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Where to Stay in Montreal
The majority of Montreal’s hotels are located either in the historic Old Montreal district or in downtown Montreal. Those looking to be surrounded by old-world charm will want to look into one of the boutiques that populate the stone buildings of Old Montreal. Meanwhile, those that want to enjoy Montreal’s contemporary attractions, including its vibrant nightlife, shopping and restaurants scene, will want to look into staying downtown. Montreal also has an enormous system of underground walkways, comprising an entire underground city. Some of the city’s larger hotels connect directly to this cavernous system, which can be a very good thing during bouts of bad weather.
Montreal Hotel Tips
Many consider the summertime, from June to September, to be the best time to visit Montreal. However, there is often a deluge of tourists during this season, so book your hotel well in advance. Also, the summer season is when the city hosts many of its annual festivals, which can make finding discount room rates a challenge.
However, Montreal’s spring and fall are also excellent times to visit the city. Although both seasons are fairly brief, it’s a good time to search for cheap accommodations. If you’re not a fan of the cold, you’ll probably want to avoid Montreal’s long winters. However, book a room at a hotel that connects to Montreal’s extensive underground city, and you’ll rarely have to face the extreme temperatures. You also find cheap flights to Montreal during this season.
Montreal Hotel Recommendations
Stay in Montreal’s historic district at the boutique Le Petit Hotel. This small European-style hotel is housed in a 19th-century building and is within walking distance to many of the area’s top attractions, including Old Montreal’s many historic landmarks, boutiques and cafes. Rooms feature multi-jet stream showers, and a complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning.
If you’re looking for luxury, reserve a room at the Hotel Le Crystal in downtown Montreal. All rooms come equipped with microwave ovens and espresso machines, while bathrooms feature rain showers and separate soaking tubs. There is also a saltwater pool onsite as well as a full-service day spa. Search online when making your reservation as the hotel is known to offer Web-exclusive deals.
Budget seekers might want to try Manoir Ambrose in downtown Montreal. The hotel occupies a converted 19th-century Victorian-style home. Most rooms include air conditioning, which is a necessity during the city’s hottest months, and all but two include private bathrooms. The biggest highlight of the hotel, besides its affordable prices, is its location. Manoir Ambrose is located near a major Metro station as well as a number of restaurants, shopping centers and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Montreal, like many major cities, has a major problem with traffic congestion. So travelers considering renting a car may want to reconsider their options. Fortunately, the main tourist areas of the city, downtown and Old Montreal, are adjacent to one another. And with the presence of the Metro, Montreal’s extensive subway system, it’s fairly easy to get from one attraction to another. If you do need to venture somewhere not accessible by the subway, have your hotel hail a taxi.