10 reasons why Old Montréal is marvellous for meetings
With over 300 years of history, Montréal is one of North America’s oldest cities — and the neighbourhood of Old Montréal is where it all began.
Here are ten great reasons to choose Old Montréal as the setting for your next big event.
History. Montréal has grown from fledgling French colony to important British stronghold to cosmopolitan North American metropolis of three million inhabitants. Old Montréal is a hotbed of beguiling stories and historic events. As a planner, you can put this heritage front and centre.
Charm. While Old Montréal has certainly evolved across the centuries, one thing remains: charm. With its cobblestone streets, stunning churches and charismatic architecture, the neighborhood consistently ranks as a favourite attraction among travellers to Montréal.
Great offsite venues. When it comes to planning important events, venue selection is of utmost importance. Old Montréal offers superb options. Phi Centre (pictured) is a LEED-certified building featuring state-of-the-art recording and broadcasting equipment. Constructed of glass and steel, Scena is a historical building located in the Old Port that offers breathtaking views over the Saint Lawrence River. Erected in 1844, the vast halls of Marché Bonsecours — the city’s oldest market — can accommodate up to 1000 guests.
Free Wi-Fi. Launched last year as part of the Montréal’s Smart and Digital City Plan, the majority of Old Montréal is now a Wi-Fi zone. Simply select MtlWifi on your wireless device and start surfing — no fees and no hoops to jump through!
Stunning boutique hotels. Old Montréal is home to a handful of handsome hotels. The most recent opening, Hôtel William Gray, offers a contrast of history and modernity in a newly constructed eight-floor glass tower. Next to the spectacular Notre-Dame Basilica, the Saint-Sulpice Hotel offers luxury suites and intimate meeting spaces. Last but certainly not least, Hôtel Place d’Armes links three 19th-century buildings, featuring lavish interiors and exposed stone walls.
Proximity to Montréal’s convention centre. Old Montréal is footsteps away from the Palais des congrès de Montréal — which makes ideal access (read: walkable) for delegates attending larger-scale events in the city.
Access to water. Old Montréal is at the foot of the Saint Lawrence River, and this means easy access to boat cruises. For an unforgettable yet affordable fine-dining experience, have your team set sail with Bateau mouche. For more intimate meetings or events, Croisières AML offers private boats with glassed-in decks and unobstructed perspectives of the city.
Art. The neighborhood is peppered with private art galleries and public sculptures. In the evenings, have your team use the free Wi-Fi network to view the Cité Mémoire exposition, the largest outdoor video-projection installation in the world. The projects are activated by the viewers own mobile device.
Nightlife. Old Montréal is home to some of the city’s favourite socializing spots. From busting pubs along Place Jacques-Cartier to the exclusive sunset views from the rooftop Terrasse Place d’Armes, there are no shortage of venues to sip and mingle.
Rejuvenation. The pace of Old Montréal is relaxed. Visitors can jog alongside the port or meditate beside the river. For deeper rejuvenation, treat your crew to massages at one of the luxury spas, such as Bota Bota or Spa Scandinave.