Editor's "Best Value" Picks Aug 16, 2014 | Musetta R.
Why these hotels? Montreal has a lot of small inns which provide affordable accommodation, and some offer rooms with a shared bathroom which seems to work well in Montreal. My picks offer good value with respect to price, comfort, amenities and location. According to online reviewers, these hotels provide high customer satisfaction through good customer service.
These two hotels are located side by side in separate buildings, but share a common lobby and reception. The renovated buildings go back to 1876 and carry some of the history of Montreal. They provide a quaint atmosphere with cozy warmth featuring high ceilings, bare brick walls, maple wood floors and continental doors.
Self-styled as a budget boutique hotel in a recently renovated historical building, the Hotel Quartier des Spectacles is located in the heart of Montreal's entertainment district, the perfect place for taking in the city's festivals and accessing over 30 entertainment venues and museums. Guests gave this hotel good scores and highlighted the location, nice and helpful staff and cozy and comfortable rooms of this hotel.
The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Place des Arts, a major performing arts centre for Montreal, and an 8-minute walk from the Montreal Convention Centre. Old Montreal is also accessible in a 12-minute walk. There are many restaurants and shops nearby with the Bouillon Bilk standing out as a new favourite in the area, only a 3-minute walk from the hotel. Public transit is available by bus in 2 minutes from the hotel and the nearest Metro station (St. Laurent) is 3 minutes away on foot.
Rooms at the hotel are air conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi along with all the standard room amenities, plus guests can choose rooms with kitchens and sofabeds. The hotel offers breakfast for $7, and parking is not available at the hotel, but can be found in parking lots nearby. Guests should be aware that there is no elevator at this hotel and no accessibility. There is also a spa on site that offers esthetic services and therapeutic massage.
Joined by the same lobby and reception, but in a separate building next to the Hotel Quartier des Spectacles, is the rustic and popular Hotel L'Abri du Voyageur. Guests enjoyed its proximity to the metro and many attractions, its friendly staff, the very clean rooms and washrooms, good Wi-Fi, lovely hardwood floors and very relaxed atmosphere.
Rooms are nicely decorated and provide all the usual amenities. In this hotel there's the added option of obtaining a budget room with a shared bathroom. Rooms with private bathrooms are called Superior Rooms. Studios have private bathrooms with added kitchenettes. Freebies provided to guests of the hotel include Wi-Fi and breakfast (with certain rates). Unfortunately their is no elevator in this building or accessible rooms.
Parking is available in public lots in the area and according to a guest reviewer cost $20 per day, about a block and a half away. Salon Esthetique Hop Ho is located in the building and offers esthetic services and therapeutic massage.
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.
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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