Any advice appreciated on our stay in Montreal.
We are an Australian family with 2 young children (6 & 7). We will be visiting Montreal in early Jan 2008. We have a total of 4 nights but are driving from Stowe so I figure about 3 1/2 days sightseeing.
I was going to stay in Montreal and sightsee for 2 days and then spend 1 day driving to Mont Saveur and Mont Tremblant. Now I am thinking maybe we should drive to Mont Tremblant and spend 2 nights here and then 2 nights in Montreal City. We then head to Toronto.
Our climate is sub-tropical so we don't have snow in our city and are not skiers but we would like to try the sleigh rides, snow mobile, dog sledding (depending on cost) and would love to stay at the snow. Although Mont Tremblant seems very expensive. Is it worth the cost? It looks beautiful but photos always look deceiving. I would want to stay right in the Pedestrian Village. If so, can anyone recommend one of the hotels that isn't going to break the budget?
The places I have looked at in Montreal City are Le Roberval, Holiday Inn Express, Phillips Square Hotel. The Le Roberval seems like great value for a 2 bedroom place but I'm not sure if the location is "safe" with 2 young children. The other two places are the same price but only a one bedroom and for a 2 bedroom it is an extra $100 a night on top. We definitely need at least a 1 bedroom place (preferrably with some kind of cooking facility) as our children are difficult to get to sleep unless the room is dark.
Can anyone advise on these 3 hotels and their locations for safety. We don't really need to be centrally located because we will have a car and the children won't walk far anyway so we will have to drive and park.
The main things I want to see are in Old Montreal & Port, Mount Royal. I love shopping but if I don't have the time, then it doesn't really matter as I plan on shopping in other places in the US.
So my main questions are should we base ourselves in Montreal City and do the drive up to Mont Tremblant for the day but miss out on the experience of "staying" in the snow. Or should we do 2 nights there and 2 nights in Montreal?