What does travel mean to you? Everyone has their own ideas and definitions about travel, but they all tend to center around the same idea: variety. Travel is about learning new things, seeing new sights, eating new foods, and meeting new people, and one of the very best ways to make the most of any trip is to stay in a hostel. Why? Well, hostels are not only the cheapest form of accommodation, they’re also the best option for people who truly want to meet other travelers and exchange ideas with them. Hostels feature lots of communal areas like lounges and game rooms, actively encouraging guests to get to know each other.

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Hostels can be found in almost any major urban location on Earth, including the beautiful Canadian city of Montreal. The biggest city in the Québec province, Montreal has a lot to offer, featuring some truly extraordinary examples of both modern and traditional architecture, from the Montreal Biodome nature center to the Notre-Dame Basilica. The city's botanical gardens, restaurants, bars, clubs, stores, and more all offer exciting ways to spend your days, providing a long list of reasons to visit. Various forms of accommodation can be found all around Montreal, including a nice array of high quality hostels for solo backpackers, students, or other travelers who want to meet new friends.

Best Hostels in Montreal

Montreal has a lot of great hostels, each offering their own unique advantages and amenities. Some of Montreal’s hostels are quite simple, offering exceptionally low room rates and a basic array of services, while others offer a little extra, with organized activities and lots of varied communal spaces like bars, game rooms, terraces, and more. We’ve taken a look at the hostels of Montreal and highlighted the best locations down below.

- Samesun Montreal Central - 1586 St Hubert St, Montreal, QC H2L 3Z3, Phone: 514-843-5739

Located in the Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin) of Montreal, this clean and comfortable hostel is another entry in the highly rated Samesun chain, which has hostel locations all around North America. It's right by the Université du Québec and not far from the nearest metro station either, so you can get all around the city and visit the places you want to see without any fuss.

Mixed and single-gender dorms can be reserved at Samsun Montreal Central, equipped with private fans, shared bathrooms, storage spaces, and bunk beds. Private rooms are available to for guests desiring more intimacy, and full breakfast is offered for free each day. There are two communal outdoor spaces at this hostel.

- M Montreal Hostel - 1245 St Andre St, Montreal, QC H2L 3T1, Phone: 514-845-9803

Located in a lively part of the city, just a short walk away from a metro station offering easy access to many other great landmarks and attractions, M Montreal Hostel is nicely situated near Sainte Catherine Street, which is filled with great bars and eateries. This highly popular and well-rated Montreal hostel comes with basic dorms of all sizes, sleeping anywhere from four to 16 guests in total.

Each guest has comfortable bed linen, a reading light, and their own power outlets to charge smartphones or other devices. Private rooms can be reserved too and many rooms come flat-screen TVs. A computer is open for guest use at any time of day, as well as an equipped kitchen and two different bars. Live shows like comedy and music are held at this hostel and a tasty cooked breakfast is provided in the mornings for free.

- HI Montreal Hostel - 1030 Mackay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2H1, Phone: 514-843-3317

Part of the Hostelling International (HI) chain of hostels, which runs and manages hostels all over the world, HI Montreal is located right in the heart of the city, perfectly situated for lots of landmarks and only a short walk from the vibrant Quartier Latin. As with many other Montreal hostels, Wi-Fi and breakfast are included in the room rate, and this location offers both shared mixed-gender dorm and private rooms.

Dorms can vary in size to sleep anywhere from 4 to 20 guests. Lots of activities are organized at this hostel like walking tours of the city or pub crawls, and there's a bistro on-site, offering casual dining and a lot of low-priced drinks for guests to enjoy. A kitchen is also housed in the hostel for guests to get together and cook up their own meals, so there really is everything you need at this Montreal hostel.