Montreal

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A city packed with culture and events, with a seductively French air, Montreal beams with character from the inside out.

The French charm of Montreal is immediately obvious on arrival. Often noted for its Parisian style, particularly in architecture, the city is a breath of fresh air in North America, having gained its distinctively French roots during its heyday as a centre of fur trading. Many of the locals speak French as their first language, while other notable aspects of Parisian culture, such as the art-house cafes, boutique bookshops and immaculately-dressed Montrealers, all evoke a uniquely French vibe. The popular district of Plateau-Mont-Royal has a particularly Parisian character, and attracts a youthful bohemian crowd.

Montreal is a city of opulence at least it was during its prosperous fur-trading days at the Old Port. At the time, the city was keen to show off its wealth and invested much of its fortunes in grand, elegant buildings in the city centre. Evidence of this wealthy past can be seen by visiting the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica, or Canada’s largest church, St. Joseph’s Oratory. Of course, Montreal’s splendour was not solely limited to religious buildings. The Bonsecours Market also provides ample evidence of the city’s love of spectacle, with its reflective silver dome dominating the city skyline. While you’re shopping, continue towards the Underground City, the largest underground shopping centre in the world, and explore over 30 kilometres of underground walkways.

Music and the arts have always had a strong pride of place in Montreal and the city’s dedication to world-class festivals and cultural events throughout the year is an ode to that. The ‘Just For Laughs’ comedy festival is just one of a number of large events and festivals that entice people from all over the globe, to this rich Canadian centre of culture. Many annual festivals, from jazz music to fireworks, can be enjoyed in the magnificent facilities of Quartier des Spectacles in the Downtown district.

Built on an island, at the intersection of the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies, Montreal has grown and sprawled well past its original centre at Mount Royal. The metro, with its own unique sense of style and design, provides an easy way of getting around the island and across the rivers, and stops at most major tourist sites.

Just 72 kilometres from its US neighbour, the city of Montreal is situated in a lovely part of Canada, in the southern province of Quebec. It is the largest city in Quebec and the second largest city in the country.

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Where to stay in Montreal

Hotel Espresso Montreal Downtown
Hotel Espresso Montreal Downtown
3 out of 5
1005 rue Guy, Montreal, QC, H3H2K4
The price is NZ$298 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,080 reviews)
"Awesome staff , very clean , quiet"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2022

Hotel Espresso Montreal Downtown
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 NZ$357 per night from 28 Aug. to 29 Aug.
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! (2,006 reviews)
"beautiful hotel with excellent service. but so expensive, won’t stay again unless the price goes way down, especially since i had to pay for shipping"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 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 NZ$300 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,910 reviews)
"Room's were very spacious, perfect for families with kids. Great breakfast! The staff was very friendly. Cleanisensess for rooms can use improvement."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 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 Espresso Montreal Downtown
Hotel Espresso Montreal Downtown
3 out of 5
1005 rue Guy, Montreal, QC, H3H2K4
The price is NZ$298 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,080 reviews)
"Awesome staff , very clean , quiet"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2022

Hotel Espresso Montreal Downtown
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 NZ$300 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,910 reviews)
"Room's were very spacious, perfect for families with kids. Great breakfast! The staff was very friendly. Cleanisensess for rooms can use improvement."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 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 NZ$356 per night from 29 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star boutique aparthotel in Montreal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,117 reviews)
"Check in was easy and the employee was very nice. Location of hotel was walking distance to everything we wanted to go to."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Hotel Zero 1
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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