The Rough Guide to Montreal
Second Edition by Arabella Bowen and John Shandy Watson
Accommodation: Bed and breakfasts (page 140)
BOULANGER BASSIN B&B
The chatty owner of this B&B on the cycle path just north of Parc Lafontaine knows the Plateau neighbourhood well and will offer plenty of advice over extravagant breakfasts like eggs Benedict with a smoothie starter, served next to the goldfish pond in the garden. The three bright and colourful rooms are simple but nicely furnished with a few quirky touches and all have private bath. Kids under twelve stay free.
Joie de vivre on two wheels
BY EGLE PROCUTA, MONTREAL - From The Globe & Mail
...It was so tempting to retreat under the duvet in my room at the Gite Boulanger bassin, the bed and breakfast where I was staying, just minutes from the Parc de la Lafontaine but the smell of fresh-baked pain au chocolat wafting up from the kitchen snapped me out of sleeping-in mode. Innkeeper Ken Ilasz, a former Toronto filmmaker, had also trained as a pastry chef and his breakfast spreads would be right at home in Gourmet magazine: homemade Belgian waffles under Cézanne-like display of fresh fruit; croque-monsieur dripping with three cheeses; chewy St-Viateur bagels that Ilasz picked up at 6 a.m. (By bike of course) topped with his own gravlax. And as many cups of steaming espresso as you can take. In short, perfect fuel for another day of cycling.The B&B was located, right on one of the city's main bike paths, an enviable urban network that criss-crosses the city with two-way lanes separated from road traffic by a raised curb...
Full article can be read here
I very much enjoyed my stay at Boulanger Bassin, what with lively conversations, wonderful dinner suggestions and spectacular breakfasts! Wishing you the best in all you endeavors,
Just wanted to thank you for a first class experience. I hope we will get up there soon and be able to stay with you again.
I'll remember to write a positive review "I asked for no damn butter
and he obliged, graciously!"
Hope you're well.
George William Myers
July 11, 2011
Madeline and I would like to thank you again for helping to make our trip to Montreal such a memorable one. We both felt very welcome and 'at home' in your home and enjoyed meeting the other guests. Your breakfasts were so amazing that we never felt the need to have lunch! We would love to return some day with the rest of our family. Hope you're enjoying the rest of your week.
Back in Belgium and back to work and school for a week. We have been very tired after our 10-days visit in New York and Montréal.
But what a fantasic journey we had and the visit in Montréal was fantastic thanks to you and your hospitality. Thank you for everything and thank you for the breakfeasts together with Christoffer, we really appreciated that we had that time together!
We are still dreaming of your fantastic breakfeast and Caroline wants to have your recepy hove to make croissants: We live in the middle of the European "croissantcountries" (Belgium and France) and yours are the best we ever have had!
Good luck with your buisness with your fruitcakes!
Christina, Josefine and Caroline
Ken - thanks so much for your hospitality. You made our stay in Montreal even more enjoyable. What a great host you are! Those breakfasts were awesome. Your hospitality, the delicious breakfasts, and the good conversation around the breakfast table every morning are what inspires us to search out a B&B and what makes a visit with you a memorable experience. You are at the top of our list!
Charles and Marion Hailey. Detroit, Michigan. July 2007