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MontrealCanada

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

Downtown Montreal showing outdoor art, a city and a monument

Downtown Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(5,283 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Montreal. Check out top attractions like Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Bell Centre, and jump on the metro at Peel Station or McGill Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica featuring religious aspects, a church or cathedral and interior views

Old Montreal

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,060 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and acclaimed art galleries are just a few highlights of Old Montreal. Make a stop by Old Port of Montreal or Old Port while you're exploring the area.

Old Montreal
Plateau Mont Royal which includes a city, signage and street scenes

Plateau Mont Royal

4/5Very Good!(238 area reviews)

Noted for its art galleries and cafés, there's plenty to explore in Plateau Mont Royal. Top attractions like Mount Royal Park and The Underground City are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Mont Royal Station or Laurier Station to see more of the city.

Plateau Mont Royal
Gay Village featuring outdoor eating, street scenes and café scenes

Gay Village

4/5Very Good!(168 area reviews)

Take time in Gay Village to visit attractions like Sainte-Catherine Street and Saint-Pierre Apotre Church. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Beaudry Station to see more of the city.

Gay Village
Latin Quarter which includes a city, street scenes and café scenes

Latin Quarter

4/5Very Good!(87 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Latin Quarter for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Sainte-Catherine Street and St. Denis Theatre. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Berri-UQAM Station.

Latin Quarter

Top Hotels in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $139 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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! (4,084 reviews)

"Always a good experience but the bartender Dennis definitely made our trip with exceptional service :)"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $234 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

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! (811 reviews)

"Beautiful decor and the staff went all out to make sure our stay comfortable and pleasant"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Hotel Birks Montreal
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
Hôtel Ruby Foo's
3.5 out of 5
7655 Decarie boulevard, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $110 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Saint Joseph's Oratory, University of Montreal and Mount Royal Park. Sainte-Catherine ...

4.2/5Excellent! (943 reviews)

"We had a great stay! Friendly staff. Free parking. Clean and Covid friendly. Good location. Not far from walking areas in town of Mount Royal . Nice room.will stay there again and would recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Hôtel Ruby Foo's

Vacation Rentals in Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $81 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

Located in Ville-Marie, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eaton Centre and Bell Centre. McGill University and Place des Arts are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

3.6/5Good! (2,011 reviews)

"Great location and close to everything you’ll need!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

La Tour Belvedere Apartment Hotel
L'Appartement Hotel
L'Appartement Hotel
3 out of 5
455, Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $119 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of McGill University, Sainte-Catherine Street, and The Underground City. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,353 reviews)

"Everything was good. Place is clean. Parking is too far away. 10 min walk."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

L'Appartement Hotel
Parc Avenue Residence Mile End
Parc Avenue Residence Mile End
4 out of 5
5677 Parc Avenue, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $115 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Montreal, Saint Joseph's Oratory and Notre Dame Basilica. Old Port and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (98 reviews)

"It was very clean and the location is fantastic. The staff/security members were very nice and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2020

Parc Avenue Residence Mile End

Popular places to visit in Montreal

Old Port of Montreal
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Old Port of Montreal

4.5/5(1,736 reviews)

Historic architecture, modern attractions and an exciting calendar of festivals make it impossible to get bored at this lively and scenic riverfront space.

Notre Dame Basilica
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Notre Dame Basilica

4.5/5(1,831 reviews)

The incandescent blue and gold interior of Montreal’s spiritual heart dazzles visitors and pilgrims. It was once the largest house of worship in North America.

Montreal Biodome
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Montreal Biodome

4/5(478 reviews)

Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof. 

Top things to do in Montreal

Old Montreal Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour
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Old Montreal Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour

CA $33
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets
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Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets

CA $22
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal
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Electric Scooter Tour of Plateau, Mile End & Old Montreal

CA $106
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Guided Flavors & Aromas Walking Tour of Old Montreal
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Guided Flavors & Aromas Walking Tour of Old Montreal

CA $70
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Montreal Old Port Zipline
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Montreal Old Port Zipline

CA $17
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Old Montreal Walking Tour
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Old Montreal Walking Tour

CA $29
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Montreal

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3273
5 - Excellent 54.69585561497326%
4 - Good
2189
4 - Good 36.580882352941174%
3 - Okay
443
3 - Okay 7.403074866310161%
2 - Disappointing
50
2 - Disappointing 0.8355614973262032%
1 - Terrible
29
1 - Terrible 0.48462566844919786%

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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