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best area of montreal

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best area of montreal

Advice please on the best area of Montreal to stay in - also suggested hotels would be appreciated. The holiday is in August next year - and we plan to stay 3 nights before leaving for Quebec City.


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1. Re: best area of montreal

Hmm... that's a pretty general question, since "best" is so relative, both for neighbourhoods and for hotels -- if give us more to go on, such as if you like new or old and how much you want to spend and if you want to be close to shopping or residential neighbourhoods or nightlifeand so...

So instead of specifics, here is an overview to help you narrow your search -- and take a look at the hotels tab to find reviews left by people who stayed in them, rather than most of us here who tend to live in this city and have our own houses to stay in.

Most hotels are around downtown or in Old Montréal, which are next to each other, and it takes only about 45 minutes to walk (or a few minutes' métro ride) from one end of downtown to the other, so it's hardly huge and there are interesting things to be found all over, so basically there isn't a "best" neighbourhood -- they're different, not "better". The hotels downtown tend to be big high rises, with the ones at the edges (say, past Guy to the west or in the Latin Quarter to the east) tending to be more budget. Downtown hotels tend to be closer to a métro stop and to shopping (which is centred along Sainte-Catherine street from oh, Crescent to Bleury, with the underground malls between Peel and Union), and have have the advantage of feeling like you're in a big city with traffic and restaurants and nightlife (which can be found around Crescent street, on Saint-Laurent above Sherbrooke, and on Saint-Denis in the Latin quarter).

Hotels in Old Montréal have a very different feel -- you're in the older section of the city, so it's more European-feeling, and the hotels tend to be smaller boutique things, some luxurious, others less so. You have the advantage of being away from much traffic (well, depending on the hotel) and close to beautiful streets to wander about and of course the river, plus lots of touristy things.

The hotels in the Latin Quarter tend to be more budget, and the neighbourhood is quite, ah, interesting -- a mix of students and bohemian and nightlife, but also lots of down-and-outs, which can be confusing for tourists, since it looks like the bad part of town (which indeed, it is) except tgat it's perfectly safe and used by lots of ordinary people and indeed a tourist desitnation. Just another example of how easy-going Montréal is about lots of things :)

The remaining hotels tend to be further away such as out at the airport, so not really that convenient. So: take a peek around, and give us more info and we can help point you in the right direction :)

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2. Re: best area of montreal

Hello Neep!

Montreal areas and where to stay has been already covered a lot through this forum. Also, the following short article gives a description of all the neighbourhoods:


In short, the answer is : The Plateau area, the downtown area, the Old Montreal area.

All details regarding these areas are found on other posts on this forum or the article above. Enjoy!

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