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
Hotel Faubourg Montreal
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
The price is CA $111 per night from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1
CA $111
per night
Feb. 28 - Mar. 1
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! (2,190 reviews)
"Good location and fair pricing. There are cheaper parking options in the area. Hot water is in the form of a small, per room water heater. If more than one person needs to shower, the first one(s) need to be quick. You will easily run out... which is incredibly annoying."

Reviewed on Feb. 3, 2023

Hotel Faubourg Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC, H5A1E4
The price is CA $151 per night from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7
CA $151
per night
Feb. 6 - Feb. 7
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! (1,948 reviews)
"Unbelievably great hotel for the price. We’ve stayed here a few times and it’s always wonderful."

Reviewed on Feb. 4, 2023

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
3 out of 5
1193, Place Phillips, Montreal, QC, H3B3C9
The price is CA $169 per night from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10
CA $169
per night
Feb. 9 - Feb. 10
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 clean rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,302 reviews)
"Great location , staff bilingual and professional. Great place to stay"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
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.
Hotel Chrome Montreal
Hotel Chrome Montreal
3 out of 5
215 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montreal, QC, H2X 1N7
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.1/5 (1,839 reviews)
"you get what you pay for"

Reviewed on Feb. 3, 2023

Hotel Chrome Montreal
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 clean rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,302 reviews)
"Great location , staff bilingual and professional. Great place to stay"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
Hotel Faubourg Montreal
Hotel Faubourg Montreal
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! (2,189 reviews)
"Good location and fair pricing. There are cheaper parking options in the area. Hot water is in the form of a small, per room water heater. If more than one person needs to shower, the first one(s) need to be quick. You will easily run out... which is incredibly annoying."

Reviewed on Feb. 3, 2023

Hotel Faubourg 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.

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