The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Le Sous-Bois
Jovial Old Montreal hostel with private rooms and dormitory facilities for up to 96 guests. Rock-bottom rates; free wireless Internet, coffee, tea, bedding, and breakfast. Tip: Nearby bar affiliated with hostel has giant outdoor terrace, impromptu jam sessions. 431 Rue St.-Vincent; tel. +1 514 879 1394.

Forty-year-old Montreal youth hostel, longtime member of Hostelling International; cheap, clean, and functional; three- to ten-bed dorms, as well as private, shared, and family rooms; located downtown near Bell Centre (large-scale rock concerts and hockey). 1030 Rue Mackay; tel. +1 514 843 3317 or 866 843 3317.


Pierre et Dominique Bed & Breakfast
Set in a historic, renovated Victorian home on one of Montreal’s most beautiful city squares, Carré Saint-Louis. Three comfortable rooms, bountiful organic breakfast, and reasonable rates in a central location near bustling Rue St.-Denis. 271 Rue du Square Ste.-Louis; tel. +1 514 286 0307.

Anne Ma Soeur Anne
Seventeen studio apartments in a Joseph Venne-designed 19th-century stone building; fully equipped kitchenettes, some with private rooftop patios; prime location in Plateau-Mont-Royal. 4119 Rue Ste.-Denis; tel. +1 514 281 3187.

Hotel Gault
“Old facade contrasts with super-modern industrial vibe.”—Shirine Saad, lifestyle editor, VOIR Montreal. Thirty loft-style rooms, impeccable service in an upscale Old Montreal hotel. 449 Rue Ste.-Helene; tel. +1 514 904 1616 or 866 904 1616.

L’Auberge de la Fontaine
A peaceful three-story auberge (hotel) near Parc Lafontaine, a city park with picnics and concerts in summer and ice-skating in winter. The 21 rooms range from smaller but still comfortable spaces to larger rooms with park views and work spaces. 1301 Rue Rachel E.; tel. +1 514 597 0166 or 800 597 0597.

Hostellerie Pierre du Calvet
“Set in one of Montreal’s oldest homes, from 1725; perfect for history buffs and couples on romantic getaways.”—Olivier Gougeon, editor, Ulysses Travel Guides. Small, homey hotel nestled in the city’s oldest neighborhood; attractive courtyard and sitting room; nine rooms, each with a fireplace. 405 Rue Bonsecours; tel. +1 514 282 1725 or 866 544 1725.


Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites
“On-site spa offers fragrant Middle Eastern steam bath in Montreal’s first hammam.”—Poppy Wilkinson, editor-in-chief, OnAir Magazine. Polished Old Montreal boutique hotel in prime location next to the Notre-Dame Basilica; rooftop lounge open in summer with great views and giant, fruity mojitos; 83 rooms and 52 suites. 55 Rue Saint-Jacques O.; tel. 888 450 1887.

Hyatt Regency Montreal
Slick, cosmopolitan chain hotel in modernist concrete building, located in the thick of festival district; action-packed in high season, as rates soar and vacancy drops; 605 rooms. 1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance; tel. +1 514 982 1234.

Opus Montreal Hotel
“Party hotel for a very hip crowd; with a slick, über-design-oriented downstairs bar for a young-professional, global-traveling crowd, impeccable, attentive but unobtrusive service.”—Shirine Saad. Newly renovated, repurposed art nouveau building poised on thriving Boulevard Ste.-Laurent; 136 rooms. 10 Rue Sherbrooke O.; tel. +1 514 843 6000 or tel. 866 744 6346.

Casa Bianca
“French Renaissance Revival meets white modernism, freestanding claw-foot bathtubs; beds decked out with organic cotton sheets.”—Poppy Wilkinson. Architectural landmark turned boutique bed-and-breakfast just off the main drag of Boulevard Ste.-Laurent; eco-chic taken to a new level with environmentally conscious cleaning products, organic breakfasts at communal wooden table; three rooms and two suites. 4351 Avenue de l’Esplanade; tel. +1 514 312 3837 or 866 775 4431.

Hotel Nelligan
“Most romantic of all the Old Port boutique hotels; poetic and authentic.”—Shirine Saad. Two penthouses, 49 suites, and 44 rooms with brick walls; several elegant common areas including bistro, restaurant, lounge, and rooftop bar with views of the river and harbor. 106 Rue Ste.-Paul O. tel. +1 514 788 2040 or 877 788 2040.


Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Grande dame of Montreal old-style hotels, part of historic chain of cross-Canada railway resorts; John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their “bed-in for peace” here in 1969; 1,039 rooms. 900 Boulevard Rene-Levesque O.; tel. +1 514 861 3511 or 800 257 7544.

Le Ritz-Carlton Montreal
Landmark hotel on storied Golden Square Mile; prime ministers, movie stars, and royalty stay in suites, regular rooms emanate slightly faded old-style elegance. Lustrous banquet facilities, elegant tea garden, and famous Sunday brunches; 183 rooms and 48 suites. 1228 Rue Sherbrooke O.; tel. +1 514 842 4212 or 800 363 0366.

Sofitel Montreal
Near business district and upscale shopping stroll; part of luxurious European hotel chain; sophisticated, ultramodern design and understated service oriented toward globetrotting clientele; 258 rooms including 17 suites. 1155 Rue Sherbrooke O.; tel. +1 514 285 9000.


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