Hotel At a Glance: Hotel Universel Montreal
Located in Montreal's Space For Life District, the four-star Hotel Universel Montreal puts you in the middle of the city's attractions. Less than a block away is the Montreal Botanical Garden, where you can have tea in a Chinese garden or explore its rainforest. You can see the nearby Olympic Park while dining on the terrace of the hotel's newly restored Resto Bar le Toit Rouge. Here, you can sample poutine, pasta dishes, and crepes.
- In-room amenities Guest rooms feature bamboo memory-foam beds, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi.
- Take a dip in the hotel's heated indoor and outdoor pools, or relax in the sauna.
- Pamper yourself with a massage at the onsite Clinique Sante Universel spa.
- Nearby attractions: Head to the Latin Quarter (known as "Quartier Latin"), which is home to cultural institutions, restaurants. shops, and theaters. Also a short drive away is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where you can see international and Canadian contemporary works.
- Free shuttle: The hotel's complimentary shuttle service will drop you off anywhere within a 2.5-mile radius.
Montreal, Quebec: Canada's French-Speaking Cultural Capital
Canada’s second-largest city is set on the Island of Montreal, located about an hour's drive from the border with Vermont. The majority of the nearly 2 million inhabitants here speak French as a first language.
Cobbled streets, historic architecture, and horse-drawn carriages make up Old Montreal. A good first stop for visitors is the Bonsecours Market, a domed plaza where local merchants have been selling wares for more than 100 years. As you browse the area, check out the iconic and elaborately decorated Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city's most famous churches. Built in the Gothic Revival style, it houses a fascinating crypt filled with archaeological treasures.
Montreal is renowned for its music and arts scene. One of the best places to see a show is the Place des Arts, a huge complex of theaters and concert halls that occupies a whole square downtown. Opera, ballet, symphony, and jazz shows fill the Place des Arts' calendar, but there's the occasional rock band or stand-up comedy as well.