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  • Montreal, viewed from Mount Royal
  • Ra Ra Riot at the Montreal Metropolis
  • Montreal Biosphere
  • Montreal after dusk
  • Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
  • Montreal Stadium

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Visiting Montreal

Montreal is a vibrant, dynamic city that is well suited to the business traveller.

Getting to Montreal couldn't be easier with several airlines serving the Pierre Trudeau International Airport and good taxi and car hire links into the city. Visas are not required for entry by European visitors. You will of course need a full passport and the usual travel documents, not forgetting travel insurance. Currently there are no specific inoculations required for travel to Canada.

Getting Around

Once in the city there is a very good transport system consisting of bus, metro and subway links. Indeed the Montreal Metro Transport System received the Outstanding Public Transport System Award in North America 2010. There are also many good car rental companies operating from the airport and within the city itself.

Where to Stay

There is no shortage of hotel accommodation from budget guest houses to five star luxury hotels throughout the city. Below are just a few which have been recommended by users of the Lonely Planet website.

Budget Hotels

The Bienvenue Bed and Breakfast Establishment: prices here range from 50 Canadian dollard a night. This is a simple no frills hotel situated in the Plateau Mont Royal District in the Latin Quarter. Rooms are small and simple, but clean although most are not en-suite.

The Gingerbread Manor Bed and Breakfast is again in the Plateau Mont Royal district close to Carre St Louis and is a three storey town house with rich ornamentation. Visitors describe it as a charming bed and breakfast establishment with five elegant rooms. Again the rooms are not en-suite.

3* Hotels

Le Petit Hotel in the Old Port area close to the Notre Dame basilica is described as a boutique hotel. It has twenty four en-suite bedrooms equipped with fridges,wi-fi acccess and i-pod docking facilities. There is also a small spa and cafe and the hotel offers business services and express check out.

The Armor Manoire Sheerbrooke has some en-suite rooms and is close to the Place Des Arts. It is a Victorian building but does offer wi-fi and internet access. Rooms here start from £132 Canadian dollars per night.

5* Luxury

For that extra taste of luxury there is always the Ritz Carlton in Downtown Montreal. Here you will find opulent rooms and excellent service. Rooms are en-suite and many feature mini bar, safes, desks, t.vs and multi line phones. There is a fitness suite, spa, pool and computer station, and the hotel can also offer limo hire. Prices here start at 440 Canadian Dollars per night and climb considerably higher, as is to be expected.

Where to Eat

There are of-course a host of restaurants to choose from, but below are just a few.

The Europa on Rue de la Montagne in the Downtown area offers French Cuisine and comes highly recommended. Prices here range from 73 to 79 dollars.

Les Deux Singes De Montarvie oin the Plateau Mont Royal District won the Certificate of Excellence in 2013. It offers casual dining and prices range from 29 to 53 dollars.

The Toroli on Marie Anne Est also won the Certificate of Excellence in 2013. The cuisine here is a mixture of French, Japanese and Fusion, and prices range from 25 to 70 dollars.

Renoir Sofitel hotel on Sheerbrooke Quest is another winner of the Certificate of Excellence and offers contemporary cuisine.

Last but not leatst the Restaurant L'Autre Version on the Rue St Paul offers casual elegant dining with a Meditteranean cuisine. Another winner of thecoveted Certificate of Excellence prices here range from 25 to 70 dollars.

Things to Do

The Place Des Arts is a complex of concert and theatre halls and also the Headquarters of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and may be the ideal place to catch a show or musical performance.

The Rialto Theatre in Park Avenue is a National historic Site and the venue for some enjoyable entertainment.

The Parc Nature de L'lle-de-la Visitation along the Riviere des Prairies is a nature park that is stuffed with sites of historic interest. You can also enjoy fishing, the toboggan run, ski trails and hiking in a wonderful natural setting.

Pointe a Calliere museum of Archaeology is in the old Port Area of the city and contains some fascinating exhibits showing the history of this beautiful city.

The Old Port is a marvellous centre for outdoor activities. It stretches for more than 2km along the St Lawrence RIver and here you can enjoy Segway, Cultural events, Boating and numerous other activities.

The Montreal Casino is the largest in Canada and is open twenty four hours a day. Besides all the usual attractions there are restaurants, bars, cabaret and banqueting facilities.

La Ronde is a Theme park open from May to October. Here you will discover all the usual thrills and spills including roller coasters, vertigo minirail and a rock climbing wall. On top of this it is all in a beautiful setting.

The Bell Centre is a sports and entertainment complex featuring everything from sports to comedy and music events. It is situated on the Avenue des Canadienes de Montreal.

Wherever you choose to stay here and whatever your taste in entertainment it is very unlikely that you will be disappointed. There really is something for everyone in this fascinating city with its intriguing mix of architectural styles and cosmopolitan atmosphere. With several ideal conference venues and round the clock entertainment you're sure to find exactly what you are looking for whether it be work or play.

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