Downtown Montreal

Montreal
Downtown Montreal showing outdoor art, a city and a monument

Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.

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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Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal
Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal
3 out of 5
161 Rue Sainte Catherine E, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $94 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. The Underground City and Place des Arts are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,373 reviews)
"Welcoming staff, I like the view around the hotel and everything was very nice"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2022

Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $99 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,704 reviews)
"I like that we it is strategically located to tourist attractions. Even if you have a car, we did not really need to use it. The frames in the room gave us idea where to go. The room itself is somehow clean however it has to be well-lit. I suggest more lighting. The carpet has to be shampooed. The ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $141 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre, and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,567 reviews)

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2022

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Monville
Hotel Monville
3.5 out of 5
1041, rue de Bleury, Montreal, QC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $155 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Notre Dame Basilica, and Place des Arts. Christ Church Cathedral and Bell ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,326 reviews)
"Nice hotel with all basic requirements. They only off valet parking which is a downside."

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2022

Hotel Monville
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $260 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Ville-Marie, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eaton Centre and Bell Centre. Notre Dame Basilica and University of Montreal are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,148 reviews)
"We stood there fit our ten year wedding anniversary it was great!"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2022

Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
4.5 out of 5
1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $169 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of McGill University and McCord Museum. Montreal Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Very convenient location with helpful and pleasant staff!"

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2021

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
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