Old Montreal is, as you probably guessed it, the old part of Montreal. It is where the city was born, in fact it's the starting point of many things. Very few of the early buildings (mid 1600) remain, many fires have swept through old Montreal in the early days, but there's still a lot of buildings from different eras. There's a large variety of buildings, of different styles and functions, from public buildings (the old courts, city hall, etc) to more commercial buildings (the old stock exchange, board of trade, etc). Most of the buildings' are from the 17th century to early 20th century, although there are some modern buildings. Those different buildings in old Montreal really represent the evolution of the city.
There are many interesting things to do, mostly visiting museums and historical buildings, walking around and taking in the sights (and eating...). Many family activities take place in the old port : special exhibitions, biking, rollerblading, etc. Most of the activities are held at the King Edward pier in the old port. The Jacques-Cartier pier is mostly used for some special events, there's also a place for lunch and an information desk.
Old Montreal can get very crowded and very touristy during the summer since this part of town is full of tourists, so if you are the type of visitor that want to stay away from the other tourists, better visit old Montreal in the off season or early in the day because it's worth it. But there isn't much going on outside the tourism season (between October and April) so you won't see many people walking in the streets. During the off season, the museums are still open as are the most restaurants and bars (but with limited hours) and there are activities that you can do just during the winter (like skating in the old port for instance).
We just finished our stay at Hakims' studio near old Montreal. The location was fantastic - about 10 minutes from the central train station, just down the street from a metro station and an easy 10 minute walk to old Montreal. The studio was pretty much as advertised - since it is a rental we noticed some wear and tear but it was clean, mostly very quiet, and had almost all the amenities you could ask for. The only downside was that the cleaning lady was still at the suite when we tried to get our keys, which was well after check in time, and that the kitchen wasn't very stocked with enough plates/bowls etc. but since it was just the two of us we didn't mind. Thanks Hakim!
Very accommodating host; had a wonderful time. Would book again any time.
Everything went very smoothly as we found the place easily and the keys were conveniently left for us at the doorman. The apartment was as described with everything we needed, very nice, neat and comfortable. Great location, close to everything downtown. definitely recommend this place. Thank you Hakim.
Best thing about Hakim's apartment is perhaps its location - steps away from the subway it has been extremely convenient.
Place is very tidy, and exactly as described. Highly recommended
Nice place will stay again, host very descriptive and transparent about process
Awesome place and great location! We didnt get the apartment in the picture but the one we had was equally good if not better! The only drawback might be the mattress which I found a bit hard but my friend appreciated it. Then again our stay was very enjoyable!
The studio apartment was as described: nice, clean and centrally located. The kitchen is frugal but has all necessities to cook a meal. There is a parking garage available paying a supplement, but I was able to park on the street. The 24-hour doorman was a good thing to have, because even though we arrived in the middle of the night, we didn't have to worry.
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From Montreal, have lived In Europe and Latin America, love to travel.
Speak French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. I really enjoy Mexican food and Venezuelan Food too. My favorite sport is Soccer ( Football) and I'm a big fan of FC Barcelona.