"My husband and I have used vacation rentals for 10 years in Europe, the Caribbean, and the US. This was our first rental in Canada. Now we are spoiled. The description and photos on the VRBO website are absolutely accurate. However, neither does this apartment justice. It was way better! Michael greeted us outside the apartment, calling to us by name, when our taxi arrived. He helped us with our bags and showed us the apartment. Then he spent time pointing out places of interest on the map he provided, explained the metro system, told us where to find the grocery store (Metro Plus), wine/liquor store (SAQ), fish market (La Mer). His suggestions included the Botanical Gardens and the Biodome. A+ on both of those suggestions! After our "orientation", Michael left to retrieve our "welcome snack". He returned shortly with a tray including avocado sushi, spinach salads with shrimp, cheese cake with strawberries, and wine. This was all in addition to the refrigerator full of drinks, breakfast for the next morning, etc. I cannot say enough good things about the hospitality here. Michael replenishes the fridge every day so that his guests have fresh breakfast every morning. He provides fresh bath towels every day. Our bed sheets were changed midway through our stay. This is not your typical vacation rental! Since we stayed in July, our experience was enhanced by the terrace. It's a comfortable space overlooking a tree-filled back yard. The terrace itself has a gas grill, flower pots, flower boxes. Two evenings we invited Michael and his "big baby" Rottweiler Siena to join us for drinks on the terrace. We so enjoyed their company. The kitchen is really well equipped (we like to cook). This was our first rental that had a SHARP knife. The bathroom is comfortable; the amenities are above and beyond typical rentals. The washer/dryer are easy to use, and there was more than enough laundry detergent. The bed was super comfortable. Draperies blocked out most light in the morning to allow for sleeping in. The satellite system was down while we visited, and, to apologize, Michael gave us a bottle of Champagne. It was so unnecessary (we don't vacation to watch tv), but so sweet. I cannot say enough good things about this apartment and about Michael. The location is so convenient to everything: Metro, grocery, wine, seafood shop. Michael leaves a detailed map, suggestions, and instructions. Nothing was left to chance here. We loved it!"
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 15, 2015