Make a social difference at YWCA Hôtel Y

Robyn Fadden

In the heart of downtown, Montréal's Hôtel Y is the place to stay for anyone who wants to see the city at a grassroots level – and give back to the community at the same time.

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Hotel with a mission

Located seven storeys up, the Hôtel Y comes with a dynamic urban view and a social directive to match: behind the hotel's clean, cozy atmosphere stands a mission to build a better future for women and girls through YWCA Montréal programs. All hotel profits go directly into that mission, funding indispensable youth, housing, employability and community services. With its 30 comfortable rooms starting at $80 in low season, the hotel makes for a budget friendly Montréal alternative with a difference, whether you're traveling solo, with friends or with family.

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Values for value

On an even tighter accommodation budget? Located in the same building as Hôtel Y, the Auberge YWCA hostel offers private rooms with shared bathrooms, along with the same great free Wi-Fi as Hôtel Y and access to a computer room, a 24h front desk, a fully equipped communal kitchen, laundry facilities and more. As with the hotel, proceeds directly fuel social programs for girls and women in the city.

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Eat and meet

Just a block away from major shopping avenues Sainte-Catherine Street and Crescent Street along with innumerable restaurants and cafés, the YWCA boasts an enviable location. If you're not in the mood to step out for breakfast or lunch, try Café Imagination on the building's ground floor, and shop for a new outfit at the Fringues boutique thrift-store, staffed by young women in the Y's work integration programs. And get down to business in the YWCA's reasonably priced meeting spaces, from cozy conference rooms with audiovisual amenities to an entire gymnasium with natural light pouring through the windows. 

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Sports and leisure

Not far away from the YWCA, you'll find the downtown YMCA, housing one of the best gyms in the city, with an array of exercise equipment and classes, racketball and squash courts, and an indoor pool. Not only that, but the downtown Y is also a great place to learn a new language in a class setting or in private lessons: YMCA International Language School teaches French, English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and more languages from around the world.

 

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden, blogger

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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