Montreal. A good choice for budget travelers, this modest hotel on a central avenue across the square from Santa Maria Maggiore, three blocks from Stazione Termini, occupies a totally renovated older building and offers bright, fresh-looking (though small) rooms. The owner-managers are pleasant and helpful, and the neighborhood isn't far from the boho-chic Monti neighborhood, famous for its funky wine bars, cobblestone streets, and surplus of Roman trattorias and
good ethnic eats. P ros: helpful staff provides maps and good recommendations; bathrooms are spacious; great garden area for relaxing; private garage with limited parking space for guests.