The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Montreal, Canada

Colorful Montreal Botanical Garden with its iconic Chinese garden
Colorful Montreal Botanical Garden with its iconic Chinese garden | © Tommy Larey / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Hurley

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Montreal is a city best seen as a local. While there are plenty of museums and historic buildings to take in, the real charm of this French Canadian center is in its diverse neighborhoods, energetic restaurants and cool shopping – the best of which lies beyond the downtown core. So rather than book into a big faceless hotel, try one of our best vacation rentals. You can start your days with a lazy DIY breakfast, prepared how and when you like, before heading off to stay out as late as you want. The city is yours in these home-away-from-homes, bookable through Culture Trip.

1. Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown, for easy sightseeing

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Chic modern apartment at Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown
Courtesy of Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Midtown / Expedia

If you love the comforts – and reliable standards – of a big-brand hotel, but want more freedom, you’ll find Homewood Suites by Hilton a great compromise. They’re spread across the USA, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Canada – and this outpost is in Montreal’s dynamic western district The Triangle. So you’re within prime striking distance of some of the most interesting neighborhoods and must-see sights. After a buffet breakfast spend your morning exploring vast, historic Saint Joseph’s Oratory and Mount Royal, both just a taxi ride away. Return for a dip in the pool and, if you can’t be bothered to cook in your apartment, dinner in the restaurant.

2. Lazy living at Lofts de Vieux-Port

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Ambient room with mood lighting at Lofts de Vieux-Port, Montreal
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The photogenic Old Port is one of Montreal’s essential sightseeing corners, with its cobbled streets, sculpted old bank buildings and photogenic churches. Staying at Lofts de Vieux-Port puts you right in the thick of the action. What with the piers and their museums and ferry rides, as well as the pretty streets – all upmarket restaurants and bars – it’s easy to fill your days. But do schedule in some downtime. After all, the lofts, which sleep two to four people in spaces featuring exposed stone, steel greys and warm woods, provide pretty stylish surroundings for full-on unashamed lounging.

3. Loft Hotel Montreal, for mixing business and leisure

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Trendy, minimal room at the Loft Hotel Montreal, with city views
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If you’ve come to Montreal for even a smidgeon of business mixed with pleasure, you probably want to stay downtown. In which case, Loft Hotel supplies that central location, but with distinctly funky, non-corporate décor: wood-paneled ceilings, accent walls painted in red, and sink-in L-shaped sofas. Every one of the cool urban spaces, sleeping two to four people, is unique, but all come with modern kitchens so you can brew morning coffees or prepare your own meals between meetings and outings. Don’t fancy cooking? Step out – there are dozens of places to eat right on your doorstep.

4. Spendthrift’s paradise at Pierce Boutique Apartments

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Hip, funky apartment with sitting room at Pierce Boutique Apartments Montreal
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Calling all shoppers: Montreal’s flagship luxury department store, Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, is just down the road from Pierce Boutique Apartments. But the location, which is also within walking distance of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University, is not the only draw for stylish travelers. This set of one-bedroom apartments is a perfectly Instagrammable crash pad for couples or solos: think faux-fur throw cushions, shades of warm grey and pops of tropical foliage wallpaper to make you feel you’ve bought your own hip base in Montreal.

5. The Park Lofts, for family stays

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Industrial chic apartment at The Park Lofts, Montreal
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Montreal’s beloved green space, Mount Royal, is only a hop away from the Park Lofts – making this one-bedroom apartment a particularly appealing choice in summer when you can hop over for a picnic or wander out for a stroll on the lawns. The small private terrace, spilling out from the open-plan lounge and kitchen, is another win too, as is the free cot bed, making this property ideal for young families. You can certainly cook up a wonder-feast here, but – our tip – reserve at least one brunch for a smoked salmon and bagel feast at nearby Beauty’s.

6. Special-occasion space at Château Olivier

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Unique design bathroom at Château Olivier, Montreal
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This place feels miles from the bustle of downtown Montreal, and indeed it is: perched right on the banks of the Prairies River, next to leafy Beausejour Park. Château Olivier is just the Montreal pad you’re looking for when planning an unforgettable family get-together – with eight bedrooms (seven en suite) as well as a heated private pool and a pool table, it’s tailor-made for reunions and birthday bashes. The regal old-world interiors – we’re talking marble flooring, chandeliers and antiques – and the imposing stone-fronted exterior all bring a dash of sophistication to your special occasion.

7. Le Se7t, for a trendy city base

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A light, airy sitting room at Le Se7t, Monreal
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Everything about Le Se7t is cool. There are the sleek interiors, enlivened by houseplants and minimalist pendant lights; the yoga studio, where you’ll sweat out big-city indulgences in a downward dog; and the location, straddling Little Burgundy and Griffintown, the former industrial district that’s now Montreal’s trendy stomping ground. Choose from one-, two- or three-bedroom units, all with access to the landscaped garden, outdoor pool and socializing spaces. Tummy rumbling? Book into Joe Beef, one of Montreal’s best restaurants, a 10-minute walk away.

8. Victorian elegance at Hôtel Manoir Sherbrooke

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Victorian-style room at the Hôtel Manoir Sherbrooke
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Lined with grand museums, chic boutiques and one of Canada’s most prestigious universities, McGill, Sherbrooke Street is one of Montreal’s essential main arteries. Hôtel Manoir Sherbrooke, as you might have guessed from the name, is positioned right on it – and at a rather prime point too, only a few steps from the many restaurants of St Laurent Boulevard. The grand Victorian stone frontage delivers a throwback charm, while traditionally-styled rooms – some with kitchenettes – enhance the vibe. There’s a continental buffet included in the rate, so you can take a break from self-catering in the mornings.

Fancy a cultured and stylish stay in Montreal? Check out the best boutique hotels in Montreal and book with Culture Trip.

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