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  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 05, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    I'm planning a trip to Montreal later this month, and I have 3 questions.

    1. Best gay clubs in city?
    2. Best hotels near those clubs? (I want a good value, but not worry about bugs/rats and such. Reading reviews, I heard they were quite common)
    3. How much French do I need to know?
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    Oct 05, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    The main village clubs are Unity, Parking and Sky. I'd say Unity has a slightly younger crowd than the other two, but not by much. Unity also has a few women. They're all right around each other.

    Most people in the service industry can speak English, so don't worry about it. Only the metro staff can sometimes be jerks.
  • rafiki87

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    Oct 05, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    Hotels near the gay bars... there's not a lot, though there are more bed and breaksfasts... worse case scenario would be under 10$ cab ride or a couple metro stops away...

    Montréal is a bilingual city. Everyone practically speaks both English and French.
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    Oct 05, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    Hotel Gouverneur Place Dupuis is probably the closest (http://www.gouverneur.com). It's a 3.5-4 star I imagine? But other hotels within walking distance are the Hyatt Regency, Delta Montreal, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott Courtyard---as well as loads of independents and B&B's, especially along St Denis or St Laurent.
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    Oct 05, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    There isn't that much to gain by staying in the village itself. I would consider as far down Ste-Catherine as Peel (skipping the blocks roughly between Berri and St-Laurant which were quite run down 5 years ago), and as far up St-Denis or St-Laurent as Mont-Royale. I think you will want to cover the whole area in between by foot anyway, and the village is near the meeting points of those axes. Taxis are super cheap in Montreal too, for late at night.
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    Oct 05, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    1) not a one

    2) Frontenac is old and interesting, but I'd go with the Hilton - you can't see the Frontenac when you're staying in it.

    3) None. Everyone speaks English. In fact, the whole Frog-talk thing is a put-on. No one there learned any more French than we did in high school.
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    Oct 05, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ said1) not a one

    2) Frontenac is old and interesting, but I'd go with the Hilton - you can't see the Frontenac when you're staying in it.

    3) None. Everyone speaks English. In fact, the whole Frog-talk thing is a put-on. No one there learned any more French than we did in high school.

    I think you're talking about Quebec City, not Montreal.
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    Try a service like Hotels.Com or Expedia and read the reviews for a hotel. I did enjoy the bed & breakfast on a visit 5 years ago. Don't even bother speaking French. If you have command of the language, it's assumed that you are fluent. What was learned in school or France doesn't always make the local dialect understandable when answers are given. It's a great city, but get there before the cold weather sets in. The underground tunnels are great for traversing the downtown area when snow and ice cover the landscape.
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Checkout montrealespaceconfort.com , my favorite hotel close to the clubs on St. Catherine. It's on St. Denis in the Latin Quarter.....a great area for bars/restaurants.......and no more than 10 minute walk to clubs on St. Catherine.

    If you don't mind a longer walk or short taxi ride, stay in Le Plateau area.....or at least visit the area for 'the cool factor'.

    Take a hike or run up "The Mountain" for a great view of the city.