History, architecture and culture are just some of what Montréal’s old city has going for it. What about a zip line, street performers, the Montréal Science Centre, an IMAX theatre, rappelling, remote-controlled sailboats, cruises and more? There’s all that, but most important, here’s where you can stay while getting in on the action:
Hôtel William Gray: If your kids are aesthetes, the curated and contemporary William Gray will wow them (and you) with its charms. An amazing in-house restaurant, the cool OTH boutique, fitness centre and spa, rooftop terraces and green courtyards will be chill with everyone. The fun also includes its Living Room with pool table and vinyl collection as well as loads of the latest tech perks, and cribs and essentials if you’re travelling with baby.
Hôtel Nelligan: Everyone will be down with these deluxe Old Montréal digs. Book a Superior Double, which can sleep up to four, and enjoy perks galore, including a mouth-watering continental breakfast in its Verses Atrium, free Wi-Fi and even childcare services by arrangement.
Auberge du Vieux-Port: Feel like treating your tribe? Immerse yourself in the rich history of the old city while relaxing in the AVP’s luxe surroundings. Some of the sophisticated rooms can sleep up to three—and connect with more rooms. Designer bath products, plush bathrobes and linens, Nespresso coffee maker plus an array of other amenities and services like childcare on arrangement give it that next-level attentiveness.
Hôtel Gault: Splurge on some spread at this noteworthy Old Montréal property and enjoy stunning apartments with kitchenette, living room and workspace that give everyone a little room to relax in. Slumber in dreamy king and queen beds, sip Nespresso, enjoy state-of-the art tech and amenities, plus delicious breakfast at its in-house Gault restaurant.
Le Petit Hôtel: What do you say to a family-friendly XL room that can accommodate 4 or more people with king size bed, futon, rollaway bed, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and Nintendo? A big yes? This historic property also features European continental-style breakfast and an onsite coffee counter open 24/7.
Hôtel Place d’Armes: Let everyone enjoy a little ooh-la-la in this luxury establishment. Enjoy breakfast at the Brasserie 701 with room rate and other perks that include a special treat for you and the kids, a free extra cot or crib, Wi-Fi and four tickets to La Grande Roue de Montréal.
Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel: Families of up to four get to slumber in high style here, and kitchenettes come with mini-fridge and microwave. Breakfast included in room rate, cribs available and on-site restaurant (with outdoor dining), a handy alternative when the little guys get hungry. Board games and babysitting too, plus the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal is a mere hop and skip away.
Like to be at the heart of the action? Montréal’s downtown hotels are for you. Festivals, shopping, museums, restaurants, people galore and so much more will keep you and the kids hopping and bopping through your vacation.
Hôtel Monville: A pet-friendly policy, charging stations, 24/7 gym and a grab-and-go resto are just some of the goodies that this hotel offers its patrons. Everyone will appreciate the fast, free Wi-Fi, while parents can save on time with online check-in/-out and de-stress with a cup of Nespresso. Ahhhh!
Château Versailles: This four-floor walk-up keeps everything cozy, plus it lets you bring along pets (because they deserve a vacation too!). Each morning, the whole fam can feast on delicious buffet breakfasts before charting its course for a fun-filled Montréal experience.
Hôtel Travelodge Montréal Centre: Featuring economy bunk bed rooms, this hotel is just the right fit for families on a budget who still want to be at the heart of the action. Free continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and 24-hour desk service are just some of the many perks.
Auberge Le Pomerol: If you and your family are travelling vehicle-free, this hotel is close to the Montréal Bus Station and one block from the 747 shuttle bus to YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. Take advantage of economy rooms, plus common areas with electric fireplace, library and an Internet station. Sunny breakfast baskets will get the whole crew going in the morning. Travelling by car? There’s nearby parking.
DoubleTree by Hilton Montréal: This hotel melts everyone’s hearts right off the start with a melt-in-your-mouth DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie at check-in. Its family suites come with a 55-inch TV, a mini-fridge and a walk-in shower, while babysitting services, children’s menus, cribs and high chairs prove that it knows what it’s like to travel with wee ones.
Le Mount Stephen Hotel: Families indulging in this ultra-swish downtown property get to enjoy, among the many amazing amenities, Superior Rooms (two queen beds) with spacious bathrooms, Nespress gourmet coffee makers, an onsite spa and restaurant and floor-to-ceiling windows, and Fido can tag along too!
Ritz-Carlton Montréal: If your collective style is swanky and downtown, you’ll love the Ritz-Carlton. On top of 50% off your second or third night, you get family-centric amenities, plus a concession on a Passeport Montréal (city pass) and the chance to lounge in luxurious surroundings.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth: Splish and splash at the iconic Queen E’s indoor pool, check out its urban market and take advantage of bonded babysitters if you need them. Pets are welcome too.
Plateau and Mile End
One of Montréal’s busiest and buzziest neighbourhoods, the Plateau and Mile End has oodles of urban art and trendy boutiques, bike tours, bagels, boho cafés, vintage shops, a plethora of restaurants and infinitely explorable streets and back alleys.
Hôtel de Paris: A boutique hotel that takes family travel to heart, the HdP features the Family Room (two double beds and two single beds) or the Family Loft (two queen beds, two double beds), LCD HDTV and free high-speed Internet. If your kids are in the growing-like-weeds category, they’ll adore the all-you-can-eat European buffet breakfast each morning.