Upscale Accommodations in the Heart of Downtown Montreal
The city of Montreal gets its name from Mount Royal, a vast hill located west of the city's central district. By law, no building in Montreal can be taller than Mount Royal, thus preserving the hill's role as the city's permanent backdrop. One of the skyscrapers kept in check is the Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis in the heart of downtown's Latin Quarter. It's an elegant address within easy reach of the shops and restaurants of Old Montreal.
The hotel's classic rooms feature upscale decor and views of either the Saint Lawrence River or Mount Royal. When hunger strikes, you can head to one of two onsite restaurants. Le Vingoble features breakfast and lunch buffets, and L'Imprevu Bar offers a bistro menu and cocktails. Take a relaxing dip in the large, indoor saltwater pool before setting out to explore the city on foot or by using the hotel's direct subway access.
Montreal, Quebec: Canada's French-Speaking Cultural Capital
Located about an hour's drive from the northern border of Vermont, Canada's second-largest city is set on the Island of Montreal. The majority of the city's nearly two million inhabitants speak French as a first language. Thought by many to be the cultural capital of Canada, Montreal is renowned for its music-and-arts scene. The Place des Arts, a huge complex of theaters and concert halls, occupies a whole square downtown (it's only a few blocks from Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis). Opera, ballet, symphony, and jazz shows all appear on the continuously changing calendar.
Located within walking distance from the hotel, Old Montreal is a restored downtown neighborhood with cobbled streets, historic architecture, and horse-drawn carriages. A popular spot is the Bonsecours Market, a domed plaza where local merchants have been plying their wares for more than a hundred years. As you stroll through Old Montreal, make sure to check out the iconic and elaborately decorated Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city's best-loved churches. Built in the Gothic Revival style, it houses a fascinating crypt filled with archaeological treasures.