We're going to Montreal for two nights and I am LOST.
I need a few quick questions answered PLEASE.
MY BACKGROUND: I run one of the best restaurants in Boston (french) and I used to live in NYC most of my life, so I've definitely had access to terrific food. I love beautiful boutique hotels, and though I can't afford it, definitely linger toward the luxurious side of things. But I'll stay in a big hotel if it's really nice and renovated.
FOOD: I need a place for dinner for Fri/Sat night. Fri night is a special birthday celebtration. But because I have always worked in 4 star cuisine, unfortunately for me, it is very hard for me to be "blown away" and I always regret spending the money. I'd much rather go to a moderately priced place and have a great meal. ANY SUGGESTIONS please (ie not Toque). How's Europea, Bonparte, Les Halles?
Also, recs for two GREAT BYOBs?
How about lunch?
DRIVE: I'm coming from Boston. Someone mentioned I-89. I would love the quickest route -- and thought maybe I'd stop for lunch in Montpelier...driving suggestions?
TAX: Can someone tell me how I get a tax refund? Is my hotel stay eligible? Do I keep all my receipts? Which tax is eligible -- just goods and services?
HOTEL: I was going to stay at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth on the concierge level, which is around $200US per night. Any thoughts? Are there any NICE boutique hotels well located that are less?
LOCATION: I am thoroughly confused about layout. Is the Queen Elizabeth in "new montreal"? How far away is "old montreal", downtown, and something called Cresent?
I AM SO THANKFUL TO THOSE WHO TAKE THE TIME TO RESPOND, it will help me so much. THANK YOU!