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Aug 6, 2008 02:41 PM

Foodies in Montreal

My husband and I are planning a trip to Montreal in October. I've read a lot about the Jean Talon market and can see us making numerous trips during our stay (and bringing back as much cheese as our luggage can handle.)

Are there some nice boutique hotels nearby that anyone would recommend? In browsing online the Nelligan looked very cool and also seems like it has good dining, but I think it's about 2 miles from the JTM. But any other hotel recommendations that would be foodie-friendly (i.e. great in house dining options and/or close to lots of restaurants) are appreciated! We definitely plan on Au Pied du Cochon and I'm sure I can find other dining recommendations in threads here. I just like the idea of walking out of our hotel and heading to the JTM for breakfast or lunch!

Thanks, Chowhounds!

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  1. That's not a very hotel-y area (though maybe someone knows of something) but you may be able to find a B&B. Suggestion: why not stay at a boutique hotel in Old Montreal (if that's your thing) and just hop on the metro to the Jean-Talon stop, right near the market. Our metro system is quite efficient and it'll get you there in about 15-20 min. Or have breakfast at the wonderful Olive et Gourmando or Le Cartet in Old Montreal and then head up to JTM for lunch/snacks.

    And you may want to read this fast and perhaps make a note of anything useful, as hotel questions are off-topic and I bet this whole thread will be removed soon.


    Have a great trip!

    1. I don't think the Little Italy area is known for hotels, but JTM is right near a metro station and even if you stay downtown it is not a long trip.

      I have seen people advertising apartment rentals around Jean Talon, but of course cannot recommend specific ones without previous experience. However, apartment renting has been our preferred type of accommodation for big cities now. It is affordable and brings you the comfort of home. There is always risks, but we are OK to take it.

      If I were traveling, I would perhaps stay at a little bit the core of the city instead. I know most "nicer" hotels are in Old Montreal (where Nelligan is) and there is pretty good restaurants there; but I find that area a little bit isolated in terms of access to the rest of the city. I also find the sidewalks of Old Montreal in winter unbearably icy.

      There are also a tremendous number of Bed and Breakfasts in the Plateau, where you might have access to the smorgasbord the neigborhood offers, but I don't know any of them specifically.

      1. Chowhound aims to have a razor sharp focus on where to find delicious food To maintain that high signal to noise ratio, we do not allow general travel advice, extensive neighborhood "safety" discussion , or suggestions on which hotels to stay in. We ask that that those questions be answered on the many general travel websites that do an excellent job at that.

        Do feel free to ask if a certain neighborhoods are foodie-fabulous, and perhaps use that as a basis to choose your hotel. Lots of luck, and please everyone - keep it on the chow.

        1. I second that suggestion. I recommend the Hotel Place d'Armes or the Hotel St. Paul. Both have very good restaurants (Aix and Vauvert). Both are very close to stations on the orange line. Both are near many fine food options in Old Montreal.

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          1. re: rcianci

            Chowhound team, I agree. But there are some fine rentals around JTM. I have seen relevant advice at Lonely Planet, and I believe at SlowTravel - hope Chowhound doesn't mind me mentioning general travel sites - I have often referred travellers from those to Chowhound for foodie advice.

            My neighbourhood is in the old north end - not downtown. But I know people who have happily rented or stayed in b+b's around here. Please ask the question at travel sites, and with luck we will be able to answer!

            As rcianci says, if you are on the orange line, it is simple to get here.

            1. re: lagatta

              But keep in mind that October isn't exactly prime market season - depending on whether it's early or late in the month - all of the local fruits and many of the local veggies are long gone from the market by then. And JTM does tend to lose a bit of its character once it's been enclosed for the winter and all the seasonal vendors are gone.

              Boutique hotels are mainly clustered in Old Montreal, where there are many dining options, and it's walking distance or a reasonable taxi (or metro) ride to others. You'll find many good restaurants mentioned on this board, so search away, and feel free to ask questions once you've started narrowing down your choices!

              1. re: cherylmtl

                ITA agree about October being the not best time for the market. So I might even suggest OP to not worry about staying so close to it.

          2. My husband and I are also going to Montreal, but in late August after taking our son back to school near Albany. We are staying at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. I know they are right above a subway station and near to many things in walking distance. Any suggestions as to where and what? We will have four nights there and were hoping that one day to take a bus tour to Ottawa. Thanks.