(Closed) Where to Stay and What to do? – Montreal and Quebec City

posted 5 years ago in Montreal
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can’t comment on Quebec City but DH and I recently went to Montreal and we stayed at the “Le Centre Sheraton”. The hotel was awesome (we have high standards when it comes to accommodations) and crazy cheap. I think we paid like $99 p/night. If/When we visit in the future, we’ll definitely stay there again. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have only been to Montreal once, but I absolutely loved it!

I recommend staying here: http://www.montrealbedandbreakfast.ca/a/index.htm

It is the most darling bed & breakfast.  Super romantic, and the house is amazing!  There are secret doors and passageways and all sorts of cool stuff.  The food was great, too, and the staff was very friendly.  It is a little bit of a splurge (our room was $159/night; there are definitely cheaper hotels available), but FI & I treated ourselves and were glad we did.

The location was convenient, too (located in the Latin Quarter).  We didn’t have a car and walked everywhere (even though we were there in snowy December).

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I’ve lived in Montreal and Quebec city all my life, so feel free to ask me any questions! Could you tell me a little bit more about what you like (or expect) and perhaps your budget? I’m not sure what to write now lol

Quebec City: definitely stay close to the walls! Some of the popular hotels would be Loews le Concorde (I heard it was closing pretty soon though), Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Hilton, Delta. There are also tons of little hotels.

Montreal: Personally I prefer the downtown area close to McGill or Old Montreal and I would pick a hotel in these 2 areaa. I know lots of people like the Quartier Latin but it is definitely not the nicest part of the city. It is not dangerous or anything, but not very clean and kind of rowdy?

Is there a reason you want to rent a car and drive between the city? Parking a car in downtown Montreal is never fun (no right turns on red light by the way). Orléans Express is the bus company and I love their buses. Very clean, has free wifi and they have buses ready every hour!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

FI and I went to Montreal and we stayed at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain.  It has these “fishbowl” windows that give you a neat view of the city.  And it’s near a ton of restaurants and St Catherine street (shopping). 

We took a bus tour our first morning so that we could see the whole city and figure out what places we wanted to visit and what places we were okay skipping.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Quebec City: Walking along the boardwalk by the river, taking the funicular up/down the bank, and touring the Plains of Abraham are both popular and worth the time. I prefer to stay in the new city and walk up the hills/stairs to the old, but that depends on how active you want to be.

My favorite restaurant in the Old City is Restaurant aux Anciens Canadiens. Lovely food, cozy atmosphere. 

Two attractions I wouldn’t miss: Basilica St. Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls. If you won’t have a car, there are buses & tours that will take you there.

Montreal: the Museum of Contemporary Art is great, and you can take public trans to get there. The surrounding neighborhoods have shopping.

The historic district has the beautiful Cathedral Notre Dame which, IMO, has some of the most beautiful interior work I’ve ever seen. 

Montreal has a really solid train system (buses are good too) so you definitely won’t need a car. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee

Alright then! I’ll try to name all the attractions I can think of right now 🙂

Quebec City:

– take 1 or 2 afternoons (depending on how active you want to be) to walk around the city. Popular areas include Rue St-Jean (next to Courtyard Marriott, lots of shops, cafes, boutique), rue St-Louis (very European looking), area surrounding Chateau Frontenac and city hall (for great pictures), Plains of Abraham (nice park but not a lot of things to do honestly), La Citadelle (great view because you can see the whole area from above).

One of the things I love to do is to walk from Chateau Frontenac to Place Royale (next to the ferry ramp). There are tons of shops and small museums and you can also feel like you’re in Europe. Lots of walking but I really like it, especially since I can take the ferry afterwards. The ferry will take 10 min to reach Levis (other side of the St. Lawrence River) (tickets can be bought there the same day). It’s unfortunate that lots of people forget to take the ferry since you get the best view of the city!

For shopping, I think the best place is Place Laurier/Place de la Cite/Place Ste-Foy. This shopping mall is located in the neighborhood of Sainte-Foy. If you take the bus, it should take you 20 min. Actually, there are 3 shopping malls so it’s like a big complex. However, you won’t find anything special other than the typical stores like Zellers, Old Navy, Futureshop, etc.

I don’t know which car rental company you’re planning on using, but I know there is an Enterprise sign next to the Hilton and Delta hotels. You should be able to find a nice hotel for 150$/night and you should definitely stay near downtown, especially since you won’t have a car.

There are also tons of restaurants in Quebec City, so I’m sure you’ll find something good! Have you ever tried poutine? You have to try it! I don’t think you’ll ever be able to find real poutine outside of Quebec and poutines in Ontario are just… horrible. You can always try poutine in Montreal, but I feel like Montreal’s best poutines are located a bit far from downtown. If I were you, I’d get a poutine from Ashton (local fast food chain). Their poutines are maybe not the best, but still strong (consistent) poutines.

I might have missed something for now, hopefully it’ll come back 🙂

 Edit: Personally, I feel like the area south of Rue St-Jean is worth seeing while the area north of that street is kind of sketchy.

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