Montreal Chinatown is in the heart of the action with a large selection of hotels, but many are expensive and poorly rated. I looked for hotels with lots of pleased customers, that also provide comfortable and clean rooms for a lower room price. I evaluated the amenities offered for the price and also the location of the hotel for convenience. These two hotels came out on top for value in my research.

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Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Recommended by guests as budget friendly, centrally located, clean & comfortable
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The room rates were thought to be reasonable by many guests
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by a few guests
  • A couple of guests thought that the beds were comfortable
Cons
  • No on-site dining and no on-site parking
Residence La Citadelle is a college residence available in the summer months, and is my pick for best budget option in Chinatown Montreal. It has perfectly comfortable and clean rooms with pleasing décor, about a 10-minute walk to the shops and restaurants on St. Catherine Street and Place des Arts.

On-site amenities include a fitness centre, common living areas and guest laundry facilities. Parking is available for an extra charge ($25) in a lot about a 5-minute walk from the rooms. There is also a bus stop 2 minutes away.

Guests who have stayed here highly recommend this property for its value, atmosphere and cleanliness. Rooms are well-equipped with comfortable beds, modern furnishings, flat screen TVs, desks, en suite bathrooms, mini-fridges, irons with ironing boards, hair dryers and individual climate control. Last but not least, Wi-Fi is free.

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Book from ~$79 CAD
Popular Montreal budget hotel near Metro and parking with clean rooms and free Wi-Fi 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi
  • Clean and comfortable rooms said guests
  • Many appreciated the good value of this hotel's rooms
  • Location was convenient to Metro, restaurants, shopping, entertainment venues and Old Montreal
  • Wi-Fi rated very good by guests
  • Staff were well liked, kind and friendly
Cons
  • No elevator
  • No parking on site
  • Some guests found the area a little noisy at times
  • Many pointed out the many stairs to the rooms
  • Some found the area near the hotel risqué
I prefer the Hotel l’Abri du Voyageur as another excellent value at almost half the cost! This is a very pleasing, older hotel located in a centennial building, with four storeys and no elevator. Budget rooms come with a sink only, and the bathrooms are shared with other guests of the hotel. There are also rooms available which come with a private bathroom and shower. The décor is very quaint and appealing with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. Rooms are air conditioned and the hotel offers free Wi-Fi, and free continental breakfast. 

Guests consider this hotel a gem, with exceptional cleanliness and value for the dollar. However, if you're driving, you should note that parking is not available on site and must be secured from public parking lots nearby. 

The name "L'Abri du Voyageur" means 'a shelter to the traveller', and this hotel is true to its name. It provides a peaceful resting spot to travellers that come to explore Montreal while all the action of St. Catherine Street, which has some of Montreal’s best entertainment, dining and nightlife, is right outside the front door.
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Book from ~$141 CAD
Popular downtown Montreal hotel near Metro with indoor rooftop pool, restaurant & free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Located close to summer festivals and many other attractions
  • Very clean and comfortable rooms, according to many reviews
  • Rooftop indoor pool and deck
  • Numerous reviewers enjoyed the overall service and atmosphere at the hotel
Cons
  • A few reviewers found the hotel's parking and restaurant overpriced
  • Self-parking is $24.95 plus tax per day
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Book from ~$166 CAD
Well-liked modern hotel in downtown Montreal with kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's location for sightseeing
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several reviewers enjoyed their clean and modern rooms
  • Some guests enjoyed views from the outdoor terrace
Cons
  • Parking is $25 per day
  • Some guests reported noise disturbances during their stay
  • The hotel's off-site, valet-only, parking was a disappointment to some reviewers

6 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Chinatown Montreal

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Centrally located affordable hotel, but small, sparsely furnished rooms, according to guest reviews
Pros
  • Free wireless Internet, free breakfast
  • Central location- walking distance to many attractions and services
  • Good value for money, according to many guess
Cons
  • Inconsistent reviews of staff service and room cleanliness
  • Small rooms, according to many reviews
  • Older hotel, in need of updating according to some guests
  • Extra cost for parking, and small lot fills quickly guests say
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Book from ~$203 CAD
Downtown locale, great rooms and staff, on-site dining, parking extra
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guests praised their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • The hotel's proximity to downtown and public transit was enjoyed
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their friendly and efficient service
Cons
  • One guest complained of the parking restrictions in front of the hotel
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Book from ~$176 CAD
Modern downtown Montreal hotel with restaurant and club and free shuttle within 5 km
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free chauffeur within a 5 km radius of hotel
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's modern and spacious rooms were praised by numerous reviewers
  • The hotel's proximity to downtown and Old Montreal was a source of several compliments
Cons
  • Valet parking is $28 per day
  • Several guests reported noise disturbances from the hotel's nightclub
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Budget apartments in downtown Montreal with kitchen and ensuite bathroom near Metro 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Large apartment-style rooms with full kitchens
  • Good value for money, according to some reviewers
  • Guests said the location was close to Metro, St. Catherine street, groceries and Tim Hortons
Cons
  • No elevator to 2nd and 3rd floor
  • Mixed reviews on cleanliness
  • Parking is off site and costs $20 per night
  • Guests complained of poor water pressure
  • Air temperature is not self controlled
  • No reception desk, no staff on-site- checking in requires a phone call to the attendant who is off site
  • Free Wi-Fi was sporadic, according to a couple of guests
  • Apartments facing Sherbrooke can be noisy at night
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Central location and reasonable rates, but several concerns with lack of AC in summer
Pros
  • Free wired internet (and free Wi-Fi as of May 15/2013)
  • The hotel's location was praised for being within walking distance to Old Montreal and the Latin Quarter
  • Several lodgers felt the hotel provided good prices and value
  • The hotel's staff were characterized as considerate and readily available
Cons
  • Several guests found the rooms to be too hot during the summer months
  • Noise disturbances were reported by a couple of guests
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Well-liked Montreal Chinatown hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, bar and on-site parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Several guests enjoyed the unique ambience of the traditional Chinese-style lobby
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
  • Guests typically enjoyed dining on site
  • Location was central and convenient to much of the downtown and Old Montreal in walking distance
Cons
  • Parking costs $27 per night
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from within the hotel
  • A few guests said hot water was sporadic

Tips For Staying In Chinatown Montreal

Chinatown is part of downtown Montreal, east of Central Station and McGill University. The authentic Chinatown experience is found within a relatively small area south of Rene-Levesque Boulevard between Rue Saint Dominique and Rue Saint-Urbain.

Choosing a Central Chinatown Hotel
There are very few hotels found within the Chinatown proper area. These centrally located hotels are relatively expensive and charge additional fees for parking (around $25 per night).

Travellers looking for an Asian-inspired hotel may want to consider the Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville. This hotel features Asian architecture and decor, rooftop and lobby pagodas, interior koi ponds and waterfalls and a popular dim sum restaurant. It's also just across the street from subway access at Station Place-d'Armes.

Other Hotels Near Chinatown
There are many more hotels surrounding Chinatown's core, and most nearby hotels are located around the Place des Arts complex and Rue Sherbrooke West north of Chinatown proper. Travellers will find many budget-friendly accommodations as well as luxurious properties in these areas, which are still within a 10-minute walk of Chinatown. As with many other Montreal hotels, extra fees for parking should be expected. However, some hotels near the Place des Arts offer free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. 

Residence La Citadelle, which is open during the summer months only, is our Editor's Pick for best value near Chinatown. Wi-Fi is free, and rooms are equipped with mini-fridges, plus reviewers commonly tout the high value for the rates.

Another great budget option, and open year-round, Hotel l'Abri du Voyageur is our other Editor's Pick for Chinatown. It does have a few quirks that will not appeal to everyone, such as its lack of elevator, its lack of parking on site, and the fact that some (not all) of its rooms lack private washrooms. However, it's clean, comfortable, central, cheap and offers both free Wi-Fi and a free continental breakfast. It's also highly rated by guests and only a 3-minute walk from the St-Laurent Subway Station.

Exploring Chinatown and Downtown Montreal
Chinatown is a somewhat small area and is best explored on foot, as there is extremely limited parking nearby. However, if you are staying in or near Chinatown and wish to explore other Montreal attractions, the Montreal subway is an efficient way to get around. With routes that travel throughout the downtown area, including Mont Royal and Olympic Stadium, there is always a subway station nearby. In the Chinatown area, there are three subway stations. Single-ride tickets are $3, while unlimited-use day passes are $10.


What Chinatown Montreal Has to Offer
Montreal’s Chinatown has four ornate gates (or paifang) that welcome visitors to the area. One is located on Avenue Viger O, at the south end of Boulevard St-Laurent. Rue La Gauchetière, in the middle of Chinatown, is a pedestrian-only street. Here, travellers will find sidewalk stalls offering food items, crafts and souvenirs.

Most shops in Chinatown offer products imported from China and Vietnam that can not be found elsewhere in the city. Well known for its seafood offerings, restaurants in Chinatown are particularly busy during lobster season (May and June).

Offering an authentic Asian experience in downtown Montreal, Chinatown is a fun and lively addition to one of Canada's most cosmopolitan cities. 
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