Montreal

Travel Guide

The City of a Hundred Spires, with its French influences, slew of festivals, and pristinely preserved historic city centre has to be one of the most charming in North America, if not the world.

Montreal is a proud French city, which began as a fur trading outpost in the early 17th Century. The official language is French, and many of the city’s inhabitants refuse to speak any other language. Even the way the city looks and feels is often compared to Paris; the colourful mansions, bohemian lifestyle and love of food and art all reflect the French capital. Visit the cafés and bookstores of Plateau Mont Royal in the northeast of the city and you’ll soon get a taste of the Parisian atmosphere in Montreal.

Montreal has always been a rich trading city, which has meant the city can fund the ornate historical architecture and large scale high-rises you see today. Step into the vast churches like the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Saint Joseph's Oratory, the latter being the largest church in Canada. See the shimmering silver dome of Bonsecours Market, which was built to show impress upon visitors the city’s grandeur. Explore and shop in the extensive Underground City, the largest underground complex in the world.

Montreal loves its festivals; the city holds a number throughout the year, but most happen in the summer months. Festivals devoted to jazz, fireworks and stand-up comedy annually attract millions of visitors from around the world. Many are held in the Quartier des Spectacles between the skyscrapers of the city centre. Thanks to Montreal's concert halls and great outdoor spaces, these festivals are widely regarded as some of the best in the world.

Montreal is located in the extreme south of the Canadian province of Quebec, only 72 kilometres from the US border. The town lies on an island between the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies with a hill in the centre, called Mount Royal.

The city has an excellent public transport system, making it easy to explore the city without a car. With 68 stations in the city and discounted offers for visitors, the subway is the most convenient travel option.

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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
The price is £84 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec - Montreal, Old Port of Montreal and Palais des congres de Montreal. McGill ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,599 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly. To our surprise, the hotel upgraded us to a suite from from a 1 bedroom reservation. Parking was easy to use and the hotel is centrally located. Would highly recommend for an affordable option in Montréal."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is £128 per night from 8 Oct to 8 Oct
Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palais des congres de Montreal and Old Port of Montreal. McGill University and Eaton ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"This property was super clean, staff were very friendly and nice, the restaurant had good food & very organized, clean and nice staff. We wish parking was included because we had to pay $25 for self parking or $37 for valet daily. I would definitely will going back here next time"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC
The price is £103 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
Located in Ville-Marie, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monument National, Theater du Nouveau Monde and Complexe Desjardins. Place des Arts ...
4.3/5Excellent! (952 reviews)
"Excellent location, small but nice room with comfortable bed"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Hotel Zero 1
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Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is £60 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Peter B Yeomans Cultural Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Lachine Hospital and Fur Trade ...
3.2/5 (2,085 reviews)
"Nice place looks like a small apartment comfortable"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2021

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
3 out of 5
6939 Decarie, Montreal, QC
The price is £128 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bell Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and McGill University. Notre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"Clean and Cozy"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is £257 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Montreal Science Centre and Old Port of Montreal. Palais ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (953 reviews)
"I liked the close proximity to everything. Location was great. Staff was efficient and helpful. However, I saw a mice on my last night."

Reviewed on 11 Sep 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.

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