa ( x2 jacuzzi!)
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Wi-Fi throughout the property

Are you surprised then if we tell you this is also one of the highest rated hostels we’ve come across? That says a lot.

Work by day in the huge social areas and play by night – there’s even a full-size pool table here.

With a capacity of 490 beds, we doubt you’ll have trouble finding a room that suits you.

The dorm bunkbeds were made in Montreal and feature all the goodies such as a curtain, hangers, lights and outlet. You’ll even get your own locker.

Dorms range from 4-14 beds, some of which are female only. It just depends on how sociable you are feeling.

This is also a wonderful choice for flashpacker couples.

Enjoy some space in the one bedroom apartment, or splash out on a studio with king size bed. Yes please!

The cherry on top? Breakfast is included and reception is open 24/7 so arrive any time. Indeed, the best Montreal hostel downtown.

M Montreal is surrounded by all of the best neighborhoods including Old Montreal and Festival District. Berr-UQAM station is just a few minutes away by foot.

This is one of the best hostels in Montreal for

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples

Book M Montreal Hostel here
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Auberge HI Montreal Hostel

Auberge HI Montreal Hostel is the ideal choice for travelling groups as it can accommodate 231 guests over a range of modern rooms.

Having said that, because there is such a choice of rooms, we don’t limit this option to only groups.

Choose between:

  • 2-bed dorm
  • 4-6 bed male/female only dorms
  • 10-bed mixed dorm
  • En-suite twin room
  • En-suite double room
  • Budget private room
  • Family room

This hostel ticks all the boxes for comfort, cleanliness and great location. The staff obviously love their job as they maintain a warm welcome time after time.

Chill out in the social area that has comfy sofas and a pool table.

It’s nice to see a kitchen and dining area that matches the size of the property – there won’t be any standing on toes here!

By day explore the nearby main sights with a rental bike, and return to a cold beer at the on-site bar in the evening.

But before you do any of that enjoy the free continental breakfast served every morning.

To entice you even further, HI Hostel Montreal Downtown organises a bunch of cool activities including a games night and canal and Old Montreal walks.

This is one of the best hostels in Montreal for

  • Groups
  • Female solo travellers
Book Auberge HI Montreal Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal

Thirdly, we recommend a converted 1875 warehouse which has been lovingly restored and rejuvenated.

The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal has a common area that is so homey and comfortable, with a nice big shared kitchen.

“The basic attributes and rich textures of the old city building: the rock walls, the old hardwood floors, the arched windows and high ceilings”

FYI: This hostel is also simply known as Auberge Alternative.

Very friendly staff and guests, you’ll make friends and travel buddies easily here especially with the activities they host. The thing about this hostel is that they have a lot of stairs so if you are not a fan of using stairs, the place is not for you.

Perks at Alternative Hostel:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Good breakfast
  • Luggage Storage

A good way of describing this place is a budget boutique backpackers with an eco-friendly and artsy flare.

Whilst the bedrooms are rather simple, the bunkbeds do at least include privacy curtains. There’s a 10-bed mixed dorm and 6-bed female dorm to choose from.

Location: Auberge Alternative is a hostel located in Old Montréal. Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History is within 3 minutes’ walk and Square-Victoria Metro Station is 8 minutes’ walk away.Chinatown is 1 km away. Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum is 8 minutes’ drive from Auberge Alternative.

This is one of the best hostels in Montreal for

  • Backpackers

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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The Alternative Hostel

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What about cheapest hostels in Montreal?

If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Montreal.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Montreal
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Montreal for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Montreal for solo-travellers?

Without doubt the best hostel for solo travellers in Montreal is M Montreal Hostel.

To be honest, it’s the best hostel full stop.

It’s a big place with plenty of opportunity to socialise thanks to the on-site bar and cafe.

Don’t forget about the two rooftop jacuzzis!

What’s great is that the dorms range from 4-14 beds so you can always wind down and get some ‘you time’ in your room.

Book M Montreal Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

M Montreal Hostel is one of the best hostels in Montreal, Canada

Party Hostels in Montreal

Update: This hostel sadly closed its doors. At the moment we do not have a party hostel alternative to recommend.

Alexandrie Montreal doesn’t have an on-site bar for two reasons:

  1. It will be cheaper at the convenience store
  2. They hit the town every night, anyway

On the contrary, there is a great common room full of up cycled furniture, and a spontaneous activity put forward every day.

The awesome nightlife of Montreal is right on the doorstep of Alexandrie, so it’s impossible to miss out (unless you stay in).

End the night either in a no-frills dorm or the new one with its very own en-suite. Sleep well and dream of the free breakfast awaiting you.

Alexandrie Hostel is one of the best party hosels in Montreal, Canada

More Montreal hostels worth a mention

We suggest that if you found the place for you, it is time to check availability right away and book it now!

We have given you our personal favorites and we wish that you won’t need to look to other sites. But if our provided places to stay in Montreal are not good enough for you, we have more hostels listed for you.

In this list, you will see other hostels that we think you might consider. So, check it out.

  • Samesun Montreal Central
  • Auberge Chez Jean
  • Le Gîte Du Plateau Mont-Royal

Samesun Montreal Central

Samesun Montreal Central is one of the many Samesun chain of hostels in Canada. Shopping, nightlife, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.

Meeting new friends is possible here because of the social atmosphere and friendly vibe. Staff are great and they have walking tours and lots of activities for guests.

Common areas are available for guests to hang out. The rooms and beds are comfortable with air conditioning and refrigerators in every room.

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Just 2 minutes’ walk from the Montreal city centre. The Berri-UQAM metro station is 150 m away. Closest airport is St-Hubert Airport  which is 11 km away.

Book Samesun Montreal Central here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Samesun Montreal Central

Auberge Chez Jean

Auberge Chez Jean is another hostel that you might want to consider.

It has mixed and female only dorms. The beds are okay but if you are looking for luxury this is not really like that. They have free breakfast every morning and the staff are great.

The common areas are great for hanging out. There are books for you to read if you are into it. The vibe is absolutely great.

Perks at Auberge Chez Jean:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Family rooms
  • Terrace
  • Good breakfast

Location: Located in Montréal, within 1.8 km of University of Quebec in Montreal UQAM and 1.8 km of Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Auberge Chez Jean. This Montreal Auberge hostel is around 2.2 km from Place des Arts, 2.5 km from Museum of Contemporary Art and 2.6 km from Plateau Mont Royal.

Book Auberge Chez Jean here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Auberge Chez Jean

Le Gîte Du Plateau Mont-Royal

Everything here at Le Gite Du Plateau Mont-Royal is really good. The interior of the hostel will make you extend for a few more nights.

The ambiance is like a hotel because of its facilities. There is a nice rooftop terrace and a spacious kitchen for you to use. Surprisingly, the rates of the dorm rooms and private rooms are cheap.

The staff are always happy to help, not because they have to, but because they are such a group of nice people!

Perks at Le Gîte Du Plateau Mont-Royal:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Terrace
  • BBQ facilities
  • Good breakfast

Location: This hostel in the heart of Plateau-Mont-Royal. Sherbrooke Metro Station is 5 minutes’ walk away. St-Laurent and St-Denis Streets, lined with bars and restaurants, are within 5 minutes’ of this hostel. Berri Uqam Metro Station is 10 minutes’ walk away.

Book Le Gîte Du Plateau Mont-Royal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Le Gite Du Plateau Mont-Royal

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

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On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. M Montreal Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Auberge HI Montreal Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. The Alternative Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Montreal best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Montreal. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Montreal put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Montreal hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We though this map will help you planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Mount Royal
  • Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
  • Montreal Botanical Garden
  • The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
  • La Ronde
  • Old Port of Montreal

There are a couple of cool ways to explore the city:

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CLOSED: Auberge Bishop Downtown

Update: Our former #3 hostel has permanently closed its doors.

Our third recommendation, Auberge Bishop Downtown, has been described as more like a B&B because of the super friendly staff that love to engage.

Stay here and you’ll be in walking distance from downtown Montreal, minutes from the main attractions.

This is once again a big place, offering a selection of dorm rooms with 3-15 beds.

Yet there are no private rooms here.

Note: some bunks are stacked three high. Ask the hostel nicely in advance if you require a bottom.

A few other little perks include:

  • 24/7 reception
  • Breakfast included
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Lounge area

From the wooden staircase to the cosy fireplaces, the 1800s architecture is sure to impress.

We’re pretty sure it’s the homely design that makes it so easy to meet people and get chatting at this hostel. Here’s to making new friends!

CLOSED: Auberge De Jeunesse Alexandrie-Montréal

Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

Meeting the needs of the guests is one of the goal of Auberge De Jeunesse Alexandrie-Montréal! With over 20 years of experience, we can say that they know what they are doing. They are one of best downtown Montreal hostels.

The hostel is clean and well-maintained. Aside from the fact that the rooms and beds are comfy, they have new ensuite dorms with bathrooms.

They have dorms perfect for laid-back people on lower budget and for people who can spend more for better service. It is actually pretty cheap hostel in Montreal for the services they provide.

Perks at Auberge De Jeunesse Alexandrie-Montréa:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Good breakfast
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Laundry Facilities

Location: Conveniently located in Montréal city centre. Berri-UQAM metro and bus station is 8 minutes’ walk away. Alexandrie Hostel is 10-20 minutes’ walk from several attractions, including Montréal’s Entertainment District, Lafontaine Park and Old Montréal.

Auberge De Jeunesse Alexandrie-Montréal

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