If you want to be at the heart of the action while visiting Montreal, especially during the festival-filled summer months, a hotel in the downtown area is your best bet for ease of getting around at all hours. Here are some of the best hotel options in Downtown Montreal.
Taking up the top two floors of Place Bonaventure, a 17-story commercial and business complex in the heart of Downtown Montreal, Hotel Bonaventure features a large rooftop terrace with landscaped gardens and a heated outdoor pool. There’s also a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. It’s located a four-minute walk from the Place Ville-Marie shopping complex, which in turn connects up with Montreal’s Underground City.
The Mariott is located downtown, which means that it’s close to Old Montreal, Griffintown, and all of the shopping, attractions, and event locations featured across these districts. The rooms are comfortable and classic, and the hotel offers an in-house restaurant, shops, a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. The hotel also provides direct access into the Montreal metro system—you can conveniently take an elevator right down into Bonaventure station, making the whole city right at your doorstep.
Formerly known as the Opus Hotel, Montreal’s Hotel 10 is situated at the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent, making it close to the popular entertainment district as well as Old Montreal. The building is made up of two distinct sections: the historical Edifice Godin and a modern concrete addition, which offers both classic- and modern-designed rooms. This uniquely designed hotel is also pet-friendly.
Hotel Gault is a historic building from 1871 that has been restored and converted into a hotel. This five-story space is a combination of minimalist design and historic features. Located on a quiet street in Old Montreal, a stone’s throw from the downtown core, you’ll find modern showers, heated bathroom floors, and balconies for some rooms—in addition to the regular comforts. Hotel Gault is within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, significant sights, the Metro, and the Old Port.
The W Montreal is a stylish and trendy hotel conveniently located a short walk from the Underground City, the main shopping and entertainment complex in the downtown area. There is an on-site bar and restaurant, a fitness center, a spa, and an art gallery. The rooms have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (for a fee), and luxurious rainfall showers. If you opt for a suite-style stay, these include furnished balconies that offer sweeping city views and/or living spaces with sofa beds.
The Ritz-Carlton is the city’s best offering for a luxurious stay in downtown Montreal. Opened in 1912, this was the first hotel in North America to carry the “Ritz-Carlton” name, and it continues to be the only AAA Five Diamond Hotel in Quebec. In addition to the lavish rooms, guests can relax at the Spa St. James or in the rooftop pool that overlooks the city. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court, or visit the on-site Maison Boulud restaurant.
Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth is a grand hotel that combines classic and modern décor through its rooms, bistro, and stylish cocktail lounge. Other amenities include an indoor pool, an exercise room, a business center, and 30 meeting rooms. Conveniently located above the Gare Centrale train station, it’s easy to walk or bike through the downtown core. This hotel also features a John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite, where the song “Give Peace a Chance” was both composed and recorded.
The Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Downtown is a modern hotel that provides free Wi-Fi, desks, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additional features include a business center equipped with workstations and printers, along with four meeting rooms, and an indoor rooftop pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, and an exercise room. There is on-site paid parking. In terms of location, the hotel is an easy four-minute walk from the Montreal Convention Centre and a seven-minute walk from Place-d’Armes metro station.
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Hotel Le Cantlie lies just a block or so from the Peel metro station and the McGill University campus, and a seven-minute walk from the Eaton Centre. The 255 rooms are characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of the city and Mount Royal, and they also offer wet bars with microwaves and coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (with a surcharge). If you opt for an upgraded room, you’ll find pull-out sofas, living and dining areas, and/or kitchens. Other amenities include an exercise room, a business center that has three computer stations with internet access and printer, and a restaurant called Le Mezz, which serves a buffet or à la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a seasonal outdoor rooftop pool.