Montreal offers a wide range of superb hotels, some with unique settings and quaint decor and some with classic luxury. Some I picked for value and some for the unique experience offered. All the hotels I picked are highly rated by guests and have excellent customer service. My write-ups result from careful research, and are designed to give you insight into the property and the people who will hopefully make your hotel stay a memorable and pleasant one.
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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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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
In a setting of cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages, the Auberge du Vieux-Port, located along the waterfront in Old Montreal near the Old Port, offers guests a step back in time. This historic property is ideally located in the old city, an easy walk to restaurants, entertainment, attractions and the all-important Montreal Metro.

Combining the charming rustic qualities of stone or brick feature walls and beamed ceilings with modern and upscale amenities such as multi-jet glass showers, soaker tubs and flat screen TVs makes for a brilliant hotel experience. Add to that the superb service of equally charming staff and the excellent on-site dining of Gaspar Tavern with a rooftop terrace and you have a hotel hit!
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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 and comfortable Auberge Bonaparte is a guest favourite, located in Old Montreal near the Notre-Dame Basilica. Guests loved the staff at this boutique hotel for their attentive and professional service and raved about the French-style cuisine on site, both for the made-to-order free breakfast and dinner. The location was truly excellent for many reviewers, in walking distance to the cruise port and delightful restaurants as well as the attractions of Old Montreal.
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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 romantic Le Petit Hotel Montreal is another great choice for Montreal located very close to the Basilica in Old Montreal’s Ville Marie area. Its prime location offers great restaurants and boutique shopping within a short walk. For guests who like to explore by bike, the hotel also offers free bicycle rentals for sightseeing and the nearby Promenade du Vieux-Port provides miles of trails along the waterfront. Besides very capable and helpful service from the staff, guests really love the location, and appreciate this hotel’s spotlessly clean and stylish rooms that feature exposed stone and brick.
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Book from ~$166 CAD
Montreal boutique hotel in Latin Quarter near Metro & parking with elegant rooms & balconies
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bottled water
  • Guests loved the clean, modern and nicely appointed rooms
  • The owner was very well liked by guests for his helpfulness and graciousness
  • Guests really liked the location, in walking distance to Metro, Old Montreal, restaurants, theatre and cinema
  • Many enjoyed breakfasts and pastries on site
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Underground parking is off site nearby for about $12 per 24 hours
  • A few could hear street noise from front facing rooms
  • The front desk is not staffed 24 hours per day
Le Relais Lyonnais’ claim to fame is its very personable owner, Albert, who provides exceptional attention, information and VIP service to every guest. This walk-up boutique hotel, situated in the Latin Quarter near Old Montreal offers good value and a very pleasant stay. The area near the hotel is dotted with trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, a theatre and a cinema plus a Metro station and Greyhound bus station, making it an ideal home base.

Rooms are nicely appointed with modern furnishings including goose down duvets, rain showers, Nespresso machines and mini-fridges. Some rooms offer quiet balconies. Le Relais Lyonnais offers on-site dining and serves an excellent breakfast with crepes, croissants, omelettes and pain au chocolate. Underground parking is available nearby at a reasonable cost.

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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
The rustic and popular Abri du Voyageur offers a quaint atmosphere with cozy warmth featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls and maple wood floors. Situated in downtown Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles, it offers so much in walking distance, Old Montreal, summer festivals, museums, performing arts, and of course the Metro, making even more of Montreal, as well as the airport within easy reach. A favourite of guests on a budget, this walk-up hotel has well-kept and comfortable rooms, some with spotlessly clean public bathrooms, but many rooms also with ensuite bathrooms. The staff are well liked by guests and Wi-Fi scored well in the reviews.
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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
Offering exceptional quality with affordable prices, the high class, luxury Hotel Le St-James is one of my favourite boutique hotels in Old Montreal. It has a way of impressing its guests with consistently great food (even for room service), gorgeous rooms filled with antiques and art and amazing attention to detail. Many guests enjoy the cool bar with a modern feel that offers yummy cocktails and generous portions. The day spa is well liked for its wonderful staff, beautiful rustic ambiance, excellent treatments and private steam rooms and saunas. 

The kind and attentive staff put it all together, with doorman greetings, help with luggage, easy early check-ins and quick upgrades should something go wrong. The concierge will help with anything and show you where to eat and how to make the best of your stay. Although not cheap, guests often say it’s worth every penny spent.
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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
This hotel combines ultra modern décor and high tech amenities with traditional French dining and service in the heart of Old Montreal. Guests raved about this hotel, most giving it a perfect score in guest reviews. They loved the ambiance, warm service from the staff, gourmet-quality breakfasts, beautiful rooms, and views of Old Montreal from their terrace. Most called the location perfect.
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Book from ~$340 CAD
Historic luxury hotel in downtown Montreal above train station with indoor pool & restaurant 
Pros
  • Wi-Fi is free to club members and enrollment is free
  • Guests loved the location, above the train station, Underground City and close to great restaurants and the Bell Centre
  • The rooms were clean with comfortable beds
  • Many guests really liked the staff and found them attentive and professional
  • Guests often enjoyed dining and room service on site
Cons
  • Valet parking is $30 plus tax per night
  • Some guests reported dated decor and small rooms
  • Some complained of extra charges
This fine historic hotel is located in the very heart of Montreal and provides indoor access to the train station, Metro, and Montreal’s Underground City with its many restaurants and shops. Guests can also walk to Old Montreal from here in 20 minutes and access some great restaurants in the neighbourhood. Recent guests loved the dining on site and found the staff attentive. Although this grand dame is due for a face lift and will be closed from June 2016 to June 2017, she will once again welcome you back to a reinvigorated reception with much of her original beauty restored.
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Book from ~$263 CAD
Highly praised downtown Montreal hotel near Bell Centre with popular restaurant and lounge
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot beverage bar in lobby
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms, according to numerous reviews
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
  • Location was perfect, close to restaurants, shops of St Catherine Street and Bell Centre
  • Staff were highly rated, attentive and friendly
Cons
  • Valet parking is $35 plus tax for overnight
  • Some guests found dining on site pricey
  • Construction noise across the street a recent issue
Lowes is a very highly rated hotel that offers a very spacious and comfortable room, elegantly furnished with a gorgeous marble bathroom in which every guest can take a soak in their own jetted tub while watching TV or a movie. Guests quip that the rooms are so cozy, no one wants to go out!

Once coaxed out of the hotel, guests love the location for being so close to St. Catherine Street, the upscale shopping of La Maison Oglivy and Holts, plus the area's many restaurants. It’s near the Bell Centre too and guests love to walk to Mont Royal from here. La Société Bistro is on site impressing guests with its fabulous food. A wonderful place to relax, the classy Lux Lounge offers comfy seating and unique drinks, some made with herbs.

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Book from ~$496 CAD
Highly praised downtown Montreal hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and high-tech amenities
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, newspapers
  • Guests found the rooms very comfortable and beautiful with high-tech amenities
  • Location was perfect, close to restaurants, shopping, museum and Metro
  • Many enjoyed delicious food on site
  • Staff provided first-class service
  • Wi-Fi was excellent according to guests
  • Many said expensive but worth it
  • Guests raved over the rooftop pool with summer terrace
Cons
  • Valet parking is $36 plus tax for overnight
  • Occasionally guests complained of noise transfer from within the hotel
Although this luxury hotel is expensive, many reviewers believe it’s worth saving up for, and being ranked #1 over more than 160 hotels in Montreal also speaks volumes for this well loved property and the people who make it come alive. Its rooms are newly renovated and feature an interesting combination of style, comfort, luxury and high-tech amenities, where everything is available to the guest almost at his thought. The dining is chef-inspired modern French cuisine featuring artisanal Quebecois products and local produce. There’s Afternoon Tea in the fabulous Palm Court and guests can dine in the garden and terrace in the summer. For guests who like to swim, there’s the rooftop pool with fireside lounge. It offers views of the city and guests can relax poolside with a drink or snack. The service is refined and highly polished without losing the common touch. And last but not least is the location, considered perfect by many in the heart of the historic Golden Square Mile, with designer boutiques, fine restaurants, galleries, museums and authentic cafes all within easy reach.

Tips For Staying In Montreal

Choosing A Hotel in Montreal

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Montreal: the main business district and home to Saint Catherine Street, the most active commercial and retail area in Canada.  Centre Bell,  a sport and concert venue and La Ronde an amusement park are both located in downtown Montreal. Concordia University and the University of Montreal are also located downtown.


The Montreal Convention Centre, also known as Palais des Congrès de Montréal is on Antoine St West 2 minutes from city hall.


Old Montreal: Montreal's most historic area, founded over 360 years ago

Plateau Mont Royal: one of Montreal's trendiest neighbourhoods, you'll find an excellent array of fashion boutiques and lounges

Quartier Latin: artistic murals can be seen throughout this area of numerous dining and shopping options along Saint Denis Street

Chinatown Montreal: the place to be when looking for authentic Chinese cuisine in Montreal

Quartier des Spectacles: the hub for cultural events and festivals like the  Montreal Jass Festival

Dorval: home of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport

East - Place Versailles Montreal: shopping mall with over 225 stores to browse

Saint Laurent: known as the college town, home to Vanier College and Cegep de Saint-Laurent

Anjou: shopping malls and an industrial park, not the prettiest place but serves a purpose

Hochelaga-Maisoneuve: home to the Montreal Olympic Stadium


If you don't have the time or are too cheap to fly to Europe, visiting Montreal is a great European substitute on a budget. Montreal has a unique European character about it that sets it apart from other major Canadian cities (and what the French might call a certain, "Je ne sais quoi"). Of course, if that French was Greek to you, don't worry you can get by with English nearly anywhere you go in Montreal.

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Where to Stay in Montreal


One of the most popular areas to stay is Old Montreal, the city's romantic 360+ year historic centre and port area. Attractions in Old Montreal include charming old buildings, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, and beautiful public spaces. But as typical as this place may seem for some returning visitors, it's definitely worth a stay here if you've never been. If after Old Montreal you're still craving more 'Old World' historic charm and your DeLorean's time-traveling flux capacitor is on the fritz, your next best bet before hopping over the pond is Quebec City - but save that for another trip.


Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles district is a 1 square kilometre culture and entertainment hub, at the core of Montreal's downtown. It encompasses streets like De Maisonneuve, Saint Catherine, and Saint Laurent. There's a lot to see and do in this district in the way of art, music, dining, and clubs. If you're looking for something very central, you won't go wrong finding a hotel in the Quartier des Spectacles district. Fully contained within the Quartier des Spectacles, and centered along lower Saint-Denis Street is Quartier Latin (the Latin Quarter). This artistic area is known for a couple of prominent educational institutions, namely the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and CEGEP de Vieux Montreal, as well as its boutique shops, street cafes, and theatres.


Montreal's Chinatown is also located quite centrally in the downtown district and is a good spot to get a fairly cheap meal and experience a culture within a culture. Although, if you are familiar with Chinatown in Vancouver or Toronto, be prepared to be extremely underwhelmed as Chinatown Montreal is tiny. Still, there are some very decent hotels in Chinatown.


Like a lot of urban areas, Montreal's airport is a fair distance from the downtown core, located 20km from downtown Montreal in a suburb called Dorval. If you're flying in and out of the Montreal area and looking for accommodations close to the airport, you'll want to check out our page of hotels near Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL).


Got some spare time while in the Montreal area?


 If you have time to venture out of the city, I would highly recommend taking the 2-hour drive to Mont Tremblant, an area famous for some of the best skiing outside of British Columbia, and in the summer, its golf and scenic trails. With scenic, winding roads as you get closer to Mont Tremblant, the drive itself is worth the trip.

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