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Vibrant, diverse Montreal has the distinction of being the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec. One of the oldest cities in Canada, the rich history of Montreal is closely linked to the foundations of the entire nation, and today it's this heritage and old-world charm that draws people to the area. Well, that and the dynamic and unique vibe the city has.

The Montreal metropolitan area straddles the mighty St Lawrence River, but the city itself is entirely situated atop the Island of Montreal. Montreal is divided into 19 boroughs and 15 independent municipalities, but the heart of the city surrounds the most central of the boroughs, Ville Marie, which is located near the old port and is dotted with diverse hotels catering to all types of travellers.

AREAS OF MONTREAL

Ville Marie
Ville Marie is the oldest area in this historic city and has the most neighbourhoods of all Montreal's boroughs. It's not surprising, then, that Ville Marie is the location of Old Montreal, a charming cobble-stoned area filled with stunning, century-old architectural masterpieces like the Notre-Dame Basilica. Travellers looking for a taste of history will enjoy staying in one of the grand historic hotels in the area, some of which date back to the early 1800s but still have all the modern comforts. However, a few newer boutique hotels have a place in this area too for those who prefer contemporary style.


Ville Marie is also home to Montreal's downtown core, where modern buildings tower over the landmarks of the city. Downtown is the hub of corporate and business activity in the city, but it's also the location for many of Montreal's hotels, including several lavish luxury hotels and many big-name chain hotels. Modern elegance rules the landscape here in both the hotels and restaurants that line the streets of downtown. Shopping malls are also rampant here so avid shoppers will enjoy staying in this area. The downtown region is home to perhaps Montreal's most famous hotel, the Queen Elizabeth. Built in 1958, it's certainly not the oldest hotel in Montreal, but it is definitely one of the grandest and has the distinction of being the location of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-in, where they recorded Give Peace a Chance and staged a peaceful protest in room 1742 during a stay in 1969. Other famous past guests at the luxurious hotspot include Queen Elizabeth II, Fidel Castro, John Travolta and the Dalai Lama.

One of Ville Marie's most vibrant districts is the Latin Quarter, which surrounds the Université du Québec à Montréal campus. This eclectic area enjoys a substantial student population, so trendy and unique eateries, pubs and shops line the street. Away from the hustle and bustle of the main downtown core but still centrally located in the heart of things, this area is also a popular place for tourist accommodations, with a number of both large chain-brand and small independent hotels. The Latin Quarter also has some wallet-friendly options for travellers on a budget who don't want to compromise on location.

Near the Latin Quarter is Montreal's gay village, often known solely as The Village. Situated a few blocks farther from downtown, the village is a more residential area and subsequently offers several independent budget hotels for travellers. However, pampered travellers need not worry—a few plush boutique hotels populate the area as well.

South of downtown is an area known as the Shaughnessy Village. As the location of the renowned Concordia University, this area is another student-friendly neighbourhood offering pubs and bars galore, as well as shops and landmarks. Several large hotel chains have properties in this area, but the youthful vibe to the area means it's also home to some smaller, less expensive hotels.

Farther north in Ville Marie, the area surrounding the Port Sainte-Helene and the Quai Laurier offers a mix of residential and commercial buildings. The area offers some budget-friendly accommodation choices, including budget hotels and guest houses, but the surroundings aren't as picturesque as some of the trendier regions of Montreal.

Le Plateau Mont Royal
A little outside of downtown Montreal is the borough of Le Plateau Mont Royal, located north of the sprawling Mont Royal Park. Originally a working-class neighbourhood that gave rise to notable names in Canadian art, the area has come up in rank but still retains its historic charm. It's known as one of the trendiest districts in Montreal and boasts a number of the city's favourite restaurants and bars. Here, brightly coloured buildings line leafy streets and give rise to quite a few small hotels.

South of the heart of Le Plateau is the McGill Ghetto, also known as Milton Park. Named after McGill University, which has its main campus here, this area offers a few brand-name hotels, as well as student accommodations available during the off season. When it comes to this neighbourhood, names can be deceiving—visitors shouldn't let the "ghetto" part of the name turn them away from this area as it's actually quite a safe and tidy region of Montreal.

At the northwest corner of Mont Royal Park is the distinctive area known as Mile End. This artistic neighbourhood enjoys a diverse multi-cultural population, making it a hub of activity and excitement with several boutiques, cafes and bars drawing both residents and visitors to what has become another of Montreal's characteristically hip areas. A few accommodation choices are available here, including a scattering of small hotels.

Other Areas
South of downtown, the borough of Sud-Ouest is home to Griffintown, a historic neighbourhood that got its start as a community for Irish immigrants. Victorian-style buildings dominate the landscape here and give rise to unique boutique hotels offering a prime location near both the river and downtown.

Farther south and west of Ville Marie are the primarily residential areas of Westmount and Outremont. Small independent hotels are scattered sporadically throughout both of these areas, which make an ideal settling location for a tourist who wants to stay off the beaten path and enjoy the kind of Montreal experience that the locals know.

Across the river from Ville Marie is an area known as Longueuil. Technically, Longueuil is a city separate from Montreal, but it still provides easy access to the central core of the city. Several large hotel chains have taken advantage of this ideal location by setting up properties here that offer plush accommodations for a lower price tag than is available in the heart of the city.
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