Downtown is the home of Montreal’s beautiful skyline and vast subterranean center. Come to Downtown for shopping, a mix of modern and heritage architecture and world-class concert halls and museums.

Spend daylight hours on the long stretch of Saint-Catherine Street which features blocks of high-end boutiques and shopping malls, plus access to the Underground City. After sunset, head to Crescent Street to spend the evening hopping between the many pubs and restaurants set amid classic Montreal townhouses.

The Underground City is one of the largest subsurface complexes in the world. A total 20.5 miles (33 kilometers) of pedestrian walkways run under Downtown, connecting metro stations, concert halls and shopping malls. Shop in the Promenades Cathédrale, an underground mall built to support the once-sinking Christ Church Cathedral above.

Take a walk through the Golden Square Mile on the west side of Downtown, which features the exquisite Victorian mansions of Montreal’s old upper class. This section is also home to McGill University, one of Canada’s top schools.

Downtown is the location of Montreal’s world-class annual festivals. The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place in Downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles. These 250 acres (one square kilometer) of the city contain over 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House. Visit during a festival to see this part of Downtown come alive. The Montreal International Jazz Festival alone consists of about 800 concerts, and tens of thousands of people attend.

Spend a few hours in Montreal’s best fine arts institutions, also located in Downtown. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum in the city. It features a wide range of painting and sculpture from around the world, plus an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Québecois and Canadian art.

Most of the metro stops in Downtown are along Maisonneuve Boulevard, which is just one block away from Saint-Catherine Street. Bus stops are abundant throughout the area. Downtown covers a very large space, so it is a good idea to use public transportation. Paid parking is available in garages throughout Downtown. Look for southeast garages which tend to cost less than others.

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Top Hotels in Downtown Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
CA $199
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.2/5Excellent! (6,419 reviews)

"Directly across from the Central Train Station, the location can't be beat. We had a memorable dinner at the hotel restaurant. The bellman even carried our bags to the train station the next morning."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
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Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa
3 out of 5
1240 Drummond Street, Montreal, QC
CA $139
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.9/5Good! (3,563 reviews)

"Small room and bathroom, but good location. I wish there was a safe in the room to keep my valuables in."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa
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Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville
3 out of 5
215 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montreal, QC
CA $81
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
3.4/5Good! (2,350 reviews)

"hotel is well located. the walls are very thin, so you can hear your neighbors.its an average hotel, nothing crazy"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville
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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
4.5 out of 5
900 Boulevard Rene Levesque West, Montreal, QC
CA $329
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)

"Spent two nights and it was very good. Typical Fairmont standard, good size, clean rooms. Artisan deli very good for snacks, breakfast and dinner. Not too expensive and good quality food."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2019

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
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Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Montreal Centre
3 out of 5
50 René-Lévesque St. West, Montreal, QC
CA $143
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
3.6/5Good! (1,924 reviews)

"Everything.the room so clean, customer service excellent the housekeeping friendly. And the price really good"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Montreal Centre
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Hotel Monville
3.5 out of 5
1041, rue de Bleury, Montreal, QC
CA $229
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,470 reviews)

"The hotel is very centrally located and close to a Métro station. It was clean and the staff was helpful and accommodating. The robot server was neat to watch. Operating the Television took some getting used to ."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2019

Hotel Monville

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