Montreal

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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

Hotel Chrome Montreal Centre-ville
Hotel Chrome Montreal Centre-ville
3 out of 5
215 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $67 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. Old Port of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica are ...
3.3/5 (1,671 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful. Location was excellent. Wifi was not working in room and in lobby. Heater was making very much noise and water was dripping from heater. The sink in washroom was clogged."

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Hotel Chrome Montreal Centre-ville
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,679 reviews)
"It was great, really enjoyed my stay. Would stay at this hotel again!"

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
3.5 out of 5
1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $163 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 28
Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Mount Royal Park. Bell Centre and Notre Dame Basilica ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,526 reviews)
"Every time I go to Montreal this is my go to hotel, the staff know me well and are always polite and very helpful. Rooms are always clean and though their restaurant is closed there is a restaurant connected called Zante which serves Greek cuisine and drinks. Staff there are also very good and professional. ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
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Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is CA $82 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Golf Dorval, Fairview Pointe Claire, and Lachine Hospital. Concordia University Loyola Campus ...
3.2/5 (2,124 reviews)
"some room deodorant should be placed and liquid soap for hand wash"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2021

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Sonder | Le Victoria
Sonder | Le Victoria
3.5 out of 5
411 Rue des Récollets, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this aparthotel is steps from World Trade Center Montreal and The Underground City. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"It's the first time we have stayed in a Sonder property and we were very impressed. The location was perfect. In Old Montreal, it was easy to find. We fou d parking at the end of the block for $20 for 24 hours. The apartment was spotless and well laid out with nice decor. The fully loaded kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

Sonder | Le Victoria
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $286 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Jacques Cartier Square and Old Port of Montreal. Notre Dame Basilica ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Beautiful loft overlooking Old Montreal. The concierge was extremely helpful, and even rectified Expedia's error in booking the wrong room. we love the comfortable beds and massive jacuzzi tub."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Lofts du Vieux-Port
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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