Old Montreal offers a wide variety of hotels, many of which are highly rated, but I found them to be quite expensive overall, especially in high season, and many charge extra for both Wi-Fi and parking, with no free breakfast on offer. I searched for highly-rated hotels that still deliver well on the value proposition, offering good amenities and good experiences along with a more affordable price tag, comparatively. These have made it to the top of the list, but all hotels I have featured are worth the price tag in this list, if you can afford it.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$241 CAD
Highly praised Old Montreal hotel near Metro with balconies, jacuzzis, fine dining and spa
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bottled water, newspapers, morning shuttle service to downtown
  • Many guests enjoyed the rooms for comfort and elegance
  • Guests loved the central Old Montreal location, close to Metro, great dining, the port, Chinatown and attractions
  • Staff very well liked for their professional and friendly help
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good by guests overall
Cons
  • Valet parking is $35 plus tax for overnight
  • A few complained of noise transfer from inside or traffic
  • Some guests complained of small rooms
Le Place d’Armes Hotel is my pick for affordable luxury in Old Montreal. It’s really a mid-priced hotel that provides old world luxury, elegant public spaces, fine dining and first-class service in a prime downtown location.

On site, guests can enjoy dining at an award-winning restaurant specializing in Quebec cuisine, a popular nightclub and a beautiful rooftop terrace which is open for lunch and dinner.

Offering incredible convenience, the hotel is connected to the underground city which offers shops and eateries in abundance and is only a minute away from the Metro station. Also within walking distance are the nightlife and dining of St. Laurent Boulevard, the waterfront and Old Montreal attractions. Parking is $32 per night.

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Book from ~$293 CAD
Highly praised downtown Montreal hotel near Metro with free breakfast and kitchenette suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: cooked-to-order breakfast, nightly manager's reception with light snacks and beverages
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, spacious and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location ideal for accessing the Montreal Congress Centre and Old Montreal on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service
  • Many guests thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is $9.95 per 24 hours for non Hilton Honors members
  • Parking is $28.50 including tax per day
  • A couple of reviewers were disappointed that their in-suite kitchenettes were not equipped with cookware
The Embassy Suites Montreal is a four-star hotel with three-star prices. It offers spacious and well-appointed rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves, perfect for families and budget-conscious travellers who want to dine in the comfort of their own room for some meals.The hotel also provides an included made-to-order breakfast in the room rate. Wi-Fi is free to Hilton members and guests can apply for membership for free at the front desk, otherwise guests are charged another $9.99 per day. 

Business travellers will appreciate having an ergonomic work space in the room, along with room service and on-site dining. Guests are also treated to a reception each evening with free beverages. A business centre with free printing and a fitness centre with cardio and strength training equipment are also on offer for guests to keep up with important work deadlines and to de-stress.

Ideally situated for exploring Old Montreal on foot, the hotel is convenient to the Palais de Congres (for business conventions), and the shopping and dining highlights of Old Montreal. Some guests also appreciated the convenience of being directly across from a Metro stop which allowed them to take their explorations a little farther at a reasonable cost.
For guests travelling with their cars, an underground parking option is available for $29 per night.
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Book from ~$190 CAD
Highly praised Old Montreal boutique hotel with restaurant, free breakfast & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, full breakfast, local calls
  • Rooms were elegant, spacious and very clean said many guests
  • The dining on site received rave reviews from guests
  • Guests loved the excellent free breakfast served to them
  • Location was perfect, an easy walk to Old Montreal restaurants, nightlife and attractions
  • Many felt the hotel was a great value
  • Wi-Fi rated as excellent by guest surveys
Cons
  • Off-site parking available nearby for about $20 per day
  • Occasionally guests found their rooms small
  • A few guests missed having a coffeemaker in the room
The quaint, elegant and comfortable Auberge Bonaparte is also a good value pick for Old Montreal. Along with a very competitive room rate, and cheaper daily parking at about $20 (across the street), it offers a delightful, free, 3-course breakfast.

In fact, dining may be one of the reasons to choose this hotel as it’s likely to be quite memorable, judging from the rave reviews guests provided of exquisite French cuisine to be enjoyed at Bonaparte Restaurant.

Guests love the location. From the Basilica to Bonsecours Market, everything is reachable on foot.

The professional staff at this very highly rated boutique hotel know how to make a guest stay pleasing, offering first-class service with plenty of warmth and respect, plus an eagerness to serve. Make use of the concierge—they know what they are doing and will add immeasurably to your stay!

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Book from ~$207 CAD
Highly praised Old Montreal boutique hotel with kitchenette suites, balconies and restaurant
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, off-site fitness centre, bottled water
  • Guests found the rooms very clean, spacious and comfortable
  • Location was ideal for walking to restaurants, shops, attractions and Chinatown
  • Guests who dined on site found the food excellent
  • Staff were well liked, gracious, kind and helpful
  • Wi-Fi is very good according to guest surveys
Cons
  • Valet parking is $32 plus tax, per night
  • A few guests were bothered by noise from inside the hotel or from the street
  • Several guests found breakfast pricey at the restaurant
  • Some complained of dim lighting and rooms getting tired
  • Several guests thought the rooms were overpriced
Le Saint-Sulpice offers affordable luxury for the whole family (including your fur baby at $50 per stay) in comfortable and spacious suites, each with their own kitchenette. This is your chance to stay a while and explore the sights, take in a festival and enjoy the great area restaurants, boutiques and patisseries, an easy walk away. Treat your kids to the Montreal Science Centre and see their interactive technology exhibitions and IMAX feature, or take a cool ride on the Metro to the thrilling rides at La Ronde amusement park.
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Book from ~$195 CAD
Popular Old Montreal hotel with indoor pool, mini-kitchens, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast buffet
  • Guests found the rooms very clean and quiet, with comfy beds
  • Location ideal for exploring Old Montreal on foot
  • Guests liked the staff and found them helpful and informative
  • Many enjoyed the free breakfast for variety and quality
Cons
  • Valet only parking is available for $23 per day
  • Several guests found the pool and hot tub small
  • Many reviewers said the free breakfast was crowded
This clean and comfortable hotel is a solid choice and my pick for good value in Old Montreal. It's one of the few well-liked hotels in the area to offer both free Wi-Fi and a substantial free hot breakfast buffet. Spacious rooms, some with pretty views of the river and clock tower, all come with a mini-fridge and microwave allowing for some in-room dining and heating up of those delicious leftovers. There's an indoor pool and hot tub for wind-down times in the evenings as well.

Many guests liked the location of this hotel, on a quiet street, yet a short walk to the famed attractions and restaurants of the area, as well as the nearby waterfront. It’s also handy to public transit for guests who want to see more of Montreal and leave the driving to the pros. There is an extra fee for parking of $23 which is valet only, and one of the lowest rates for the area. 
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Book from ~$206 CAD
Highly praised Old Montreal boutique hotel with restaurant, rooftop terrace & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi
  • Guests loved the elegance and warm ambiance of their well-appointed rooms
  • Location was walking distance to the old port, restaurants, attractions and Metro
  • Staff were excellent, courteous and friendly
  • Many really enjoyed dining and breakfasts on site
  • Wi-Fi was excellent according to online reviewers
Cons
  • Valet parking is $35 plus tax for overnight
  • Some guests complained of noise disturbance from the street, music and bar
Hotel Nelligen combines business and pleasure in a unique setting of rustic charm and elegance, with impeccable service from well-trained staff. Guests can enjoy exposed brick feature walls in warmly-lit rooms and still have work spaces, a safe, a mini-bar, climate control and a flat screen TV in their room.

There is a choice of restaurants on site, so guests can choose between contemporary French cuisine at Verses Restaurant or excellent steak and seafood with raw bar and craft cocktails at Mechant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie-- perfect for entertaining clients. The all important room service is available from 6:30 am to 11 pm each day for those days you have to eat and fly, or eat in while you work.

There’s a business centre and 24-hour fitness centre and in-room spa services as well as car services and meeting rooms. The convention centre and Metro are 6 minutes away on foot.

For some down time, enjoy a summertime meal on the terrace overlooking the Old Port and after dinner stroll along its promenade, a 4-minute walk away.

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Book from ~$381 CAD
Luxury boutique hotel in Old Montreal with impeccable service, day spa and fine dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi
  • Beautiful hotel amenities, such as restaurant, spa, and library, according to numerous reviews
  • Many reviewers felt the service and luxury was well worth the expense
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
  • Location was perfect said guests for accessing Metro, restaurants and Old Montreal
  • Many guests enjoyed breakfast and other meals on site
  • Guests loved the spa services and facilities
Cons
  • Valet parking is $40 including tax
  • A few guests found the prices at the restaurant expensive
  • Some missed having in-room coffeemakers and electrical outlets by the beds
Hotel Le St-James is an outstanding hotel with outstanding everything! This is the place to go when you want to impress your sweetheart or you want to celebrate a special milestone in your life and create lasting memories. The staff will help you in this as they will make the impossible possible.

The hotel offers stunningly beautiful interior spaces that are museum quality with old world grandeur--high ceilings, chandeliers, intimate alcoves for dining and artworks for musing. The hotel library off the lobby provides historical books for quiet moments alone. The rooms are well appointed with modern luxury amenities and classic décor.

XO Le Restaurant offers fine dining, fine wines and 24-hour room service. Get pampered and relaxed at the hotel’s spa, enjoyed in the building’s old bank vault. Have your shoes shined gratis and feel like a million bucks.

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Book from ~$381 CAD
Highly praised boutique hotel in Old Montreal with modern decor, on-site dining and parking
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bottled water, DVD movies
  • Guests loved the design and space in their well appointed rooms
  • Guests loved the architecture with modern furnishings
  • Wi-Fi was excellent according to online guest surveys
  • Location in Old Montreal prime, in walking distance of restaurants, shops, attractions, Metro and the old port
  • Many guests thought the hotel provided very good value
Cons
  • Valet parking is $40 per night including tax
  • No coffeemakers in all rooms a disappointment for some
  • Some guests thought breakfast was expensive with limited choice
The completely original Hotel Gault rediscovers cool with a brilliant reinterpretation of classic beauty. It achieves impressive design by blending ultra modern minimalist interiors with classic ornate architecture, which to the sophisticated traveller exudes a sense of high fashion and class.

The spacious rooms provide the expected comfort and luxury with modern showers, heated bathroom floors, Molton Brown toiletries and superbly comfortable beds. There are small terraces in some rooms with views of the city, and stunning oversized windows and French doors to Juliette balconies with window boxes and flowers.

Adding warmth to the stay are tremendous staff that are professional and kind and provide first-class service. The location offers the best of both worlds, on a quiet street yet an easy walk to the best Old Montreal has to offer.

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Book from ~$274 CAD
Highly recommended Old Montreal boutique hotel with modern, well-appointed rooms 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, bike rentals, local calls, newspapers
  • Location in the quieter area of Old Montreal, near great restaurants, bars and boutique shops
  • Guests loved the rooms for their charm, great beds and modern bathrooms
  • Staff were professional and extremely helpful said guests
  • Many praised the quality of the French continental breakfast
  • Guests loved having fresh free coffee available all day
Cons
  • Valet parking is $35 per night
  • Reviewers offered mixed opinions of noise at the hotel
  • Some found the advertised small rooms a little small
The very highly-recommended, and romantic Le Petit Hotel Montreal is my pick for affordability while offering an authentic Old Montreal ambiance, right in the heart of Old Montreal. The great majority of its guests, who could also be called raving fans, rate it as excellent, with many giving it perfect scores. Guests liked this hotel's excellent location, close to fine dining, brunch spots, rooftop bars, museums, shops and the river, but also nicely tucked away from the busy tourist area, affording a quiet respite in the evenings.

The quaint, yet modern rooms feature bamboo floors, exposed brick and stone walls with giant floor-to-ceiling windows, along with stylishly-modern furniture, flat screen TVs and iPod docks.

Many guests were highly impressed with the staff, who were very capable at assisting guests with restaurant reservations and recommendations of things to do and see in the area. Guests were also very pleased with the included free amenities: bicycles for touring the area, continental breakfast and Wi-Fi.
 
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Book from ~$361 CAD
Well loved Old Montreal hotel with charming yet modern rooms, bistro and rooftop terrace 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, 24-hour beverage bar in the lobby
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms with luxurious bathrooms, according to many reviewers
  • Rooftop terrace with views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Montreal
  • Guests loved the prime Old Montreal location in walking distance of much of Old Montreal
  • Staff were exceptional, gracious and offered great service
  • Meals on site were often praised by guests
Cons
  • Valet parking is $35 per day
  • Some found the elevator a little slow at times
  • Some guests could hear noise from the street
My personal favourite, the Auberge du Vieux Port comes at a little higher price tag but is worth it. Completely authentic and offering a sense of history, guests can enjoy looking out windows that open to a Juliette balcony and overlook the Old Port and St. Lawrence River. This is the perfect place to write a book or for a romantic getaway.

Deep soaker tubs, double jacuzzis and jetted showers with cozy bathrobes and even cozier beds offer modern comforts that balance the rustic charm of pine floors, stone walls and beamed ceilings. Gaspar Tavern is well loved for its delicious food at a reasonable cost and offers great views from the seasonal rooftop terrace.

The staff of this hotel will jump hoops to make the stay for you and the fine restaurants, museums, galleries and Old Port promenade are all an easy walk away.

Tips For Staying In Old Montreal

If you’re looking for an authentic French experience with cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and small boutique hotels, Old Montreal is where you want to be. This waterfront area stretches along multiple piers, east of Avenue Viger.

Traditional Hotels
There are several mid- to high-end chain hotels and independently owned hotels in Old Montreal, generally along the west side near the Convention Centre of Montreal. These full-service hotels are often favoured by business travellers, but with close proximity to the Place d’Armes subway station, they are also convenient for tourists looking to explore other areas of Montreal. 

With very limited parking available in Old Montreal, expect to pay additional fees for parking from $20 to $40 per night at your hotel.

Boutique Hotels
Some of the best boutique hotels in the city are located in Old Montreal. Most of these small, historic and stylish properties can be found near the Notre Dame Basilica, a local historic landmark. While some of these boutique hotels are more luxurious than others, the prices are competitive with other standard chain hotels in the area. If you have never stayed in a boutique hotel, these Old Montreal properties would be a great first experience.

If you're looking to splurge a bit, you won't be disappointed with Hotel Le St. James. The hotel features period design and decor, intimate on-site dining, a romantic spa and elegant in-room amenities. This hotel was one of the top picks for the best boutique hotels in all of Montreal.

For a more affordable, yet still impressive boutique experience, consider Auberge du Vieux Port, another of our top picks for boutique hotels in Montreal. This is a stylish and charming hotel with great on-site dining and a rooftop terrace that allows you to watch the boats go by on the St. Lawrence River.

Where to Shop and Eat in Old Montreal
Step outside your hotel and stroll through this historic area of stone architecture, old-fashioned street lamps and statues. It’s likely you'll find yourself inspired to sip wine or espresso at one of the open-air patios, Parisian style. 

If you’re looking for dining suggestions, try the restaurant at L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel. While expensive, this intimate restaurant offers historic decor, some of the best French cuisine in the district and desserts served with flair. If you're looking for easy access, it's only a 2-minute walk from Auberge du Vieux Port.

If travelling in the summer, don’t miss the al fresco experience at Boris Bistro that has been described as eating in an enchanted forest. The outdoor patio is situated behind the remaining facade of a burned historic building and landscaped with trees. And, of course, the restaurant specializes in authentic French cuisine. It is located about a 4-minute walk from Hotel Le St. James.

There are plenty of gift shops and trendy clothing stores to be found in Old Montreal. Populated almost entirely by chic boutiques, you’re not likely to find any of the name brands frequently found in shopping malls. If you happen to be visiting during the Christmas season, look for gifts at the Nutcracker Market (open during Christmas only). In the summertime, walk along the pedestrian-only Jacques Cartier Place to see street performers and buy a souvenir from a local artisan.

Getting Around Old Montreal
With narrow one-way streets and some pedestrian-only areas, there is not a lot of public parking available in Old Montreal and the area is best explored on foot. Of course one can always explore the area by horse-drawn carriage or bike, and for the less adventurous, 
Old Montreal is also serviced by public transit, with bus stops on Rue Notre Dame and the nearest subway stations at Champs-de-Mars and Station Place d’Armes. Riding the subway costs $3.25 per ride or $10 for a day pass. 

Whether you're exploring on foot, by bike, bus or horse-drawn carriage, you're sure to be captivated by the historic charm of Old Montreal!
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