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Once surrounded by ramparts, this historic area within Montreal city now shines as one of the oldest and best preserved urban centers in North America. 

Nestled between the banks of the St. Lawrence River and Montreal Downtown is the original fortified town of Old Montreal. Although the walls have disappeared years ago, the cobblestone streets and architecture spanning three centuries make Old Montreal feel more like an old European city than a New World capital.

Visit the birthplace of the city at Pointe-à-Callière and wander the narrow, twisting Rue Saint-Paul, the city’s oldest surviving street. Just opposite Montreal City Hall, join Benjamin Franklin on the guest list at the Château Ramezay. Built as the governor’s residence in the 18th century, today the mansion serves as a museum dedicated to Montreal’s history. Just a block away at the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, see the foundation of the city’s first stone chapel, which was built in the 17th century.

The Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History traces the city’s past back to its days as a 17th-century fur-trading post and beyond. Examine artifacts of local Amerindian people dating back thousands of years. Many of the exhibits are innovatively displayed underground in their original dig sites.

The culinary arts play a central role in Old Montreal’s history too. Dine at the Cabaret du Roy in Bonsecours Market to experience traditional cuisine alongside colonial characters brought to life by local actors. Old Montreal is also a hotbed of contemporary culture. Watch a show at the Centaur Theatre or the latest in local contemporary art at DHC/ART.

To get the most from your visit, join a walking, Segway or bicycle tour. Self-guided maps and guides are available from the visitor center and museums. For the quintessential Montreal experience, take a ride in a horse-drawn calèche after dark, when Old Montreal's finest buildings are beautifully illuminated with specially designed lighting.

Old Montreal is easily accessible via buses, metros, ferry and Underground City walkways. For drivers, street parking is nearly impossible, but paid garages are available.

Most museums in Old Montreal charge admission. During the summer months, museums are open daily, but during the offseason, they are closed part of the week, so a little preplanning is advised.


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Hotel Place d'Armes
Hotel Place d'Armes
4 out of 5
55, Saint-Jacques West, Montreal, QC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $159 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Old Montreal, this spa hotel is steps from Place d'Armes, Notre Dame Basilica, and The Underground City. Old Port of Montreal and Palais des congres ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,341 reviews)

"Great service and staff was professional especially Magali at reception!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Hotel Place d'Armes
Hotel William Gray
Hotel William Gray
4.5 out of 5
421 Rue St-Vincent, Vieux, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $194 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jacques Cartier Square and Bonsecours Market. Notre Dame Basilica is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (811 reviews)

"The Team at Hotel are consistently welcoming and make each stay a pleasure! A shout out to Sam, he goes overboard to make our stay more enjoyable each visit!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Hotel William Gray
Hotel Nelligan
Hotel Nelligan
4 out of 5
106 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $183 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Old Montreal, this romantic hotel is steps from Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History (Pointe-a-Calliere), Old Port of Montreal, and Notre Dame ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)

"Amazing customer service ! Room was spacious, comfortable and super clean !"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2021

Hotel Nelligan
InterContinental Montreal
InterContinental Montreal
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $149 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is steps from Palais des congres de Montreal and The Underground City. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)

"staff is very friendly,great location and very quit."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2021

InterContinental Montreal
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $178 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Jacques Cartier Square and Old Port of Montreal. Notre Dame Basilica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (903 reviews)

"It was an excellent place to stay during COVID. A full kitchen , beautiful flat and limited interfacing with staff yet always available."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2020

Lofts du Vieux-Port
Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
208 Saint Antoine Ouest, Montreal, QC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $135 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Christ Church Cathedral, and Bell ...

4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Staff really goes over and above to make your stay excellent - great job!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
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