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Montréal is a wonderful marriage of old and new, and of the Old World and the New World. This truly charming grand old dame has some beautiful architecture, and wonderful old restaurants, bars and cafes - and some of the best places to stay in Montréal have some of these within their confines - but it’s also got a cutting edge arts scene and a wild festival circuit.
Our Guru’s list of the best places to stay in Montréal will help you find your own cosy corner of this great city, because the calibre of the choice is something any city would be proud of (for those wanting a city centre apartment, take a look at the choice with our online partner, Booking.com).
Montréal is definitely Canada’s cultural capital, so there’s always plenty on in the numerous theatres, small galleries, performance spaces and live music venues of an evening. So don’t wear yourself out too much on the big museums and galleries.
Of course you’ll be able to refuel in one Montréal’s foodie temples - there’s every kind of cuisine you can image, from ancient Jewish delis to tiny patisseries to hipster bars and amazing food markets. But that’s the problem with Montréal, there’s just so much choice and so much to do.
The Old Port, the Basilica of Notre-Dame, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Botanical Gardens are all absolute must-sees, but there are a number of other churches worth popping in to, and you should definitely stroll the Rue St-Denis at least once. Obviously you MUST see Old Montréal, which is where you’ll find many of this city’s historical buildings, and it would be a shame not to see the street art on the St. Laurent Boulevard for yourself.
Just remember that this buzzing city is popular year round, so if you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Montreal, get organised and book early.
For a city break
- The Hotel Gault is a beautiful boutique hotel with 30 suites - from lofts to terrace suites, to large apartments - in the heart of historic Montréal. The accommodation is contemporary and many of the suites have expansive city views. There’s also a great bar and restaurant open around the clock. And rooms start from £80 per night.
- Right in the heart of things, the Hotel St Paul offers great views from many of its 129 large, modern rooms. There’s also a great restaurant.
- The Auberge du Vieux Port is another great city break hotel, with river views, loft-like rooms and great details. There’s also a casual, pub-style restaurant and a rooftop bar.
- The Hotel Le Crystal is a gleaming tower of a five-star hotel on the fashionable rue de la Montagne. There are 131 rooms - many with large windows which open out onto breathtaking city views - plus a spa and pool.
- Le Petit Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel in Old Montréal. The decor is a marriage of past and present with exposed brick walls and contemporary art, then there’s a European style cafe. Hip as well as luxurious.
- The Hotel Chez Swann is a 23 room boutique hotel with very careful attention paid to textiles and use of light, creating a vibrant contemporary feel. Affordable and close to the centre of town.
- Le Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites is a beautiful neo-classical hotel tight opposite the Notre-Dame Basilica. There are 133 rooms and suites, in chic, but urban decor - think big down beds and original art works. Plus a pampering spa and Japanese restaurant.
The best places to stay in Montréal for great value
- Le Relais Lyonnais is a four star hotel in a 130 year old building in the Latin Quarter. The charming property has been brought up to date, but there are still some lovely period features. Plus a great French restaurant. There are just seven rooms and they start from around £90 per night.
- For a similar cost you could also stay in the Hotel Epik in Old Montréal. It’s a nine room boutique hotel with modern decor - think stainless steel, exposed stone and leather furniture. There’s a great tapas restaurant on the roof terrace.
For a city apartment
- If you think that an apartment or studio suits your needs, then explore the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Montréal for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Montréal, expand your search to include all our Quebec recommendations, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Montréal
Hotel Gault 30 rooms from $98Montréal (Quebec)
Boutique all suites hotel in heart of historic Montreal. From lofts to terrace suites to apartments, all are contemporary in style, and boast huge windows for great city views. Gault restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and lunch plus drinks around the clock. A luxury spot for business or leisure.Sights nearby - Notre Dame Basilica is a towering Gothic revival building worth seeing.Great walks - Along the 14km of Lachine Canal.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Le Relais Lyonnais 7 rooms from $113Québec, Quebec
A 4* hotel set in the Latin Quarter in an 130 year old building that's been painstakingly brought into the 21st century. Merging old Montreal charm and modernity the light airy rooms offer crisp linen and suave leather seating. La Brioche Lyonnaise serves up an extensive french menu.Sights nearby - In close proximity to le Palais des Congres, la Place des Arts and the Musee D’Art Contemporain
Hotel Epik 9 rooms from $116West Montréal
A boutique 9 room hotel with modern decor in the heart of Old Montreal. All exposed stone walls against slick stainless steel and leather furniture. Bag the penthouse for the ultimate in open plan living. Sample the chef's tapas whilst enjoying the view of Notre Dame Basilica on the roof terrace.Sights nearby - Take a walk down to the Clock Tower modelled on Big BenRecommended by - Fodors
Hotel Chez Swann 23 rooms from $126Montréal (Quebec)
A boutique with unique use of art, light, sensual textures and materials. Vibrancy runs through the contemporary rooms and designer bathrooms. Restaurants are all around so delve into a world of different cuisines. Explore the city with the ease of a metro ride or on foot.Great walks - Along the large river, cross over to the other side.Sights nearby - Walking distance to Montreal Museum of Fine arts.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.
Hotel St Paul 119 rooms from $137Montréal (Quebec)
Beautiful building standing tall in Vieux Montréal offering a prime location, business, fitness facilities and a lively bar. Large modern rooms with crisp linens and smart bathrooms. If you dream of charcuterie boards & mouth watering menus, then Hambar is the one for you. Have a swanky city stay.Sights nearby - Go and be in awe of the gothic revival Notre-Dame Basilica.Great walks - Explore Waterfront and the Lachine Canal district.Views - Great views from hotelDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Auberge du Vieux Port 45 rooms from $170Montréal (Quebec)
A great location with river views, loft-like rooms with warm exposed brick, iron frame beds and modern bathrooms. A comfortable city-escape. Taverne Gaspar is casual pub food with fine Bourbons to match, or head for the hotel's rooftop bar and admire the fabulous views of the old city skyline.Local markets - Jean-Talon Market is a fantastic place to see Montreal's vibrance and catch a bite to go.Sights nearby - Head north to Le Marché Bonsecours to see one of Canada's finest historical buildings.Lively - Hip and happening.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Le Germain Montreal 101 rooms from $174Montréal (Quebec)
This contemporary hotel welcomes guests with open spaces and minimal interiors. Large rooms are all about pampering with plush robes, Aveda products, glass walled bathrooms and nespresso machines. Pick up breakfast with a local newspaper and kick off your day the right way.Great walks - Parc du Mont-Royal is closeby and a great bit of urban green to stroll around.Sights nearby - Proximity to Peel metro station makes the city your oyster.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Le Saint Sulpice 108 rooms from $180Montréal
A luxury hotel sitting just opposite the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal. The spacious and elegant suites come with a range of exceptional bonuses such as nespresso machines, kitchens and sit out terraces. The glass walled restaurant is sophisticated and full of light. A grownup city escape!Great walks - Take a walking tour of Old Montreal's architectural treasures, around The Banks of St-Jacques St.Sights nearby - Basilica of Notre-Dame A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture built between 1824 and 1829.Lively - Hip and happening.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Hotel Le Crystal 131 rooms from $193Montréal
A gleaming tower on the fashionable rue de la Montagne, in the heart of Montréal’s trendy downtown. Modern rooms feature large windows with epic city views and spa bathrooms, some with free standing baths. Indulge yourself at the spa or in the rooftop hot tub! A stylish choice with chic bar.Romantic Break - Pamper yourselves with cocktails in the hot tub and suave suites boasting 300 thread count linens and floor to ceiling windows.City Style - Chic interiors, fantastic food, superb spa, salt water pool and 5 star service in the hip downtown of Montreal.Sights nearby - The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and the Place des Arts Performing Arts Center are within a 20 minute walk.Swimming Pool - Salt water poolRecommended by - Frommers, Fodors, Kiwi Collection
Le Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites 133 rooms from $198Montréal
A beautiful neoclassical hotel opposite the famed Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal. The luxurious suites feature urban chic decor, feather and down beds and original art works. Indulge in rooftop cocktails, Japanese cuisine or pampering spa treatments. Sophisticated and urbane.Great walks - Grab a bite while strolling along Place Jacques Cartie, originally the gardens to the Château Vaudreuil dates back to 1803.Fishing - Right by the Clock Tower in Old Mnotreal, “Ice Fishing Village” is open every winter.Local markets - Visit the famed Underground Market, an elaborate tunnel about 32 km long.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Le Petit Hotel 28 rooms from $213Montréal
A trendy boutique hotel in the famed Old Montreal district. The decor perfectly marries past with present: rustic exposed brick walls with clean lines and contemporary art. The European style café serves artisan coffee and homemade snacks. A hip gem in this historic area.Local markets - For a European style market lined with boutique shops visit the Place Jacques-Cartier.Great walks - Visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens for a lovely walk in these exotic flower gardens.Sights nearby - The famed Notre Dame Basilica is just minutes away.Lively area - In the thick of the action.
Hotel Nelligan 105 rooms from $224Montréal (Quebec)
1850 historical building paying tribute to Quebec's poet Émile Nelligan. Contemporary and classic in style with exposed red brick, leather upholstery and wooden detailing make up the spacious rooms. Verses Restaurant offers contemporary dishes al fresco or inside, either way always with fine wines.Great walks - Along the river or the canal you will find great pathways to take a leisurely stroll the explore the city.Sights nearby - A hop and a skip away is the gothic revival Notre Dame Basilica Montreal.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Ritz Carlton Montreal 129 rooms from $284Montréal
A five star hotel in downtown Montreal. The opulent suites are all you would expect of the Ritz, think chandeliers, hardwood floors, plush rugs and sumptuous linens. Relax and recharge in the champagne bar, or take a dip in the heated saltwater pool. Stylish, extravagant and worth every penny!Sights nearby - Visit Pointe-à-Callière, a recognized national historical and archaeological site, leads visitors through centuries of history.Great walks - Take a walking tour of Old Montreal, no better way to soak up the sights.Swimming Pool - Indoor year round pool.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet