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Printemps -- that’s "springtime" in French -- in Montréal is pretty sweet. After a long, cold winter, flowers are poking out of the soil, and the city’s Euro-flair shines through farmers markets, park picnics, and all kinds of festivals. (We love Montréal Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free and Montréal’s Digital Spring, a series of digital and architectural installations, among others.)
To tempt you even further, Tourisme Montréal is offering guests who visit for at least two nights a 50 percent discount on their second night, at one of 25 hotels.
Take advantage of the offer and you'll also be treated to a booklet of coupons of 2-for-1 admission to 29 citywide attractions, valued at $455 CAD (around $372 USD). These include Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, and the Bateau-Mouche cruises.
So what kind of rooms can you snag, exactly? There are plenty of participating hotels that already cost less than $200 CAD per night (around $159 USD). There's the Hôtel de Paris in Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End ($99+ CAD); the 21-room Auberge Le Pomerol downtown that delivers continental breakfast to the rooms (from $140 CAD); and the historical Hôtel Gault, which offers loft-style apartments in Old Montreal ($188 CAD). Apply the discount and you're looking at rates between $149 and $282 CAD for a two-night stay.
It should be no surprise that visiting in spring will be more cost-effective than visiting in the peak of summer, but just for additional comparison, rates at Hôtel Gault jump to $369 CAD, per night, the last weekend in July. This means two nights here in spring, with the promotion, will cost less than one night here in busy season.