A beautiful and vibrant city, where antique and modern collide in style

Montreal, one of North America’s most beautiful cities, is a glorious collision of cultures. Few cities in the world can lay claim to being as authentically multi-cultural and the second largest French speaking city on the planet. The Residence Inn is located in an affluent neighborhood on the upper west side of downtown, one of the most exciting areas of the city full of the unmistakeable energy that it is known for. Complete with amazing old world attractions, stunning Mont-Royal, a thriving business district and trendy St. Catherine Street, Montreal is known for being a travelers dream come true, with everything from great food and culture to shopping and sightseeing.


This charming and cultured city is an island unto itself, literally. Finding your way around Montreal is fairly easy since its streets are laid out in a grid pattern running North to South and East to West. Beautiful and intriguing landmarks grace the cityscape. From the intricate detail of the Notre-Dame Basilica and the charming streets of the Vieux Port (Old Port), Montreal’s landmarks keep the head of any visitor spinning.

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Montreal’s main attractions

Our guests can get information on all the best local attractions from our hotel staff upon arrival, but if you’re looking to plan your trip in advance, here’s a brief list of some of the top sightseeing. Although most are accessible from our hotel within walking distance, Montreal’s public transit system (STM) assures affordable transportation to any neighborhood of the city you would like to discover:

  • Mount-Royal park
  • Canadian Centre of Architecture
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • McGill University
  • Crescent Street
  • Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
  • McCord Museum
  • Place des Arts
  • St. Catherine Street
  • St Laurent Street
  • St. Patrick’s Basilica

These are just a few of the many things to see near our hotel. If you’re looking for more in-depth information on any of these attractions, contact our hotel staff directly upon your arrival.

Downtown activities

From stunning museums and art galleries, to historic churches and architecture, our city is an amalgamation of the best in new-world culture and old-world history. If you’re looking for a vacation that encompasses both traditional and modern wonders, then Montreal is the city for you!

Attractions we recommend in Downtown Montreal

The museum district, perhaps the most attractive area of downtown Montreal, is home to the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the city’s most prestigious museum, situated at the corner of rue Sherbrooke and Avenue du Musée. Visitors who want to enjoy window shopping or splurging in some of the urban chic boutiques can take a stroll down Greene Avenue, located a few streets from our property, or discover Les Cours Mont-Royal, in the heart of downtown. St-Laurent and St-Denis Streets are also great shopping destinations for visitors wanting to discover local fashion and artwork.

Looking for some great dining options? From a trip to India at Buffet Maharaja or a lunch in Italy at Geppeto’s pizzeria, the city center has many great restaurants to offer. Weinstein & Gavinos, Nickels (Montreal’s TGIF), Spartan’s Rotissery, The Irish Embassy, Three Amigos and Baton Rouge offer a great atmosphere where visitors can unwind and enjoy a great meal.

For a fine dining experience, Le Piment Rouge, Globe, Buonanotte, Ennio’s or Kaizen Sushi Bar and Restaurant are some of Montreal’s top picks. What better way to conclude your busy day than by tasting the delicacies of Les Caprices de Nicolas? This restaurant serves specialties from the south of France and boasts an excellent wine list

Continuing east on Rue Sherbrooke, natural history aficionados can observe modern and prehistoric animals, rocks, crystals and precious stones at the Redpath Museum on the McGill University campus. The McCord Museum, just east of the University’s Roddick Gates, boasts a permanent exhibition entitled “Simply Montreal.” This eclectic exhibit offers a glimpse of yesteryear, with a selection of First Nations’ (American Indian) objects, a collection of photographs, sports equipment, toys and magnificent gowns worn by the who’s who of Montreal.

Oscar Wilde once remarked that there are so many churches in Montreal that if you threw a rock in any direction you would probably break a church window. Some of the better known churches are Notre Dame Basilica, Saint Patrick’s Basilica, Christ Church Cathedral and Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde), all located within a stone’s throw of each other and more or less within the downtown Montreal hotel area.

Christ Church Cathedral stands over Les Promenades de la Cathédrale, an attractive underground shopping complex linked to the Underground City. If the weather proves too inclement for an outdoor stroll, enjoy 30 kilometers (20 miles) of underground shopping and dining facilities. Every day, an estimated 500,000 people pass through this network, which links some 60 buildings and provides access to nearly 2000 retail outlets.

Interested in Visiting these Attractions? Why not stay at The Residence Inn Montreal – Westmount?

Our Residence Montreal is the ideal headquarters for your next trip to the city. With many business travel options in Montreal, extended stay suites as well as some great amenities and guest services, we know that you’ll love your experience with us. Call us today to check rates and availability.

Plateau Mont-Royal

One of Montreal’s most iconic districts!

A tour of downtown Montreal would not be complete without a visit to trendy, multi-ethnic Boulevard Saint-Laurent, with its hopping bars and restaurants, and eclectic shopping. Rue Saint-Denis, one major thoroughfare to the east, is the home of the city’s Francophone upper crust and is equally essential on any itinerary. Originally a residential street, it is now home to fashionable and sometimes expensive boutiques, bistros and shops. Before concluding your stroll down the rue Saint-Denis, stop by Vintage (Le) for lunch. This charming little bistro serves Portuguese specialties at reasonable prices.

The Plateau Mont-Royal is Montreal’s most quintessential neighborhood, comprising of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Denis, quiet residential streets, beautiful green-spaces (notably Parc Lafontaine, Mont-Royal Park and St-Louis Square), charming BYOB bistros and an overwhelming sense of civility and grace. Tourists are thin on the ground here, but one can hardly claim to have experienced Montreal without spending a day wandering through the real heart of this unique city. To wrap up your day in the Plateau, try the best steakhouse in Montreal-Moishe’s. These steaks will melt in your mouth.

Transportation in Montreal


Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport ( YUL )
+1 514 394 7377

Situated 25 kilometers (16 miles) west of Montreal, Dorval Airport is the major domestic and international air hub for the region ( the newer Mirabel is limited to charter and cargo flights ). Shopping outlets range from the common Tie Rack and Sunglasses Hut, to souvenir shops, newsstands and more upscale duty free offerings. Restaurants, bars and cafes are also dispersed around the terminal and the departures area. ATMs and currency exchange centers are also scattered about. Major airlines flying to and from the airport include:

Air Canada ( +1 888 247 2267 / http://www.aircanada.ca/ )
Air France ( +1800 237 2747 / http://www.airfrance.ca)
Air Transat ( +1 866 847 1112 / http://www.airtransat.com/)
American Airlines ( +1 800 433 7300 / http://www.aa.com/)
British Airways ( +1 800 217 9297 / http://www.britishairways.com/ )
Continental Airlines ( +1 800 523 3273 / http://www.continental.com/ )
Delta Airlines (+1 800 221 1212 /http://www.delta.com/)
KLM ( +1 800 225 2525 / http://www.klm.com/)
Lufthansa (+1 800 803 5838/http://www.lufthansa.com/)
Northwest ( +1 800 225-2525 / http://www.nwa.com/ )
Swiss Air ( +1 877 359 7947 / http://www.swiss.com/)
United Airlines ( +1 800 864 8331 / http://www.united.ca/ )

From the Airport

Car Rentals

From the airport, pick up Highway 20 and merge with Highway 520 to get into downtown. Rental car companies include:

Alamo ( +1 800 327 9633/ http://www.goalamo.com/ )
Avis ( +1 800 321 3652/ http://www.avis.com/ )
Budget ( +1 800 268 8900/ https://www.budget.ca/ )
Hertz ( +1 800 263 0678/ http://www.hertz.com/ )
National ( +1 800 387 4747/ http://www.nationalcar.com/)
Thrifty ( +1 800 367 2277/ http://www.thrifty.com/ )

Taxi & Limo

Taxis and limos are readily available outside the ground level of the terminal. Both services have a flat rate to downtown: taxi CAD40, limo CAD55


747 bus is a good way to head to the city if you don’t have much luggage. 10$ fare, leaving every 10 minutes to several stations in Montreal, terminus Central Bus station Berri Uqam.


Montreal’s diverse coach empire begins and ends at Central d’Autobus Montreal (bus station) (+1 514 843 4231). Bus companies include:

Acadian Lines ( +1 800 567 5151/ http://www.smtbus.com/ ), with service to and from cities in the Maritimes.
Greyhound ( +1 800 661 8747/ http://www.greyhound.ca/ ), serving all points across Canada and the United States.
InterCar ( +1 418 627 9108/ http://www.intercar.qc.ca/ ), which links Montreal with Quebec City.
Orleans Express ( +1 418 525 3000/ http://www.orleansexpress.com/ ), serving destinations throughout the Quebec province.


An excellent network of motorways converges on Montreal, although traffic is heavy during the peak rush hours. Highway 20 runs northeast toward Quebec City and southwest toward Toronto. Hwy 40 heads northeast along the St. Lawrence to Quebec City and west to Ottawa. Highway 15 enters the city from the south and veers northwest ascending the hills to the ski resorts. Highway 10 jaunts due east for Sherbrooke.


From June to October, numerous cruise lines sail up the St. Lawrence and dock at the Iberville Passenger Terminal ( +1 514 283 7011/ http://www.port-montreal.com/) in the Old Port. From there, the streets of Old Town are just steps away.


From the US, the most direct route by rail to Montreal is on Amtrak’s ( +1 800 872 7245 /http://www.amtrak.com/ ) Adirondack train. The 11-hour scenic journey begins in New York City and ends at Gare Centrale (+1 514 871 1331) in the middle of downtown. The highlight reel of the trip as the train wanders though upstate New York is the chug along the shores of Lake Champlain. A couple of other routes, one from New York City and another from Chicago, will put you as close as Toronto, where you need to transfer to a Via ( Canada’s national rail company ) train ( +1 888 842 7245/ http://www.viarail.ca/ ). Via trains, which also arrive and depart from Gare Centrale, link Montreal with every major city in Canada.


Public Transport

Société de transport de Montreal ( STM ) ( +1 514 280 5100/ http://www.stm.info/) controls the metro and bus lines in the city. The metro consists of four lines (Green/Orange/Yellow/Blue) and 65 stations. Trains dart into stations every four to ten minutes daily from around 5:30 am until just after midnight. More than 150 bus routes complement the subway system including an array of night buses. A single fare runs CAD$3.25 and monthly and weekly passes are obtainable. A Tourist Card costs CAD$10 for one day and CAD$18 for three days. Both buses and the metro merge at points with the five commuter train lines ( +1 888 702 8726/ http://www.amt.qc.ca/) which extend all directions off the island, way into the various bedroom communities.


Montreal is continually ranked as the one of the best cities to ride a bike in, and once you get a look at the expansive urban and recreational trail system, you’ll be convinced. Sure, you will still face the thrills ( and possibly spills if riding in winter ) and the intensity of maneuvering through the urban landscape, but the city set-up of bike lanes ( many of which even have a separate left turn lane ), makes pedaling just as effective as any other form of transport. If leisure is more your style, opt for a ride around Mount Royal, along the trails of Lachine Canal or the trails and roads on St. Helen’s Island. Bixi is probably the easiest way to rent a bike in Montreal with many location and drop-off points throughout the city.

Montreal Nightlife and Entertainment

Montreal night life and entertainment is just as exciting as anywhere else, but Montreal is perhaps most famous for its legendary nightlife. Bars stay open until 3:00 am here, which is later than anywhere else in Canada, and even then, few customers leave willingly. As with dining and accommodations, the visitors will benefit greatly from exploring the less touristy areas of the city.

Bars & Clubs

On Friday and Saturday nights, locals either make a beeline towards rue Crescent and rue Bishop or they avoid them like the plague. Traditionally known as the center of Montreal’s Anglophone nightlife, they are now known mostly for their numerous dance clubs (Winnie’s being one of the most famous). Those in search of a more sedate pint in the area can find one at the Irish pub Hurley’s, the charming Brutopia brew-up, and at numerous other places that are popular among an older, English-speaking crowd.

The Boulevard Saint-Laurent is the city’s most famous street, as it is the traditional dividing line between the city’s English and French-speaking areas. Nowadays, booze serves as a very effectivelingua franca, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, when things don’t cool down until dawn. The strip between rue Prince-Arthur and Mont-Royal Avenue features dozens of pubs, clubs, bars and assorted other dives that defy generalization.

In the latter category are the Bifteck, Copacabana and Roy Bar, three friendly, endearing, impossibly smoky taverns attracting a mixture of students and 20-somethings. Shoot some pool or catch a swing show at Le Swimming, cut a rug at Angel’s or the Belmont sur le Boulevard, lounge among the hipsters at Tokyo, or just enjoy the quiet serenity of Else’s, an arty but unpretentious pub full of Plateau-dwellers. It’s all within a 20-minute walk around the Boulevard Saint-Laurent.

You can complete a similar if somewhat less bohemian pub crawl on St-Denis Street, St-Laurent’s more French, polished cousin, located one major street to the east. The action on St-Denis is clustred around Ontario Street in the Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin), where mind-boggling bars such as the Saint-Sulpice compete with the quieter allure of pubs such as l’Ile Noire, Cheval Blanc, Pub Quartier Latin and the Sainte-Élisabeth. The funky, eclectic bars and cafés situated farther north between Rue Rachel and Avenue Mont-Royal attract a suitably diverse crowd: check out Barouf, Quai des Brumes and Bily Kun. This street is home to dozens of patios (or terraces, in local parlance) that are perfect for watching the world go by.

For those unwilling or unable to go softly into the night, after-hours clubs such as Stereo Nightclub will let you stay until at least 10:00 am on Saturday or Sunday morning, but not before extracting at least CAD$20 from your wallet.

Museums & Galleries

Place des Arts, meanwhile, is home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and l’Opéra de Montréal.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d’Architecture) presents exhibitions and multimedia displays that range from the straightforward to the thoroughly bizarre, and as a result has gained a worldwide reputation.

Of course, Montreal is more than a university town on a bender. Museums, galleries, theater, cinema and unclassifiable fringe elements enjoy great public interest from a citizenry for whom the arts represent an integral component of having a good time. An impressive if not overwhelming collection of the European masters awaits visitors at the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts), whose magnificent premises also host first-class touring exhibitions. TheMuseum of Modern Art (Musée d’Art Contemporain), itself an amazing building, offers a fascinating glimpse into Quebec’s thriving community of modern artists. There are also dozens of smaller galleries, museums and exhibition spaces that dot the cityscape and remain relatively undiscovered by tourists.


Montreal is at the center of the province’s vibrant cinema community, as evidenced by its fine repertory houses and state-of-the-art first-run theaters. The Paramount Multiplex offers stadium seating, state-of-the-art sound and IMAX screens. The Ex-Centris Theatre showcases digital technology along with an impressive program of Canadian and international films. It also hosts the Festival International Nouveau Cinéma every autumn.

That’s just one of the festivals Montreal has to offer. Other film fests include the World Film Festival, International Festival of Films on Art and FANT-ASIA. The Just For Laughs Festival is a joyous yearly tradition, while locals flock downtown to Place des Arts for the outdoor shows associated with the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Francofolies.


Theater buffs will find both English and French productions. Well-known companies include the Centaur, whose program features in-house Canadian and international dramas; the predominantly French Infinithéâtre; and the National Theatre School (École nationale de Théâtre du Canada), which hosts occasional presentations. Many smaller companies exist in the city, and though some are ethnically oriented, most enjoy a pleasantly diverse audience.


The Place des Arts is home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and l’Opéra de Montréal.

Information on nearly every cultural event in the city, as well as local news and reviews, can be found in the two free arts weeklies, Hour and Mirror, which are available in coffee shops, convenience stores and various other locations.

Montreal Business District

Our business friendly hotel is located at the edge of the Montreal Business District in Downtown area and is surrounded by major national and international corporations.

Businesses and Corporations in the area:

– Montreal’s E-Commerce Place
– Axa Assurances
– BCE Emergis
– Bell Canada
– CMQ – Quebec College of Physicians
– Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
– Pratt & Whitney
– PricewaterhouseCoopers
– RBC Royal Bank
– RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police
– Richter Management
– Rothenberg Capital Management
– Shriners Hospital
– Sun Life Financial group
– Xerox Canada Limited

Montreal Medical Centers

Our hotel is located Steps from Montreal’s major Hospitals and Clinics
1. Montreal General Hospital – McGill Health Centre
2. Montreal Children Hospital
3. Schriners’ Hospital
4. Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal
5. Hôtel-Dieu Hospital
6. St-Luc Hospital
7. Jewish General Hospital-Sir Mortimer B Davis
8. Hopital pour enfants Ste Justine