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As the second largest city in Canada (and the largest in Quebec), Montréal is an urban oasis that is a center for design, culture and commerce. The city has a European flair that makes it a dynamic destination for visitors from all over the world.

Montréal is one of the most bilingual cities in Canada — French is the official language but the majority of citizens (about 60%) speak both English and French. Montréal is also the second largest French-speaking city in the world, second only to Paris. Oui!

When you’re planning a trip to Montréal, you’ll undoubtedly be impressed by the range of places to stay. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite locations, from homestay to hotel.

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Apartment

This charming suite is located in the heart of Montréal, this 750 square foot space is the perfect getaway for a couple, a home-away-from-home or a calming retreat for an individual who’s traveling on business (or pleasure). The apartment’s walls are lined with original art and photography, and a visitor will immediately sense the owner’s love of the space based on the careful detailing in the decor.

The apartment, which is available as a full home rental, is located less than one block north is Le Banquise restaurant – world famous for its poutine, a Quebecois favorite and must-try while in Montréal.

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View the space via Airbnb here.

Hotel 

For travelers opting for a hotel experience, we recommend the five-star Hotel Le St-James Montréal. The historic hotel is the winner of the 2015 Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Award and is known for its warm professional service. This historic, beautifully restored former Merchants’ Bank building, dating from 1870, is ideally situated in vibrant Old Montréal with easy access to shopping areas, restaurants, and the financial center.

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View the space via Expedia here.

Bed & Breakfast

In the francophone neighborhood Le Plateau, you’ll find a perfectly adorable B&B tucked away in the tree-lined streets. Casa Bianca is a five-room bed and breakfast is a historical heritage house that dates back more than a century. We’re smitten with the beauty in the simplicity of the design.

Pretty as a picture, the neighborhood is ideal for brunch and Instagram-worthy photography. Casa Bianca has a wonderful local guide so that guests can have access to insider’s recommendations for the area.

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View the space via Booking.com here.

Hostel

Hostelling International is one of our personal favorite hosteling destinations, and the Montréal space proves to be no exception to what we’ve come to expect of HI. Located in downtown Montréal, the property features a restaurant, bar and lounge, bicycle rentals on-site and complimentary breakfast for all guests. You’ll quickly be welcomed into the HI community — be sure to join the team and other travelers on their pub crawl, bike tours, and urban walks to gain a real feel and understanding of the city.

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View the space via Expedia here.

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