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Montreal Winter Hotels: Weatherproofed Accommodations
Montreal Winter Hotels: Where to Stay When It's Cold Outside
Montreal come winter is full of charm and activity, be it via its myriad winter festivals, à propos sports and outdoor activities. But if you're frozen before you even get to your attraction du jour because you just spent 20 minutes walking on icy sidewalks to get there, well, that's not so charming.
Or maybe you're in town on business and don't want to deal with cold, preferring to get from Point A to Point B with as little chill as possible. I have a solution for both of you. I call it Montreal winter hotels. Incidentally, you could also call them Montreal weatherproofed hotels. Or Montreal underground city hotels.
Montreal Winter Hotels: Even for Summer, or Spring, or Fall
These top Montreal winter accommodation picks as listed below are interesting for anyone aversive to weather extremes regardless of season. So if you love Montreal's summer joie de vivre but are concerned your trip might land smack in... the middle of a hot and humid heat wave or are concerned a spring or fall time torrential rain might hit, then keep reading. This roundup is tailor-made for you.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Renaissance
One of Montreal's hottest downtown hotels, Renaissance Montreal Downtown has that stylized boutique feel and a brilliant central location just across the street from Place Ville-Marie. That's code for ''the Polar Vortex will touch you for 10 seconds or less as you run to the door.''
You're also a short walk from the Redpath Museum, the McCord Museum and close to two subway stations. Take McGill Metro for the green line if you want to check out Festival en Lumière, Nuit Blanche or a show at Place des Arts. Stay on the green line a bit longer and you'll make it to the Gay Village and the Latin Quarter or even longer, and you'll make it to the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Montreal... Biodome and the Montreal Planetarium as well as Village Mammouth, the Olympic Park's winter playpen.
Or hop on Bonaventure Metro on the orange line for convenient access to Chinatown or Old Montreal. Stay on a little longer and you'll make it to the heart of the Plateau.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Fairmount Queen Elizabeth
Currently closed for renovations until June 2017, keep your eyes peeled on iconic downtown Montreal hotel Fairmount Queen Elizabeth for Winter 2018 when it emerges from the scaffolding to reveal a brand new contemporary interior evoking the city's golden years.
Across the street from Mary Queen of the World, Montreal's answer to Rome's St. Peter's Basilica.
So apart from the obvious pluses, from being well located in the heart of downtown Montreal to its history as a guest favorite in the city (although those renovations came in the nick of time given criticism in recent years that rooms were dated), Queen Elizabeth made this list for one very simply reason: it's directly connected to Montreal's underground city and all of its shopping and entertainment conveniences.
In other words, you could theoretically spend your entire sojourn in Montreal without stepping outside. Especially if you... come by train considering the central train station is but 2 to 3 minutes via the underground city.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Le Square Phillips
Looking for a kitchenette with that choice location? Granted, you'll have to dash across Square Phillips and risk exposure to outrageously delicious maple products on its northwest corner or be faced with the city's best pizza on its east side to get to the closest Underground City entrance, but said run is swift. Think 60 seconds at a slow, meandering pace.
And if you can manage a short stroll east you'll also make it to Place des Festivals and Place des Arts, the heart of festival central in the city. Popular winter fests Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche have their hubs there.
Besides, guest raves speak for themselves. Le Square Phillips is one of the best hotels in Montreal, especially for families and small groups.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Le Sofitel Golden Mile
In addition to its glorious proximity to the underground --because taxis can be such a hassle in a snowstorm-- as well as a five-minute walk to the largest and most elegant museum in the city, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Le Sofitel even has the best rate in Montreal relative to its five star accommodations.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: L'Appartement Hôtel
Travelling on a budget but still want to be in a decent downtown location, with a basic suite with kitchenette, and maybe free breakfast coupled with a heated indoor pool complete with sundeck because why not? L'Appartement Hôtel might be the way to go.
If the weather is just too much, then make a beeline for the closest entrance to McGill Metro, which in the case of L'Appartement is less than five minutes away, one of the longer strolls listed on this Montreal winter hotels piece.
The reason L'Appartement Hôtel still made the list in spite of its slightly lengthier walk is simple. It has a kitchenette and it's close to a supermarket --hint: there are almost no supermarkets downtown and the small stores that do exist here and there outside of Asian markets jack up prices-- so you don't have to cough up extra cash for a cab ride or haul grocery bags on the subway, which cut into fun time and... your entertainment budget. Just walk about 3 minutes and boom. Food. Lots of it. On sale.
And if the weather is clement, you can walk to most central attractions and Place des Festivals where the bulk of Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche's outdoor activities take place. Note that Old Montreal is further out this high up in downtown Montreal. Walking there in cold weather might not be the best plan. Use the Metro instead.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Hyatt Regency
Attending Montréal en Lumière or doing Montreal's crazy all-nighter Nuit Blanche? Plant yourself in the thick of it with a room at the Hyatt. You might even be able to see Place des Festivals from your room window. You'll definitely spot all the hoopla from Hyatt's 6th floor belvedere patio, provided it's open.
Granted, the rooms need an update. But you can't beat the location for festival action. And if you want to hide from the elements, you're in luck. The Hyatt is directly linked to Montreal's underground city.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Intercontinental Montreal
Very convenient location and directly hooked up to Montreal's underground city and the central train station, if you're worried about getting caught in a blizzard and want the option of staying indoors, consider Intercontinental Montreal.
Hop on Square-Victoria Metro and get off at the next stop at Bonaventure to access downtown Montreal's underground shopping network or go one stop in the other direction to get to Chinatown. You could also just step outside and walk a couple of minutes southeast for a walking tour of Old Montreal.
That last part is a big deal, by the way. Old Montreal is crawling with fabulous accommodations but nearly every one of them is at least a 5-minute walk or further from the closest Metro station. And virtually none of them are near anything other than Old Montreal. That's not a problem in warmer months, but in the winter?
Take it from someone who used to work in Old... Montreal. I don't know what it is with snow removal services in that part of town or if the cobblestones are to blame, but the streets can get dangerously icy around steep descents and ascents on Côte de la Place d'Armes leading up to the Notre-Dame Basilica.
And the one caveat with Intercontinental? The rooms could use a refresh according to some, but otherwise, you can't lose.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Hôtel Bonaventure
Hôtel Bonaventure's carpets and rooms could use an update, but who cares when that outdoor pool of theirs is GOLD. And it's heated and open year-round. Swimming in a heated pool with that inevitably dreamy white mist rising above the surface as it always does in subzero temperatures... it's one of the best feelings in the world. Swimming surrounded by snow is so exotic and a way roomier experience than a hot tub. You can technically do laps if you want. The pool is big enough. It's like having access to a free Nordic spa with your stay, but better.
And the location is fabulous, with Hôtel Bonaventure directly connected to the Montreal's underground city and all the shopping, subway and entertainment benefits that entails as well as situated literally across the street from the central train station.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: The W
Sleek, styled and connected to Montreal's underground city, the W Montreal is right on the edge of Old Montreal's western side, offering a walkable experience of the old town, roughly ten minutes from the Old Port waterfront and attractions like archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière and the Notre-Dame Basilica. And remember to grab a drink at the W's Wunderbar. The cocktails are fabulous.
Is the weather abominable? No problem. Cross the street to Square-Victoria–OACI metro station and head to Bonaventure Metro one stop west, which brings you downtown. Walk toward and then through the central train station and Place Ville-Marie and voilà. You're in the thick of downtown Montreal's underground shopping network. You could theoretically leave your coat at home and stay indoors the whole day, even in a blizzard, though I wouldn't if I were you. Montreal weather is a funny beast and you never know when... you might want to venture out if skies clear up.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Palais des Congrès Accommodations
Any of these Montreal convention centre Palais des congrès hotel picks would fit the bill for avoiding the outdoors at all costs. Most are either directly connected to Montreal's underground city or are a quick block away to the closest entrance.
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Montreal Winter Hotels: Le Saint-James
Easily one of the top two most luxurious hotels in Montreal, Le Saint-James is one of those rare Old Montreal accommodation gems that links up to Montreal's underground city.
Impeccable service, fine dining and a stylish room at this boutique hotel is a guarantee. And try not to act surprised if you see a celeb in passing. They're always staying here.