We would appreciate suggestions, particularly for accommodation, for a short trip to Montreal in early June. It has been decades since I last visited and I don't know if there us a particular area which is a good place to stay to access the sights. We will have a car to get there but would like to park it and walk. Suggestions for "must see" spots in the City would also be appreciated. Thanks!
It would be helpful to know what your budget is for your accommodation. There are several new-ish and very posh hotels in the city, but they may not suit you at all. "Old Montreal" is where a lot of visitors to the city like to stay. Access to the centre of Montreal is easy using the metro. The Hotel Bonaparte there is well recommended, but I have no personal experience. I frankly would prefer a hotel in the centre of Montreal, closer to museums, the Botanical Gardens, Place des Arts, Place des Spectacles, the mountain, shopping, etc, and you can always get to the old part of the city, at the port, in a cab or by metro. Some hotel names to google: Sofitel, Champlain, Versailles, Omni. "Tourism Montreal" has a good website you may find useful. If I remember correctly,June is the month for the Jazz Festival so best to book as soon as possible.
Jazz festival is at the end of June, but the city is busy all summer so booking a hotel at once is a good idea. Montreal is fairly spread out, west to east, so no single location can provide ideal access to everything. The Metro subway will take you to most places although not too convenient for what is marketed as Old Montreal. You can Google to find Metro routes and fares; also look up the official Montreal tourism site which is loaded with useful information about events etc.
Eating is serious business and there are plenty of advice sites; I use www.restomontreal.com for its search function, particularly to find bistros that allow bring-your-own wine (AVV in French, apportez votre vin.)
Wherever you stay, parking will be costly, but parking long-term will be easier than trying to find spots on the street in the older areas. Street meters are being replaced by pay-and-display controlled by central computers so you should be careful about the procedure.
Thank you for the links to the websites. (We will be there before the jazz fest and most of the special events planned for summer.)
Our accommodation budget is around 150 CAD. Does it make sense to stay somewhere just outside Montreal that is connected by the metro so that we could leave the car and rely on walking and ¢public transportation within the City?
The metro doesn't actually connect to any place outside of the city, but maybe a B&B would be of interest to you. Parking would probably be available, too. I just did a quick google and there are lots of B&B websites for Montreal, Including airb&b and booking.com. If you find one you would consider, you can come back here and ask about the location, etc. Good luck.
By the way, starting June 14 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will have an exhibit of Fabergé eggs! I can't wait to see it.
Oh.george, only 4 eggs? Blast. No doubt the exhibit will be worthwhile in any case. I am a member so it is free for me and I can take the No. 24 bus and get off at the museum door.
Thanks to all for suggestions and helping me get situated. The sites suggested are excellent. There appear,to be many possibilities for reasonably priced B&Bs and I think will start there since availability will be an issue in early June. Eveleen
George (above) said with regard to the Fabergé exhibit at the museum in Montreal, that only 4 Fabergé eggs will be in the show. He also said for this reason he would not plan a trip to Montreal.
However, today, watching the Antiques Roadshow, I learned that only 5 eggs are left in existence so being able to admire 80% of them is a rare opportunity.