Montreal hotels jazz up packages for annual fest

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MONTREAL -- If the best of jazz often seems ahead of its time, it is only fitting that this summers International Festival de Jazz de Montreal is already hawking accommodations in the dead of winter.

The festival, an indoor and outdoor celebration of jazz scheduled for June 30 to July 10, features a number of performances in concert halls, clubs and other venues in and around the main festival grounds as well as a full schedule of free shows.

Among the performers already lined up are Bobby McFerrin, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Dave Holland Big Band.

Hotels participating in the Montreal Jazz Festival, as it is more commonly known south of the U.S.-Canada divide, include the Hyatt Regency Montreal, the official headquarters of the festival and the prime location when it comes to easy access to all festival events.

The special rate at the Hyatt, $255 Thursdays to Sundays and $211 Mondays to Wednesdays, includes breakfast and taxes and represents 25% off the rack rate.

The other properties offering similar deals through the run of the festival are:

  • Crowne Plaza Montreal Center, $176
  • Days Inn Montreal Downtown, $155
  • Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, $210
  • Quality Hotel Downtown, $276
  • Travelodge, $210
  • In addition to accommodation plans, visitors can buy a Jazz It Up Festival Fun Pack, which includes a T-shirt not sold on site; a ticket for the Jazz dIci series, which spotlights home-grown musicians; preferred access to reserved seating for indoor concerts; a Casino de Montreal certificate worth up to $27; and a Friends of the Festival Card that features a jazz compilation CD, a daily bottle of water, daily sunscreen, chair massage service and access to jam sessions at the Hyatt Regency.

    The Festival Fun Pack, which costs $54, and the accommodations deals are both available through Alio, the official travel provider for the Jazz festival.

    Alio, which is offering travel agents an 8% commission, can be contacted by calling (800) 280-9967, by e-mail at [email protected] or on the Festival Web site at www.montrealjazzfest.com/packages.

    To contact Executive Editor Joe Rosen, send e-mail to [email protected].

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