Montreal is best enjoyed during the summer months. While it can get hot as hell, sweaty can be sexy and there’s no lack of stuff to do during the late summer season and even September when Montreal enjoys a glorious Indian Summer. Montreal also has some of the most fantastic hotels and dining on this continent. Now is the perfect time to visit one of the coolest and oldest places in North America, right?
If you want to coordinate your Montreal séjour with something fun to do, you’re in luck! The city always has something going on for even the most discerning music lovers, picky art lovers and comic aficionados. Always an option is the weekly Sunday drum circle that takes place on Mount Royal, known as Tam-Tams.
Where to Stay in Montreal
#1. Le Petit Hotel
This small, hip hideaway in the old city will nicely compliment a visit duringPop Montreal on Sep.21-25th, the Canadian answer to CMJ music fest in New York. Come hear some of the coolest music out before it hits MTV (or MuchMusic in Canada) with nearly 400 artists, plus loads of secret shows you’ll only hear about from the locals.
#2. The Nelligan
This glorious hotel is located in Vieux Montreal, across from little art galleries and romantic eateries. This is the perfect place to cozy down from the craziness of Comic Con on July 8-10th where you can act out all your costumed fantasies against the backdrop of the Nelligan’s 100-year-old stone walls.
#3. Place d’Armes Hotel
Facing the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica, the Place D’Armes hotel is located on one of the prettiest ‘Places’ in all of Montreal! You’ll be straddling both Old Montreal charm and a short jaunt from the delicious restaurants of Chinatown, the shopping on Rue St.Catherine, and all the nightlife action of the city.
#4. Pierre du Calvet Auberge
This ancestral family mansion was built in 1725 making it the oldest historical house open to the public in Montreal and boasts a very prestigious wine cellar, a magnificent library, and exposed wood beams in all the rooms. Located in Vieux Montréal, it would contrast nicely with a weekend of wild partying at the Piknic Electronik , the outdoor electronic dance music party happening every weekend at Park Jean Drapeau. Check here to see who is playing when you’re in town!
#5. Auberge de la Place Royale
The Auberge is a gorgeous family owned and operated hotel in a historic building right in the port of Montreal. Its airy and lofty atmosphere mixes with the historic surroundings like a beautifully cocktail. You’ll be sure to enjoy staying here during the Montreal World Film Festival, one of the oldest film competitions in Canada. You’ll get to see first rate international films and really see the city during one of its cultural peaks.
#6. Le St.Martin Hotel Particulier
This swanky hotel is located on one of the busiest streets in Montreal, right in the center of all the city bustle. You’ll be across the street from the Peel metro stop. You’re pretty much at the heart of the city in this location, which makes it easy to access a variety of neighborhoods even when walking. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit to take advantage of the year round heated saltwater outdoor pool.
#7. LHotel Montreal
The LHotel is housed in a French Renaissance building steps away from the boutiques of St.Catherine street and all the best restaurants in the city. It’s also a very reasonable distance to the Old Port where the annual Montreal Reggae Festival takes place at the end of the summer.
#8. Le Saint-Sulpice
The Saint-Sulpice will inspire you with its trendy decor and the surrounding neighborhood filled with galleries, museums and cool little shops. Have you been thinking about adding to your body art? The Art.Tattoo festival on Sep. 9-11th (2016) will see some of the best artists in Canada come together for a weekend of permanent inking and partying. If you’re not interested in anything too permanent, there will be lots of cool prints for sale as well.