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Book during Shoulder Seasons for Cheapest Prices
As with most destinations, the summer season (June to August) is when Montreal sees its biggest influx of tourists. Hotel prices skyrocket and rooms are difficult to find. To still enjoy a bit of Montreal’s great weather but skip the tourist rush, consider booking your trip in the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). Accommodations will be more readily available and are cheapest during these shoulder seasons. To be safe, book a few weeks in advance so you’re sure to get the hotel you want at the cheapest price available. The Casa Bella Hotel is very close to the city's center and can be booked for $45 per night. If your budget is a bit higher, the Days Inn – Montreal Downtown can be booked for as low as $99 per night.
Another option is to visit during the winter (December to February). While temperatures will rival those in the Arctic, there is still plenty to see and do. Because of the popularity of winter sports in Montreal, hotel rooms tend to fill up quickly, so it’s best to book early to not only get the best rates but to also secure the place you want. Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is around $115 per night, while Hotel Ambrose is around $65 per night.
Most of the cheap hotels in Montreal are found around the edges of downtown. The Latin Quarter has some great deals on hotels and is just minutes from downtown, Chinatown, and Old Montreal. Public transit in the city makes it a breeze to get around, so staying in the Latin Quarter is not only cheap but also convenient. Plus, there’s the added bonus of the amazing nightlife. Montreal Central is only $45 per night and Comfort Hotel and Suites will run you around $85 per night.
Neighboring the Latin Quarter and getting you even closer to downtown, Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal’s entertainment district, offers some great budget stays as well: Courtyard by Marriott is around $130 per night and Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre-Ville is around $100 per night. If being close to the center of the action is important to you and you can extend your budget a bit more, Quartier des Spectacles is a great neighborhood to stay in.
One of the best things about Montreal is that there is so much to do and see that is friendly to your wallet. In fact, there are a great many things to do that won’t even cost you a penny.
Jean-Talon Market is a free farmer’s market in Montreal’s Little Italy and has been open since 1933. The market is open year-round and features up to 300 local vendors where you can sample and buy everything from coffee and tea to cheese and meat to flowers and honey. In the winter, it even has a Christmas tree and wreath market set up outside.
Old Montreal or Vieux-Montreal is where this city started. Take a stroll around the neighborhood to be transported back in time. Old Montreal hasn’t changed much over the years, and it’s home to sidewalk cafes, bars and clubs, numerous shops, and some of the oldest and most notable sites of the city: Basilique Notre-Dame and Town Hall. In the summer, enjoy watching street performers, and in December, take in all the Christmas lights and watch the weekly fireworks display over the water. Choose to stay in Old Montreal to spend more time exploring this historic area. LHotel Montreal can be booked for around $110 per night and Auberge de la Place Royale is around $130 per night.
If you are a museum buff, head to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which is always free except for the occasional special exhibition or concert.
No matter where you choose to stay, getting around Montreal is easy.
If you stay downtown or in Old Town, getting around by foot is the preferred way. Many of the neighborhoods are easily walkable and in the more temperate months, walking can be an enjoyable way to take it all in. However, in the winter, beware that it snows quite a bit and sidewalks may be icy, making walking treacherous.
Biking is also a great way to get around the city. Montreal’s public bike share, Bixi, is rated one of the best in the world. For $7 a day, you can use the bikes as much as you’d like. And, with over 400 stations and over 5,000 bikes, you won’t ever be stranded. You can even download the app to find the closest station and number of bikes available.
Montreal’s public transportation system is also a great way to get around. The buses and metro are clean, efficient, and on time. Tickets are $3 per trip, which can add up quickly, so if you’re staying for a longer period of time, it’s advisable to get a pass. Passes can be purchased for 24-hour periods ($10) or three-day periods ($18). In the wintertime, public transportation is the best way to get around the city, and most hotels are just a short walk away from the metro and bus stops.
If you’re traveling to Montreal on a strict budget or with the hopes of making some new friends, hostels are a great alternative to hotels. While there isn’t a huge selection to choose from, the 25 hostels in Montreal are clean, well appointed, and staffed by friendly and helpful people. Most of Montreal’s hostels are located outside of the city center but are still close enough to make them a viable alternative.
M Montreal, located between Old Montreal and the Latin Quarter, is a great option where private rooms begin at $37 per night and 4- to 16-bed dorms begin around $19 per night.
La Maison du Patriote was nominated as one of the world’s best small hostels in 2013 and is located in Old Montreal. Private rooms start around $24 per night and 5- to 22-bed dorms begin around $15 per night.
When you prefer the comforts of home as you’re traveling to a new city, Airbnb is a great option if you want to live like a local. Montreal has more than 1,000 places available on Airbnb — everything from shared rooms, to single rooms, to entire houses.
Shared rooms can be anything from pullout sofas to bunk beds. Shared rooms rival costs of some of the hostels in Montreal. You can book a shared room starting around $10 per night.
When you book a private room, you’ll have your own room in someone else’s home. You may share a bathroom or have your own depending upon the listing, so be sure to look for that if it’s something you are concerned about. You will also share common areas such as the kitchen and living spaces. Good private rooms start around $25 per night and are a great alternative to staying in a B&B or hotel, giving you potential savings.
If you want your own private space while traveling to Montreal and want the ability to cook your own meals, renting an entire place is a great idea. Not only do you get your own room but you also have your own living space, bathroom, and kitchen. Apartments downtown start around $60 per night and can go up to the several hundred. Prices are competitive with hotels in Montreal and can offer more amenities, so it’s a great alternative.
With inexpensive accommodation choices and things to see and do throughout the city of Montreal, this is one destination that should be on everyone’s list. If you plan accordingly and book early, you can ensure your costs are as low as possible without sacrificing the location or amenities you desire in a place. Determine the season you’d like to visit, the area where you’d like to stay, and the type of accommodation that suits your needs, and hone in on a place that fits your budget in Montreal.
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