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 Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
The price is NZ$141 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps away from University of Quebec at Montreal and Sainte-Catherine Street. Notre Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,697 reviews)
"It is close to all shopping areas, one block from IGA, it is really good located"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2022

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
4.5 out of 5
800 Place Leigh Capreol, Dorval, QC
The price is NZ$345 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
Situated in Dorval, this luxury hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of University of Montreal, Saint Joseph's Oratory and Mount Royal Park. Sainte-Catherine Street ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Only stayed 1 night but everything was clean and new. Front desk printed our boarding passes without batting an eye. Very comfortable bed."

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2022

Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
The price is NZ$232 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,557 reviews)

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2022

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Montreal Dorval
Home2 Suites by Hilton Montreal Dorval
3 out of 5
1855 Transcanadienne, H, Dorval, QC
The price is NZ$174 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Situated in a regional park, this aparthotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Fairview Pointe Claire, and within 12 mi (20 km) of University of Montreal and Saint Joseph's ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (323 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel, super clean and modern studio great for 4 persons, only 10 min away from YUL Airport. Has all amenities, gym and pool were open with reservations only and super clean. Mega shopping mall was only 5 min drive. Breakfast is decent with all the restrictions and staff is friendly and ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Montreal Dorval
Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
3 out of 5
6939 Decarie, Montreal, QC
The price is NZ$225 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Bell Centre and McGill University. Palais ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (45 reviews)
"Security require for improvement . outsider can easily go up to hotel room"

Reviewed on 22 Dec. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, Quebec, Canada
Lofts du Vieux-Port
Lofts du Vieux-Port
4 out of 5
97 de la Commune Street East, Montreal, QC
The price is NZ$438 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
This family-friendly Montreal aparthotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Jacques Cartier Square and Old Port of Montreal. Notre Dame ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,016 reviews)
"Great location. Excellent staff, best ever for making our stay exceptional. Highly recommended for downtown and old city stays."

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2022

Lofts du Vieux-Port
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