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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.

Montreal is a proudly French city. It began as a French fur trading post. Its official language is French, and many Montrealers insist on speaking it. Even the way the city looks and feels is often described as Parisian. Montreal’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 Montreal’s Parisian spirit.

Thanks largely to its Old Port, Montreal has historically been a wealthy trade city and much of the city’s elegant architecture was built on a grand scale. Step inside massive churches like Notre-Dame Basilica, where Celine Dion was married, and St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. Head for the glistening silver dome of the Bonsecours Market, which was built to show off the city’s grandeur to visitors. Explore and shop in the extensive Underground City, which is the largest subsurface complex in the world.

Montreal is a city of festivals and features a year-round calendar that peaks 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. Thanks to Montreal’s world-class concert halls and outdoor stages, many of these festivals are considered the best of their kind.

Montreal is located in the very south of the Canadian province of Quebec, 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.

Though Montreal 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 like three-day or weekend passes available. Montreal’s creativity is clear even on the metro: each station was designed by a different architect in a distinct style, so the metro is as vibrant as the city itself.

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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 ¥6,833 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

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! (1,638 reviews)

"The size of the suites for its price is amazing but not exactly the cleanest of suites was given to me during my stay. Stained carpets, dirty fridge"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
The price is ¥10,493 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

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 Montreal ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,959 reviews)

"Great deal, great location and awesome service."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is ¥18,789 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (891 reviews)

"super stunning hotel. would highly recommend anyone who is visiting the city to stay here - even beautiful for a mini staycation, which is what we did! restaurant has delicious food. was very surprised by the quality of their menu :)"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

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

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
2.5 out of 5
440 Roy Avenue, Dorval, QC
The price is ¥5,238 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Lachine Hospital, and CAE. Concordia University Loyola ...

3.2/5 (1,999 reviews)

"Was Horrible, will never go there again. After they booked us a room that was not useable, they finaly found a room. And it was not good, toilet plugged, fridge leaking all over, no phone cord attached to phone table leg fell off something dried up on table and everyone who looked at it said same ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Beausejour Hôtel Appartements
Pierce Boutique Apartments
Pierce Boutique Apartments
4 out of 5
1650 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is ¥6,388 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 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! (271 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay however, finding parking took us forever and we even had to park further from where we are located."…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2020

Pierce Boutique Apartments
Destination Stays Montreal Downtown
Destination Stays Montreal Downtown
3 out of 5
1444 Saint-Mathieu, Montreal, QC

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

3.1/5 (164 reviews)
Tidy up the room?

"I have stayed several times and still there is no toilet paper holder attached to the wall. It is very annoying. With the gravel on the sidewalks it would be nice to have a broom available to sweep the room. I don't expect anyone else to do it but a broom hanging in the hallway would be nice. Maybe ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Destination Stays Montreal Downtown
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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Reviews of Montreal

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.466395112016293%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.626272912423625%
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2 - Disappointing 0.7128309572301426%
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1 - Terrible 0.15274949083503056%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2020

Best place to be

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 9, 2020

My favorite town !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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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