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Montreal is a proudly French city. It began as a French fur trading post. Its official language is French, and many Montrealers insist on speaking it. Even the way the city looks and feels is often described as Parisian. Montreal’s colorful townhouses, bohemian lifestyle and love of dining and the arts all mirror the French capital. Check out the cafés and bookstores of Plateau-Mont-Royal in the city’s northeast for the purest taste of Montreal’s Parisian spirit.
Thanks largely to its Old Port, Montreal has historically been a wealthy trade city and much of the city’s elegant architecture was built on a grand scale. Step inside massive churches like Notre-Dame Basilica, where Celine Dion was married, and St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. Head for the glistening silver dome of the Bonsecours Market, which was built to show off the city’s grandeur to visitors. Explore and shop in the extensive Underground City, which is the largest subsurface complex in the world.
Montreal is a city of festivals and features a year-round calendar that peaks in the summer months. Festivals dedicated to jazz, fireworks and stand-up comedy annually attract millions of visitors from across the world. Many are held in the Quartier des Spectacles among the skyscrapers of Downtown. Thanks to Montreal’s world-class concert halls and outdoor stages, many of these festivals are considered the best of their kind.
Montreal is located in the very south of the Canadian province of Quebec, only 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the U.S. border. The city rests on an island between the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies with a hill at its center, called Mount Royal.
Though Montreal is spread wide across the island, an excellent public transportation system makes it easy to navigate without a car. The metro is the most convenient option, with 68 stations throughout the city and cheap visitor deals like three-day or weekend passes available. Montreal’s creativity is clear even on the metro: each station was designed by a different architect in a distinct style, so the metro is as vibrant as the city itself.
Accommodation in Montreal
Expedia's Montreal lodging guide shows no less than 319 high-end and low-budget hotel options, so there is a nice variety to keep everybody happy.
Those keen on finding a room or suite at the luxury end of the scale will be delighted, Montreal offers some luxury options, including the Ritz-Carlton, Montréal, at 1228 Sherbrooke Street West, and the Hotel Le St-James Montréal, at 355 Saint-Jacques Street. Otherwise, the W Montreal, 901 Square Victoria, or the Hotel Le Germain Montreal, 2050, rue Mansfield could be more to your taste.
A highlight of any visit to Montreal is Notre Dame Basilica. If you choose to stay near Notre Dame Basilica, the Ritz-Carlton, Montréal and the Hotel Le St-James Montréal are both worth checking out.
This penthouse-style hotel comprises the top two floors of the 17-story Place Bonaventure business and shopping complex and is linked by elevator to Montréal's underground city.
Located in Quartier des Spectacles, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monument National and Metropolis. University of Quebec-Montreal and Bonsecours Market are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Metropolis and University of Quebec-Montreal. Notre Dame Basilica and Percival Molson Memorial Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Brossard, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Maison Saint-Gabriel, Atwater Market, and Habitat 67. Notre Dame Basilica and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal is in the Latin Quarter, a 15-minute walk from the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. The historic downtown offers shops, restaurants, and landmarks like Notre-Dame Basilica. Guests can also browse the shops lining Saint Catherine Street, a 10-minute drive.
This family-friendly hotel is located in Montreal (Ville-Marie), close to Martlet House, Les Cours Mont-Royal, and Eaton Centre. Also nearby are Quartier de Musee and The Underground City.
Between Montreal's Old City and the Parc du Mont-Royal, this downtown hotel is 1 block from Saint Catherine Street, 3 blocks from Crescent Street and its nightlife, and a short walk from Bell Centre.
This hotel is in the Chinese Quarter of downtown Montréal, less than 3 blocks from the city's convention center and Old Montréal.