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Hotel Chrome Montréal Centre-ville

Very convenient and clean. Recommendations: Actual snacks in the snack room A gym A full length mirror Inc the room

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Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown

The hotel location was great for walking to Chinatown and Old Montreal. Also close to public transportation. The king suite was big and comfortable. Breakfast buffet had lots of options and was tasty. My only negative is that the room was really dark. The windows in my room faced the courtyard and didn't get much natural light (plus is was rainy while there). Would have loved more lamps or overhead lighting. This was a great place to stay and a great value!

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2 days ago

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Le St-Martin Hotel & Suites Laval

I loved the cleanliness of my room. Housekeeping respected the do not disturb. Loved having espresso in room. Nice touch. Didn’t like the food from delivery choices. REALLY DID NOT LIKE DELIVERY TO MY ROOM BY STRANGERS. Several times I wanted to have a glass of wine one the bar area, but there was never a bartender around.

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2 days ago

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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Nice location. outside hallways dirty with tons of old laundry and dishes in hall ways for an etended period of time. later in day, floors needed to be vacuumed with obvious debris over dark carpets. Hotel staff were not very friendly or helpful. Last time I stayed they were very helpful so was surprised at the lack of welcoming. Parking issue remains awkward. They should just give you a pass and charge you rather than giving the tickets etc.

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7 days ago

Pro tips from our travel blog: Everything you need to know for a perfectly rewarding trip to Montreal

Experience youth and timeless charm in Montreal

An urban gem within the province of Quebec, Montreal embodies old-world class and new-world excitement in perfect balance. It's good to arrive with French-English translation and metric conversion apps already installed on your smartphone, as well as a map of the Montreal Metro, the city's user-friendly subway system. Architectural beauties, joyful bustle, mouth-watering cuisine, an Olympic Stadium, and several outdoor pools and parks will soon win you over in Montreal. This city of 18th-century cobblestone streets, 21st-century urban style and numerous festivals and attractions translates its charms readily into a language of traveler enjoyment.


What to see and do
Festivals

Montreal gave the world Cirque du Soleil; when you visit the city, you'll soon feel the spirit that nurtured such an innovative circus troupe living on in the many festivals.

Montreal International Jazz Festival

If possible, time your visit to coincide with the 10-day, midsummer Montreal International Jazz Festival—the world's biggest of its kind, during which large portions of the downtown area are closed to traffic to accommodate free outdoor performances. You can also purchase tickets to see some of the finest names in jazz at nearby indoor venues like Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Montreal International Fireworks Competition

Another biggest-of-its-kind is the Montreal International Fireworks Competition that runs for more than a month during the summer. While you can pay for an ideal viewing spot at La Ronde, a Six Flags-owned amusement park on an island in the St. Lawrence River, you'll also have a spectacular outlook if you follow the locals to any of the free locations on either side of the river or on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which closes to traffic. Add a splash of color to your trip at this fabulous night sky display.

With dozens of other festivals going on throughout the year, take your pick: the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, plus many other surprising and often quirky choices are there for your entertainment.

Attractions

The Montreal Botanical Garden, Planetarium, Biodome and Insectarium together form the largest grouping of natural history museums in Canada, and should be on every visitor's itinerary. They are set inside the old Olympic Stadium, where a tour allows guests to step inside the stands for an insight into the events, athletics, trade shows and concerts that have taken place on-site.

Combine a trip to St. Joseph's Oratory, Canada's largest church, with an exploration of Mount Royal park in the center of the city. Mount Royal was designed by 19th-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, creator of New York's Central Park and Boston's Emerald Necklace. Be sure to check out other famous churches such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde as well as the Museum of Fine Arts on Sherbrooke Street West.


Restaurants

Within North America, only New York City has more restaurants per capita than Montreal, so plan to try everything from downtown cafes and breakfast spots to any of the superb bistros and restaurants lining the historic streets of Old Montreal. French-style pastries as well as poutine—the signature Quebecois snack consisting of French fries, gravy and cheese curds—are both essentials. Schwartz’s is a deli serving up original smoked meat, as it has for generations.

Outdoor dining is available throughout Montreal during the summer and is of the gracious, Parisian-inspired variety, complete with cloth linens and impeccable wait staff. You won't find just a few token tables squeezed onto sidewalks with traffic whizzing by; you'll instead discover a casually elegant, outdoor food culture. If you need to eat on the run, try a souvlaki or gyro wrap from any Greek eatery you happen to pass by.


Where to stay

If you want an authentic French experience, spring for accommodations in Old Montreal and enjoy the cobblestone streets, ornate wrought-iron trim, and historic stone architecture adorned with bright window boxes in summer. The Hotel Nelligan is a favorite in this district. Business travelers will appreciate the many fine downtown Montreal hotels, such as the Omni Mont-Royal on Sherbrooke Street, or the Loews Hotel Vogue on Rue de la Montagne.


Getting to Montreal

If you're driving to Montreal between November and April, be sure to check weather reports for snowy or icy driving conditions. Off-season travel discounts during these months can be worth taking advantage of. The Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is located just 12 miles west of downtown and handles international flights to and from the Canadian city.