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Montreal

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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.

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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
The price is CA $124 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec - Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,555 reviews)
"Problem of parking"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $179 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palais des congres de Montreal and The Underground City. Notre Dame Basilica and Sainte-Catherine ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Good experience in general. Pros: location is amazing for first time visiting Montreal, bed super comfortable, room is very clean, large towels (very large!!!!), pool with 30 min reservation windows as COVID measure, very good parking option and dinning option. Great room service! Cons: Person who ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $279 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in Ville-Marie, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eaton Centre, Bell Centre, and Notre Dame Basilica. University of Montreal and Saint Joseph's ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,031 reviews)
"Beautifully decorated"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

Hotel Birks Montreal
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Spacious, Comfortable Basement Apartment
Spacious, Comfortable Basement Apartment
Laval, QC
The price is CA $80 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Situated in Laval, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Centropolis, Sky Venture, and Cosmodome. College Montmorency and Place Forzani are also ...
Spacious, Comfortable Basement Apartment
Sonder - Guerin Lofts
Sonder - Guerin Lofts
3.5 out of 5
4501 Rue Drolet, Montreal, QC
Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jeanne-Mance Park, Mount Royal Park, and St. Denis Theatre. Sainte-Catherine Street and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"The studio was bright, clean, modern and comfortable. We spent 11 days here and it was like a home away from home. The shower is amazing! Really appreciated having access to laundry right inside our unit. Everything was within walking distance such as restaurants and amenities. The Metro Mont Royal ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 2, 2021

Sonder - Guerin Lofts
Luxury 5BR & Pool Home in Westmount MTL
Luxury 5BR & Pool Home in Westmount MTL
4.5 out of 5
10 Avenue Sunnyside, Westmount, QC
Situated near the airport, this luxury vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westmount City Hall, Sainte-Catherine Street, and Mount Royal Park. Montreal Museum ...
Luxury 5BR & Pool Home in Westmount MTL
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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