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Ra'anana, Israel
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Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Hello,

Please advise which of the following locations is better for sightseeing in Montreal, preferably with public transport, if not, then by car.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Laval, 1961 Boulevard Cure-Labelle,

Laval

or

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton - Montréal, 1900 Trans-Canada Highway Dorval (which offers a free shuttle to airport)

Thanks very much

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1. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Neither is good for sightseeing in Montreal. One is north of the city, Laval, and the other is at the airport.

The free airport shuttle from the hotel takes quite some time and then you still have to take a 30 minutes bus ride to downtown.

If you want to sightsee in Montreal, get a hotel in Montreal.

There are many to choose from.

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2. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Hi Miss-Muriel,

Welcome to the MONTREAL TRAVEL FORUM

Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada... although it is primarily "island based".. it and its suburbs spread out in all directions with pretty much continuous city-landscape for close to 50 Kms.

If one chooses NOT to stay on the Island of Montreal (and more specifically Downtown or beside a Metro Station) then you'd be looking at a MINIMUM of 30 Minutes to get to public transit... and another 30 Minutes or longer to use that transit to get into the heart of the city.

By car it could be even longer... as Montreal is an island... and everything funnels down to get on an off the island via the bridges & tunnel... traffic here it notorious !! Especially so during Weekday Rush Hours... 6 to 10 AM and 3 to 7 PM.

Any advantage to staying off the island... is quickly lost in the 1 to 2 Hour commutes one can face in each direction !!

So yes, neither of the locations you have inquired about are ideal.

Perhaps, we should be asking you a Question... WHY have you chosen such locations in the first place? Knowing more about what motivated those 2 choices might help us better to understand your needs.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

Edited: 10 November 2011, 01:46
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3. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Neither. Let's put this in your own terms... It's like staying in Lod (Dorval) or Ra'anana (Laval) to visit Tel-Aviv.

Assuming not traffic, you are talking about 30 minutes to 45 minutes in to Montreal.

Ra'anana, Israel
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4. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Thanks so much for your informative & helpful replies. You have certainly convinced me I should look for something more central :-) I will take a look at the recommendations here on TA, and if you have anything you recommend in particular with good location and not too expensive I would be grateful.

Thanks again!!

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5. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Hi Miss-Muriel,

<< Not too expensive >> is a relative term... what Mr Trump might find inexpensive would be waaaay out of your price range.

So knowing more about your needs and what type accommodations you are looking for... as well as a nightly Dollar Amount would be helpful.

Bearing in mind that in Canada... that there will be Extras to take into consideration... Parking (if needed... averages around $ 25 per night) - Breakfast (is not usually included in the price) - and other services (Internet - In Room Refrigerators etc)... as well as the fact that TAXES here will also set you back around 14%... and ALL are not typically added into the price you'll be quoted on-line... but added on beyond the room rate.

So a room that advertises as $ 120 could essentially end up costing $ 188.10 CDN ($ 120 + $ 25 for Parking + $ 10 for Breakfast + $ 10 for Internet = $ 165 + 14% = $ 188.10)

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

NOTE... Sales Tax will go up 1% come January 1, 2012 so taxes will be closer to 15% after that date.

Edited: 10 November 2011, 06:25
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6. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

If you're based downtown, typical Montreal sight-seeing does not require a car -- much is walkable and the Metro is excellent for the rest. Avoiding car rental fees and parking charges will save you a fair bit of money, and that might allow you to spend a little more on the hotel while staying within your overall budget.

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7. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Yes if you don't need a car for the duration of your stay in Mtl don't rent one. Even if you are planning a day trip out of town you should rent a car only for that day.

Otherwise I will give you one hotel recommendation that is nice and very well located (just on top of a métro/subway) station: Hotel de l'Institut. It is the application hotel of our hospitality school (acronym ITHQ), indoor parking is less expensive than at other hotels and a nice breakfast is included in the price. Depending on the time of your visit you could also dine at the student dining room (Salle Paul-Émile Lévesque) where the price of an upscale meal is the lowest in town.

Let us know if it fits your price and likes. We could then suggest other hotels with some comparison. in mind.

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8. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Hi,

Thanks for your helpful responses. (We will be arriving by car from New Hampshire and continuing to Toronto, so will already have a car.)

We indeed prefer to do our sightseeing as much as posible on foot so it seems like the downtown area or Old Montreal will be best location.

We are a family of 4 (adult daughters) & have no problem sharing a large room if that will be cheaper than 2 doubles. We were thinking of up to $ 150 a night.

We still have a long while to go....

Your help is appreciated.

Have a great weekend.

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9. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Look into the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, good prices, right in town near underground city entrance, metro stations, and has typical comfort of Hilton hotels, plus good reviews. This was our 2nd choice, but we had gone with a vacation rental that was nice, but the beds at Hilton Hotels still better than most vacation rentals.

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10. Re: Which has better location for Montreal sightseeing

Since it sounds like you're a Hilton client, i'd recommend looking at Embassy Suites downtown. I am aware that Embassy Suites do not always have the best reputation, but many told me that Montreal's is by far one of the best within the brand. Plus you'll have free breakfast, which always helps, and with that location you won't have to use your car - ever.