Montreal Sights

Hôtel de Ville (City Hall)

  • 275 rue Notre-Dame Est Map It
  • Old Montréal
  • Government Building

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

President Charles de Gaulle of France marked Canada's centennial celebrations in 1967 by standing on the central balcony of Montréal's ornate city hall on July 24 and shouting "Vive le Québec libre" ("Long live free Québec"), much to the delight of the separatist movement and to the horror of the federal government that had invited him over in the first place. Perhaps he got carried away because he felt so at home: the Second Empire–style city hall, built in 1878, is modeled after the one in Tours, France. Free guided tours are available (reservations required).

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275 rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1C6, Canada

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514-872–0077-for guided tours

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 8–5

Published 10/26/2015


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Jun 20, 2017

Trapped in Hell

The rooms have no security (no indoor lock e.g., chain or bolt), plus fire exit doors propped open presumably with people using the stairwells at all hours. Towels used were not replaced. Made me wonder about the bed sheets/ cover. Room had a strong smell. The only plus is that it is near the underground (metro).

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