Bassin B&B in Montreal Quebec
Boulanger Bassin B&B Montreal Quebec Bed and Breakfast Inn Lodgings Accommodations
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Host: Ken Ilasz
Address: Boulanger Bassin B&B, 4293 de Brébeuf Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2J 3K6
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Activities/Attractions: Originally named Ville Marie, the City of Montreal derives its current name from the mountain - Mont royal, the royal mountain. Our district, the Plateau Mont-Royal, runs east off the Mountain and Park Avenue, Saint Laurent Boulevard, Saint Denis Street, Christophe Colombe Avenue, and Papineau Street were trails at some point in time which ran parallel to the Mountain’s east face, down to the first settlements on the edge of the St. Lawrence River.
This is the district where the B&B is located. It’s also home to a good many of the 100,000 students that attend Montreal’s four universities. The Mont Royal Plateau, commonly referred to as "le plateau" is the most diverse part of Montreal. Formerly a blue-collar, Catholic, French-speaking arrondissement, it presently boasts the highest concentration of people in Canada. There are 80,000 people living within a three-square kilometre area, with very few high-rises.
French is the language of daily life here. Most people, notably the young, speak English fluently and Spanish is also frequently heard and spoken.
Beautiful Mount Royal with its huge acreage of parkland is twenty minutes on foot along the fascinating avenue Mont-Royal with its wide variety of shops and restaurants. You can also take the #11 (Montagne) bus. It stops a couple of blocks from the B&B and goes right up to the Belvedere, Beaver Lake, and le chalet de la montagne. Don't forget to let the bus driver know you want the Beaver Lake Stop!! Otherwise you'll end up on the other side of the mountain, but next door to St. Joseph’s Oratory.
Most guests enjoy visiting Montreal’s world-famous Botanical Gardens, with its renowned Insectarium, and the Biodome and the Olympic Stadium (built for the 1976 Summer Olympics) just across the street. All this can easily be reached with the #97 (Mont-Royal) bus; it stops three blocks from Boulanger-bassin B&B. Or you can ride over along the Rachel Street Path.
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"We felt as if we were staying with family right away. The accommodations were welcoming, spacious, clean, and aesthetically pleasing. Our host was gracious, personable and well-informed. At breakfast, we had interesting and fun conversations with him, the kids and, or, other guests. We stayed a week and left feeling as if we had left good friends behind. Breakfasts were superb! Every morning we were served a different and healthy gourmet meal. It literally lasted us all day, in time to enjoy a light dinner at one of the many and varied restaurants that you can find in the area. Ken’s B&B is located in possibly the trendiest locale in Montreal. We could walk to most places, had the metro nearby and parks and trendy stores at five to ten minutes walking distance. This was our first experience staying at a B&B. It showed us that with less expense you can have all the comforts of a hotel and none of the impersonality that goes along with that type of traveling. We had the feeling that we really got to see Montreal and were invited to share in a slice of life of a charming Quebecois family."
"We have stayed with Ken at the BB B&B on a few occasions, most recently with our two teenage daughters during the Easter long weekend. The Sunset room accommodated us very comfortably and the shared bathroom between the two separate rooms was a real convenience. As always the breakfasts were fabulous and filling. Ken is a gracious host who knows the local area and City well and has pointed us in the right direction on more than one occasion. The BB offers excellent value and a true flavour of the Plateau area, Montreal's most vibrant locale. For us, its the only place we would consider in Montreal."
"Thank you once again Ken for your most generous and wonderful hospitality creating a restful oasis for us in the heart of Montreal. Your breakfasts were so splendidly gourmet, tasty, delish and memorable and your efforts therein are much appreciated. Our taste buds are giving you a standing ovation. As well as all your kindness and caring and great tips and suggestions, you spoiled us immensely. It was a most pleasant and warm experience thanks to you."
"Just wanted to thank you for your hospitality, your yummy breakfasts, and your company this past weekend! I dearly miss Montreal and am jealous that you have it so good!"
"Thanks so much for your hospitality. You made our stay in Montreal even more enjoyable. What a great host you are! Those breakfasts were awesome. Your hospitality, the delicious breakfasts, and the good conversation around the breakfast table every morning are what inspires us to search out a B&B and what makes a visit with you a memorable experience. You are at the top of our list!"
General Information: Welcome to Boulanger Bassin B&B in Montreal, Quebec ... a Select Bed and Breakfast located in the Plateau Mont-Royal Arrondisement, just a ten-minute walk to the Mont-Royal station on the Orange Line of the Métro. We are the only B&B found right on the Bike Path. Known as the "Route verte", the network of bicycle paths is a wonderful way to discover the Island of Montreal.
When in Montréal for holiday or business travel, your stay with us will become a truly memorable one. Located on a quiet tree-lined street in the Plateau Mont-Royal near Lafontaine Park, Boulanger Bassin B&B offers you personalized service with the comforts of home. Try pedaling the Rachel street bicycle path to funky boulevard Saint-Laurent or browse the tiny shops of rue Saint-Denis. Window-shop the ever-changing storefronts of avenue Mont-Royal and choose from dozens of restaurants, cafes and bistros on the Plateau.
When the temperature gets too hot, why not slide into a public pool just up the street or simply retreat to the comfort and security of your air-conditioned room with private bath. Most importantly, the personalized service and attention to detail you encounter when your stay begins with us is what will make this time most memorable.
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"Just want to thank you for a wonderful weekend two weeks ago. You were so attentive to Jill and I throughout our stay. It was just great. We came home with lots of fun memories and a desire to return as soon as possible. Montreal is such a beautiful city, and offers so much to explore. Besides your lovely city, your breakfasts were just delicious... and the wonderful combination of hospitality and an outstanding meal, made for a fantastic start to the day. We certainly are looking forward to returning and enjoying your beautiful Montreal in the near future."
"From both of us, we had a wonderful time in Montreal, thanks in large part to your warm hospitality, delicious breakfasts, helpful information and advice, and family atmosphere around your dining table with your other friendly and interesting guests. Tomorrow when I’m back in my office, I’m going to write an enthusiastic review of your B&B and post it on your website. Meanwhile, we send our happy regards, and we genuinely hope that you will look us up anytime you’re near our part of the world."
"We just wanted to thank you again for being such a lovely host to us during our trip to Montreal. We had a wonderful time and really appreciated all your help. Sitting and eating the delicious breakfast you prepared for us while chatting with you was a the perfect start to our day. You were gracious and friendly and really made our trip to Montreal special. We will be back and we're looking forward to seeing you again."
"Hope you are well. Thanks again so much for a wonderful time, in fact it was so wonderful that you really spoilt us for the rest of the holiday! Quebec was fine and the accommodation was very nice, but you weren't there and we really missed you - we kept saying "oh lovely view, but I do miss Ken". Sad maybe, but you have a special talent of making people feel so at home and totally comfortable. We felt as though we were staying at a friend's home, and that is really such a credit to you. We will definitely be back to stay in the Jarvis suite again, just keep it ready for us!"