Montreal is a bustling multicultural city that is home to about 120 different communities. It's proud to be the second largest francophone city in the world and is also a listed UNESCO City of Design. Tourists visiting Montreal will get to enjoy a thriving nightlife, exciting seasonal festivals, and a fantastic dining scene along with plenty of art galleries, restaurants and historic attractions to discover.
The city centre is filled with hotels, Airbnbs and vacation homes, but if you want to save money during your trip and also stay in a social place where you can meet other travelers, consider booking a spot in one of the fantastic Montreal hostels instead. There are many properties to choose from, and even a cheap hostel can provide you with a comfortable stay. Hostels are popular among solo travelers but couples and groups can also take advantage of the affordable accommodation and fun atmosphere that they have.
There are lots of options, but the following hostels are some of our favorites. Some of them even double as locations for Bounce luggage storage in Montreal which can give you peace of mind knowing that all of your belongings are safe while you're out enjoying the city.
SameSun Montreal Central
This hostel has a great location in the Latin Quarter and is situated close to the bus and metro stations giving you full freedom to explore the entire city. Nearby you'll find lots of fantastic restaurants, shops, and bars, and will also have easy access to other great neighborhoods like Le Plateau Mont Royal, the Gay Village and the historic Old Montreal district.
Each of the rooms at SameSun Montreal has a private bathroom and you can choose between shared dorms and small rooms that sleep up to 2 guests. The hostel also has a shared kitchen, laundry facilities, free wi fi and, thanks to Bounce, you'll always have access to secure luggage storage.
What makes SameSun Montreal Central unique
This Montreal hostel has a cozy common area with a bar called Rendezvous Bar. It's the perfect place to chat with other guests and make friends. Aside from affordable drinks and snacks, there are also board games available for you to use. In the mornings you'll be treated to a yummy free breakfast before heading out into Montreal.
SameSun Montreal Central pricing
The price for staying in one of their dorm rooms starts at about C$91.00 per night. A simple but comfy double bed private room ranges around C$236.00.
Auberge du Plateau Mont Royal
Also called the Plateau Mont Royal Inn, this hostel close to Rue Saint Denis in Montreal is the ultimate destination for every type of traveler and has been in business since 1998. They guarantee a friendly atmosphere and clean accommodation, and from the property, you'll be able to reach Old Montreal, the Latin Quarter, Boulevard Saint Laurent, the Olympic Stadium and Botanical Garden, and the exciting Quartier des Spectacles with ease.
The hostel has a variety of private rooms to choose from as well as dorms that sleep either 6 or 8 guests, one of which is reserved only for women. Other amenities include internet access, a laundry room, a shared kitchen, a dining room and BBQ, plus access to a computer and printer.
What makes Auberge du Plateau Mont Royal unique
This youth hostel puts on plenty of fun activities for guests to enjoy. Some of your favorites will be the BBQ evenings and live concerts that happen during the summertime on the rooftop terrace. They also have a living room with a TV for movie nights and musical instruments that guests can use. Included in your stay is a delicious free continental breakfast.
Auberge du Plateau Mont Royal pricing
This hostel prices their dorms starting at C$80.00 per bed, but if you want more private accommodation you can book a triple room with a private bathroom for about C$275.00.
Auberge Saintlo Montreal
Previously called the Auberge HI Montreal Hostel, this location is prepared to offer you a fun and lively experience during your stay in Montreal. They have a great location in Downtown Montreal close to McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Lachine Canal.
They have mixed and women only dorms that sleep either 4, 6 or 10 guests, as well as private spaces that are suitable for solo travelers, couples, or groups of 3. Inside the building, there is a fully stocked kitchen and CoWorking spaces, and every room has linen, towels and electrical outlets for you to charge your devices.
What makes Auberge Saintlo Montreal unique
This hostel offers a cafe where you can eat free breakfast during the morning and tasty snacks throughout the day, and at night it's transformed into a bar. Fun events are often planned by the staff like pub crawls, bike or walking tours, and other activities that will help you make friends. There is even a common room in the hostel that has a pool table.
Auberge Saintlo Montreal pricing
This is one of the most affordable cheap hostels in Montreal, and guests can stay in a 10 bed dorm for around C$36.00 per night. Private rooms are not very expensive either with a family room costing about C$180.00.
The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal
What was once a warehouse building has now been restored into a hostel which has been around since 1996. The charming character of the old city building can still be seen in the exposed rock walls, high ceilings, old hardwood floors and arched windows, and the warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it one of the best hostels in Montreal. It's located in Old Montreal not far away from all of the attractions of downtown, Chinatown and Mount Royal Park.
Included in your stay is free wi fi, access to a computer and printer, towels and linen, a kitchen, as well as air conditioning or fans in each room. All of the dorm rooms have privacy curtains on the bunks. You can also book private rooms and since this is not a party hostel it's a suitable place for families.
What makes The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal unique
Guests staying at The Alternative Hostel can relax in the spacious common room or get work done in the quiet work and reading areas. It's a great choice for digital nomads.
The Alternative Hostel of Old Montreal pricing
The average nightly price for a bunk bed in one of their dorms is C$59.00. If you're a family or group of friends that want their own room you can get a 4 person private room for approximately C$215.00.
This highly rated Montreal hostel is huge and has it all. Guests staying here will have access to computers, free wi fi, phones that can make local calls, power sockets, laundry rooms, an ensuite bathroom and air conditioning in every room.
Speaking of rooms, they have plenty of sleeping accommodations to choose from including shared or women only dorms which make it a great choice for female solo travelers. There are also private rooms and even small apartments available. The building is situated in the vibrant Gay Village and is within walking distance from the Latin Quarter, Old Montreal, and the Quartier des Spectacles festival district.
What makes M Montreal unique
Are you ready to hear about all of the extra amenities offered at M Montreal? Here, they have a nice rooftop terrace with two jacuzzis, an on site bar in the basement, and a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat. They also offer free breakfast every morning, of course.
M Montreal pricing
A bed in a 14 person dorm costs about C$58.00 per night. You can also book an entire one bedroom apartment, which can sleep up to 3, in the ballpark of C$334.50 per night.
With free wi fi, laundry facilities, a clean kitchen, storage lockers, air conditioning, and friendly staff, this hostel is suitable for every budget traveler. The property has a central location in downtown Montreal and comfortable beds in all of its dorms. There are only 30 beds in the building meaning that it won't get too noisy so you can get a good night's sleep.
In just a five minute walk from the front doors of the hostel, you can reach two metro stations which will allow you to get anywhere else in the city centre with ease. Auberge L'Apero is housed in an old Greystone building that dates back to the 1880s giving it an extra bit of personality and charm.
What makes Auberge L'Apero unique
You'll never have to worry about finding something to eat in the mornings since this hostel in Montreal offers free breakfast. They also have a common room where you can relax by watching a DVD or playing a board game, plus a nice outdoor terrace.
Auberge L'Apero pricing
At Auberge L'Apero, the cheapest accommodation is in the 14 bed mixed dorm which will cost you about C$37.00 per night. If that sounds too busy for you they also have smaller dorm rooms available for just a bit more, like a 6 bed dorm where you can stay for approximately C$41.00.
Parc Avenue Hostel
You'll find this hostel located in the Mile End, a trendy neighborhood with lots of cafes, boutiques, vintage stores and restaurants nearby, making it a great place for anyone interested in fashion, art or food. The rest of the Montreal city centre will be within reach using public transit as well.
At Parc Avenue, they have three dorm rooms available each sleeping either 6, 12 or 20 guests. All of the dorms are ensuite and equipped with their own bathroom, and women looking for female only dorms will find that here as well. Travelers will appreciate the on site amenities including laundry facilities, free wi fi and air conditioning.
What makes Parc Avenue Hostel unique
After waking up refreshed from a comfortable sleep you'll be treated to a yummy free breakfast to get you energized and ready to take on the day. They also have a cafe and common room where you can hang out with other guests.
Parc Avenue Hostel pricing
This hostel is a bit more expensive than some of the other properties but you'll still get a comfortable bed and nice accommodation for a great value. The least expensive option is in their 20 bed dorm which will cost you around C$80.75 per night. The 6 bed dorm is reserved for women and ranges around C$104.00 per night.
Hygie Hotel is a pod bed hostel that offers comfortable accommodation for an affordable price, right in the heart of Montreal. There is lots to do nearby and from here you'll be within walking distance to the Notre Dame Basilica, the Science Centre, Place Jacques Cartier, Marche-Bonsecours and the St Lawrence River waterfront.
Each guest staying here will be assigned a pod that is private and cozy, and will have access to a shared bathroom, TV, reading light and power sockets. Other facilities include free wi fi, towels, linen, and air conditioning.
What makes Hygie Hotel unique
Hoping to meet new people? This hostel in Montreal has a nice common room and a pool table, giving you lots of opportunities to mingle and make friends.
Hygie Hotel pricing
Hygie Hotel has one room available; a 10 bed mixed dorm where each guest will be given their own pod for privacy and comfort. The average nightly price is about C$135.00.
Choosing the best hostel in Montreal
Montreal welcomes tourists with open arms and has an abundance of accommodations for travelers. The perfect hostel should check all the boxes that matter during your trip including location, price and available facilities.
Once you've found exactly where you want to stay, you can start making your hostel bookings and planning your trip. If you need some help choosing what to do you can read these guides on 3 Days in Montreal: Everything You Should Know and The Best Time to Visit Montreal: The Ultimate Guide.