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Not long ago, I went on a road trip between Quebec and Ontario, and during that trip I fell in love with the city of Montreal!

If you too are planning an itinerary that includes Montreal as well, then keep reading! You’ll find out about how Montreal is divided and which neighborhood is best for hotels, a topic most tourists (myself included!) always question about. Oh, and by the way, if you need help planning your itinerary, I recommend you check my article about the Unmissable things to do in Montreal!

Montreal is the biggest city in Quebec (it has over 1.7 million people), and the second most populated city in the entire country of Canada! Another curious fact for visitors is that it is the second largest French speaking city after Paris!

If you are planning a trip here and want to know the best options for where to stay in Montreal, I will help you out with some amazing accommodation recommendations.

I have chosen the best Montreal neighborhoods for you, based on price ranges, with nice details and great amenities.

Here are the best neighborhoods to stay in Montreal:

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1. Downtown Montreal

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Montreal you will find many metal and glass skyscrapers in Downtown Montreal, among wide tree-lined boulevards, so there is no doubt you’ll get lovely views everywhere you look! This is basically the business center of the city where the famous Sainte-Catherine Street is found, filled with retails stores and shopping centers, all connected by underground corridors.

It is probably the best area if you are going on a business trip or if you want to stay in the busiest area surrounded by many stores, restaurants, and cafes.

Now let me share with you my recommendations on the best hotels in downtown Montreal, Canada:

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Luxury (US $190 and up)

  • Ritz Carlton Montreal – This is one of the most impressive luxury hotels in Montreal that has anything you can imagine – from a marble bathroom with heated floors to in-room massages! Their rooms include a flat-screen TV and they even have a digital control for lights and curtains.
  • Hotel Birks Montreal – Birks is one of the top hotels in Montreal with a lovely terrace that overlooks the city and has an on-site French restaurant. The rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, and a private bathroom.
  • Loews Hotel Vogue – This accommodation is one of the best 5-star hotels in Montreal which is also pet-friendly and even offers pet care services. Their rooms have a marble bath, an iPod docking station, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.

Middle-priced (from US $95 to US $190)

  • Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville – This is one of the best Montreal hotels with a pool! It also has an on-site restaurant, a well-equipped fitness room, and an indoor rooftop pool. Their spacious rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen cable TV, and a small working desk.
  • Hotel Bonaventure Montreal – This is a modern and spacious hotel with a year-round rooftop swimming pool that has a beautiful city view. The hotel has rooms with a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and air-conditioning.
  • Hotel Le Dauphin Montreal – Le Dauphin has a classical-style décor and spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs that includes Apple TV, and an iPod docking station. Plus, this amazing hotel has a computer with free Wi-Fi in every room and a fridge!

Budget (up to US $95)

  • Hotel St-Denis – It is one of the best budget hotels in Montreal with classic furnished rooms that include cable TV and a work desk. The spacious rooms have a private bathroom and come with free Wi-Fi!
  • Hotel Y de Montréal – This is a good option if you are searching for cheap hotels in downtown Montreal! Each room has its own private bathroom here and, as part of the shared amenities, there is a computer room, an on-site coffee shop, and a living area.
  • Auberge Bishop Downtown – This cozy hostel in Montreal is on the inside of a classic building and has dormitory-style rooms with shared bathrooms. As part of the amenities, you will find a shared living area and kitchen there, where you can enjoy your meals.

2. Old Montreal/Vieux-Montréal

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Old Montreal (“Vieux-Montréal” in French) is the oldest neighborhood in the city and you will see the European-style in some of their buildings and their cobbled roads. It is a district that keeps its old, gorgeous charm with antique and modern designs combined!

Old Montreal is a great destination if you like to explore the area by foot. The main attractions in this neighborhood are Grand Notre Dame Cathedral; around it you can also find Saint Paul Street which has numerous boutiques, restaurants, and cafés.

These are the best places to stay in Old Montreal:

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Luxury (US $170 and up)

  • InterContinental Montreal – This is one of the best boutique hotels in Montreal – it has modern furniture, amazing on-site dining options, an indoor saltwater swimming pool, and a gym. The room amenities include cable TV, air-conditioning, and an iPod dock.
  • W Hotel Montreal – This exclusive, modern hotel is in the historic Banque du Canada building and is also a great option because it’s one of the few pet-friendly hotels in Montreal. The rooms are fitted with goose-down duvets, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

Middle-priced (from US $65 to US $170)

  • LHotel Montreal – This is a colorful 19th-century hotel in Old Montreal with large windows, so you can enjoy the sun. The rooms have antique furniture which gives an elegant vibe and some of their best amenities include an on-site bar, an art gallery, a gym, and a business center.
  • Auberge du Vieux Port – This is a rustic and modern inn with spacious rooms that include cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Plus, all the shared areas and some rooms overlook Saint Lawrence River!

Budget (up to US $65)

  • Auberge Saint-Paul Old Montreal – This modern hostel is only a 5-minute walk away from the Old Port and other local attractions. They offer free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning in each room, and shared bathrooms.
  • Auberge Alternative – This is a cozy, small hostel with private rooms and bunk bed dorms, all with shared bathroom facilities. They cook all their meals with organic, local ingredients and they also have a shared kitchen and a mini-market on-site.

3. Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

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Plateau-Mont-Royal is right at the base of Mont Royal and has become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city! You can hike up to the top of the mountain to get amazing views of the city or stay in the lower area and find a nice tam-tam show every Sunday.

Keep walking along this family-friendly area and see the colorful houses and funky murals that make it look like a live gallery. You might end up at L’Express restaurant, a chic, great place where you’ll feel you have crossed into Paris thanks to their décor and service!

The area is really safe, clean and pedestrian-friendly, and you can easily move by bike if you are tired of walking. You can also take a break at the Parc Lafontaine and enjoy the beautiful artificial lakes and bike paths.

Here are the best hotels I recommend in the area:

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Luxury (US $165 and up)

  • Hôtel de l’ITHQ – This is a great option for 4-star hotels in Montreal with an on-site culinary institute that offers amazing and authentic gourmet dining restaurants. Their modern, spacious rooms come with free Wi-Fi and great mountain or city views.
  • Parc Avenue Residences – This apartment is a great option if you are looking for Montreal accommodation that includes free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a shared barbecue area, and a spacious terrace. All units have a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area, and a private bathroom with a shower!

Middle-priced (from US $100 to US $165)

  • Accueil Chez Francois – This cozy and modern B&B has a shared lounge, a garden, and a shared kitchen for the guests’ flexibility. All the rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a closet, and a private bathroom.
  • Manoir Sherbrooke – This is a historic house with a décor that combines an old aesthetic with a modern style. The hotel is very close to many unique shops, cafes, and local attractions.

Budget (up to US $100)

  • Le Gite – It is one of the best cheap places to stay in Montreal I can recommend in the area of Plateau-Mont-Royal! The B&B has a barbecue area and a fully equipped kitchen to make you feel at home, but you will also be able to meet new people there!
  • Auberge du Plateau-Mont-Royal – This budget hostel is colorful and has a unique décor in each room to make your stay more enjoyable. It has a fun rooftop terrace, a shared kitchen and a small business center for all the guests.

4. Mile End

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This Montreal area is probably the best for any foodie! It has so many one-hundred-year-old bagel shops, Italian-style cafes, and hip bars. There are also many vintage clothing shops, fashionable boutiques, and independent bookstores – so it’s clearly a perfect place for any type of traveler!

Although it is technically part of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, it is an almost completely different district, as it’s a “cooler” version with très-chic establishments.

Here are the best apartments I recommend in the area:

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Luxury (US $200 and up)

  • Apartment Plateau PRIME SUITE #4 – This amazing apartment is perfect to home 4 to 6 people and has a fully equipped kitchen and living room where everyone can relax. The property also includes free Wi-Fi, an air-conditioning system, an oven, and a washing machine if needed.
  • Parc Avenue Residences – The units are ideal for big family trips because they can fit up to 10 people in numerous rooms. They also include an equipped kitchen, a seating area, barbecue facilities, and a terrace!

Middle-priced (from US $60 to US $200)

  • Condo Hotel Parc Avenue Lofts – This lovely condo-hotel offers cozy units, each with a microwave, fridge, satellite TV, and a fully equipped kitchen. The units are enough for up to 9 people and have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom.
  • Casa Bianca Bed & Breakfast – A nice, old-fashioned B&B located on the inside of a heritage house, right across from Mount Royal Park. The property includes a garden, a terrace, and a tennis court. What more can you wish for?

Budget (up to US $60)

  • Samesun Montreal Central – This is a great option among the cheap hotels in Montreal with fun and spacious common areas and an on-site bar. The concierge will gladly help out with planning some daily activities and you’ll also have access to their Wi-Fi!

5. The Village

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The Village (also known as Gay Village) is a small neighborhood home to Montreal’s LGBTQ community. So if you are wondering where to stay in Montreal for nightlife, this is definitely your best bet! It’s one of the most vibrant areas in the city and it homes about 80 bars and restaurants open year-round and many rooftop patios where you can dance the entire night!

As part of your nightlife experience, you can also go bar-hopping, sample some local beers, enjoy a good comedy show, party down the streets during the pride celebrations, or just go dancing at the numerous nightclubs.

Although there are no luxury hotels in the area, here are the best hotels I recommend for a more affordable price range:

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Middle-priced (US $120 and up)

  • M Montreal Hostel – This modern hostel is so fancy and well-organized you won’t believe you’re not at a hotel! The rooms have hardwood floors and original stone walls from the main building. There is also a shared kitchen, a dining area, and an on-site bar for the guests.
  • Maison Des Jardines B&B – This is a great bed and breakfast in Montreal with comfortable rooms and cozy shared spaces! Get ready, as the amazing hosts will make you feel at home. The rooms have either a private or a shared bathroom, and there is a garden-terrace and kitchen for all the guests to use.
  • Gite Le St-Christophe – This accommodation has a private rooftop sun deck and there is a dining room that overlooks the garden. Each room is uniquely decorated and they have a cable TV, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi as well!

Budget (up to US $120)

  • Le Simone Bed & Breakfast – This colorful B&B is located in a 19th-century Victorian-style building that has been mostly remodeled on the inside. The guests have access to the terrace and BBQ facilities, free Wi-Fi, and to the fully-equipped kitchen.
  • Auberge Le Pomerol – It is a spacious and comfortable hotel that includes a bicycle locker if you plan on renting one or taking your own. Most of the rooms include maple furniture, a lounge and a workspace, plus a private bathroom with a shower or spa bath.
  • Chambre privée au village – This cozy homestay offers two bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a kitchen, and a communal living room. The property also has free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen cable TV for the guests!

6. Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

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These are actually two very close areas located nearby Jean-Talon Market (the city’s largest indoor farmer’s market) that are part of one neighborhood. It is a great area for families because of the tranquility and the diversity of restaurants and eateries that fit everyones’ preference.

Along these vibrant areas you will see colorful stalls to taste the best maple syrup in spring, berries in summer, and cider during the fall. I recommend you go to the Jean-Talon Market to find many local ingredients and grab a small lunch with local food or head over to Little Italy for some great cannolis and pizzas!

You can also enjoy the district by going to one of the 50 parks to relax and enjoy the calm vibe. If you are looking for a peaceful location, the Japanese Garden is your destination in the area! And for all the shopping fanatics, you might want to go to the Rue Saint-Hubert which has more than 400 boutiques.

If you are asking where to stay in Montreal with your family, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie is a great option!

Here are my recommendations grouped by budget:

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Middle-priced (US $100 and up)

  • Gite Dézéry B&B – This B&B offers about 5 different styles of rooms, each with its own decor style and personality. The rooms come with air-conditioning, a private balcony and private bathroom, and they can even fit 3 or 4 people.
  • Gite B&B Montreal – This is a stylish, modern B&B with spacious and comfortable rooms and free parking in front of the property. It is located close to the Botanical Garden, Biodome, and Olympic Tower if you plan on visiting them.

Budget (up to US $100)

  • Le Penn-ar-bed –This small yet cozy inn offers non-smoking studio apartments with a kitchenette, fridge and microwave. If you are traveling by car, there will always be free on-street parking available!
  • À la Carte Bed and Breakfast – This is a great option for accommodation that offers rooms for two and suites for a small family of 3 with comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are small, but with great decor, which makes them super cozy!
  • Le 9 et demi Saint-Denis – I think this is a great accommodation that mixes the B&B service (because you have your own room) with a hostel youth vibe. There is a shared kitchen the guests to use and a living area where you can meet new people and share a cup of coffee.

Best hotels near Montreal airport

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If your flight departs at the crack of dawn, you might want to stay closer to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and forget about any chance of missing the flight.

Here are my suggestions for Montreal airport hotels:

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  • Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel (US $200 and up) – This great hotel is connected to the airport and awaits you with an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. There is also a gym, a spa, and business facilities for the guests to make use of.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Montreal Airport (from US $150 to US $200) – It is a modern and affordable hotel close to the airport with an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a game room. You will also find a full-service bar there, next to the lounge where guests can watch some TV!
  • Comfort Inn Airport Dorval (up to US$150) – This comfortable, budget hotel near the airport is pet-friendly and offers free transportation to and from the airport. The rooms include a flat-screen cable TV, a fridge, and air-conditioning. All in all, it’s a great deal!



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Conclusion

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There you go, this was my detailed list of the best places to stay in Montreal for you, broken down by neighborhoods! From B&B to luxury hotels, you will find something for any kind of traveler in this list! All my hotel recommendations have amazing reviews and epic facilities that will match your pocket preferences!

As always, I recommend you book a hotel in Montreal in advance! You know how it is – you can always cancel, but you will definitely not find good prices (and accommodation choices) if you book last minute!

Is there a specific neighborhood I would recommend to you? Hm, not really, it all depends on whether you want a quiet area, be closer to the nightlife center, or just want a comfortable place near the main attractions.

If you are still not finished with your itinerary, I recommend reading my article about the most awesome things you should visit in Montreal or check out my 2-weeks road trip around Canada for more cool ideas to follow on your trip!

I hope you will have an amazing trip to the Canadian lands!

If you have any questions, feel free to type them below in the comments section. I am happy to help!

Yulia

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