Hello my Montrealer friends,
I will be back and forth from the big smoke (Toronto) and Montreal this summer.
I am working on St. Laurent in between the Laurier and Rosemont stops.
Where would you suggest staying (does not have to be specific hotel, just general area)? I'd like to stay on the Metro line so I can get to work. I'd like to keep the budget under $175 a night. Something with high speed internet and cable TV is definately required.
I am looking for something that's fun with some funky/trendy places to eat. I recall that there are some nice places along St. Laurent, but not sure exactly where.
Last time I was in Montreal for business, I stayed at the Rennaissance on Avenue Du Parc, which is a nice hotel but a bit out of the way. For pleasure, I usually stay around Crescent/St. Catherine intersection - but that might be a little too party for a business trip.
Lucky you! That's a great spot. I wish I could help you with hotels, but I can't say I've tried many out. Try here for the official tourist site.
As for restaurants, you're right near St. Laurent, as well as St. Denis (Mount Royal is the stop after Laurier). St. Laurent is alittle pricy, but St. Denis is one of my favourites - full of funky cafes and restaurants and terraces where you can sit in the sun and drink a pitcher of Sangria. Some favourites are:
- Charade (Portuguese w/tapas menu)
- L'Academie (bring your own wine)
- Greek restaurants galore on Duluth/St. Denis (also BYOW)
- Bieres et Compagnie (a 10-page beer menu)
- Les Deux Marie (great coffee shop)
- Fondumentale (fondue place - although it's not as good as it used to be)
- Cafe Cherrier (French food)
Plus there are restaurants galore up and down Mount Royal street.
If you feel like exploring a little more, you can get off at Beaubien (2 stops above Laurier), take the 18 west for about 5 minutes, and explore Little Italy. They have BYOW restaurants too, plus a couple of expensive but out-of-this-world places like Casa Napoli and Quelli de la Notte. The best coffee ever can be found at Cafe Epoca.
Write me a line if you have free time for a coffee. I'm down the street from Beaubien Metro.
Let me know if I can help with anything else. I'm a restaurant freak (which cuts into my travel budget) - I've tried a ton.
To stay, i think this hotel is for you:
Room with a little cuisine, internet, right on St-Denis street. Very calm, clean and just opened maybe 4 years ago. Love it!