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

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Editor's Top 4 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$106 CAD
Summer hotel in downtown Montreal student residence near Metro with free Wi-Fi  
Residence La Citadelle is a college residence available in the summer months, and offers a good budget stay near Chinatown. It has renovated, comfortable and clean rooms all with mini-fridges and ensuite bathrooms, 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 the parkade next door and there is public parking about a minute away for $20. There is also a bus stop 2 minutes away and Metro is 4 minutes away on foot. Wi-Fi is excellent and free.

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooms were often described as clean and comfortable
  • Location was excellent, near Metro, restaurants, shops and downtown attractions
  • Staff were friendly and helpful
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
Cons
  • Parking is off site (next door) and $25 per day with no in-out privileges
  • Some found that housekeeping lacked attention to detail
  • Noise from the hallway, elevators, construction and street a problem for some guests
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Book from ~$37 CAD
Popular Montreal budget hotel near Metro and parking with clean rooms and free Wi-Fi 
The Hotel l’Abri du Voyageur is 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. 
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
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Book from ~$104 CAD
Well-liked downtown Montreal hotel near Metro with modern décor, mini-kitchens & restaurant
The modern and stylish Hotel Zero 1 is perfectly located for accessing Chinatown as it only a couple of minutes' walk away. This hotel is a popular value pick with a variety of room sizes and some great prices for most of the year. Guests love the location for being an easy walk to so much, the Metro station, Old Montreal, the Plateau area and Centre-Ville. There are lots of cheap and cheerful Chinese and other ethnic eateries virtually outside the doors but don't forget to try Hotel Zero's very own tapas restaurant on site which guests say has excellent South American food and a good wine list.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls
  • Rooms were stylish and clean with comfy beds
  • Location was prime, close to good dining and shopping, Chinatown, Old Montreal and Metro
  • Staff were friendly and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed views from the outdoor terrace and front-facing rooms on the higher floors
  • Guests often enjoyed the tapas restaurant and the continental breakfast
Cons
  • Valet parking is $28 per day, plus tax
  • Small rooms with dim lighting according to some guests
  • Some guests found the valet parking time consuming and inconvenient
  • Noise was an issue at times for some guests who faced the street on lower floors and were near to the elevators
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Book from ~$109 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

6 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Chinatown Montreal

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$73 CAD
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 ~$114 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 ~$127 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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Book from ~$90 CAD
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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Book from ~$132 CAD
Well-liked downtown Montreal hotel near Place-des-Arts with indoor pool, restaurant & parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Many guests liked the hotel's public spaces, rooftop pool, terraces
  • Excellent location for accessing downtown attractions, shopping, the underground city and music festivals
  • Staff were well liked, friendly and helpful
  • Many found clean, spacious rooms with comfortable beds
Cons
  • Some guests complained of dated rooms and small bathrooms
  • Self parking is $20 on weekdays and $10 on weekends, and valet parking is $32 per day

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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