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Rick from Buffalo, New York asked

Montreal.. .What's the deal on cool neighborhoods & rooms for a honeymoon?

Hey Trippers, 

I'm planning a trip to Montreal, actually it's the first stop on a Honeymoon. Looking online for some rooms to rent now. What are the cool neighborhoods? My soon-to-be-wife and I are avid backpackers, but we're trying to class this one up a little. Homestay is cool though, we really like to get the feel of a city. 

Any suggestions? 

Further note: the Trip is leaning towards Iceland as a layover on the way to Europe. Don't know where yet. Ideas? 

Montreal (Canada)

4 Answers
top answer by
Patrick from Rotorua

Hi Rick,

there are plenty of cool neighborhoods in montreal, the   good news is that no matter where you end up you're bound to find something exciting. The ones I would recommend are :

Vieux-Montreal now that is picture perfect honeymoon stuff... Picture old Europe, you and your beloved sipping a latte eating a croissant with the echo of horse drawn buggies on cobble stone streets... There are many b&b's and picture perfect hotels... awesome food and a budding nightlife...

Le Plateau was voted the coolest neighbourhood in North America by rolling stone. You will find Montreal cooler version of Greenwich village; expect a mix of designer and thrift boutiques, cool cafés, great eateries and wine bars... Slick pubs and a dazzling mix of artists, business people and some genuine crazies.... Youll find lots of b&b's and hostels that don't break the bank. Great restaurant scene (Montreal has many) and really cool nightlife.

Quartier Latin is yet another neighborhood... You will be deep into French left wing territory here... No worries if you don't speak the language... Just remember merci, bonjour and s'il vous plait, the locals will then see your interest for local language and take you as one of them. Don't be frightened by the the alternative and street people, they are harmless... This neighbourhood is plentiful with great (cheap) restaurants, cool nightlife and a true blue French Canadian flavour.

Rue Saint-Denis is one of the arteries of this great neighborhood.

Villeray is another great up and coming neighbourhood. very French and very cosmopolite, it is along the Metro line (subway) and easy to get to. You will find Marché Jean-Talon and the Petite Italie / Little Italy, simply put foodie heaven.

Griffintown is another up and comer. There are many antique stores and cool restaurants, some really extraordinary nightlife spots and cool art galleries.  Not sure about some decent hostels however.

no matter where you go, Montreal is a safe and easy place to visit for people of all origins. keep an open mind, open heart and it will reveal it's treasures...

enjoy and félicitations....

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answered by
Juli from Salem (Massachusetts)

We love stopping over in Iceland on the way to Europe.  Plan to go to the Blue Lagoon while you are there for sure.  We got in-water massages while we were there that we will never forget.  My husband really enjoyed the special "mud" that is part of the lagoon experience.

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Kevin from Edmonton

Iceland is amazing. Just got back. To save time and money Rent a car, you don't need an IDP. We used sixt rentals very helpful. Also remember your flight into Iceland is normally to Keflavik International Airport / Keflavíkurflugvöllur (KEF), so be sure to book your car reservation there. We were there early May and it was amazing seeing their spring. sun doesn't set until 10pm in May so we went to as much as the sites as we could. After about 6:30 most big tours are gone. We found our selves at one of the national parks ÞingvellirWith no one else in sight. Pretty cool. Their summer busy season starts in June again.

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I Just remembered this guide to Iceland that was very helpful The Pdfs of the brochures are in english.

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Sondra from Canada

I can suggest you check out Montreal romantic hotels-I looked at first 25 - all good choices- depends on $ , deals, time if year- Honeymoon -you should book a hotel with something to remember- the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure's  outdoor pool is great, but no city views. 

Although not on the roof, if you want pools with views, I recommend the Hilton Garden Inn Montréal Centre-Ville, which has a pool on the 20th? floor. Its all glass around so excellent views.

The only other place I can think of is Hotel Le Crystal Montreal. Its pool does not have views, but its gym does, and it has a jacuzzi on a "balcony" overlooking downtown.…

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