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 Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $119 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec - Montreal, Old Port of Montreal, and Montreal Convention Centre. McGill ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,599 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly. To our surprise, the hotel upgraded us to a suite from from a 1 bedroom reservation. Parking was easy to use and the hotel is centrally located. Would highly recommend for an affordable option in Montréal."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 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 $189 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Convention Centre and Old Port of Montreal. McGill University and Eaton Centre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"This property was super clean, staff were very friendly and nice, the restaurant had good food & very organized, clean and nice staff. We wish parking was included because we had to pay $25 for self parking or $37 for valet daily. I would definitely will going back here next time"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $130 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Ville-Marie, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monument National, Theater du Nouveau Monde, and Complexe Desjardins. Place des Arts ...
4.3/5Excellent! (953 reviews)
"We liked it’s location and that it didn’t have breakfast included. The room was looking over a small park, it was quaint, and was really clean / well kept. The hygiene products smelled good too. We didn’t have time to try the amenities. For parking, you can park on the streets of the hotel for 15mns. ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Hotel Zero 1
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Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is CA $89 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Peter B Yeomans Cultural Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lachine Hospital and Fur Trade ...
3.2/5 (2,088 reviews)
"Nice place looks like a small apartment comfortable"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2021

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
3 out of 5
6939 Decarie, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $189 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bell Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and McGill University. Notre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"Clean and Cozy"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $319 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Montreal Science Centre and Old Port of Montreal. Montreal Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (953 reviews)
"I liked the close proximity to everything. Location was great. Staff was efficient and helpful. However, I saw a mice on my last night."

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2021

Lofts du Vieux-Port
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