Old Montreal

Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica which includes religious aspects, a church or cathedral and interior views

Once surrounded by ramparts, this historic area within Montreal city now shines as one of the oldest and best preserved urban centers in North America.

Nestled between the banks of the St. Lawrence River and Montreal Downtown is the original fortified town of Old Montreal. Although the walls have disappeared years ago, the cobblestone streets and architecture spanning three centuries make Old Montreal feel more like an old European city than a New World capital.

Visit the birthplace of the city at Pointe-à-Callière and wander the narrow, twisting Rue Saint-Paul, the city’s oldest surviving street. Just opposite Montreal City Hall, join Benjamin Franklin on the guest list at the Château Ramezay. Built as the governor’s residence in the 18th century, today the mansion serves as a museum dedicated to Montreal’s history. Just a block away at the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, see the foundation of the city’s first stone chapel, which was built in the 17th century.

The Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History traces the city’s past back to its days as a 17th-century fur-trading post and beyond. Examine artifacts of local Amerindian people dating back thousands of years. Many of the exhibits are innovatively displayed underground in their original dig sites.

The culinary arts play a central role in Old Montreal’s history too. Dine at the Cabaret du Roy in Bonsecours Market to experience traditional cuisine alongside colonial characters brought to life by local actors. Old Montreal is also a hotbed of contemporary culture. Watch a show at the Centaur Theatre or the latest in local contemporary art at DHC/ART.

To get the most from your visit, join a walking, Segway or bicycle tour. Self-guided maps and guides are available from the visitor center and museums. For the quintessential Montreal experience, take a ride in a horse-drawn calèche after dark, when Old Montreal's finest buildings are beautifully illuminated with specially designed lighting.

Old Montreal is easily accessible via buses, metros, ferry and Underground City walkways. For drivers, street parking is nearly impossible, but paid garages are available.

Most museums in Old Montreal charge admission. During the summer months, museums are open daily, but during the offseason, they are closed part of the week, so a little preplanning is advised.


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InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palais des congres de Montreal and The Underground City. Notre Dame Basilica and Sainte-Catherine ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,068 reviews)
"They added a nice surprise in our room when we checked in for our anniversary."

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2021

InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
Le Saint Sulpice
Le Saint Sulpice
4 out of 5
414 Saint-Sulpice, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this spa hotel is steps away from Place d'Armes, Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal. The Underground City and Palais des congres ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (977 reviews)
"A pleasant stay! Highly recommended"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Le Saint Sulpice
Hotel Place d'Armes
Hotel Place d'Armes
4 out of 5
55, Saint-Jacques West, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this spa hotel is steps away from Place d'Armes, Notre Dame Basilica and The Underground City. Old Port of Montreal and Palais des congres ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,195 reviews)
"Loved the hotel and staff. Had no problems except for one night I went to the hotel bar and went to sit at the bar and a hotel worker asked if I had a reservation. I asked “to sit at the bar?!?” And he was very confrontational and insisted that i needed a reservation to sit at a bar (with 4 open ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Hotel Place d'Armes
Le Westin Montréal
Le Westin Montréal
4 out of 5
270 St. Antoine Ouest, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Palais des congres de Montreal and World Trade Center Montreal. Place d'Armes and Notre Dame ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. Loved the pool. Sad the sauna was closed. Valet parking expensive compared to other parking nearby. Surprised there wasn’t a microwave in the room. There was one in the main level to use. It wasn’t clear what could and could not be recycled as we are not from Quebec. A pamphlet in ..."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Le Westin Montréal
Hotel Nelligan
Hotel Nelligan
4 out of 5
106 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC
Located in Old Montreal, this romantic hotel is steps away from Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal. The Underground City and Palais des congres de ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (955 reviews)
"Beautiful facility. Gorgeous lobby and delicioucage. A bit noisy in mornings"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Hotel Nelligan
Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
208 Saint Antoine Ouest, Montreal, QC
This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica and Christ Church Cathedral. Bell Centre ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (971 reviews)
"Happy employees, quick service everywhere including the restaurant, Happy Hour complimentary drinks was a great add on 😁"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Embassy Suites Montréal by Hilton
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