The Best Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in Montreal, Canada

Book a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal for an upscale family vacation
Book a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal for an upscale family vacation | Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Montreali / Expedia
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10 December 2021
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Once known as the city of romance, Montreal is becoming one of the most family-friendly destinations in Canada. There’s the kid-friendly Montreal Science Centre, year-round ice skating at Atrium Le 1000, rollerblading along the St Lawrence River, as well as stargazing at Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Another perk for families, the transit system here is now free for children under 11. Here are the best Montreal hotels for families, all bookable via Culture Trip.

Novotel Montreal Centre, for sporting space to spread out

A member of the waiting staff lays a table at a bright dining room in Novotel Montreal Centre
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Novotel Montreal checks all the boxes if you’re seeking a family hotel in Montreal. Children, from little tikes to teens, can let off steam in the sports room that’s open 24 hours daily, or watch a hockey game or concert at the nearby Bell Centre. The modern decor of the superior rooms, suitable for a family of four, will please grown-ups, with their soothing shades of sage, soft gray and tree-patterned feature walls. So will the Restaurant L’O, which offers a children’s menu and booster seats along with wine by the glass in a sophisticated setting. An in-room entertainment system includes children’s TV programming.

Chateau Versailles, for perfect period charm

Stairs lead up to the covered entrance of Chateau Versailles
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Made from three townhouses knocked into one boutique hotel, Chateau Versailles is filled with original features from ornate in-room fireplaces to moldings and friezes – you can even see photographs of former residents. Tradition continues with the complimentary afternoon tea – if there’s space after the buttery croissants and sugary pastries served for breakfast. Modern-day vacationing families can book the babysitting service and a complimentary children’s playpen. The deluxe two queen room is ideal for a family of four, with custom wood furnishings adding a homey touch and a bath and shower for easier bedtimes.

Le Saint-Sulpice, for modern style and a historic location

The entrance of Le Saint Sulpice hotel opens onto a cobblestone street in Old Montreal
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If the charming location in cobblestoned Old Montreal doesn’t win you over, the soothing suites with balconies or terraces (sometimes both), electric fireplaces, and lively pops of color will. If you can get time out, sign up for a yoga class or pound the treadmill. Dining should be a cinch as the restaurant Oskar serves kid-friendly brunch options, including the popular chicken and waffle. For kids’ entertainment, there’s the daily technologically enhanced Aura Light Show right next door at the historic Notre-Dame Basilica.

The Ritz-Carlton, for old-school glamor

A trendy, modern restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal with a glass-covered fire by one of the tables
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Foodie families will love that French fine-dining restaurant Maison Boulud is part of this hotel in one of Montreal’s historic buildings. Grown-ups favor the spa with waterfalls, fireplaces and an indoor saltwater pool while kids typically head to the indoor rooftop pool. Light-filled suites feature wooden floors, fireplaces and separate living areas – the signature queen sleeps four with two bathroom sinks, so toothbrushing with two kids becomes easier. You’re 2mi (3km) from the Vieux Port de Montréal, which stretches for more than a mile along the St Lawrence River – the perfect pre-dinner family walk.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, for cosmopolitan comfort

A modern living space at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth with a view over the green dome of the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
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This 950-room grande dame houses a lot of family-friendly elements. Kids can participate in a treasure hunt, watch movie screenings on weekends, or sign up for a pizza workshop – plus there’s always pool time. The children’s menu includes mac and cheese, grilled mini burgers and chicken nuggets. The family-suitable Saint Henri Suite is a large two-bedroom option with two bathrooms, a dining-room and kitchenette – the Aegean blue walls, Pop art and a mid-century modern vibe should please everyone. The hotel is connected to the underground city, with more than 20mi (32km) of underground pedestrian walkways, shops and attractions.

Le Square Phillips, for digital Montreal memories

The well-lit street entrance of Le Square Phillips, which has sliding glass doors
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A six-minute walk from the shops at Eaton Centre and the art exhibits at Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Le Square Phillips makes your family vacation in Montreal easier with high chairs and bookable babysitting services. There are three types of suites at this downtown hotel: one- and two-bedroom, as well as family, which includes a kitchen. Suites feature a multi-media station that allows you to view your vacation photos, videos and add music to your digital vacation-in-Montreal albums. In your downtime, workout in the indoor pool or gym, or head to the rooftop terrace for scenic views.

Four Seasons Montreal, for chic city stays

A sleek guestroom at the Four Seasons Montreal with a four-poster bed and city views
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Consider the deluxe one-bedroom suite at the Four Seasons, sleeping four with two children tucked up in the sofa bed in the living area, a free-standing oval tub, in addition to another half bathroom. Other family-friendly amenities include in-suite movie nights, popcorn glamping in your suite, and babysitting. Peek at the city below through feature floor-to-ceiling windows. You’re a five-minute walk from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the concierge will also arrange city tours in a classic convertible – that’s one for the family album.

Hotel Le Crystal, for contemporary urban charm

An indoor swimming pool at Hotel Le Crystal with city views
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Hotel Le Crystal is both a family-friendly stay and one of the boutique hotels in Montreal, offering suites and apartments in the Golden Square Mile. Everyone will love the indoor saltwater pool that’s monitored by a lifeguard with life vests and water toys available. Sleek suites with kitchen/dining areas mean space to spread out and play or rest. Family-friendly offers include in-room movie rentals with chips, popcorn and gummies.

For more accommodation options, check into one of the best hotels in Montreal – bookable on Culture Trip. Alternatively, live life like you’re Quebecois by seeing where to stay in Montreal for a local experience. Still haven’t found your ideal hotel in Canada yet? Book one of the country’s best budget hotels now, via Culture Trip.

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