Montreal is a wonderful city, filled with plenty of charm and excitement for a visiting traveler. From Old Montreal to the shopping district, it doesn’t disappoint. There are plenty of delicious food options and the locals are extremely friendly. Big shout out to L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel for the awesome experience of dining immersed in 300 years of history. If you are ever in Montreal I highly recommend dining here one evening. And if you are considering a visit to Montreal, but don’t want to blow the budget completely out of the water, continue reading for my top places to stay for the budget minded traveler.
We’ll start at the top and work our way down.
1. Le Westin Montreal Hotel, Downtown ~ from 200 CAD
Everyone has heard of The Westin and this hotel is clearly closer to the higher end of the price spectrum. It owns a great destination near shopping and Old Montreal, the perfect choice for anyone looking to enjoy their time in luxury. They even have an indoor pool with a glass bottom looking over the entry way to the hotel. While it is at the top of the budget spectrum, it’s tough to go wrong at The Westin. Visit the Le Westin Montreal Hotel website to book your stay.
2. Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel ~ from 199 CAD
When doing my research for Montreal I looked around and this was the hotel we decided on for the trip. As a Marriott Elite Member I look to stay at an affiliated hotel when possible, but I understand that isn’t always the best option. I was excited when I saw this brand new hotel had just been newly renovated and decided to book it. I really like the Renaissance brand as it has a vibe and decor made to appeal towards younger travelers.
Since we were there over the weekend it appeared that the hotel did not have too many business travelers, this allowed us to receive a complimentary upgrade due to my Elite Status with Marriott. The room had very modern decor and made for an excellent home base for our weekend. The lobby was also awesome, it had a projector screen with videos playing, a raised DJ Booth (music was not constantly playing and it was never too loud), and an awesome hip bar with trained mixologist. The staff was extremely friendly and I would highly recommend staying here.
The hotel also has a rooftop bar with huge hot tub, perfect for those cool Canadian evenings. Visit the Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel website directly for additional photos or to book your stay!
3. Hilton Garden Inn Montreal-Centre Ville ~ from 173 CAD
For what generally comes out as a little less than the first two options, someone can still stay in downtown Montreal but have slightly less amenities. If anyone frequents Hilton hotels and has Hilton Elite status this could be an excellent option. It is clearly on a lower level than the Westin or Renaissance but it offers free breakfast for anyone with status and is in close walking distance to Old Montreal. They also have a workout facility and rooftop indoor pool. This would be an excellent choice for anyone who plans on using the hotel more for sleeping and less than hanging during the day. Visit the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal-Centre Ville website to book your stay.
Another option for Hilton loyalty members would be the Embassy Suites Montreal.
4. Courtyard Montreal Downtown ~ from 133 CAD
The most budget friendly hotel option on this list would have to be this place. It is still located downtown, walking distance to all kinds of sites. I stopped by when I was there and it is actually one of the nicest Courtyards I have visited. The building is very tall and elegant with a nicely decorated lobby. It is even walking distance from Old Montreal and one block from Place des Arts Theater. The downside is there is no complimentary breakfast for anyone, even members with elite status and the amenities are less than the first two hotel options mentioned. However, this is a great choice when looking for a more budget friendly option yet also looking for the comfort and well-being of a recognizable hotel brand. Visit the Courtyard Montreal Downtown website directly to book your stay.
5. Airbnb in Montreal ~ average rate 96 CAD
Lastly, if you would rather live like a local during your stay in Montreal, then don’t be afraid to check the Airbnb scene! Montreal is jumping with options and a lot of them are cheaper than hotels, but be careful as some require cleaning fees and deposits that could end up making the cost more. But if done properly, staying in an Airbnb could be a very rewarding and budget friendly stay. If you are not on Airbnb yet, feel free to follow my link here to receive $40 off your next booking. A little could go a long way.
Above is a screen shot I took from the Airbnb website focused on downtown Montreal. As you can see there are many options to choose from and I had the filter set to whole house/apartment for this search.
Also of note
I feel obligated to mention this, even though it is well out of my budget. Montreal is also home to the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal ~ rates from 423 CAD. If anyone is going to Montreal and really trying to impress someone, this would be the place to stay. It is an absolutely magnificent property that can handle all of your needs, and then some. This was the hotel of choice for Winston Churchill and the Rolling Stones when they came to town and is AAA Five Diamond rated.
Picking any of these options for your next stay should result in a memorable time. I would have to recommend the Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel as my top choice, given the experience I had. The price points on the Courtyard and Airbnb are lower so depending on your travel needs and budget these could offer more. Hopefully this post has helped make your decision a little easier. If anyone has questions feel free to leave them below. Until next time!