Oh, God, not the dreaded accommodation question! I've only even stayed at the Intercontinental in Montreal - and that's because I worked there and they gave us a free night.
But I can tell you that the public transportation is fabulous. If you're here a few days, get a six-pack of tickets; three days, get a tourist pass; a week, get a weekly pass. They're available at some Depanneurs (corner stores) or at any Metro station. Tickets/passes are good for the Metro and all busses on the island, and the system covers just about everywhere you could possible want to go.
And have far away is the aiport from the main areas in town? At least I know I wont need to rent a car to get around
The airport's in Dorval - about a half-hour ride, if that, from downtown. If you're planning to stay downtown, I'd take a taxi to the hotel and then use public transportation. Old Montreal, the Olympic Stadium, and everything else of touristic (sorry, traveller!) interest is all along the Metro line. If you want to go outside the city, though (Mont Tremblant, St. Sauveur, Eastern Townships, etc.) then you'll need a car.
Tina, how much is the 3 day pass? Would we be better off to rent a car?
Hey? Has anyone decided on a hotel yet? I don't care where I stay....so when someone picks a place...let us know? Please?
If Steve decides he cant come with me, we can share a room Joz. Is your husband coming with you? I dont care where I stay either...
No, my husbands HATES to travel (what the hell is wrong with him??)
Sounds like a plan!
I should know soon enough. Meanwhile I am checking travel websites for tickets. They are approx. $300, I am hoping they do down a bit...
Yeah, right now I could drive cheaper than that...even WITH the gas prices.
I wouldn't recommend driving in Montreal if you don't know the city. The traffic can be HORRENDOUS, and parking anywhere downtown is a serious problem. Take the very easy and reliable public metro and bus system unless you'd like to spend sometime outside of Montreal. As for accommodation, what your budget?