Hotel At a Glance: Hotel Universel Montreal
Located in Montreal’s Space For Life museum district, the 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 LCD TVs, and free WiFi.
- Take a dip in the hotel’s heated indoor and outdoor pools, or relax in the sauna.
- 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 3.5-mile radius.
Montreal, Quebec: Canada’s French-Speaking Cultural Capital
Cobbled streets, historic architecture, and horse-drawn carriages are common throughout Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city and one of the oldest European settlements in North America. It was founded by the French in 1642, and 2 million people speak French here as an official language.
A good first stop for visitors is the Bonsecours Market, a domed plaza where local merchants have been peddling their wares for more than 100 years. As you browse the area, check out the elaborate Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city’s most famous churches. It was built in the Gothic Revival style, and it houses a fascinating crypt filled with archaeological treasures.
Montreal is renowned for its music and arts scenes. 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 block downtown. Opera, ballet, symphony, and jazz shows fill most of the Place des Arts’ calendar, but there’s the occasional rock band or standup comedy show as well.