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.

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
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,679 reviews)
"It was great, really enjoyed my stay. Would stay at this hotel again!"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Chrome Montreal Centre-ville
Hotel Chrome Montreal Centre-ville
3 out of 5
215 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Montreal, QC
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. Old Port of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica are ...
3.3/5 (1,670 reviews)
"It was very clean and affordable. Location was very good as well. I wish they had a better communication about its parking. It was not a busy season and their parking was full. We didn’t expect to searching parking upon our arrival while their website had said that parking was available."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Hotel Chrome Montreal Centre-ville
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
3.5 out of 5
1110, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Mount Royal Park. Bell Centre and Notre Dame Basilica ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,524 reviews)
"Very Friendly staff and large clean rooms"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

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.
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is $64 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Golf Dorval, Fairview Pointe Claire, and Lachine Hospital. Concordia University Loyola Campus ...
3.2/5 (2,124 reviews)
"some room deodorant should be placed and liquid soap for hand wash"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Sonder | Le Victoria
Sonder | Le Victoria
3.5 out of 5
411 Rue des Récollets, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this aparthotel is steps from World Trade Center Montreal and The Underground City. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"It's the first time we have stayed in a Sonder property and we were very impressed. The location was perfect. In Old Montreal, it was easy to find. We fou d parking at the end of the block for $20 for 24 hours. The apartment was spotless and well laid out with nice decor. The fully loaded kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Sonder | Le Victoria
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is $208 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Jacques Cartier Square and Old Port of Montreal. Notre Dame Basilica ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Beautiful loft overlooking Old Montreal. The concierge was extremely helpful, and even rectified Expedia's error in booking the wrong room. we love the comfortable beds and massive jacuzzi tub."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Lofts du Vieux-Port
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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