Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Quartier des Spectacles
With eight public spaces and 40 performance halls, Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles always has something going on. Visitors and residents flock here to take in concerts, operas, plays, and recitals. Amidst all the hubbub sits the four-story Hotel Quartier des Spectacles, a charming boutique hotel with historical flourishes, including wooden floors and exposed brick walls.
- Where you’ll stay: Superior guest rooms come with wooden floors, a private bathroom, cable TV, and free WiFi
- Nosh on bagels, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, and more with the daily continental breakfast
- Relaxing add-on: If you choose Option 3, you’ll get a massage for two.
- Go shopping in department stores on nearby St. Catherine’s Street, which Frommer’s calls the city’s “central commercial artery.”
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.