I go to college in Massachusetts and my friends and I have always wanted to drive up to Montreal on our fall break (October 11-14). Where can we stay that is central to Montreal and nice but affordable? Don't want to stay in a hostel, but can't stay in a 5 star hotel either. Also, what are some destinations, bars or restaurants that are unique to Montreal that we can visit while we're there?
It looks like there are some decent options under $100 for those days -- number 13 on this list looks especially interesting. And it's a great location.
Check out bars and restaurants on Boulevard Saint-Laurent. It's one of my favorite areas to wander around. Also, there's a great farmer's market that's fun to nibble your way through -- Marché Jean-Talon market (there's a subway stop right there.) There are a couple of famous bagel shops that have a unique to Montreal type of bagel that are great. St-Viateur Bagel is one.
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I used hotwire.com to get a great deal on a hotel in Montreal the last time I was there. We stayed in downtown on the border of Chinatown, so old town was less than a 10 minute walk. I have a post about where I ate, drank, stayed on my blog. Check out www.flirtingwiththeglobe.com