Destination guide

Downtown Montreal is Quebec’s beating heart

Downtown Montreal pulses with life, from the banker-packed floors of the Montreal Exchange to the shady walks of Chinatown, beset by plumes of soy-scented smoke and swinging red lanterns. This is the chic and cool place to be, where the Downtown Montreal vacation rentals soar on penthouse levels, or offer bespoke interiors. It's also where the hulking rises of Parc du Mont-Royal begin, offering panoramic lookouts and pretty green spaces above the whole Saint Lawrence basin. And it's the land of chichi cocktail bars, puck-smashing hockey arenas, rowdy Irish pubs, fine-dining joints et al.

Things to do

Between the skyscrapers of Downtown Montreal

Navigate the soaring Tour de la Bourse and 1000 de La Gauchetiere skyscrapers and you'll soon discover some of Quebec's top museums hiding in the blocks of Downtown Montreal. Start with the prestigious Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, flitting between Old Masters and iconic European portrait painters. Then, unravel some national history in the McCord Museum, or gawp at classy sculptures in the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Chinatown is also worth a stop off – if only for the taste-bud-tingling Peking duck – and the lookouts of Mont-Royal are a veritable must.

Activities

Get refined in Downtown Montreal

If there's anywhere in Quebec that oozes refined pursuits for the city slicker, this happening district is it. Downtown Montreal vacation rentals will place you on the doorstep of the metropolis's most acclaimed art museums, and give easy access to the top shopping in the city – think Gucci, Prada, and independent French design boutiques alike. Hop-on, Hop-off bus tours and the main historic walking tours also start here, while all the worthy sights of Parc du Mont-Royal are just a stroll to the north-west.

Weather

Downtown Montreal never hibernates

Downtown Montreal vacation rentals are a fine idea no matter what the time of year. Winter might be cold, but a network of underground tunnels makes it easy to navigate the district and hop between the art galleries even with the snow plumes of December, January, and February. Spring – in April and May – is when the bars and parklands start to come alive, but summer is the top season for walking tours and sightseeing, with the months between May and August offering long, dry days and pleasant temperatures.

Natural features

Downtown Montreal’s the kernel of the city

Downtown Montreal is the beating heart of the urban fabric, nestled right in the middle of Quebec's largest city. On the one side, the rises of Mont-Royal dominate the horizon – thanks largely to building regulations that mean those green spaces continue to tower above all else. And on the other side, the winding canal waters and channels of the St Lawrence River slosh and lap against the harbors. For any glimpse of the real Canadian outdoors, you'll need to drive east, to where the Mont-Saint-Bruno National Park unfolds in wooded valleys, stalked by white-tailed deer, and peppered with old Indian longhouses.

How to get there

How to get to and around Downtown Montreal

Fly into Montreal, QC (YHU-St. Hubert), the closest airport, located 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Montreal, QC (YUL-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Intl.), which is 8.9 mi (14.4 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, make your way to Montreal Lucien-L'Allier Station or Montreal Central Station to see more of the city. You can see more of Downtown Montreal by catching a ride on the metro at Peel Station, McGill Station or Lucien L'Allier Station.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,371 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 1,075 Condos/Apartments to 222 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Old Montreal: 544 vacation rentals
  • Plateau Mont-Royal: 1,053 vacation rentals
  • Griffintown: 1,443 vacation rentals
  • Verdun: 93 vacation rentals
  • Mile End: 280 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Place Ville-Marie: 2,127 vacation rentals
  • Cathedral-Basilica of Mary Queen of the World: 2,128 vacation rentals
  • Christ Church Cathedral: 2,127 vacation rentals
  • Dorchester Square: 2,127 vacation rentals
  • Phillips Square: 2,128 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,075 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 222 rentals available
  • Studios: 641 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 187 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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