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Downtown

Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.

Downtown is the home of Montreal’s beautiful skyline and vast subterranean center. Come to Downtown for shopping, a mix of modern and heritage architecture and world-class concert halls and museums.

Spend daylight hours on the long stretch of Saint-Catherine Street which features blocks of high-end boutiques and shopping malls, plus access to the Underground City. After sunset, head to Crescent Street to spend the evening hopping between the many pubs and restaurants set amid classic Montreal townhouses.

The Underground City is one of the largest subsurface complexes in the world. A total 20.5 miles (33 kilometers) of pedestrian walkways run under Downtown, connecting metro stations, concert halls and shopping malls. Shop in the Promenades Cathédrale, an underground mall built to support the once-sinking Christ Church Cathedral above.

Take a walk through the Golden Square Mile on the west side of Downtown, which features the exquisite Victorian mansions of Montreal’s old upper class. This section is also home to McGill University, one of Canada’s top schools.

Downtown is the location of Montreal’s world-class annual festivals. The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place in Downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles. These 250 acres (one square kilometer) of the city contain over 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House. Visit during a festival to see this part of Downtown come alive. The Montreal International Jazz Festival alone consists of about 800 concerts, and tens of thousands of people attend.

Spend a few hours in Montreal’s best fine arts institutions, also located in Downtown. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum in the city. It features a wide range of painting and sculpture from around the world, plus an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Québecois and Canadian art.

Most of the metro stops in Downtown are along Maisonneuve Boulevard, which is just one block away from Saint-Catherine Street. Bus stops are abundant throughout the area. Downtown covers a very large space, so it is a good idea to use public transportation. Paid parking is available in garages throughout Downtown. Look for southeast garages which tend to cost less than others.


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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal
4.1
of 5, from 1,458 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This penthouse-style hotel comprises the top two floors of the 17-story Place Bonaventure business and shopping complex and is linked by elevator to Montréal's underground city.

LMVR - The Sherbrooke

LMVR - The Sherbrooke

21 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal
3.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Metropolis and University of Quebec-Montreal. Notre Dame Basilica and Percival Molson Memorial Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$63
Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville

Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville

215 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montreal
3.0
of 5, from 238 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Quartier des Spectacles, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monument National and Metropolis. University of Quebec-Montreal and Bonsecours Market are also within 10 minutes.

$110
Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-hotel Europa

Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-hotel Europa

1240 Drummond Street, Montreal
3.8
of 5, from 947 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly hotel is located in Montreal (Ville-Marie), close to Martlet House, Les Cours Mont-Royal, and Eaton Centre. Also nearby are Quartier de Musee and The Underground City.

$134
Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa

Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa

1740 Rene-Levesque West, Montreal
3.8
of 5, from 1,112 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Between Montreal's Old City and the Parc du Mont-Royal, this downtown hotel is 1 block from Saint Catherine Street, 3 blocks from Crescent Street and its nightlife, and a short walk from Bell Centre.

$147
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites

1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
4.0
of 5, from 2,009 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking Mount Royal Park, this elegant 28-story hotel is within walking distance of McGill University, Montréal's downtown business district, and Peel metro station. The Bell Centre is 3 blocks away.

$147
Hotel Zero 1

Hotel Zero 1

01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal
4.1
of 5, from 701 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chinatown, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monument National, Theater du Nouveau Monde, and Complexe Desjardins. Place des Arts and Notre Dame Basilica are also within 15 minutes.