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Plateau Mont RoyalMontreal

Home to artists, students and bohemians of all types, this borough is Montreal’s creative and countercultural haven. 

The northeastern borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal is the most densely populated in Montreal. It is typically recognized as the liveliest and the “coolest.” Artists and students dominate this neighborhood, home to the city’s edgiest coffee shops, boutiques, bars and galleries.

Plateau-Mont-Royal is named after the flat region to the northeast of Mount Royal, the hill in the center of the island of Montreal. This borough consists mostly of heritage, low-level townhouses which are often brightly colored and ornate. Inspect the Victorian houses around Saint-Louis Square for some of the best examples.

The neighborhood of Mile End is one of the most famous parts of Plateau-Mont-Royal. A haven for creative people of all kinds, Mile End has produced many of Montreal’s world-famous artists. Actor William Shatner grew up in Mile End, and it served as the headquarters for famed indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Many consider Mile End the center of Montreal’s indie rock scene.

Part of Plateau-Mont-Royal is known as the “McGill Ghetto” due to the high concentration of McGill University students who take advantage of the area’s cheap apartments. The student population of the area adds to its countercultural reputation.

Most of the houses in the borough lack yards so on nice days crowds of Plateau-Mont-Royal residents escape to La Fontaine Park, the largest park in the area. Take a bike ride along the paths toward the park’s northern end. Cool your feet in the wading pools and discreetly observe the neighborhood’s hippest residents relaxing in the grass.

When it’s time to eat, Plateau-Mont-Royal has plenty of distinctive cuisine available. One place that simply can’t be missed is Schwartz’s Deli. This 80-year-old institution is the best place to sample a Montreal delicacy: smoked meat sandwiches. The heavily marinated roast is like nothing you’ll find outside the city.

Several metro and bus stops lie along Saint-Denis Street in the southern part of Plateau-Mont-Royal. If you are driving, parking can be scarce.


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Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
3 out of 5
157, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $104 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City, and St. Denis Theatre. McGill ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (571 reviews)

"Whenever we go visit our daughter, who is a 4th year McGill student, we stay here. This visit was to move her home. We love the ambience of the place, the friendly staff, proximity to downtown and the unique rooms. This last trip Walin/Walid, the night clerk was especially helpful when a situation ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2020

Hotel Manoir Sherbrooke
Hotel Kutuma
Hotel Kutuma
4 out of 5
3708 rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $136 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Denis Theatre and Sainte-Catherine Street. McGill University and The Underground ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (516 reviews)

"This hotel was a nice little escape for my boyfriends birthday. We had a nice jacuzzi tub in the penthouse suite and the room was very large and clean. We enjoyed the decor it was not too over done."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2020

Hotel Kutuma
Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
3 out of 5
3463, rue Sainte-Famille, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Sainte-Catherine Street, and McGill University. Place des ...

4.1/5Very Good! (217 reviews)

"Great staff; great location for visiting McGill; older building but kept clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

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Hotel Milton-Parc
Hotel Milton-Parc
4 out of 5
3485 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $79 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, McGill University, and Sainte-Catherine Street. Palais ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (153 reviews)
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"Super service et propreté impeccable"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Hotel Milton-Parc
Parc Avenue Lofts
Parc Avenue Lofts
3.5 out of 5
5887 Parc Avenue, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $110 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza St-Hubert, Mount Royal Park, and Jean-Talon Market. McGill University and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (37 reviews)

"It is a nice place The first night there was a party in one of the apartments, lots of noise until early morning Otherwise nice place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 4, 2020

Parc Avenue Lofts
Parc Suites Hotel
Parc Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
3463 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $69 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of McGill University and Sainte-Catherine Street. Mount Royal Park and Notre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (132 reviews)

"It was a quirky little place. Very clean and quiet and ghe staff were polite, helpful and professional. Some electricsl issues as the building was quite old."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

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