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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.

Montréal is a proudly French city. The city began as a French fur-trading post. Its official language is French, and many Montrealers insist on speaking it. Even its neighborhoods, such as the university neighborhood, the Quartier Latin, are named after their Parisian namesakes. Montréal’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 Montréal’s Parisian spirit.

Thanks largely to its Old Port, Montréal has historically been a wealthy trade city, and much of the city’s architecture has been built on a grand scale. Step inside massive churches such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, where the famous Canadian singer Céline Dion was married, and St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. Visit museums housed in bold, postmodern buildings, such as the Rio Tinto Planetarium in the Olympic Park, and the Biosphere, located on Saint Helen’s Island.

Montréal is a city of festivals, its year-round calendar peaking 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 or on the islands of the Parc Jean-Drapeau. Others, such as the excellent Divers/Cité gay pride festival, take place in Montréal’s lively gay neighborhood, the Village.

Montréal is located in the very south of the Canadian province of Québec, 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. Climb up the hill for a full view of the Montréal cityscape.

Though Montréal 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 such as 3-day or weekend passes available. The metro is as vibrant as the city itself: each station was designed by a different architect in a distinct style.

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Where to stay in Montreal

Top Hotels 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 $65 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (1,617 reviews)

"The rooms were very spacious and clean and the location was very convenient"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
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 $84 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

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! (3,985 reviews)

"Great location, beautiful fall colours in the garden, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is $158 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (861 reviews)

"good service nice looking hotel. Luxurious. Checkout too early 11 am"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Montreal

Pierce Boutique Apartments
Pierce Boutique Apartments
4 out of 5
1650 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is $58 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Ville-Marie, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and The Underground City. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (263 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Pierce Boutique Apartments
Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
3 out of 5
3463, rue Sainte-Famille, Montreal, QC
The price is $53 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Plateau Mont Royal, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Sainte-Catherine Street, and McGill University. Place des ...

4.1/5Very Good! (209 reviews)

"We always stay at Trylon. Staff are friendly/helpful. Older apt/hotel - always clean. Great location for parents of McGill students! Fabulous residents lounge; nice little pool bonus roof-top deck."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Hôtel-Appartements Trylon
Parc Avenue Residence Mile End
Parc Avenue Residence Mile End
4 out of 5
5677 Parc Avenue, Montreal, QC
The price is $85 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (103 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
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.

Getting around Montreal

Montréal residents and visitors alike tend to get around many parts of the city on foot or by bike. Rental bikes are widely available and the city has hundreds of miles of cycle paths. There is a good public transportation system too, known as the STM. The metro and bus networks of the STM cover the whole city. Buy a one-day ticket to cover unlimited bus and metro travel. Visit the Montreal Transit Corporation website. Browse Montreal rental cars.

Best time to visit

Montréal’s long, cold and very snowy winters are famous, so unless you’re a serious cold weather fan it’s best to come to the city in spring, summer or fall. Visit in the summer months for the sunniest and most pleasant weather, with temperatures not usually being more than 79 F (26 C). Spring and fall have their own benefits as well, as these seasons generally see rates for accommodations go down.

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Reviews of Montreal

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5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 13, 2020

Best place to be

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 9, 2020

My favorite town !

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 1, 2020

Beautiful and secure place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

The city is huge and it’s busy. Not a whole lot of places to go close by.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

We love Montreal. It is a livable city and fun to visit. PAID SICK LEAVE for Marriott hotel workers will make it more likely that we will return to this hotel once the PANDEMIC is resolved.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Friendly, easy to get around. Beautiful architecture. Inexpensive. Diverse. Great food. Extremely gay-friendly.

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