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Montréal, Québec Hotels and City Guide

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Montréal - Travel Tips


When to Visit Montréal

Seasons
Montréal is beautiful all year long, and there is always a host of wonderful attractions and sights. Four very distinct seasons are present, from the hot and sunny summers to the cold, snowy winters. Ski and snowshoe through the winter, while enjoying the great food and indoor shopping. Bask in the July sun while you walk through Old Montréal or Parc Jean-Drapeau. Depending on your choice of activity, anytime is a great time to visit Montréal.

Local Holidays in Montréal
New Year’s Day (January 1)
Good Friday (March or April depending on when Easter is)
Victoria Day/Journée nationale des Patriotes (May 19)
St-Jean-Baptiste/Fête de la Saint-Jean/Fête Nationale -Quebec National Day (June 24)
Canada Day (July 1)
Labour Day (September 1)
Thanksgiving (Second Monday in October)
Christmas (December 25)


Montréal Local Customs & Language (including Tipping)

Customs
Montréal is eclectic, diverse, stylish, and above all, interesting. The business atmosphere is one of respect and is relatively conservative. While it is acceptable to call people by their first names after you have been introduced, it is always important to be respectful in this and other matters as Montréal is a proud city. Montréal is often unfairly characterized as rude or unwelcoming to guests. While it is true that you may occasionally run into someone who won’t speak to you in English even if they can, this is not the norm by any means. Most often, Montréalers react with respect if they are first approached with respect; this is why it is so important to say, “I don’t speak French. Can you help me?” rather than demanding they speak English. After all, their wonderful city is steeped with French culture and language.

Language
Quebec is the only province in Canada in which the majority of people speak French. Over 70 percent of residents speak primarily French in the home, but many Montréalers are bilingual. Signs are written mostly in French, as are many restaurant menus.

Tipping Advice
Tips are often a large portion of income for wait staff, bartenders, and others in the tourist industry. It can be hard to keep track of what to tip whom, but in general, you should tip wait staff 15 percent of your total bill – though Canada doesn’t encourage you to tip unless your service was good. Fifteen percent is standard, but up to 20 percent is appropriate for excellent service. Other common tips are:

Hairdressers: 10to 15 percent
Baggage handlers: $1-$2 per bag
Hotel housekeepers or maids: $1-$3 per day of your stay
Valets: $1-$2
Taxi drivers: 10-15 percent
Bartenders: $1-$2 per drink at time you are served


Montréal Business Hours and Banking

According to Montréal law, stores may stay open from 9:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Friday, and 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekends. You will find that many stores and shops are closed on Monday. Many shops that are open on Monday close earlier than 9:00pm that evening, as well as on Tuesday and Wednesday. Banks are typically open from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Thursday and 10:00am to 5:00pm or 6:00pm Friday. You will find some in the city that offer extended afternoon hours, as well as limited Saturday morning hours. All banks close on national holidays.


Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, such as museums, schools, airports, and malls. While not universally banned, you will find that many businesses do not allow smoking on the premises at all. It is considered rude to smoke in front of non-smokers, especially children. If you see an area marked as a smoking zone or where other smokers are having a cigarette, then it is pretty safe to light up.

Health and Security

Safety
Canada enjoys low crime rates, and though Montréal is a major city, it is also very safe. There are very few areas of the city that you should avoid: you should certainly be cautious everywhere you go, but you will want to be more vigilant in Montréal-Nord (North), Sainte-Michel, and parts of Rue Sainte-Catherine, particularly east of Place des Arts. Avoid walking in these areas alone, especially at night. Bars close at 3:00am, so there will be an influx of inebriated revelers.

Montréal does have its share of theft, particularly of items left in cars (and occasionally the cars themselves). When out of the car, make sure to lock it and take any valuables – especially your purse or wallet. Pick pocketing is not that common, but it is always better to be on the cautious side.

Another area in which visitors unaccustomed to the city should be aware of is that crosswalks are sometimes only marks on the road. That is, drivers rarely stop for pedestrians at them, especially if they are trying to turn right and you are blocking their path. It is safer to cross with a large group of people and make your way briskly to the other side. When you see a car coming, do not assume they will stop.

Disabled Travelers
Montréal has a host of accommodations to make traveling easier for those with disabilities. YUL has parking for disabled travelers in the short term lots, as well as long-term parking in the Proxiparc parking house. There are elevators, wheelchairs available, and text telephones in the terminals. SMT also offers handicap-accessible buses. For more information on the routes and services, visit the SMT website. Both the Montréal Tourism Board (1.877.BONJOUR) and Kéroul (514.252.3104) an organization for disabled travelers based in Quebec, can provide information on accessibility.


Tax Refunds

Montréal’s seven percent sales tax is refundable for foreign visitors who have spent a minimum of $200 on merchandise and/or accommodations. To receive your refund, make sure to keep all receipts, and remember that you need the cash register receipts. Credit card receipts are not acceptable, and you will not get your refund. Within one year of purchase, you can file a claim with Canadian Tax Refund (CRT). You will receive funds in Canadian dollars, unless you are American, in which case, you will receive American funds. Download a refund application, sign, date, and attach your receipts. Send to:

CTR- Canadian Tax Refund
PO Box 42090
Vancouver. BC. V6P 6S6





Hotels in Montréal, Québec

InterContinental Montreal

InterContinental Montreal

360 Rue St-Antoine Ouest Montréal Québec H2Y 3X4 Canada

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Best Western Brossard

Best Western Brossard

7746 Taschereau Boulevard, Brossard, Quebec, J4X 1C2, Canada

Introducing the Best Western Hotel National, conveniently located in Brossard, a suburb of Montreal. We are within walking distance to sensational shopping and fine restaurants and just a 10 minute drive to old Montreal where you can explore historic museums, churches,...




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Best Western Europa-Downtown

Best Western Europa-Downtown

1240 Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1V7, Canada

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Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites

Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites

3407 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1W7, Canada

Best Western Montreal Hotel and Suites, is an excellent four star hotel located in the heart of fashionable downtown Montreal, Quebec. Located 20 kilometers from Dorval International Airport and just minutes away from fabulous shopping, museums, theaters,...




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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Rene Levesque Boulevard W Montréal Québec H3B 4A5 Canada

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Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

1155 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal - Quebec, H3a 2n3 Montreal, Canada

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Clarion Hotel & Suites Downtown Montreal

Clarion Hotel & Suites Downtown Montreal

2100 de Maisonneuve Blvd W. Montreal Québec Canada

Clarion Hotel and Suites Downtown Montreal is ideally situated in the heart of Montreal within close proximity to many Montreal attractions and area companies. The Dorval Airport is conveniently located less than ten miles from this Montreal hotel and... more
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Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

1 PLACE BONAVENTURE Montréal Canada

The Hilton Montréal Bonaventure is a luxury hotel located nine miles from Dorval Airport. Standing out as an oasis of freshness and tranquility above the hustle and bustle of the city, the hotel is just minutes away from local attractions. An elevator ride from the... more
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Hilton Montreal Laval

Hilton Montreal Laval

2225 AUTOROUTE DES LAURENTIDES LAVAL QUEBEC CANADA H7S 1Z6 Montréal Canada

Conveniently Located Fifteen Minutes From Dorval Airport And 20 Minutes From Downtown Montreal- The Hilton Montreal/Laval Is The Premier Hotel In The Laval Area. The Hilton's Guest Rooms Feature Upgraded Comfort Including Large Marble Bathrooms- Free Newspaper- And... more
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Hotel Omni Mont Royal

Hotel Omni Mont Royal

1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2R6

299 luxurious guest rooms and suites offering stunning views of the Montreal skyline or breathtaking Mont-Royal Park169 deluxe king rooms featuring sitting and working areas31 deluxe twin rooms30 spacious premium king rooms located on a high floor and offer... more
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Le Meridien Versailles

Le Meridien Versailles

1808, Sherbrooke Street West H3H 1E5 Montreal Quebec Canada

Le Meridien Versailles Montreal Hotel offers accommodation to suit the needs of both the business traveler and the vacationer. Located in downtown Montreal, in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, the Le Meridien Versailles Montreal Hotel offers easy access to Montreal's... more
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Loews Hotel Vogue

Loews Hotel Vogue

1425 rue de la Montangne

Hotel Description Loews Hotel Vogue has been recognized as the best hotel in Montreal by Travel and Leisure magazine, and the best small luxury hotel by Tourisme Montreal. Outstanding guestroom amenities include spa marble bathrooms with jetted... more
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Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel

Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel

800 Place Leigh Capreol Dorval QC H4Y 0A4

The brand new Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel boasts vibrant settings, luxurious guestrooms and an ideal location, being directly connected to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. more
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Holiday Inn Montreal - Midtown, QC

Holiday Inn Montreal - Midtown, QC

420 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal QC H3A 1B4 Canada

Offering the ultimate in comfort and convenience to hotel patrons, Holiday Inn Montreal Hotel Midtown also features an Executive Club Level for the business guests more
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Holiday Inn Montreal / Longueuil, QC

Holiday Inn Montreal / Longueuil, QC

900 Rue St. Charles E.,LONGUEUIL,QC,J4H 3Y2 CANADA

Secretarial services Microphone Flip chart Lectern Projector VCR Video conferencing capabilities Modem lines Cable modem Alternative business services - Please see Front Desk for all requests after 5 pm Food... more
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Holiday Inn Montreal Aeroport Ouest, QC

Holiday Inn Montreal Aeroport Ouest, QC

6700 Trans-Canada Hwy,POINTE-CLAIRE,QC,H9R 1C2 CANADA

The Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire Montreal Aeroport hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Pointe-Claire. Offering easy access to the Pierre more
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Holiday Inn Montreal, Quebec - Airport

Holiday Inn Montreal, Quebec - Airport

6500 Cote de Liesse MONTREAL QC H4T 1E3 CANADA

Conveniently located less than five miles from the Montreal Airport, seven miles away from Montreal city and close by to some of Montreal’s main attractions more
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Holiday Inn Select Montreal - Ctr Vle - Dwtn Conv Ctr

Holiday Inn Select Montreal - Ctr Vle - Dwtn Conv Ctr

99 avenue Viger Ouest,MONTREAL,QC,H2Z 1E9 CANADA

Full Business centre - 8:00 am to midnight 15 Well-appointed meeting and conference rooms can accommodate groups from 8 to 200 persons in different set-ups. Total meeting area measures 10,710 sq.ft. All meeting rooms are equipped with telephone with modem/jack,... more
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Novotel Montreal Center

Novotel Montreal Center

1180 Rue De La Montagne, H3g 1z1 Montreal, Canada

Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of Montreal. Close to shops, major corporations and other attractions including the Bell Centre sports and entertainment venue. 20 min from Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau international airport. Bar, restaurant, fitness room.... more
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Quality Hotel  - Midtown Montreal

Quality Hotel - Midtown Montreal

6445 boul Decarie Montreal Québec Canada

Located midway between Dorval International Airport and downtown Montreal on Decarie autoroute. Near busy St Laurent business and industrial area, shopping malls, race track and major Montreal hospitals and University. more
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Quality Hotel Dorval Aeroport Montreal

Quality Hotel Dorval Aeroport Montreal

7700 Cote de Liesse Montreal Québec Canada

Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, is home to the beautiful Quality Hotel Dorval Aeroport, Montreal. This Montreal hotel is conveniently located within five minutes from the Dorval International Airport and offers easy access to famous area attractions.... more
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Quality Hotel Downtown Montreal

Quality Hotel Downtown Montreal

3440 av du Parc Montreal Québec Canada

Quality Montreal Hotel Downtown is the ideal choice for an affordable, comfortable and convenient stay in Montreal. Surrounded by a host of attractions including,... more
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Quality Inn Downtown Montreal

Quality Inn Downtown Montreal

1214 Crescent St. Montreal Québec H3G 2A9 Canada

Located in downtown Montreal is the Quality Inn Downtown Montreal Hotel, an ideal place to stay for travelers, whether on business or looking to have a good time in Montreal. Located in the heart of Montreal, on Crescent Street, the Quality Inn Downtown Montreal... more
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Quality Suites Ouest Montreal

Quality Suites Ouest Montreal

6300 Route Transcanadienne Montreal Québec Canada

Situated in the heart of West Island, the Quality Suites Montreal Aeroport Hotel is conveniently positioned just 20 minutes away from the beautiful city of Montreal. Within close proximity to several popular attractions such as Parc Safari, Montreal Planetarium,... more
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Comfort Inn Ouest Montreal

Comfort Inn Ouest Montreal

700 boul. St. Jean Montreal Québec Canada

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Days Inn - Montreal Airport

Days Inn - Montreal Airport

4545 Cote Vertu West, Montreal, H4S 1C8

We are located minutes from the Dorval Airport, in the heart of the West Island, near major companies in the business and commercial area. We offer banquet and meeting facilities. The recently renovated, well appointed guest rooms will make your stay comfortable... more
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Days Inn - Montreal Downtown

Days Inn - Montreal Downtown

215 Rene Levesque Est, Montreal, H2X 1N7

5 SUNS - Highest in the quality rating systemFree Wireless, High Speed Internet AccessThis award-winning Days Inn is situated in the heart of Montreal's downtown district, within walking distance to all major attractions, festivals, and business... more
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Econo Lodge Downtown Montreal

Econo Lodge Downtown Montreal

2060 rue St-Dominique Montreal Québec Canada

Econo Lodge Downtown Montreal Hotel is conveniently located just 14.9 miles from Dorval Airport, 0.3 miles from Mirabel Airport and within minutes from local transportation services. Comfort and convenience at an affordable rate is what the Econo Lodge Downtown Montreal... more
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Montreal Centre Travelodge Hotel

Montreal Centre Travelodge Hotel

50 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, H2Z 1A2

242 Guest rooms with individual air conditioning and temperature controlsFree Coffee in the roomTelephone with voice-mail systemNon-smoking floorsPay-per-view movie channelRestaurant (breakfast)3 meeting roomsYMCA... more
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Montreal Centre-Ville

Montreal Centre-Ville

155 Blvd Rene-Levesque East, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Travelodge Aeroport Montreal-Dorval Airport

Travelodge Aeroport Montreal-Dorval Airport

1010 Herron Rd, Dorval, Montreal, H9S 1B3

The hotel is strategically located only minutes from the Montreal-Dorval International Airport and will offer complimentary shuttle bus to and from the airport and Via Rail train station. Located 15-20 minutes from downtown Montreal, the hotel is easily accessible... more
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