Not long ago, I went on a road trip between Quebec and Ontario, and during that trip in North America I fell in love with the city of Montreal!
If you too are planning an itinerary that includes Montreal as well, you must be wondering where to stay in Montreal, right? 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.
Montreal is the biggest city in Quebec (with 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 6 best Montreal neighborhoods for you, based on price ranges, with nice details and great amenities.
It’s worth noting, some neighborhoods in Montreal are very popular, so it’s wise to book early to get the best rates, especially if you are going to stay in one of the most popular districts.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
- If you’re in a hurry…
- 1. Old Montreal – where to stay in Montreal for the first time
- 2. Downtown Montreal – best place for business & museums
- 3. Le Plateau Mont Royal – best area for nature & families
- 4. Mile End – the hip place to stay for foodies
- 5. The Village – where to stay for backpackers & nightlife
- 6. Latin Quarter – for arts and entertainment
- Bonus 1: Best hotels near Montreal airport
- Bonus 2: Where to stay in Montreal with kids
- Frequently Asked Questions about Montreal
If you’re in a hurry…
The best area to stay in Montreal, Canada for first-time visitors is Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal). This is the most beautiful part of the city and the place where all the important attractions are located!
Which area should you choose?
First of all, here is a map that shows the best neighborhoods to stay in Montreal that I’ll be talking about in this article:
Montréal is not a small city and it is divided into several different areas, each one with its own unique charm and advantages. In case you need help choosing the best area for you, here is my list of personalized recommendations:
- Where to stay in Montreal for luxury: Downtown Montreal
- Where to stay in Montreal for budget travelers: Old Montreal
- Where to stay in Montreal for nightlife: The Village
- Where to stay in Montreal for families: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
And here’s a video that shows the charm of Montreal, just to get you in the right mood for your vacation. It’s not exactly a video about the areas in the city, but it will give you a pretty good idea about it:
Now let me tell you everything you need to know about the 6 most popular neighborhoods to stay in Montreal:
1. Old Montreal – where to stay in Montreal for the first time
Old Montreal (“Vieux-Montréal” in French) is the heart and soul of the city and the oldest neighborhood in Montreal!
You will see the European-style in some of their buildings and their cobblestone streets. Montreal Old Town 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, especially the Old Port, which is at the edge of this area. You can also find here one of the most scenic bike paths starting in the Old Port of Montréal – the Lachine Canal multipurpose path.
Did you know that Montreal, Canada is one of the top most bike-friendly cities in the world? Now you do!
The main attractions in this neighborhood are the historic building of the Grand Notre Dame Cathedral; around it you can also find Saint Paul Street which has numerous boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and cafés.
This is the most popular area of Montreal and it tends to sell out fast, so make sure you book early if you plan on staying here!
These are the best places to stay in Old Montreal:
Luxury (US$250 and up)
- Hotel Gault – This beautiful boutique hotel is located in the heart of Old Montreal. The hotel features luxurious guest rooms, a library with a fireplace, on-site DVD rentals, heated bathroom floors, and minibars. You will surely love the cobblestone streets nearby!
- Le Petit Hotel – An elegent hotel in the classic french stye with a european cafe onsite and jet-massage showers waiting for you in the room. Enjoy a daily continental breakfast and make use of the free bikes to explore the city!
Mid-range (US$130 – US$250)
- Hôtel Uville Montréal – With vintage photos and films decorating your hotel rooms, you will be immersed in the nostalgia of Montreal in the 60s and 70s. This hotel also offers allergy-free rooms, a bar, and a beautiful view of the park.
- Auberge du Vieux Port – This is a rustic and modern inn in Old Montreal with spacious rooms that include cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Plus, all the shared areas and some rooms overlook Saint Lawrence River; the property is also walking distance to the Old Port, of course!
Budget (up to US$115)
- Auberge Alternative – This is a cozy, small hostel in Old Montreal has 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. It’s also close to the Old Port!
- Hotel Le Deville – Another budget hotel with a clean and comfy rooms right in the heart of Montreal. It’s close to the Montreal Convention Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Notre Dame Basilica Montreal, which are all popular points of interest here!
Unmissable things to do in Old Montreal:
- Stop by Place d’Armes and Place Jacques Cartier or better, you can even take a horse-drawn carriage ride from there to see it in style!
- Admire Notre-Dame Basilica from outside but also inside!
- Old Port (Vieux-Port) area is definitely worth strolling around to stare (or, better, ride!) at the rides in the waterfront attraction park
- Stroll along Saint Paul street
- A bike ride on the most scenic bike path in the Old Port of Montréal, the Canal Lachine multipurpose path
2. Downtown Montreal – best place for business & museums
In the Downtown area you will find many metal and glass skyscrapers among wide tree-lined boulevards, so there is no doubt you’ll get lovely views everywhere you look (even if you’re just here for work)!
The Downtown is basically the business center of the city where the famous Sainte-Catherine Street is found, filled with retail stores and shopping centers, all connected by underground corridors. Yep, this city really has thought of it all, you can easily walk around the city, even when it’s raining!
This is surely not only the best place to stay if you are going on a business trip, but also if you are interested in visiting Montreal’s countless museums! Seriously, there’s SO MANY and the majority of the city’s museums are located right here.
Now let me share with you my recommendations on the best hotels in Downtown area of Montreal, Canada:
Luxury (US$350 and up)
- The Ritz Carlton Montreal – This is one of the most impressive luxury hotels 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. Plus it’s pet-friendly too!
- Hotel Birks Montreal – Birks is one of the top hotels in the Downtown area 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. You may also take the metro from nearby and then explore the rest of the city as you please!
Mid-range (US$150 – US$330)
- Hotel Le Dauphin Montreal – Le Dauphin in 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! Staying here means you’ll also be close to the Lachine Canal!
- Hôtel Le Germain Montréal – A comfortable stay awaits you at Hôtel Le Germain. Each room at the hotel is furnished with environmentally-friendly objects and artwork proudly made in Quebec. To make your stay more enjoyable, they offer massages and spa services, an expresso bar, a fitness center and a restaurant serving authentic Quebec dishes.
Budget (up to US$130)
- Hotel St-Denis – It is one of the best budget hotels 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! Plus, you won’t be far away from the Lachine Canal at all!
- Auberge HI Montreal Hostel – Find a place to stay on a budget at Auberge HI Montreal, offering private and dormitory rooms, air conditioning, and free continental breakfast every morning! You can also use the kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as socialize and meet new people in the on-site bar and restaurant.
Things to do in the Downtown:
- It’s museum time! Get cultural in Montreal Museum of Fine Art
- Get lost (literally) in The Underground City of Montreal, it is immense!
- Climb Au Sommet for an amazing view!
- Glance at the Leonard Cohen mural, you will definitely not miss it, it is huge!
3. Le Plateau Mont Royal – best area for nature & families
Wondering where to stay in Montreal with your family and kids? Here is your answer!
Plateau Mont Royal is right at the base of Mont Royal and has become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city where you can also find accommodations with rooftop terrace! (If this sounds like you, don’t miss area #4 below).
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 the family-friendly Plateau Mont-Royal 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!
Here are the best hotels I recommend in Plateau Mont-Royal area:
Luxury (US $170 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.
- Hotel Kutuma – Welcome to an African-inspired hotel perfect for families. Standard rooms include kitchenettes and balconies, there’s also spacious suites with whirlpool tubs and penthouses with fireplaces and panoramic views of the city. Their on-site restaurant serving Ethiopian food is a must try!
Mid-range (US$140 – US$170)
- L’Appartement Hôtel – You will surely love the rooftop terrace or sundeck and views of the Montreal skyline from this hotel. Also available are an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and parking. Family travelers will love to take advantage of the kitchenette, laundry facilities, and babysitting services offered at the hotel.
- Manoir Sherbrooke – This is a historic house in Plateau Mount Royal with a décor that combines an old aesthetic with a modern style. The hotel is only a short walk to many unique shops, cafes, and local attractions. Close to Little Italy as well!
Budget (up to US $120)
- Auberge du Plateau – 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. Great for a very good budget stay in Plateau Mont Royal!
Main things to do in Le Plateau Mont Royal:
- Climb Mount Royal for an amazing view to the whole city
- If you are not a vegetarian, Schwartz’s Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen is a must try!
- Relax in Parc Lafontaine – a nice spacious park with a pond
- Looking for the best poutine in the city? Try La Banquise, it is also in this neighborhood
4. Mile End – the hip place to stay for foodies
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.
NOTE: Unfortunately, there are no luxury hotels in the area. If you are looking for a luxury stay nearby, I recommend staying in the larger Plateau Mont Royal area (above) which has some great choices.
For the other price ranges, I can recommend the following hotels and apartments:
Mid-range (US$130 – US$200)
- Sonder l Le Guerin – You can’t go wrong with the value this apartment hotel provides. It has a stunning interior, clean, comfortable rooms, and a fully equipped kitchen with dining area. You can self check-in and get all of the hotel information all on their app!
- Lofts du Parc LaHaie – Another amazing apartment in the area, with modern design rooms that are spotlessly clean and spacious. Access is via door code, so there is no need to worry about losing your key. You can spot a lot of good local restaurants nearby and beautiful parks as well.
Budget (up to US $80)
- Samesun Montreal Central – This is a great option among the cheap hotels 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!
Top things to do around Mile End:
- Stroll along Bernard Street – you will find numerous charming cafes and restaurants there
- St-Viateur cafe- try a fresh bagel out of the oven that will put New York’s bagels to shame!
- Just around the corner from the famous bagels, stop by Cafe Olimpico for the best espresso in town!
5. The Village – where to stay for backpackers & nightlife
The Village (also known as Gay Village) is a small neighborhood home to Montreal’s LGBTQ community and as typical as it may sound, this area is PACKED with bars and clubs!
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’s home to about 80 bars and restaurants open year-round and in summer, they all have patios where you can dance the entire night!
If New York is the city that sleeps, Montreal is for sure the New York of Canada!
What’s more, this area has an abundance of hostels full of young people who want to have a great time on a budget. Can you think of anything better for backpackers? This place is heaven!
NOTE: Since it is an area predominantly catering towards backpackers and nightlife, unfortunately there are no luxury hotels in the area. If you want to stay nearby though, I recommend the Latin Quarter, just south of here.
For everyone else, here are the best hotels I recommend for a more affordable price range:
Mid-range (US$150 and up)
- M Montreal Hostel – This modern place to stay in the Village 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, a full bar, a cafe, and rooftop terrace for the guests. This one is close to Parc Lafontaine as well!
- Maison Des Jardines B&B – This is a great bed and breakfast 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.
Budget (up to US$150)
- La Loggia Art B&B – You can find georgous local Canadian artwork and art workshops at La Logia. Plus, there is a garden and a terrace where you can enjoy your daily breakfast as well as other shared facilities include a dining room, library, and a laundry facility.
- Bed and Breakfast du Village BBV – This place feels like a second home! It has nice and cozy rooms, a terrace and an amazing homemade breakfast served daily. Everything you need is within walking distance, including restaurants, shops, and public transportation.
Thing to do in the Gay Village, Montreal:
- Dance the night away in nightclubs on Sainte Catherine Street
- Relax on a man made beach in Village au Pied-du-Courant
- Check out Cabaret Mado for a fantastic 1920s-themed show
- It is definitely worth checking out during the gay pride in July-Aug
6. Latin Quarter – for arts and entertainment
The Latin Quarter is actually part of a bigger district called the Quartier des Spectacles. And yes, you guessed it right, other than the Gay Village, this neighborhood is another excellent choice for all travelers out there interested in experience the best nightlife that Montreal has to offer!
This is the ideal place to book a room if you want to be surrounded by art galleries, cinemas, cool pubs and everything else in-between.
NOTE: Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any cheap hotels for this area.
Still, here are the top accommodation options I have selected for you in the Latin Quarter:
Luxury (US$220 and up)
- DoubleTree By Hilton Montreal – Whether you are looking to relax or have fun in this hotel, you have plenty of options. This hotel features a fitness center as well as an indoor pool. You can relax on the summer terrace with music or enjoy a drink at the bar and restaurants. This family-friendly hotel is connected to the convention center in the Downtown and just a short walk to Sainte-Catherine Street.
- Hotel St.Thomas – In case you didn’t find the best place for your stay in the Latin Quarter, here’s another fabulous option for you! This hotel features a free bike rentals, a 24-hour desk and more – all these will make your travel experience here a breeze! Truly the best place in this area!
Mid-range (up to US$200)
- Hotel Chateau de l’Argoat – This is one of the few pet-friendly hotels in the area. The rooms are colorful, and the bathroom has a nice jacuzzi. You can also take advantage of the limited private parking, concierge service and laundry service.
- Le Relais Lyonnais – Here’s another great option with a super convenient location, close to the most interesting attractions in the area! This 3-star hotel features a French cafe, comfy rooms and an amazing location, only 10 minutes away by foot from a metro station! You can also serve breakfast, lunch or dinner at their on-site restaurant which is open daily!
Bonus 1: Best hotels near Montreal airport
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:
- (Luxury) Marriott Montreal Airport In-Terminal – This great hotel is connected to the airport and awaits you with an indoor pool, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. There is also a gym, a spa, and business facilities for the guests to make use of.
- (Mid-range) Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Montreal Airport – 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!
- (Budget) Comfort Inn Airport Dorval – 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! Only 1.4 km from the airport!
Bonus 2: Where to stay in Montreal with kids
If you are looking for a quiet residential neighborhood because you are traveling with kids, I can recommend to look for accommodation options around Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (in addition to the Plateau de Mont Royal as I mentioned earlier).
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie is very well connected to the center, it has numerous parks and tons of cafes and restaurants around too! In case you are going to stay in there, these hotels are great for traveling with kids – Gite du Survenant Montreal (can cook for the family) and Petite-Italie Easy Parking EcoDesign (Children’s books and toys, a crib and a high chair will be provided).
But if you are looking for something a bit more central, I have hand-picked some awesome family hotels in central Montreal and sorted them by price below:
- L’Appartement Hôtel (from $149) – it is a great choice for families that wish to prepare their own meals, use the laundry facilities, and hire babysitters.
- Loews Hotel Vogue (from $200) – they have interconnecting rooms in case that is what you need, kids’ meals, baby safety gates and babysitting services.
- Hotel Place D’Armes (from $250) – located in the heart of Montreal, this hotel has spacious rooms and Babysitting/Child services available on request
Those in search of Airbnb accommodation, especially those traveling with a large group of family and friends, here are a list of apartments and rooms I can recommend.
- 3-Bedroom Apartment (from $110 per night) this is an amazing home for a big group (up to 8 people) – it is near Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau international airport and it offers all the family friendly amenities such as high chair and children’s bed. A cherry on top of a cake – it has parking and fully-equipped kitchen too!
- Charming studio in old-Rosemont (from $80 per night) is a great option if you are traveling with a small kid, they provide a crib and have toys to entertain your little one!
I can also highly recommend the Entire condominium hosted by Joya (from $90) or a Lovely charming 2 bed 2 bath apartment (from 120$) as they both have all the standard family-friendly features but also room-darkening sh
Frequently Asked Questions about Montreal
🗝️ Where to stay in Montreal for the first time?
👩👩👦 Which neighborhood is best for families?
🥂 What are the best places to stay for nightlife?
🚶 Is Montreal a walkable city?
Though the city as a whole is fairly large, Montreal’s neighborhoods – particularly Vieux-Montréal – are easy to navigate on foot. Also, bikes are a huge (& fun) deal here plus the city’s public transportation (subway & bus) is an affordable way to get around Montreal.
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 for your holiday 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, especially in North America!
For those of you who just can’t decide, here are my two favorite options for you again:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal – a 5 star hotel featuring marble bathrooms and in-room massages!
- Auberge du Vieux Port – funky, modern style describes the rooms in this funky hotel near the old port
If you are still not finished with your itinerary, I recommend reading my post 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!
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