Montreal

Travel Guide
Montreal which includes a city, a bay or harbour and a high-rise building
With an exciting calendar of year-round festivals, stunning European architecture, exquisite eateries, high-end shopping and more, this city is pretty irresistible.

From humble beginnings as a French fur trading post, Montreal has developed into one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in Canada. The island city lives and breathes its French connection through pride in its colonial history, dogged preservation of European architecture and a large majority of French-speaking citizens. This cultural identity is subtly written into the narrative of the city and is evident from the quaint bookshops and charming cafés that line the pretty cobblestone streets.

Soak up Montreal’s unique festival atmosphere in the bustling streets of the Downtown area. This vibrant district is home to the famous Quartier des Spectacles, which not only has 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House, but also hosts the über-cool Montreal International Jazz Festival.

With a year-round events programme that is the envy of far weightier cities, Montreal is a buzzing hub of music, comedy, film and fireworks. Furthermore, the excellent selection of hip bars, trendy hot-spots and top-notch restaurants means visitors can enjoy the finest evening entertainment without having to put in too much legwork.

The city is overflowing with beautiful buildings that traverse a range of architectural styles. Undoubtedly, the Notre Dame Basilica is one of the jewels in Québec’s religious crown. Admire its stunning Gothic-revival exterior before comparing it to St Joseph’s Oratory – the largest and arguably most majestic church in Canada.

At Old Port, spend a pleasant afternoon ambling along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline from the top of the old clock tower and keep an eye out for ships navigating the precarious Lachine Canal.

Afterwards, stroll around the colourful district of Plateau Mont-Royal. Browse the quaint bookshops or sip a coffee in one of the many charming cafés. This bohemian neighbourhood is home to a heady mix of musicians, artists and students who all contribute to its infectious laid-back vibe.

Shop til you drop in the busy boutiques of Saint Catherine Street and Underground City before heading to the Bonsecours Market to pick up some unique souvenirs lovingly hand-crafted by the finest artisans in Québec. Whether it's exquisite jewellery or restored 18th-century furniture, you’re sure to discover something really special.

Montreal absolutely deserves first place on any Canadian itinerary so why not check it out for yourself?

Where to stay in Montreal

Hôtel Newstar Montréal
Hôtel Newstar Montréal
2.5 out of 5
5250 Jarry Street East, Montreal, QC, H1R 3A9
The price is AU$148 per night from 14 Jul. to 15 Jul.
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the convenient parking in ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,031 reviews)
"We rented 2rooms for the weekend. Rooms were spacious and clean. Beds were comfortable. No in-house cleaning service while there, not a big deal if you only stay 2 nights but for longer stays would be nice to have extra towels, Staff was pleasant. A bit far from downtown Montreal."

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Hôtel Newstar Montréal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC, H5A1E4
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$346 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, hot springs on site and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,170 reviews)
"Service quality was very low"

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2022

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
The price is AU$310 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,717 reviews)
"Very nice staff. Hot showers, cool AC! Eggs and cereal at breakfast buffet would have been nice."

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
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.
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z8
The price is AU$310 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,717 reviews)
"Very nice staff. Hot showers, cool AC! Eggs and cereal at breakfast buffet would have been nice."

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC, H2X 3Z5
The price is AU$317 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star boutique hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"We enjoyed our 4 day stay! Close to all areas of Montreal and great for the price point."

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2022

Hotel Zero 1
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
4.5 out of 5
1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A2R6
The price is AU$465 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"Fantastic location - everything at walking distance, safe and as like mini-Manhattan, NY"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2022

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
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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