Montreal

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Montreal
The City of a Hundred Steeples charms with its French identity, year-round festivals, and one of the most lovingly preserved historic city centers in North America.

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.

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Where to stay in Montreal

Sandman Hotel Montreal - Longueuil
Sandman Hotel Montreal - Longueuil
3 out of 5
999 rue de Serigny, Longueuil, QC, J4K2T1
The price is CA $122 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Longueuil. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"We enjoyed our time on Montréal. This hotel was directly across the street from a Metro station which made it extremely convenient. The front desk staff was extremely knowledgeable about the area and very accommodating!"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC, H5A1E4
The price is CA $251 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, hot springs on site, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,841 reviews)
Great location and rooftop pool
"It is a convenient location across from central station and the metro subway - very walkable. The rooftop heated pool, sauna and hot tub are amazing. Lots of lounge chairs. We ate in the restaurant twice and it was good food and service."

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $134 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,999 reviews)
"I liked the breakfast and the location was good too"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2022

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Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,999 reviews)
"I liked the breakfast and the location was good too"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2022

Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
3 out of 5
1193, Place Phillips, Montreal, QC, H3B3C9
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,076 reviews)
"Our taxi driver dopped us off at the wrong hotel because it looks like that was the only hotel on the Square. Le Square Phillips Hotel and Suites was a little difficult to find because it's "sideways" on to the Square (across the road from The Birks Hotel). The staff at our hotel was very accommodating ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z5
Stay at this 3.5-star boutique aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,175 reviews)
"Excellent. Clean and well designed. Beautiful view in a perfect location. Walk to Chinatown, Notre Dame, Olympic monuments. Staff was exceptional with service and bilingual. Such a great stay. Clean and comfortable. Easy valet parking."

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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