Old Montreal

Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica featuring religious aspects, a church or cathedral and interior views

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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Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
208 Saint Antoine Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2Y0A6
The price is CA $196 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Excelente ubicación para todas las áreas de interes"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
Le Saint Sulpice
Le Saint Sulpice
4 out of 5
414 Saint-Sulpice, Montreal, QC, H2Y2V5
The price is CA $306 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"Balcony with great view and gorgeous outdoor courtyard."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Le Saint Sulpice
Le Westin Montréal
Le Westin Montréal
4 out of 5
270 St. Antoine Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2Y 0A3
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $323 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Le Westin Montréal
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Old Montreal
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Old Montreal
3.5 out of 5
445 Rue St-Jean Baptiste, Montreal, QC, H2Y 2Z7
The price is CA $229 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"The property is in a great location, within walking distance to everything in old Montreal. breakfast served was great, all you need to get you going in the morning. The rooms need new decor, old wall paper and the carpets need to be cleaned because I could smell them in the rooms. The staff did ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Old Montreal
Hotel William Gray
Hotel William Gray
4.5 out of 5
421 Rue St-Vincent, Vieux, Montreal, QC, H2Y 3A6
The price is CA $495 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Very good."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Hotel William Gray
Sonder Le Victoria
Sonder Le Victoria
3.5 out of 5
411 Rue des Récollets, Montreal, QC, H2Y1W3
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and concierge services. Popular attractions Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (70 reviews)
"Everything is great except parking."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Sonder Le Victoria
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