Hi there fellow travelers! Kindly read the whole description, including the house rules, before making contact so you know what to expect and what you might want to ask more about. Thanks!
***The room has recently changed since my boyfriend, Matt, moved in and is probably not for everyone due to the film posters (Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Evil Dead, other horror movies, and the like). New photos of the room will be up soon. So, if you need a conventional space to feel comfortable, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.***
There isn't anything better than arriving in an exciting new place and instantly being able to see it from a local's perspective, am I right? (Well, maybe a few things...) In honor of all those who have provided me with hospitality in foreign lands, I'd like to share my perfectly located, charming apartment with others who value these experiences as much as I do.
I'm a PhD student at Concordia University, studying cinema and philosophy. Though I'm originally from San Francisco, I've been living in Montreal for nearly 9 years, and I love the culture here, so I would be happy to make suggestions for your time in the city. I also love having conversations with people from all over, but can leave you to yourself, as well.
I share my 3 bedroom top (second) floor apartment with my boyfriend, Matt (a filmmaker and massage therapist), and my sweet and frisky grey kitty (Rocket), who would love to sit on your lap if you're willing, but knows when to stay away too.
Your room is cozy, quiet, warm and bright, covered in Matt's 80s film posters and VHS tapes, but otherwise furnished with a double bed, dresser, fan (sorry no AC), and a couple of lamps.
The apartment, which I rent, has not been renovated or remodeled, which means it has both charming original details and its fair share of cracks and older style (some rather outdated) fixtures. So, if you're super attached to a sleek, modern space, you might prefer a more established nearby BnB or hotel. I prefer the bohemian feeling of living in an apartment like this (cracks and all) to a renovated one, but I know that's a personal taste issue. So be forewarned, it's not perfect, but it's cute and comfortable! :)
I have a washer, but no dryer. There are a few laundromats within a 3-5 blocks. Or you can hang your clothes on the back balcony like I do.
I have tons of popular and "artsy" movies, fiction, nonfiction and avant-garde (I study experimental documentary), which you're welcome to watch on the tv in the living room. I don't have cable, so there is no television watching here, unless it's through your computer, which is possible with the wireless Internet connection.
If you're a smoker, that's fine, but you'll have to go out on to the balcony to have a cigarette (no smoking inside or out the window, please!).
I love to cook, and I welcome you to cook for yourself here. I have basic items (seasonings, oil, etc.) that you can use a little of to help make your meal, but if you use anything substantial, I would appreciate it if you replaced it. There's an exotic game/organic/free-range butcher half a block away; a produce market a block and a half away; a cheese shop, an Hungarian deli, a Spanish specialties shop, numerous boulangeries (bakeries) and patisseries (pastry shops) all right down the street--really great options for composing your own meals around here.
Basic breakfast items will be provided, such as coffee, tea, bread, jam, cereal, milk. I won't be cooking any breakfast, however. (I'm not a morning person--but I am very quiet at night.)
I also provide a towel for each person and the use of a hair dryer, soap, shampoo and conditioner.
You will have access to the kitchen, living room, bathroom and back balcony.
Interaction with guests
I usually try to get in a good conversation or two with my guests, but I generally have a lot going on myself, so sometimes it isn't possible.
Other things to note
As for checking in and out, I'm happy to make a plan with you so I can do my best to be available at the times of your choosing. Please let me know both your arrival and departure times when you book the room, if possible. I do ask that you be respectful of my time by being as precise as possible in advance, and texting if you'll be early or late as soon as you can, so that I'm able to make plans of my own and I don't get stuck waiting at the apartment all day (I'm sure YOU wouldn't do that, but others have). Let's start your amazing Montreal vacation off on the right foot with great communication!
In your introductory email, please tell me a little about yourself, and the person you're bringing with you, should that be the case, especially if you are new to the site or you don't have much in your profile. (Just a couple of lines; don't knock yourself out.) I'm a person and not a hotel, so I need a little to go on to feel that I can expect a respectful encounter when I invite people into my home. Oh and don't forget to read the "House Rules" before you arrive so we can all know what to expect.
That's it! I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
Looking forward to meeting you!
I mainly just request basic consideration and acknowledgment that I, Matt, and my cat live here and want to feel comfortable in this space as much as you do.
That said, here are a few specifics around my expectations, just so there are no surprises. If you are staying with me, I assume that you have read, agreed to and communicated these points to anyone else you may be traveling with.
-Leave things the way you found them.
-Don't let the cat out the front door. He is welcome to go out the back whenever he wants as long as the temperature is above freezing (since he was lost in the snow for over 3 weeks a few years ago, I've been rather protective of my poor California kitty exiled to the north).
-Quiet after 11pm and before 9am. Or if you know I'm sleeping. We'll do the same.
-Tidy up common areas before you leave them.
-No smoking inside (not even out the window). You may smoke on the back balcony.
-Keep the back door closed so other cats don't get in (Rocket will have a fit if another kitty tries to take his place!).
-Turn the fan on in the bathroom when showering (middle switch between two light switches), and off when you're done.
- Keep the door to your room closed whenever possible so as not to entice the lovely, but potentially mischievous, Rocket to mark your exotic smelling things. (Oh he will, if given the opportunity. So, heed my warning!)
-Please don't invite strangers back to the apartment to sleep over. (Yikes!)
-Please do not go into my bedroom or office for any reason. I'm sure you appreciate your privacy, too, so I will not go into your bedroom either.
-Please be aware of how your actions in the apartment may affect the space, me, Matt, my cat, or the neighbors.
-Please treat me and my things with care. If something is not working for you or is broken, let me know asap. If you're not sure how to use something, I will be happy to show you.
- You are free to watch any of the movies in the living room, but please ask before watching a VHS from your room. Some of his tapes are delicate and/or rare, so Matt would appreciate helping you with them.
-Keep windows and doors closed during the chilly times of the year when the heat is on, and turn the heat down when you leave the apartment.
-Please alert me to any issues before they become uncomfortable.
And finally, I must reiterate that if you are traveling with another person who has not been a part of the booking process, please make sure he or she has also read my description and "house rules" and agrees to them. The last thing I want is to have someone staying in my home feeling miserable because their partner/friend/brother/daughter booked with me without asking them whether or not they would prefer a hotel; would prefer not to stay in an apartment with a cat; would prefer not to stay in apartment with a resident; would prefer to have cable tv available; would prefer to have air conditioning; would prefer to be able to smoke in their room; or would prefer not to look at 80s film posters and VHS tapes. I really want the people who stay here to be excited about being here, so I've done my best to be as up front about what you can expect as possible.
I do this to be a part of great travel experiences even when I'm not travelling, so I will make every effort to make you feel at home, but a large part of creating a positive experience for both of us is in your hands, so again communication is key.