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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.

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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 $84 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City, and Complexe Desjardins. Notre Dame Basilica ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,566 reviews)
"According to the Government Covid rules, if you are two people sharing the same room you must both be living at the same address. If not, hotel will charge you an additional room or will cancel your reservation without penalty."

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
Free cancellation
The price is CA $129 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre, and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,541 reviews)
"nice property with outdoor pool and garden view units."

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $240 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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! (951 reviews)
"Property is immaculate. Beautiful rooms and great service. Please be advised that the street in front of the hotel in under construction and therefore no parking and pick up and drop off is a little hindered. GREAT PLACE TO STAY AND RELAX."

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

Hotel Birks 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.
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $209 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (910 reviews)
"Great place in the middle of downtown. Well decorated. Great staff. Watch out for the parking fees"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Lofts du Vieux-Port
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is CA $69 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Lachine Hospital, and CAE. Concordia University Loyola ...
3.2/5 (2,017 reviews)
"Very homey and well furnished, loved the kitchen, well stocked with dishes and cookware, felt immediately at home"

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2021

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
La Tour Belvedere Apartment Hotel
La Tour Belvedere Apartment Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2175 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $80 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Located in Ville-Marie, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eaton Centre and Bell Centre. McGill University and Place des Arts are also within 2 ...
3.6/5Good! (2,037 reviews)
"The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The hôtel surroundings were very noisy. The hôtel was old and in generally poor condition."

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2021

La Tour Belvedere Apartment Hotel
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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Reviews of Montreal

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 20, 2020

Nice city but roads in the city were blocked due to constructions.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 14, 2020

In these difficult period of time there was not much that i could see

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

One convenience store clerk yelled at me that I was just wandering around his store and if I didn't buy anything, I'd have to get out! I am not used to being treated in this manner, and found it coloured my memory of this visit to Montreal.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

Very nice and sociable

5/5 - Excellent

Fran

Mar 20, 2020

My favorite place on earth

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

It was great!

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