Sleep Easy in Montreal: The City's Best Hotels for Business or Pleasure

These carefully chosen hotels represent a cross section of what a variety of visitors to Montreal are looking for. Whether you're just popping into town for a business meeting and need to fly out early the next morning or are here on a romantic interlude or traveling with the family, we've got you covered. To that end, all of these hotel picks represent good value and unique features to make your trip to Montreal extra special.

Perhaps you want to be near the action and department store shopping of downtown or wandering the cobblestone streets of old Montreal in search of that perfect gift or exploring trendy neighborhood boutiques and restaurants further afield. If you're traveling on vacation, you'll want to be near major attractions. The majority of the hotels listed here are within easy walking or commuting distance of all Montreal's top spots.

Montreal’s hotels, like the city itself are a blend of New World charm and European sophistication. There are a wide variety of hotels to choose from to suit your individual taste and budget. You'll be suitably impressed with the warm welcome and great service offered by these properties chosen by 10Best for their ambience as well as their location.


The Westin Resort and Spa Mont Tremblant is an upscale hotel in the Laurentian Mountains located within a 10-minute walk from Le Géant golf course and three minutes from the ski lifts. The contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi. Separate living rooms appear in the one and two bedroom suites. Top amenities include the popular outdoor saltwater pool, a fitness centre, spa and business centre and meeting rooms. The excellent on-site restaurant, Gypsy, specializes in paellas, tapas and other shareable specialties. Good vegetarian options can be found here too. Gypsy is open for every meal and offers evening bar service. A modern restaurant serves Spanish-influenced Mediterranean cuisine.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This upscale hotel is a three-minute walk to the ski lifts and 10 minutes to Le Géant, a top golf course in the area.

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It's the extra little touches like the aroma of lotus flowers in the lobby and umbrellas, Nespresso coffee makers with free capsules and l'occitane bath products in the 108 suites that make a stay at Le Saint-Sulpice special. Many of the well-stocked suites including a tiny kitchen, with a minimum of 550 square feet per unit have a balcony or fireplace and both a tub and shower.There's even a murphy bed option in the one-bedroom suites. The hotel offers efficient valet parking and a very helpful and knowledgeable Concierge. Breakfast is a la carte and the lounge opens up to lush gardens which are beautifully lit at night.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Le Saint-Sulpice is a well serviced romantic spot within walking distance of Old Montreal attractions.

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What's not to like about free internet and nightly gifts of chocolate and bottled water all provided by a wonderful and caring staff? Staying at Le Place d'Armes is akin to staying at an upscale European apartment with a comfortable, relaxed feel. Located near the Notre-Dame Basilica, the three, 19th century Victorian buildings - former commercial ventures that comprise the hotel provide lofty rooms with high ceilings, stone or brick walls, granite and marble baths, fireplaces and hardwood floors. Popular on-site amenities include a Hammam steam bath as part of the spa, a rooftop terrace popular with the locals offering great views of Old Montreal and the excellent food at the brasserie 701. While mostly quiet, request a room off the main street if you are a light sleeper.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The hotel is an historical and architectural find with great views of Old Montreal.

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This fun boutique hotel in Old Montreal offers themed rooms detailing Montreal's glory days of the 1960s and'70s. No detail is overlooked from the room key that doubles as a souvenir plastic luggage tag complete with a photo from the era tucked inside a cover resembling a cassette tape with the name of a popular album/tune from the groovy days to record players and plenty of vinyl to spin. Opt for the "Bed-In" experience and enjoy delicious French meals delivered to your door. An in-room magazine/book featuring a spread on each of the 33 rooms is available for purchase and corresponding art and history films detailing all aspects of Montreal life from the period are accessed via the large flat-screen TV. The walls are adorned with more photos featuring events from Montreal's heyday starting with Expo '67 (room 304) and other notable art, history and famous visitors of the times.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A perfect location, excellent service and a great time to be had without leaving your highly entertaining room.

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It's hard to believe there are 105 rooms and suites in the warm and friendly Hotel Nelligan sitting in the middle of Old Montreal. Exposed brick and beams, beautiful large windows - some with river views or overlooking the cobble-stone streets and electric or gas fireplaces and free internet are commonplace in the rooms. Top quality linens, a good working desk done in dark stained wood and comfortable beds complete the perfect picture.The on-site Terrasse restaurant provides great lunch deals with decent wines and four excellent views over the neighbourhood and surrounding areas. Since the hotel honors the well-know Quebecois poet, Emile Nelligan; excerpts from his poems can be found all over the hotel that resides in a refurbished building on the edge of the river dating from 1850.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Hotel Nelligan offers a truly romantic getaway in the heart of Old Montreal.

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The W Montreal gets top marks for its ultra chic decor, outstanding service, proximity to a metro station and a 24-hour party vibe. Guests are guaranteed admittance to the popular Wunderbar and Plateau Lounge with a flash of their room cards.The hotel overlooks Victoria Square on the edge of Old Montreal. Bright and airy, sparkling clean guest rooms in hues of blue and grey feature over-sized windows,LED-lit side tables, a high tech entertainment system, 27-inch flat-screen TVs, large, see through glass showers with rain shower heads, bathrobes, cotton sheets, goose down comforters and pillows and signature Bliss bath amenities. If possible, get a room above the third floor especially on weekends for a quieter sleep away from the bar music.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The W is a popular, upscale chic hotel conveniently located at a metro station on the edge of Old Montreal.

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The hotel comprises 154 ultra-comfortable rooms decorated with works of art by local artist Pascale Girardin. All 18 floors are bathed in natural light, set in a building made of aluminum panels and bricks recycled from old buildings in the neighborhood. Room amenity highlights include free wireless internet access, flat-screen televisions, work areas with ergonomic chairs, Keurig coffee machines, 100% Egyptian cotton bedding, goose down duvets and spa-style baths with glass showers. Versatile rooms feature a shower-bath combination. Green initiatives for the Alt Griffintown include huge thermal windows with low emission rates, water heated by geothermal energy, central switches in the rooms to allow lights to be turned off remotely and recycling bins in all rooms and public areas.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure travellers and includes top amenities.

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The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal is conveniently located above the main Via Rail train station or Gare Central which is connected to the Underground City paths that pass several shopping complexes. The downtown west location is a 20-minute walk to Old Montreal or a quick bike ride on one of the new, complimentary BMX bicycles reserved for guest use. The indoor swimming pool is a welcome relief after a day exploring nearby sites such as Chinatown, Place des Arts and The Museum of Contemporary Art. This bustling hotel lobby is particularly busy in summer months but the staff are quick to respond to personal requests and the rooms are quiet and comfortable.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: It's an ultra convenient location directly above the central Via Rail station downtown and famous guests include John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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Step off Old Montreal's cobblestoned Saint-Francoise-Xavier Street straight into this little boutique hotel.The best rooms in this 30 - room establishment are in the back as these overlook the Sulpicien Gardens and Notre Dame Basilica. Large baths are a popular feature while the rooftop terrace provides excellent views over Old Montreal. The tiny hotel bar is a friendly place to share a drink with the loyal restaurant patrons who come for the excellent free full breakfasts and free internet. Originally a three-room restaurant, Auberge Bonaparte is still a primary dining destination in Old Montreal. In winter visit the largest room complete with fireplace. In spring and summer, head to the greenhouse room (La Serre) to dine among the plants.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Auberge Bonaparte is a great boutique bargain find in Old Montreal.

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The Opus Hotel Montreal opened in 2007 with an interior designed by New Yorker, Yabu Pushelberg. Highlights of a visit here include a 37" HDTV with computer in all rooms, complimentary bottled water, espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate and organic herbal teas available 24 hours and a fitness center with street views. Housed in an original avant-garde edifice from 1914, it was the first poured concrete building in North America. Evidence of this feature can be seen in the polished concrete of the bedroom ceilings that contributes to the quietness and assures a sound sleep. On the main floor, just off the stylish yet comfortable reception lounge, sits the ultra cool Koko restaurant and bar. A smaller restaurant downstairs provides a pleasant breakfast buffet by day and intimate lounge with dance floor by night.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This ultra chic boutique hotel is perfectly located within walking distance to important downtown attractions.

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