Montreal offers a host of chain hotels, especially in the downtown area. Budget travelers should not overlook these options, because there are circumstances when they can be affordable. The convenience and amenities offered can save money and time.
The city is a collection of colorful neighborhoods, each with its own style. These are great places to find small boutique hotels and B&B's that offer affordable rooms. The more popular properties can be booked solid during the summer months, so book these rooms well in advance of your stay.
Three-star (mid-range) hotels here average about $100 USD/night, with upscale chain hotels in prime locations frequently in the $200-$250 USD range.
Let's begin with a look at the least expensive options.
Budget Hotels and Hostels
Montreal is a great city for younger travelers, and they visit in droves. They enjoy the art scene, the summer music festivals, and the friendly atmosphere so evident in many Montreal neighborhoods. There are at least two low-cost lodging options to consider when visiting the city.
The HI-Montreal Hostel on Mackay St., is relatively close to McGill University and the Museum of Fine Arts. They offer a free breakfast and rates starting as low as $20 CAD/night for those willing to sleep in a dorm-style room with eight beds. As the name implies, this is part of the Hostelling International network, and discounts apply for travelers who can present membership cards at check-in.
Auberge YMCA offers 32 private accommodations for single, double, or triple occupancy. Prices range from about $55-$100 CAD, with children under age 8 free of charge. Prices vary with occupancy and season -- expect to pay more in the summer months.
Little Italy was a favored destination during the days of Prohibition. Hard liquor was not available legally, but beer and wine flowed without restriction. People from throughout North America visited, as did some less than savory elements. The Little Italy of today is far less provocative, but it features some excellent B&B and small hotel options for travelers on a budget. It's a great place to search for affordable rooms.
The same is true of any number of neighborhoods in Montreal. You'll be close to lots of small, well-established corner stores and restaurants. It's a great way to live like a native during your stay.
B&B Le Cartier, in the downtown east neighborhood, offers basic rooms starting at $65-$90 CAD/night, depending upon the season. Lots of dining and shopping options surround it, and Papineau Metro station is across the street.
Sweet Deal Package
Tourisme Montreal offers a Sweet Deal Package that provides hotel discounts and other incentives with participating hotels. It might not be a perfect option for budget travelers on a shoestring spending plan, but there is money to be saved for those who want top value. In the summer months, the hotel deals begin at $90 USD/night, with options for 50 percent off a third night. Participants also receive deals on area attraction admissions and local products. It's worth investigating as you shop for hotel rooms in Montreal.
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is located in the heart of Montreal, a short walk from the Old Town and among the business corridors that make this one of Canada's leading cities. As you might expect, it is a place catering mainly to business travel, and prices at this five-star property tend to be high. It is not for someone on a tight budget, but it does offer value for someone seeking to splurge and yet not waste money.
Fall deals start at under $170 CAD/night, which is a good price for a luxury downtown hotel in a major city. Other offers include second- or third-nights at 50 percent discounts. The hotel offers the full selection of services on would expect at a four-star hotel, including a concierge, health club, and indoor pool. There are even babysitting services available for families.