Welcome to Montreal, Canada's second largest city and the heart of French-speaking Canada. Home to nearly 2 million people, the city is located on the island of Montreal where the rivers Saint Lawrence and Ottawa meet. It is a thoroughly modern city with a French twist. It is a strong commercial center as well as a world leader in design and the arts. Quebec's capital is a delight to visit and to live. It is continuously being rated as one of the best cities in the world to live in. With the city's strong design scene and French roots you can expect any Montreal boutique hotel to be stylish, comfortable and offering excellent service.
The city was named after the old French name Mont Real, which was given to the hill, which rises in the middle of Montreal Island. A fur trading station was first established here by Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer in 1611. Due to its strategic location where two rivers join, the town soon grew to become an important port. By 1860 it had become the largest city in northern British America and the de facto capital of Canada. 1959 saw the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which enabled ships to bypass Montreal on their way to the Great Lakes. This reduced the economic importance of the city, but allowed it to become a true cultural center for the French speaking minority of Canada.
Montreal's climate is continental but humid. This means that summers are on average hot, but also muggy with temperatures between 79 degrees Fahrenheit and 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters can get very cold with a lot of snow and wind with average temperatures between 23 degrees Fahrenheit and 9 degrees Fahrenheit. It rains throughout the year with November to March being the wettest months.
Quebec's capital is a relaxed and vibrant place to visit. There are some very interesting buildings going back to the city's French origins such as the Notre Dame Basilica, a grand cathedral, which was built in a Gothic Revivalist style. The building is very colorful and ornate with beautiful wood-carvings and a bright blue ceiling decorated with stars. Another important sight is the Bonsecour Market, a long two story building with a domed middle section, which at times housed the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada and the City Hall. Today, the building has been refurbished and functions as an up-market shopping mall with many restaurants and cafes. It also offers rooms for banquets and conferences. The old center of the city, Old Montreal is a pleasant area to explore on foot and includes other sights such as the Old Port, The Pointe-a-Calliere Museum and the place of Jacques-Cartier.
Most people visit Montreal because of their interest in modern culture or for business reasons. It has a vibrant arts scene with leading artists in dance, music and the visual arts. It is one of only a handful of cities worldwide which have been designated as a UNESCO City of Design. There are numerous examples of new, stylish architecture throughout the city such as the Place Ville-Marie office tower. Its penthouse restaurants and nightclubs are an excellent location to experience the beauty and energy of the city.
Hotel facilities in Montreal are world class. Any Montreal boutique hotel will offer carefully styled rooms, internet access, 24 hour open hotel reception and friendly and helpful staff. Many hotels are located in the city center allowing visitors to explore the heart of the city with many of its favorite sights on foot. Some of the bigger hotels will of course also include leisure center facilities such as a gym or swimming pool, a pickup service from the airport and excellent restaurant and bar facilities. All of the hotels will aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Montreal is an excellent location for a business meeting or conference. Many of the services in the city are bilingual English and French and give the city a truly international feel. Standards for transportation are very high and one can move around the city easily via taxis, subway, metro and buses. Montreal has two international airports with the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport functioning as the main passenger air hub.
Hospitality is important in any Montreal boutique hotel as are comfort and style. Visit Canada's second city and enjoy its French feel and modern energy.
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