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Hostelz.com's Review
Situated at the corner of Rene-Levesque and Crescent in downtown Montreal, the greatest selling point of the Women's Y Hotel is its amazing location -- less than a 5-minute walk to the bustling Rue Ste-Catherine and underground shopping malls, Bell Center, and the Metro stop (Lucien L'Allier) and 20-30 minutes to Chinatown or Vieux-Montreal. For solo female travelers, the Y provides a feeling of security with the doors locking by 10 pm; beyond that time, front desk lets you in only if you show your guest key. The building and elevators appear clean yet slightly dim, although one is almost sure to find friendly fellow travelers around the lobby area or in the common kitchen areas that help brighten the atmosphere.

Rooms with private shower are clean and come minimally furnished with TV, bed, desk, chair, lamp, and nightstand. Alarm clocks are not included, so come prepared with some kind of alarm to make sure you don't miss any breakfast dates! The bedroom floor is incredibly spacious--almost too spacious--as it would have been better to transfer some of this space over to the extremely cramped shower. Beds are a bit on the soft side but not unbearable. Street noise is not a nuisance if you avoid staying on the Crescent or Rene-Levesque sides.

Common kitchen areas are kept clean and tidy with plenty of refrigerator space for personal groceries and leftovers. The indoor pool is open to women only, but was closed at the time of this reviewer's stay. The staff is courteous and may store belongings for travelers who arrive prior to check-in; however, make sure to bring your own restaurant info as staff were surprisingly not helpful in recommending local establishments at which to eat.

The Y is essentially offering a no-frills college dorm at an asking price that seems a bit high. Other than the price, the Y is a good option.

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January 2006

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1  I stayed there with two friends on Canada Day weekend 2005. They claimed we stole their TV and are currently trying to rape us of $200 for it. Trust me, nobody wants those TVs. It's not worth the hassle to sneak it out past the FRONT DESK. The shower door's hinges were also broken and the door fell off and shattered all over the floor. The clean-up job was shoddy at best. I think I'm still picking glass out of my feet. But for $80/night, right downtown, it can't be beat.  ()
3  I stayed at this hostel in 2000. It was reasonable, and the rooms were comfortable and clean. My friend said the shower was so weak it had "negative pressure and it sucked the water out of you." Other than that it had a pretty great location, and the staff were fairly friendly. One tip: don't get the $2 breakfast, it's a rip-off!  ()

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