Montreal

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Montreal showing a high rise building, a city and a bay or harbor
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

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
The price is $95 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$95
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
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! (2,098 reviews)
"I liked the neighbourhood-felt safe and easy to walk most places. The rooms were spacious and enjoyed the free breakfast."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC, H5A1E4
The price is $141 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$141
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
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! (1,753 reviews)
"The pool area was stunning. Great temp for cold weather. Wish the robes and towels were in the room. We did not find any and had to just use pool towel to return back to our room. Definitely would return and try out the restaurant as we did not have the time during this trip."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport
4 out of 5
705 Avenue Michel-Jasmin, Dorval, QC, H9P 1B8
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $124 per night from Dec 30 to Dec 31
$124
per night
Dec 30 - Dec 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dorval. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and free train station pick-up. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,013 reviews)
"The staff are all friendy and helpful."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport
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 Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
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! (2,098 reviews)
"I liked the neighbourhood-felt safe and easy to walk most places. The rooms were spacious and enjoyed the free breakfast."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z5
Stay at this 3.5-star boutique aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,296 reviews)
"good service"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
3.5 out of 5
1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G9
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,870 reviews)
"Stayed at this property multiple times and always are well taken care of. This trip the maid service on day 2 and the valet service most impressed. I'll be back."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hotel Le Cantlie 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.

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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