Hotel at a Glance: Parc Suites Hotel
With only eight suites, Parc Suites Hotel feels more like a homey apartment building than a hotel. The one-bedroom suites are equipped with full kitchens, cable TV, and free WiFi, and place guests right in downtown Montreal.
- Notable award: The hotel is a AAA Three Diamond–rated property, a distinction awarded to hotels that “appeal to the traveler with comprehensive needs.”
- Stock up on food at the neighboring 24-hour grocery store so you can cook a meal in your en suite kitchen.
- College campus: McGill University is located just down the street.
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 standup comedy show as well.