Plan Your Stay

 

CONFERENCE VENUE:

Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel 
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West Montreal, QC, H3B 2L7, Canada
Tel: +1 (514) 878-2000

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

A block of guest rooms with a discounted rate has been reserved at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel, the conference venue.  This discounted rate is only valid for bookings made by 27 February 2017 and must be booked through their official system.  Note that IAIA HQ is not involved in hotel reservations; all delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodations.

Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West Montreal, QC, H3B 2L7, Canada
Tel: +1 (514) 878-2000
Approx. $189 (CAD) per night

BOOK ONLINE HERE

 

If you are looking for budget-friendly accommodations, here is a list of additional hotels and hostels. Please note that no room blocks or discounted rates are available at these hotels; listed rates are approximate and may vary at time of booking. Bookings should be made directly with these hotels

Novotel Montreal Centre

  • 1180 rue de la Montagne, H3G 1Z1, Montreal, QC ǀ Tel: +1.514.861.6000
  • From $159 (CAD) per night

Best Western Ville-Marie Hôtel & Suites

  • 3407 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1W7 ǀ Tel: +1.514.288.4141
  • From $130 (CAD) per night

Château Versailles

  • 1659 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3H 1E3 ǀ Tel: +1.514.933.3611
  • From $125 (CAD) per night

Le Nouvel Hotel

  • 1740 René-Lévesque West Montréal, QC H3H1R3 ǀ Tel: +1 800-363-6063
  • $119 (CAD) per night ǀ Contact lelmtouni@lenouvelhotel.com and mention "IAIA 2017"

Hôtel Zéro1

  • 01 Rene-Levesque Est, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3Z5 ǀ Tel: +1-514-871-9696
  • From $135 (CAD) per night

Hôtel Y de Montréal

  • 1355, boul René-Lévesque O, H3G 1T3 Montreal, QC ǀ Tel: +1 514 866 9942
  • From $80 (CAD) per night

 

TOURIST & TRAVEL INFORMATION:

TOURIST INFORMATION:

  • Tourisme Montréal (http://iaia.alamontreal.com) has helpful travel information and exclusive offers for IAIA17 delegates.
  • The main tourist information center in Montréal, Infotouriste, is located near the corner of Peel and Ste‑Catherine (1255 Peel; metro Peel; Tel: +1 514‑873‑2015).

PASSPORTS & VISAS:  All foreign visitors to Canada must have a valid passport.   Nearly all foreign nationals also require a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Please visit the Government of Canada website to search for the requirements for your country.  For more information on the visa application process, please see Visit Canada. Be sure to make your visa applications early, as the process can take weeks to months in some cases. If you need a visa invitation letter, please contact info@iaia.org no later than 15 March 2017. Requests received after this date will not be accommodated.  Registration and payment must be received by IAIAHQ before an invitation letter will be provided. Please note that IAIA has no influence in visa application procedures or the approval/denial of individual applications by embassies.  All countries have different requirements; it is the sole responsibility of each delegate to inquire on the proper procedure from their country’s embassy in an effort to procure their visitor visa.

TRANSPORTATION TO MONTRÉAL:
By air: The Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, just 20 minutes from downtown, is served by more than 30 airlines travelling to some 130 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and North America.  

  • AIRLINE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE: The Star Alliance member airlines are the Official Airline Network for IAIA17. Discounts of up to 20% are available to IAIA17 delegates plus up to one accompanying person, depending on fare and class of travel booked. To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discount, delegates must use the Conventions Plus Online Booking Tool:

    Conventions Plus Online Booking Tool

    (If you have trouble accessing the system via the link above, it can also be accessed directly at http://www.staralliance.com/en/web/staralliance/convention-delegates by entering Event Code AC07S17)

    Click here for full discount details. The participating airlines for this Event are: ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United. Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares, and Star Alliance Round the World fares.

From the airport, you can get a taxi (CAD$40) or limousine (CAD$55-60) at the arrivals level near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom, where a dispatcher will assist you. The 747 bus line service (CAD$10) runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal, near metro station Berri UQAM. The Sheraton is between stops 3 and 4 on the metro map.

By bus: Montréal’s Central Bus Station provides access to over 450 Canadian destinations and many American towns and cities. It is directly linked to the Berri-UQAM metro station and to the underground pedestrian network.

By train: VIA Rail Canada operates many trains coming to Montréal from across the country. Amtrak has daily service to Montréal from New York City. The Central Station is located near Bonaventure Metro or McGill Metro and is walking distance from the Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel.

By car: Montréal is easily accessible by highway with many roads and expressways leading to the city, including the Trans-Canada Highway. American visitors have easy access to Montréal via the Interstates 87 and 89.

TRANSPORTATION WITHIN MONTRÉAL:
Subway: The Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) offers a tourist pass valid for a one-, three-, or seven-day period, allowing unlimited access to its bus and metro (subway) network.

Taxis: Taxis are an inexpensive and comfortable way to get around Montréal. You will find taxi stands at most hotels and major commercial centers. It is always easy to hail a cab on main streets, or you can ask your hotel concierge to call a taxi for you.

Car rentals: Major car rental companies have offices at the airport and throughout Montréal (including one nearby the Sheraton Center).

CLIMATE: Montréal has a semi-continental climate, with a warm, humid summer and a very cold winter. Spring in Montréal ranges from chilly to warm weather—April brings temperatures between 8 °C and 15 °C (46 °F and 59 °F), but  the weather is unpredictable—hot, humid weather and snow are possible in the same week.

BUSINESS HOURS: Common retail hours are 9:00-18:00 Mondays through Wednesdays, 9:00-21:00 Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00-17:00 Saturdays, and 10:00-17:00 Sundays. There are exceptions: many large pharmacies, some grocery stores, and some bookstores stay open late all week, and some smaller boutiques may open their doors later in the morning.  

CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS: The unit of currency is the Canadian dollar. ATMs are common and available in the entire city center, but they may have a service fee. There are many currency exchange centers throughout the downtown area. Banks can usually exchange U.S. funds without any problem but may not be prepared to handle other currencies. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are all widely accepted for most things including shopping, restaurants, and hotel bills.

TIPPING: A tip of 15% is customarily left for servers at restaurants, calculated on the pre-tax total of your bill. It will not be calculated for you. In bars, the tip tends to be offered as you pay for each drink or round. Taxi drivers also normally get a tip of 10-15% as do those who render personal services such as haircuts. Many counter service establishments have a tip jar: whether you drop in a bit of change is entirely up to you.

ELECTRICITY: Electricity in Canada is 110V with two flat prong plugs. If you come from a country that uses 220V electricity, you will have to bring a converter for any appliances you bring along.

SMOKING: Smoking is not permitted on any form of public transit nor in restaurants, bars, stores, shopping centers, cinemas, elevators, government offices, banks, and inside office buildings. Many buildings have cigarette disposal arrangements outside and a 9-meter smoke-free distance is obligatory from the entrances of public buildings like schools, hospitals, and libraries. Smoking and vaping is banned on restaurant terraces (patios), and it is illegal to smoke in a vehicle with children under 16.

TAXES: Most goods and services in Quebec are subject to two taxes: a federal Goods and Services Tax of 5% (usually listed as TPS on receipts) and a provincial sales tax of 9.975% (TVQ on receipts). An accommodation tax of 3.5% per night of hotel stay is also charged. Books are not provincially taxed, and most groceries are not taxed at all unless something counts as ready-to-eat. Almost everything else is taxable.