Heading to the Montreal Jazz Festival or one of the city's other major festivals like Just for Laughs or Montréal en Lumière for a slice of R&R? You might want to consider booking a hotel in the heart of the action, or at least nearby, in a convenient, central location.
These recommended hotels aren't just a ten-minute walk or less from Montreal's outdoor festival hub, they're among the best in the city, vouched by thousands of travelers, covering budget to high-end.
Not just for travelers attending the Montreal Jazz Festival, these accommodations are basically downtown Montreal hotels, great choices for visitors looking for a central location as well as for folks attending Just for Laughs, Montréal en Lumière or any other major event in the city, like say those held during the Christmas holidays, or St. Patrick's Day.
Whatever the occasion, you'll be in the thick of the action.
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Located in the heart of Montreal's performance arts district, the Hyatt Regency is Montreal's best situated hotel for catching the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as other major city fests like Just for Laughs, Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche.
Housed above shopping mall Complexe Desjardins and across the street from Place des Arts and the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum, the Hyatt overlooks Place des Festivals, the outdoor hub of nearly every major festival in Montreal. You don't even have to leave the hotel to feel that festive joie de vivre that practically defines the city.
The Hyatt's 6th floor belvedere patio is not only one of Montreal's finest terraces, it offers a fantastic view of summer and winter festival crowds gathering below to catch free concerts and performances. So if you want to catch that must-see gig but would rather avoid the masses, you're set. But if you want in on all the action, you're just an elevator ride and a quick stroll... away. And don't be surprised if you recognize a few celebs while you're there. Festival talent is often housed at the Hyatt.
Just one mini complaint we've noticed from folks over the years. The rooms could use an update. Otherwise, it's a go. Nice pool, too.
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Not to be confused with the Best Western Plus further west on Peel Street, the Best Western Plus on Ste. Catherine Street East, a new addition to downtown Montreal's competitive hotel scene as of November 2016, is a five-minute walk from Montreal's outdoor festival hub.
With budget rooms that won't break the bank (they might even be a steal if you're exchanging Euros or American dollars for Canadian), this Best Western Plus is also a five-minute walk from Montreal's Chinatown to the south and the Gay Village and Latin Quarter toward the east. Lots of cheap eats are in the area too. Rooms come with access to a gym, free breakfast, and a comfortable noon check-out time.
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Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites is a traveler's favorite, with good reason. Not only is it about a five-minute walk from the Jazz Festival outdoor hub, it's a hop and a skip from reasonably priced maple products, Montreal's downtown shopping mall mecca, and by extension, the underground city and the Montreal's Metro system. It's also a walkable distance from Montreal's Chinatown and even Old Montreal.
The best part? Le Square Phillips also includes affordable full kitchen suites so you can save big bucks on eating out by cooking in. And consider a swim in the hotel's top floor pool. The view is not too shabby either. A gym is on the top floor and a laundromat is available on site. It's a great choice for families, small groups willing to share the same room, and couples looking for elegant yet reasonably priced accommodations.
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Very affordable rooms can be booked at Hôtel St. Denis, with any luck at around $100 per night for a single bed. We're talking very basic accommodations (small rooms with standard mini fridges and coffee makers) in a modestly-sized heritage hotel dating back to 1929.
It's in a pretty decent location too. Just a block and a half away from the closest Metro station, the Latin Quarter and an extra couple of blocks east leads you on the edge of the Gay Village. A five- to ten-minute walk west on Ste. Catherine you'll find Montreal's festival central and the downtown core. Go southwest instead and hit Montreal's Chinatown followed by Old Montreal also in a matter of just a few minutes.
A quick note on the homeless situation in the area. Yes, it's visibly noticeable around Berri-UQAM Metro at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Berri. It's unfortunate and sad that we haven't yet found lasting solutions to properly aid people living in precarious life situations.... Now keep this mind if you're concerned about your safety. Relative to other major metropolitan areas, Montreal is quite safe and peaceful.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Low prices and a choice location are part of Hôtel Quartier des Spectacles' package, as is the red light district feel of the corner on which it lays, at the confluence of Ste. Catherine Street and Boulevard St. Laurent, at the very eastern edge of the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor perimeter (same story for Just for Laughs and Montréal en Lumière).
The vibe is kind of sketchy, and it's in a noisy area, though it's not dangerous. The hotel is above a sex shop. And there are no elevators. Perhaps this isn't the best choice for a young family of four, or a retired couple with limited mobility. But the price and location are tough to beat. You can also score studios with kitchenettes and a washer and dryer in the bathroom.
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Try Renaissance Montreal for an upscale, styled, business class boutique hotel experience either ten minutes by foot or one subway station away from Montreal's outdoor festival hub. It is located in the heart of Montreal's downtown shopping district, footsteps from the underground city, two Metro lines, the central train station, and near the Redpath Museum, McCord Museum, and Mary Queen of the World.
To say Renaissance is centrally located is an understatement. Gorgeous rooftop terrace and dipping pool too.
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One block south of the eastern edge of the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor perimeter and across the street from Chinatown is Hôtel Zero 1, a modern three-star hotel with kitchenettes and affordable rates depending on the package and time of year.
Just a quick note on the neighborhood. Walking up the block of St. Laurent that meets with Ste. Catherine has pockets of sketch. Nothing especially alarming, though. The area's historically red light district nature has softened over the years.
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Hilton Garden Inn is a traveler's favorite at the four-star hotel level. And it's comfortably close to the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor perimeter and all the attractions that entails, at most two blocks away downhill by foot. It's also a roughly 15- to 20- minute walk uphill to the edge of Mount Royal Park and the Tam Tams.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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A Marriott hotel property with all the amenities you can expect from the international chain, Courtyard Montreal Downtown is but one block south from the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor hub, a quick uphill walk to the heart of the action.
It's also three blocks away from Chinatown and a reasonably short walk from Montreal's largest convention centre as well as a ten- to 15-minute walk to Old Montreal attractions like the Notre-Dame Basilica and delightful foodie destinations like Kyo.
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On a tight budget and frustrated that other budget hotels are all booked and on the hunt for a hotel that is still somewhat central offering halfway decent lodgings? Try Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal. Standard rooms can be found for under $140 CDN, amenities include a fitness room and pool, and though reviews are mixed, they're often positive. It's right on the edge of the Latin Quarter and the Gay Village as well as connected to the underground city and Montreal's only metro station connected to every subway line in the city, Berri-UQAM.
Some people find the stretch of Ste. Catherine Street from the hotel to the festivities to be on the sketchy side. Some parts most definitely feel that way, but central Los Angeles, Montreal is not. This is a safe city.
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But a block away from Berri-UQAM Metro station, the only subway station in Montreal that connects to all four Metro lines, you might not be smack in the middle of downtown Montreal, but you've still got a good location with which to start your sojourn. Hôtel Les Suites Labelle's prices are very budget, depending on the time of year, under $110 CDN for a no-frills suite with kitchenette and free breakfast.
A 15-minute walk from the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor hub or two Metro stations away, you're at the edge of the Latin Quarter, the Montreal Gay Village and also a 15-minute walk to Chinatown. As with all of our Montreal Jazz Festival hotel recommendations, you can reasonably get around by foot to most of Montreal's central attractions.
Just make sure to check room size. Some suites are tiny.
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Great location vis à vis the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor hub, with an at most five-minute walk to the heart of the action, Delta Hotels by Marriott is also but paces from House of Jazz, one of Montreal's best jazz clubs and downtown Montreal's shopping centres. You can count on all the amenities typical of a four-star hotel.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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A little further away from Jazz Fest fun but still within reach is Hôtel Bonaventure located southwest of the outdoor festival hub. Visitors are especially fond of its gorgeous outdoor heated pool open year-round.
Hôtel Bonaventure is across the street from the train station, it's connected to the underground city and Montreal's Metro system and well-situated for exploring by foot everything from downtown Montreal's myriad shopping options to the city's largest convention centre as well as Chinatown and the Old Port.
It's also a quick walk from Montreal's highest restaurant at Au Sommet PVM. As for the Jazz Fest's outdoor perimeter, it's 15 minutes away, tops.
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Want access to the same great location as Delta Hotels by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn but without the price tag? Try L'Appartement Hôtel's suites with kitchenette. Price and central location aside, what's especially convenient is how close L'Appartement Hôtel is to a grocery store given its proximity to the McGill University student population.
Studios and suites come with free breakfast and access to an exercise room, a rooftop pool and sundeck.