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L'Auberge Chez Jean

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Hostelz.com's Review
L'Auberge Chez Jean is a hostel made up of a few rooms in an apartment building. It's a friendly, social place, and it really is more like staying in a (crowded) apartment than a hostel.

The Location

It's a five minute walk from the Sherbrooke subway station which will take you pretty much anywhere in the city, and it's a short walk from many restaurants and markets. China town and the Latin quarter are about a fifteen minute walk away, and you can reach Old Town in 30 minutes or so. The neighborhood is quiet, pleasant and safe, only a few blocks away from Rue Saint-Denis, a major street that runs downtown with lots of shopping, some nightlife, and seasonal festivals.

Rooms & Facilities

The rooms are in a few small apartments, each with beds for 5-20 people, in different locations within a few blocks of each other. They walk you from the main location whose address is listed to the others if they put you there. Each location has basic facilities including a clean bathroom and a fully-stocked kitchen (with pots, pans, etc.). They include breakfast with your stay, providing bread, jam, butter, milk, juice and coffee, and you are welcome to use the kitchen for your other meals.

The Social Atmosphere

Many guests hang out at the main hostel facility, which also has a piano for travellers to provide a little entertainment for each other. The hostel is very casual and friendly and the staff is understanding of the often changeable nature of backpackers' plans. They are bilingual (in French and English) although like most of the people in Montreal they usually revert to French first.

Summary

Overall, it is a pleasure to stay at L'Auberge Chez Jean because of the geniality of the hosts and other travelers there, and its proximity to many activities of interest around the city.

by David
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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L'Auberge Chez Jean Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Nice spot We were just in town for the weekend visiting some MTL friends, and L'Auberge Chez Jean was a nice home base. The 24 hour reception is awesome, and we were really comfortable in the all women 4-bed room. The location is the best part, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Montreal.  , age 23, USA ()
1   Bedbugs We stayed in the "private" "blue room" downstairs and got bitten by bedbugs. Do not stay here under any circumstances!  , USA ()
1   Disgusting i would have rated it in the negative stars if that were possible. as other people have said, no privacy, hard to sleep. there were six of us, and we understood we were getting a four-person room and a two-person room. instead, we all got to sleep in the reception area, with beds everywhere possible. my friends got a double bed in a corner, with a guy sleeping on the floor beside them, and a girl sleeping in a hammock that was hanging over half their bed. the worst part -- bedbugs! only my boyfriend and i got bit to death though, so perhaps they forgot to spray our sheets with the toxic chemicals they spray that made my sister allergic the whole twelve hours we were there. (note -- we weren't sure if the spray was for the bedbugs, or to "disinfect" the sheets without having to wash them after every use.)  , Canadian ()
1   Dire We stayed at Chez Jean for a week in 2008 and it was an appalling experience. Like the review above, we arrived at the Chez Jean that can be seen in the photographs only to be told that despite our reservation we would be going to the other Chez Jean down the road. Although the other house was in a decent area our hearts simply sank when we arrived. We were promised our own room after the first night (which never materialised) and they then proceeded to cram as many people as they possibly could into a room designed for two. The only positive thing about the whole experience was meeting Andre, who is possibly the most helpful and pleasant gentleman that you could care to meet. The other members of staff were almost going out of there way to be rude and generally unpleasant to be around. One girl in particular would seem almost put out if you dared use the facilities, and would huff and puff if she had to be in the same room as you. Do not stay here!  , British ()
5   Very friendly place This hostel is like a second home for me, I went here three3 times and I would come back again if I need. I met here some friends which who I am always in touch. The staff in generally friendly like the atmosphere. It is not the quietest place in Montreal, but the best to meet new friends. Moreover, the price includes breakfast and internet, the couples should stay in private room, for what it is very cheap.  , France ()
1  Do not stay here! This hostel is the worst one we stayed in in our whole year of traveling! To put it into context, it basically looked like a swinger's palace! There were as many beds crammed into every part of Jean's house as he could possibly fit in, some with only sheets hung up to create sections for privacy. There were four of us and we had to share a room with two small double beds which covered practically all the floor space in the room. We stayed for one night and left immediately the next morning.  , England ()
1  I stayed in this hostel in the summer of '03. It was one of the worst experiences I have ever had traveling. The hostel was totally booked for the International Jazz fest and Jean made an off-handed comment that even he had no place to sleep, so he would be bunking with me that night. I stupidly thought he was joking. At 3 in the morning, Jean climbed into the volkswagon van ("private room") that I was staying in. I was totally shocked. To make a long story short, I would highly recommend not staying at this hostel if you are a single female traveling alone. I am so sorry I did not post this comment earlier.  , canadian ()
5  stayed in summer '05 and had a great time. this place felt like home and the people staying there were amazing. clean and felt safe. the people who worked there were so friendly and nice. next time i come to montreal i'll definitely stay here.  ()

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