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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
The price is CA $161 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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! (986 reviews)
"Absolutely the property need face left. Sofa bed is very old you have to do bedding your self. Don't expect you get nice room because it is embassy suite. You can expect like **. Breakfast is only things you remember it is good. Very poor management and under staff"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2021

Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $179 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palais des congres de Montreal and The Underground City. Notre Dame Basilica and Sainte-Catherine ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Good experience in general. Pros: location is amazing for first time visiting Montreal, bed super comfortable, room is very clean, large towels (very large!!!!), pool with 30 min reservation windows as COVID measure, very good parking option and dinning option. Great room service! Cons: Person who ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Nelligan
Hotel Nelligan
4 out of 5
106 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $276 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Located in Old Montreal, this romantic hotel is steps from Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal. Montreal Convention Centre and The Underground City ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Never failed to greet us each time we entered the hotel. Would have been nice to get a late check out, but it was a Saturday, so probably too busy. Hotel had a low key, chill vibe, not at all pretentious even though the decor was more upscale. Valet parking was expensive but ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

Hotel Nelligan
Hotel William Gray
Hotel William Gray
4.5 out of 5
421 Rue St-Vincent, Vieux, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $260 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
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! (860 reviews)
"Me and my boyfriend spent the night here, and let me tell you it was amazing!!! The hotel itself is beautiful and very safe, plus the location is super close to everything ( patios, bars, dessert places, old port etc… ) Amazing experience!!!"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Hotel William Gray
Hotel Place d'Armes
Hotel Place d'Armes
4 out of 5
55, Saint-Jacques West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $215 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
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 Montreal Convention ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,258 reviews)
"A very pleasant experience; long over due mini-break coming out of COVID restrictions."

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2021

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Old Montreal
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Old Montreal
3.5 out of 5
445 Rue St-Jean Baptiste, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $178 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Old Montreal, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palais de Justice, Montreal Science Centre, and Notre Dame Basilica. Jacques Cartier Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel for families visiting Old Montreal. Great location. Clean. Comfortable beds. Updated decor. Convenient free breakfast. Staff was helpful. No view, but that was expected due to the location & being half a block away from all the action. We would stay here again."

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Old Montreal
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