Last update: 01/22/2024
Hello everyone! I’m happy to be back with you today with a brand new article that I’m sure will help you out. I’m going to give you an idea of the best places to stay in Montreal for your next trip!
Travelling can take a lot of time and hopefully this article will save you some! First of all, if you’re planning a trip there, don’t hesitate to read our article on all the things to do in Montreal, a real neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood guide to what to do and see in this magnificent city. Then you’ll find even more information in this new article, which aims to give you the best addresses and a small selection of popular accommodation in the city’s most central districts.
Of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different places to stay in this wonderful city, and you will always be able to find something to suit you, but the purpose of this article is not to give you an exhaustive list of all the places to stay in the city (that would take hours and be of little use, wouldn’t it?), but rather to give you a selection of relevant places to stay, located in the most interesting areas, according to location and, above all, type of budget: low budget, medium budget and comfortable budget.
Naturally, when you make your booking, it will be based on
- How to get to where you want to stay
- your budget (the price of a room or a rental varies according to the season)
- the area’s atmosphere, nearby attractions and the number of days you’ll be in town.
For your stay in Montreal, I’d advise you to start by choosing your accommodation based on its location.
There’s nothing like getting out of the house and being close to the metro or attractions to save time and enjoy the city as quickly as possible. That’s why I’ve focused on 3 districts that I consider to be strategic places to stay. Finally, I’ll give you some suggestions for places that are a little more out of the way, but still very practical in terms of logistics.
At the end of the article, I’ll give you some recommendations for things to do in Montreal that we love!
Of course, the first district I mention is one of the most touristy in Montreal, and for a very good reason: it’s the historic centre of the city: Old Montreal. As you can imagine, it’s not the cheapest place to stay, but it’s ideally located, especially if you only have a few days to spend in the city. It’s well served by at least two metro stations. It’s a popular choice for travellers looking for a romantic and picturesque atmosphere, with its old-world charm and cobbled streets.
To immerse yourself in the city’s history, hotels in Old Montreal often offer a mix of historic architecture and modern amenities. You’ll also be close to major attractions such as Notre-Dame Basilica, the Old Port, Bonsecours Market, Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets, and numerous restaurants and shops.
On a budget
I would recommend staying in a youth hostel if you’re on a budget. Sleeping in a dorm is not for everyone. But it’s a great way to save money.
- Located in Old Montreal, just an 8-minute walk from Square-Victoria subway station, the Alternative hostel offers rooms from $50/night.
- Also in Old Montreal, the Auberge Saint Paul offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms. It is less than a 5-minute walk to the Old Port of Montreal.
- Hyatt Centric Montréal: This super-central hotel offers a seasonal rooftop pool with panoramic views of Montreal. It also has private parking, a fitness centre and a restaurant. Rates start at $250 per night, excl. tax, on a double occupancy basis. The Berri UQAM train station is nearby for quick access to the city.
Staying in a hotel may seem impersonal. But it adds a touch of luxury to your holiday. And if you don’t fancy doing anything halfway, how about treating yourself to the best of the best?
- The InterContinental Montreal is a luxury hotel with direct access to the “underground city”, just minutes from the historic Old Montreal district. The hotel has excellent transport links. You can easily explore the city on foot or by public transport. A big plus is the indoor saltwater pool and sauna where you can relax after an intense day of exploring the city.
- The Hôtel Place d’Armes is an ideal location for this hotel with its ancient architecture. This accommodation offers top-of-the-range facilities that combine old and new. In addition to the 701 terrace, where you can enjoy a cocktail with a view of the Old Port, you can continue your evening in the Japanese bar Kyo, on the ground floor, which serves refined, hearty Japanese cuisine and a selection of Japanese spirits.
- Last but not least, I recommend the Hôtel Nelligan. Once again located in the heart of Old Montreal, it offers high quality services such as a rooftop terrace, a renowned bar-restaurant, a gym and a 24-hour concierge service.
Downtown Montreal is the place to be if you prefer a more vibrant, urban environment with a Little New York feel. Downtown is a hive of activity with towering skyscrapers, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. You’ll also find a wide range of hotels, from luxury to budget. All are within easy reach of the city’s iconic sites, such as Mount Royal, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Quartier des spectacles. In summer, it’s the ideal location to make the most of the city’s many festivals, and the metro takes you to other tourist attractions.
On a budget
- Auberge SaintLo Montréal is a youth hostel located in downtown Montréal, a 2-minute walk from Lucien-L’Allier subway station. It is possible to book private rooms for more privacy or dorm rooms to reduce costs. A continental breakfast is served every morning and free Wi-Fi is available. It’s great value for money.
- For more choice, I’d also recommend this other quality hostel, M Montréal Hostel, which is less than 2 minutes from rue Sainte-Catherine (one of Montreal’s busiest shopping streets). In addition to its great location, this hostel also has a bar where you can enjoy a comedy show on certain nights or play pool and table football.
- With its modern style, this hotel is a trendy choice. Hôtel Zéro 1 Montréal offers elegant rooms and easy access to the city’s attractions. Bonus features: it has a terrace with panoramic views of downtown Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, and is close to Chinatown and the restaurants of St-Laurent Street,
- The Fairmount Queen Elisabeth is a luxury hotel in the heart of the city with an incredible location. It’s close to most tourist attractions and subway stations, so you can explore the whole city. Take the opportunity to try the Barbie Tea Experience or the cafeteria, where you can enjoy a delicious grilled cheese.
- The atmosphere at the Hôtel Le Germain is completely different. The rooms are furnished with eco-friendly Quebec furniture and decorated with original artwork. An added bonus is the hotel’s excellent restaurant: Le Boulevardier, serving authentic Quebec cuisine.
- Just a 5-minute walk from downtown and the Bell Centre, the Warwick Le Crystal overlooks the rooftops of Montreal and features a spa, sauna and whirlpool on a wooden terrace on the 12th floor. You’ll also be close to Mont Royal, where you can take a stroll in any season.
You’ll know this is my favourite neighbourhood if you’ve read my full guide to Montreal. The Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood is perfect if you’re looking for a bohemian, artsy vibe. This part of the city offers a unique and relaxed atmosphere with its colourful streets, trendy cafes, eclectic boutiques and distinctive architecture. Perfect for travellers on a budget or those looking for a neighbourhood/local experience, you’ll find a selection of youth hostels, small boutique hotels and apartment rentals.
On a budget
- Close to one of the city’s largest parks, a beautiful inn: L’auberge de la Fontaine. You’ll find yourself in one of my favourite neighbourhoods for a night from $140/night. You can enjoy views of Parc La Fontaine while being close to all the strategic points of interest, and this accommodation has around ten rooms.
- Both private and shared rooms are available at the Auberge du Plateau. Sherbrooke metro station is a 5-minute walk away and the hostel is located in the heart of the Plateau. Take a stroll on the roof terrace after a day of exploring in high summer.
- L’Hôtel St-Thomas is also close to the Sherbrooke metro station. It is a 4-star hotel with stylish decor and beautiful views of the city. You can also rent bikes (a great way to get around the city) and even get transferred to and from the airport. Depending on the room you choose, you can expect to pay just over $300 per night.
- The tastefully renovated François-Denis Apartments is an all-Montreal building located in the heart of the Plateau and offers tastefully decorated apartments. Each apartment has a fully equipped dining area, a flat screen TV and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower.
- The Carré Saint-Louis is one of the places in Montreal where you can see the famous colourful facades of the houses. That’s where the Carré Saint-Louis Hotel & Spa is located. From this charming hotel, you’ll have access to a nearby wellness centre and spa, and my recommendation is the famous Sushi momo restaurant, which will delight your taste buds with its famous vegan sushi.
Public transport is very good in all these areas. If you’re staying for several days, you can take metro tickets or a rechargeable card with you. This will be enough to see the city from top to bottom.
Finally, I’d like to give you two suggestions for accommodation. They’re a little further away from the main tourist spots, but they’re just as practical in terms of logistics.
- The Loft in the middle of Montreal is a small, very affordable apartment located close to the Lionel-Groulx metro station. For your arrival in Montreal, it’s a very convenient location. In fact, you can choose to arrive at either Berri UQAM or Lionel-Groulx metro station when you take the airport shuttle. This means that if you choose to stay near the Lionel-Groulx metro station, you can drop off your luggage immediately or land directly upon arrival. Then all you have to do is take the metro to discover the city and its many attractions.
- L’Imprévu is a charming bed and breakfast just 100 metres from Place Saint-Henri metro station. You can walk to the Atwater market, which is less than 10 minutes away and is the equivalent of the Jean-Talon market, but less touristy.
I hope this selection has been of some help to you in the planning of your next trip to Montreal. And for the rest of your trip to Quebec, I invite you to take a look at our article on Tadoussac and the surrounding area. It will give you valuable information about a beautiful corner of Quebec.
Some suggestions for fun things to do in Montreal
- Dog sledding in St Hippolyte
- Guided snowmobile tour on Lake Morency
- Dog sledding in Saint Liguori
- Discover ice climbing in Montreal
- Helicopter flight over the St Lawrence River in Montreal
Don’t hesitate to leave your comments on the places you visited, whether mentioned or not, and I’ll see you soon for new adventures! Since then, we’ve compiled a guide to the best things to do in Charlevoix!