What is the accommodation in Montreal
Where to Stay in Montreal: Accommodation & Neighborhood Guide
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If you're wondering where to stay in Montreal, you're not alone. The French-Canadian city is full of art, culture, food and more - and therefore draws large numbers of visitors every year. From downtown to the Plateau and Old Montreal, there are plenty of great places to stay in the city.
We love Montreal. Over the years, Eric has regularly visited friends there who live in the city. Together we took the bus from Toronto to Montreal when we lived in Toronto - so Lisa could explore the city for a weekend too! We'll be writing a full post about it soon. The city is one of the few places where you can find some “Europe” in Canada - no wonder it's so popular.
If this is your first time in Montreal, you should stay close to the city center. Fortunately, in Montreal you can stay centrally and cheaply - but there are also beautiful luxury accommodations. Montreal (compared to Toronto) is an affordable city for couples, families, and backpackers passing through!
In this post, we'll cover some of the best areas to stay in Montreal and give you a variety of accommodation tips! If you are planning a longer trip through Canada, we recommend some of our other Canada articles:
Where to stay in Montreal - accommodation types
Like most major cities, Montreal has plenty of accommodation options to suit all styles. If you want to stay in a hotel, you have a wide range of options. If you are looking for a hostel instead, you will also find it here. If your family wants to prepare their own meals, apartments are available for you.
If you're a couple looking for a charming inn or bed and breakfast, you will find them in Montreal too! In the following we will introduce you to the different types of accommodation in a little more detail!
Hotels in Montreal
Quebec's largest city has many hotels to suit different budgets and travel styles. However, you should know that Montreal is not the capital of Quebec - this is often confused. While most of the hotels are downtown, there are a few smaller hotels in other parts of the city.
Many of the traditional hotels are in the city center. The small, charming hotels are more likely to be found in Old Montreal. You can find some special hotel tips below! In the meantime, check here for hotels in Montreal.
Hostels in Montreal
If you are on a budget or would like to meet other travelers, you can stay in one of Montreal's hostels. Unlike Toronto, Montreal has more than a handful and they are (generally) rated better. Montreal is more of a backpacker city, so hostels have been part of the city for years.
Eric stayed in a hostel once while visiting Montreal. He stayed at Le Gîte du Plateau Mont-Royal for one night, which he liked very much. The location is great, the staff were friendly, the room was good, and the other travelers were like a small community. Check out hostels in Montreal here if you want!
Apartments and Airbnbs in Montreal
Another accommodation option that you can consider is apartments. You can find these all over the city. We stayed at an Airbnb and really enjoyed it. We shared the apartment right on Sherbrooke Street (very central location) with the host and learned a lot about Montreal in the process.
If you are staying in Montreal for a few days and need your own space to cook / work, this is where you can search for apartments in Montreal.
Montreal Bed and Breakfasts
The nice thing about Montreal is that you can actually find classic bed and breakfasts here. Pensions with breakfast often offer a more “homely” ambience than is the case with a hotel. Most Bed & Breakfasts are located in old houses in quieter residential areas such as the Village. You can check for B&B Bed & Breakfast in Montreal here!
Where to stay in Montreal - neighborhood map
The map below shows a fairly large part of the city of Montreal. The rule of thumb is: Hotels closer to downtown are more expensive. In Montreal, however - unlike in Toronto, for example - you will also find cheap deals near the city center. So in Montreal, you have a relatively good choice, even if you're on a budget.
The map above shows the areas we would recommend for an overnight stay. You can see where each area is based on the colored beds:
- Downtown Montreal (Purple Bed)
- Old Montreal (blue bed)
- Plateau / Mont Royal (orange bed)
- Village / Hochelaga (Green Bed)
- Montreal International Airport (Gray Bed)
We wanted that too Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Include if anyone is looking for an airport hotel. Know that the airport is near the city, but you should allow some time. It's on the same island as the city, but you should be 30-40 minutes driving time calculate. To get to downtown Montreal, you can take the 747 bus, call an Uber, get in your rental car, or take a taxi (which can be expensive).
Areas to Avoid
Montreal is generally a safe and pleasant city. As in any major metropolitan area, however, you should take the usual precautions when walking through the city as a tourist in Montreal.
It is true that the area is around Hochelaga-Maisonneuve unsafe was. However, this is no longer the case as the area has changed a lot over the past few years, with new shops, cafes, etc. The area near by Berri / UQAM Metro is not fantastic, but neither is it dangerous. Compared to some other big cities, Montreal is a very safe city.
Featured neighborhoods & accommodations
In the following section, the individual neighborhoods / districts of Montreal in which we think it would make sense to stay will be described in more detail. This will give you a little insight into how the areas decide from each other and what there is to discover where. As already mentioned, the neighborhoods and hotels correspond to the map above.
Downtown Montreal (central, lively)
Oh yes, downtown Montreal! The reason we have a special “Downtown” section is because there are so many hotels in central Montreal. The area is central, lively and full of shops and restaurants. You won't get bored here! The buildings are tallest here - and business is also done here.
In downtown you can get around very easily on foot, but you are also well connected to public transport. Here you will find attractions and areas like the McGill University campus, the Bell Center, the main train station, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, access to Mont Royal (the actual mountain), Shops and lots of bars / clubs. You can check out great places to stay in downtown Montreal here.
Alternatively, you can find three very good hotels in downtown Montreal below. We have sorted the hotels by price range so you can easily find accommodation for your budget.
Ambrose Hôtel & Café - Check Out Now
- Style: Elegant Victorian Villa / Hotel
- Price: budget
- Location: Close to the McGill campus, good walking distance to the city center (with restaurants, bars etc.)
- Furnishing: very good breakfast, unique location, friendly staff, parking nearby
Hotel Bonaventure Montréal - Check Out Now
- Style: Elegant and upscale hotel
- Price: Middle class
- Location: Essentially above the main train station - very central!
- Furnishing: Outdoor heated pool, outdoor green areas, bar and restaurant on site
W Montréal - Watch now
- style: Trendy and modern hotel
- Price: luxury
- Location: On the edge of downtown and Old Montreal, near the central train station
- Furnishing: several lounges, pets allowed, gym
Old Montreal (historic, charming)
If you want it to be a bit more historical and “European”, you should stay overnight in Old Montreal - called Old Montreal. This area is sometimes referred to as the "Old Port" because it is right on the water and includes the original settlement area along the St. Lawrence River. The buildings and streets are steeped in French-Canadian history - much of it older than Canada itself!
The area is full of cafes and restaurants and some attractions like that VERY beautiful Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. Well worth going in - that's for sure. You can check for accommodations in Old Montreal here.
Below are two really good hotels in the Old Montreal area. Since the area itself is quite small and very close to the heart of downtown, the only real difference is the style.
Hotel Nelligan - Watch now
- Style: Charming and elegant hotel
- Price:upper middle class
- Location: In the heart of Old Montreal, behind the basilica near the water
- Furnishing: On-site restaurant, roof terrace, super friendly staff
Hotel Place d'Armes - Watch now
- Style: Nice historic hotel
- Price: upper middle class
- Location: Right across from the basilica, close to the metro station and downtown
- Furnishing: Seasonal terrace, impressive interior, great restaurant
Plateau / Mont Royal (trendy, nightlife, food)
The Plateau / Mont Royal is located at the north end of the city center and includes the area around the Mont Royal underground station north of Mont Royal, the mountain. The neighborhood is young, lively and has lots of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. There are even some attractions like the famous Schwartz Deli, access to Mont Royal and more.
You can search for accommodation in the Plateau / Mont Royal here. Below you will find two of our top accommodation tips for this area. Generally speaking, this is a large area, but we wanted to recommend places to stay near restaurants and shops.
Hotel Anne ma sœur Anne - Watch now
- Style: Simple and clean hotel
- Price: budget
- Location: Right on St. Denis Street (with good shops and restaurants), near the Mont Royal underground station
- Furnishing: Kitchenette in all rooms, some with their own terrace, simple fresh breakfast
Auberge de La Fontaine - Check Out Now
- Style: Charming and modern inn
- Price:Lower middle class
- Location: North of Mont Royal underground station with a view of Parc La Fontaine
- Furnishing: Great breakfast buffet, view of the park, friendly hosts
Quartier des Spectacles (artistic, cultural, central)
The Quartier des Spectacles is actually part of downtown, but we wanted to briefly address it separately. The reason for this is because there is a special atmosphere here and a range of attractions that focus on the arts.
The area is northwest of downtown and also very close to Old Montreal. There are some landmarks like this in this neighborhood Quartier Latin, Place des Arts, MAC Museum, La Maison Symphonique, Théâtre Maisonneuve and much more! You can search for hotels in the Quartier des Spectacles here. Below are two of the top accommodations in the area.
Hotel Auberge Montréal Espace Confort – Watch now
- Style: Simple and friendly hotel / guest house
- Price: Budget.
- Location: Inside the neighborhood on St. Denis Street near the subway (Sherbrooke Station)
- Furnishing: Kitchenette, simple daily breakfast, air conditioning
Hotel10 - Watch now
- Style: Contemporary boutique hotel
- Price: Middle class
- Location: On Sherbrooke Street very close to downtown - we passed it a couple of times.
- Furnishing: On-site restaurant, bar, pets allowed, car service
The Village / Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (quiet, relaxed, residential area)
If the distance to the city center is not that important to you, you can also spend the night in the Village or in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district. These areas north of downtown are near the water and are still central. However, you are no longer in the heart of the city center. In contrast to larger hotels, you will find more bed & breakfasts and smaller apartments here.
You can also find top attractions like this very close by Olympic Stadium / Park and access to La Ronde (amusement park) on St. Helen's Island. From here you have easy access to the subway to get to downtown and other parts of the city if necessary. You can search for accommodation in the Village here if you want to stay in a more lively residential area. Here you can find accommodations in Hochelaga. Alternatively, here are two good accommodations that you should check out.
Auberge Le Pomerol - Check Out Now
- Style: Simple and modern
- Price: budget
- Location: In the Village, on the border of the Quartier des Spectacles - close to Downtown and Old Montreal
- Featured amenities: Breakfast, which is brought to your door, friendly staff
Auberge Manoir Ville Marie - Check Out Now
- Style: Historic and charming hotel / guest house
- Price: budget
- Location: Right on the river, close to the metro to get to the city center
- Furnishing: Terrace, shared kitchen, air conditioning
Montreal International Airport
As always, we wanted to be thorough in this article, so we'd also like to introduce you to a place to stay at Montreal International Airport. Technically speaking, this is located in Dorval.
It takes about 30/40 minutes to get to the airport from central Montreal - without traffic. So if you have an early morning flight, it can make sense to stay overnight at the airport. That makes it easier and less stressful. Below is a very good hotel - it's literally IN the airport!
Marriott Montreal Airport In-Terminal - Watch now
- Style: Practical and comfortable hotel
- Price:Middle class
- Location:Directly in the terminal building
- Furnishing: Restaurant, pool, bar
And there you have it - an overview of where to stay in Montreal! We think these are the best areas, but there are a few more you could check out.
Hopefully you will find a place that you like, that fits your style and budget! Let us know how your trip to Montreal (and Canada in general) goes - we always love to hear from you!
As always, happy waddling!
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