Where To Stay In Montreal: A Neighbourhood and Accommodation Guide

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Wondering Where to Stay in Montreal? We Are Here To Help You! 

If you are wondering where to stay in Montreal, then you’re not alone. The French-Canadian city is full of art, culture, food and more. From the downtown area to the Plateau and Old Montreal, there are loads of great places to stay in the city. Whether it’s summer or winter, the options don’t change much – although you may want to use the metro more in the wintertime!

We love Montreal. Over the years, Eric has frequently visited friends who live in the city. Together, we took the Megabus from Toronto to Montreal when we still lived in Canada – so Lisa got to experience the city for a weekend, as well! We’re going to write up a whole post on that soon. It’s one of the only places to find a “taste of Europe” in Canada – no wonder it’s so popular to visit!

If it’s your first time in Montreal, you’ll want to stay close to where all the action is. Luckily, you can stay central and on a budget or go for luxury. Montreal (compared to staying in Toronto) is an affordable city for couples, families, and even backpackers passing through! So, let’s check out some of the best areas to stay in Montreal. We’ll walk you through the main ones and provide examples of places to stay in each.

Also, whether you’re planning just a Montreal trip or planning a larger Canada trip, check out some of our other posts:

Where To Stay in Montreal – Accommodations Types

Like most big cities, Montreal has lots of accommodation options to suit basically all styles. If you want a hotel, you can find great ones. If you want a hostel, there are quite a few. If you want your own space for a family to cook your own meals, apartments are available. If you’re a couple looking for a cute inn or bed and breakfast, Montreal has plenty of those! Below are these accommodation options with a little more detail.

Hotels in Montreal

As the largest city in Quebec (but NOT the capital – and be sure to get that right!), there are loads of hotels in Montreal to fit everyone’s budget and travel style. While a majority of the hotels are in the downtown area, there are a few smaller ones scattered around the various neighbourhoods that we’ll discuss below.

There are loads of traditional hotels in the city centre (downtown) and more historic ones in Old Montreal as well as scattered through the area. In fact, the smaller and more charming ones are generally found in Old Montreal. If that’s what you want, see our suggestions below in the “Old Montreal” section. In the meantime, check here for great hotels in Montreal.

Hostels in Montreal

If you are on a budget or backpacking through, Montreal has a few hostels to choose from. Unlike Toronto, there are more than a handful in Montreal and (generally) they are better rated overall. Montreal is just more of a backpacker city so the hostel culture grew with it.

Eric stayed at Le Gîte du Plateau Mont-Royal hostel for a night once when he was visiting the city. The location is awesome, the staff were super friendly, the room was great, and the other travellers were like a small community. You check here for great hostels in Montreal if you are looking for that kind of accommodation.

Apartments and Airbnbs in Montreal

Another accommodation option that you might consider is an apartment. There are apartments for rent all across the city – and they can be privately rented out or they might be listed as an Airbnb. We stayed in an Airbnb and really liked it. It was a shared apartment with the host in a nice location right on Sherbrooke Street.

In any case, if you are staying for a few days and want your own space to cook and relax, you can check here for apartments in Montreal.

Bed and Breakfasts in Montreal

A nice touch about Montreal is that you can actually find classic bed and breakfasts to stay a night or two. Bed and breakfasts have their unique feel that can make for a more “homey” experience while on the road. That said, most of the Bed and breakfasts are in old houses in quieter, more residential neighbourhoods like The Village. You can check here for bed and breakfasts in Montreal!

Where To Stay in Montreal – Areas to Avoid

Montreal is generally a safe and pleasant city. But with any major metropolitan centre, you will need to take usual precautions for walking about as a tourist. It’s true that the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area was more unsafe but that’s not the case anymore as the area is changing and developing with shops, cafes, etc. The area near Berri/UQAM Metro isn’t awesome.. but it’s also not dangerous. That’s about it – Montreal is very safe for “big city” standards.

Where To Stay in Montreal – Featured Areas & Accommodations

In the section below, we’ll cover each of the Montreal areas/neighbourhoods to stay in. We give you a brief description of the neighbourhood, what you can see and do there, and then provide top accommodation choices.

The General Rule of Thumb: Hotels closer to Downtown are more expensive BUT you can still find deals close to the city centre. This is not always the case. In Montreal you actually have options if you are more on a budget and still want a central location.

We also wanted to include Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in case anyone was looking for an airport hotel. It’s also useful to show trip planners that the airport is kind of close but not really that close to Downtown Montreal.

It’s on the same island – about 30/40 minutes driving. To get to downtown Montreal, you can take the  747 bus line, call an Uber, hop in your rental a car, or take a cab (which can be expensive).

Downtown Montreal (Central, Lively, Busy)

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A shot of Downtown from the famous Mont Royal Lookout Point.

Ah yes, Downtown Montreal! The reason we have a specific “Downtown” section is that there are just so many hotels concentrated in the centre of Montreal. The area is central, lively, busy. There is never a dull moment here! This is where the buildings are the tallest and it’s also a place where business/commerce happens.

In Downtown, you’re within walking distance to many things in the core and public transportation is well connected. You’ll find featured attractions and areas like: McGill University Campus, The Bell Centre, Central Station, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, access to Mont Royal (the actual mountain), shops, and many places to go out. You can check here for great accommodations in Downtown Montreal.

Below are three of the top hotels in Downtown Montreal. Since we mention other districts in the downtown core, these hotels are very much in the heart of the centre of what many would consider downtown. We’ve arranged the hotels by budget, so have a look and see if one works for you!

Ambrose Hôtel & Café – Check Now

  • Style: Chic and Victorian Manor/Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Up near McGill Campus, walkable downtown to everything (restaurants, bars, etc.)
  • Featured Amenities: very good breakfast, unique location, friendly staff, parking nearby

Hotel Bonaventure Montréal – Check Now

  • Style: Elegant and Upscale Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Basically on top of Central (Train/Metro) Station – very downtown!
  • Featured Amenities: Heated outdoor pool, outdoor green space, onsite bar and restaurant

W Montréal – Check Now

  • Style: Trendy and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: On the edge of Downtown and Old Montreal, close to Central Station (Metro)
  • Featured Amenities: several lounges, pet-friendly, gym

Old Montreal (Historic, Charming, Beautiful)

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Old Montreal is always worth a wander – in all seasons!

If you want a more historic and European feel, then you should stay right in Old Montreal. Also called the Old Port, the area is right by the water and comprises the original settlement area along the St. Lawrence River. The buildings and streets are rich with French-Canadian history – much of it pre-dating the existence of Canada!

The area is full of cafes and restaurants and a few attractions like the VERY beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. It’s worth going inside – that’s for sure. You can check here for accommodations in Old Montreal.

Below are two of the top hotels in the area of Old Montreal. Since the area itself is quite small – and very close to the heart of downtown – the only real difference is the style.

Hôtel Nelligan – Check Now

  • Style: Charming and Elegant Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of Old Montreal, behind the Basilica close to the water
  • Featured Amenities: On-site restaurants and drinks, rooftop terrace, super friendly staff.

Hotel Place d’Armes – Check Now

  • Style: Historic and Beautiful Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right across from the Basilica and close to the metro station and downtown
  • Featured Amenities: Seasonal terrace, stunning interior, great restaurant

Plateau/Mont Royal (Trendy, Nightlife, Food)

Located to the north end of the city centre, the Plateau/Mont Royal area for us includes the area around Laurier Station and Mile End. This whole area is north of Mont Royal (the mountain), surrounds Mont Royal Metro Station, and is young, lively, and good for shops, restaurants, going for drinks, etc. There are even a few attractions here like Schwartz’s Famous Deli, access to Mont Royal, and more.

You can check here for accommodations in the Plateau/Mont Royal. Below are two of the top choices for the Plateau/Mont Royal area. Traditionally this is a large area but we wanted to keep the choices close to where the restaurants and shops are.

Hôtel Anne ma sœur Anne – Check Now

  • Style: Simple and Clean Hotel
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Right on St.Denis (good for shops, restaurants), close to Mont Royal Metro Station
  • Featured Amenities: Kitchenettes in all rooms, some with terrace, simple fresh breakfast served

Auberge de La Fontaine  – Check Now

  • Style: Charming and Modern Inn
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: North of Mont Royal Metro Station, overlooking Parc La Fontaine
  • Featured Amenities: great buffet breakfast, views of the Park, friendly hosts

Quartier des Spectacles (Artsy, Cultural, Central)

The Quartier des Spectacles is a sub-section of the downtown core BUT we wanted to include it as its own area. This is because there’s a distinct vibe and set of attractions here focused around the arts.

The area is just northwest of downtown and also very close to Old Montreal if you were walking. It has a few attractions like the Latin Quarter, Place des Arts, MAC Museum, La Maison Symphonique, Théâtre Maisonneuve, and more! You can check here for hotels in Quartier des Spectacles. Below are two of the top accommodations in the area.

Hotel Auberge Montréal Espace Confort  – Check Now

  • Style: Simple and Friendly Hotel/Inn
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Within the Quartier, on St. Denis Street close to the metro (Sherbrooke Station)
  • Featured Amenities: Kitchenettes, simple daily breakfast, air conditioning

Hotel10 – Check Now

  • Style: Contemporary and Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: On Sherbrooke, very close to Downtown – we walked past it a few times on the way.
  • Featured Amenities: onsite restaurant, bar, pet-friendly, car service

The Village/Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (Quiet, Tranquil, Residential)

If the distance to downtown isn’t totally important to you, you could stay in The Village or Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. These areas north of downtown somewhat along the water are still pretty central but you are certainly not right in the heart of downtown. Here you find more bed and breakfast and smaller apartments to stay in as opposed to larger hotels.

That said, you’ll have top attractions like The Olympic Stadium/Park and access to La Ronde (Amusement Park) on St. Helen’s Island close by. You can check here for accommodations in the Village if you want to stay in a more lively but residential area. Alternatively, you can check here for accommodations in Hochelaga. Here are two specific places to check out. You would still have access to the metro to get downtown and beyond, if needed.

 Auberge Le Pomerol – Check Now

  • Style: Simple and Modern
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: In the Village, right on the border of Quartier des Spectacles – close to downtown and Old Montreal
  • Featured Amenities: Buffet breakfast delivered to your door each morning, pleasant staff

Auberge Manoir Ville Marie – Check Now

  • Style: Historic and Charming Hotel/Inn
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Right on the river, close to Metro to get to Downtown/Old Montreal
  • Featured Amenities: Outdoor patio, close to the river, shared kitchen, air conditioning

Montreal International Airport

As always, we wanted to be thorough when talking about places to stay in a city – in this case, Montreal. This includes the airport (which is technically in Dorval). It’s about 30/40 minute driving – without traffic. So, if you have an early flight you may want to stay right at the airport to assure you the convenience and no-stress. Below is a top hotel – it is literally IN the airport!

Marriott Montreal Airport In-Terminal – Check Now

  • Style:  Convenient and Comfortable Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right in the terminal building
  • Featured Amenities: Restaurant, pool, bar

And there you have it – a rundown of where to stay in Montreal! We think that these are the best areas to stay – but there are certainly a few more than you could check out. We’re confident that you’ll find a place that you love and fits your style and budget. Let us know how your trip to Montreal (and Canada) goes – we’d love to hear it!

As always, Happy Montreal Waddlin’,

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