Montreal

Travel Guide
Montreal showing a bay or harbour, a high-rise building and a city

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.

Where to stay in Montreal

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
The price is CA $174 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,645 reviews)
"Good location. Waking distance to major sites. Decent breakfast. Front staff (specifically Angel) was amazing. Helpful, friendly and great advice on places to visit."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
3.5 out of 5
1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G9
The price is CA $186 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,480 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Great neighborhood. Did not use in house restaurant, but found great spots in easy walk. On site parking was helpful."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC, H5A1E4
The price is CA $231 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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! (2,222 reviews)
"Great stay for a mother daughter shopping trip. Excellent location to shopping, restaurants and transit. Room was spacious and clean. Staff were accommodating and allowed for early check in and late check out. The heated pool was a hit and had plenty of chairs and umbrellas for lounging. Unfortunately ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
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.
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC, H9S3E1
The price is CA $109 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this aparthotel in Dorval. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
3.2/5 (2,209 reviews)
"Very affordable and close to the airport. Staff were friendly"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
David Hotel
David Hotel
3.5 out of 5
438 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montreal, QC, H2Y 2M5
The price is CA $206 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, Netflix, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"A very comfortable stay. The room was very nice with everything you need. Really cool hallways as well. Location is perfrect and easy to get around."

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

David Hotel
Campus1 MTL Student Residence
Campus1 MTL Student Residence
2.5 out of 5
420 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B2
The price is CA $229 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 23
Stay at this apartment in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4/5 Very Good! (176 reviews)
"Beds were literally just plastic beds that would make the loudest sound when moving at night. Hard as a rock. Also the key fob would never work when going in and out of the hotel."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

Campus1 MTL Student Residence
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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