My daughter, her friend, and I just spent a week in Montreal.
OUR HOSTS - SUZANNE AND KEVIN
They could not have been more wonderful and they are the most gracious hosts. Before we arrived, Suzanne asked me about some of the things we thought we might like to do, and she had information waiting for us based on my answers. They were very happy to talk with us and give us suggestions and guidance. They are fluent in French and English, which was very helpful.
Some mornings we came downstairs and there was a whiteboard with suggestions written on it, alongside a map with handwritten arrows highlighting what she suggested.
We spent a lot of time sitting and talking with them and I enjoyed every minute of it. They are both of an age that has given them much life experience and I loved talking with them.
The house is glorious; an old house, in impeccable condition, with lots of character. Be sure to check out all of the built-in bookshelves and cabinets that Kevin built, and don't miss the deck outside that he built. Sitting on the deck drinking tea was glorious. We had the freedom to use the entire house and I love how they have lots of places to sit and read, along with good lighting at those spots. They cleared space in their fridge for us and encouraged us to shop and cook if we wanted to. Having two bedrooms was wonderful, I had one, and my daughter and friend had the other. They are 19 and 21 and appreciated having their own room.
The Mile End area is simply wonderful. It is very safe and I felt comfortable letting the girls go out together. There are cafes, boutiques, parks, and a mountain to climb, all within walking distance. We arrived on Saturday, parked our car, and didn't use it until Friday. There was no need to use it. Plenty of places within walking distance, along with a bus stop just a few blocks away. We took the bus to downtown Montreal and Old Montreal. You definitely want to visit Old Montreal, you'll feel like you are in Europe. Montreal is a good way to get an idea of what it would be like to be in a country where English is not spoken. Although most people do speak English we found that some don't, and that some who do had some trouble with it. Street signs are in French, as well as signs in the stores and restaurants. Most restaurants had either an English menu, or English on their regular menu. Everyone was very helpful and we never had a problem getting guidance from someone when we needed it.
To sum up, we had a glorious week, and we can definitely say that Suzanne and Kevin contributed to that. We would absolutely, without hesitation recommend their home. We arrived as AirBnB guests, and left as friends.