Quebec City is a charming destination, with one of the most famous old town districts in North America. Overlooking the St Lawrence River, the quaint cobblestone streets, cozy cafes and vintage shops are reminiscent of European cities – a stark contrast to Canada’s modern hubs of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. For the best Quebec experience, try one of these top hotels.
The Château Frontenac is not only a National Historic Site, but recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world. Situated right on the St Lawrence River, this monumental landmark towers over Old Quebec. There are three restaurants inside, including a wine and cheese bar and Champlain, which serves contemporary Canadian cuisine. Standard guest rooms are furnished in traditional chateau fashion and can offer superior views.
For an intimate stay in a cozy boutique, opt for Auberge aux Deux Lions. It’s in the trendy Saint-Jean-Baptiste district, not far from the old town, embraced by peaceful surroundings. Certain rooms show off the stone walls from the oldest parts of the hotel, which date back to 1909. As this hotel is quite small, reservations are an absolute must; the staff are willing to help with anything and everything, including a free walking tour of the city to help orientate yourself.
For a romantic experience in Old Quebec, book Hotel le Close Saint-Louis. The cozy ambiance honors the building’s history – this is a former pair of Victorian houses renovated into a small boutique hotel. All rooms come with a tea service set, fine linens and deluxe toiletries, and are decorated with original woodwork and exposed stone. Specializing in romantic packages – for honeymoons and anniversaries – couples can expect an unforgettable experience, including a four course dinner for two. Be aware: there is no elevator.
Set right on the Old Port, Auberge Saint-Antoine has earned several accolades for its excellent service. The hotel blends contemporary decor with artefacts dating back to the 1600s, many of which were found in an archaeological dig during construction. Families will appreciate the teddy bear gift on arrival for children, plus you can rent movies to play at the onsite movie theater, Cinema Saint-Antoine, for no extra charge.
Le Germain is housed in a century-old building in the Old Port area. The hoteliers have made every effort to preserve the original architecture, blending it with restorations to create a delightful mix of classic and contemporary decor. Expect goose down duvets for those super-cold nights, plus there is a 24/7 gym for night owls or early risers. This hotel is ideally located for many of the best restaurants in the city and day trips into the Petit Champlain.
The Hôtel du Vieux-Québec is highly regarded as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the city – it even has its own beehives. Opt for the free walking tour of Old Quebec during the summer, before watching the sunset over the river with a homemade lemonade in hand. Bistro Tournebroche, the hotel’s restaurant, specializes in local organic food. Homemade breakfast baskets add to the cozy and comfortable feeling.
Just around the corner from the famous 1647 Notre-Dame de Québec, Hôtel le Priori is a chic boutique hotel. Inside, you’ll find exposed brick walls, antique bathtubs and art deco furniture. For the ultimate cosy stay, opt for a suite with a fireplace. Tuck into the complimentary breakfast box, delivered straight to your room each morning, plus there’s a leafy terrace where you can enjoy your morning coffee in the summer months.
Built in 1851, the Maison du Fort is just a block away from the citadel in Old Quebec. Traditional, comfortable rooms cater for one to four people with a complimentary continental breakfast of tea, coffee, juice and muffins served in the living room. Though it is located in the heart of the city, the surrounding neighborhood is quiet. The owner will gladly draw up a map for you with highlights of the city. It’s particularly ideal if you like cats, as there is a friendly resident cat named Oscar.
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Voted the best hotel in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler, Hôtel 71 is located in a building with plenty of history: it was formerly the first head office of the National Bank of Canada. The outside has a great example of 19th-century Neoclassical architecture, while the inside is decorated in an elegant urban style. An espresso lounge serves coffee throughout the day. For delightful Italian cuisine, eat at the attached restaurant, Il Matto.
The Hôtel Manoir Victoria has a long history, dating back to the 1830s. Despite its age, rooms are spacious with sleek and modern decor. Book a table at Chez Boulay, the hotel’s restaurant, with its Nordic-inspired cuisine. Not only is there a spa, specializing in massage therapy, but an indoor saltwater pool and sauna are available as well to warm up after a cold winter stroll.
On the narrow cobblestone lane of Rue Saint-Pierre in Old Port, Auberge Saint-Pierre is situated in what was once known as Quebec City’s Wall Street. The hotel’s 30 rooms and nine suites embody a rustic style and cozy atmosphere, with parquet floors and walls of exposed brick and stone. The high ceiling, delicate stained glass lamps and tall brick fireplace in the library suggest wealth from its days as a 19th-century financial institution.
With a strong focus on health and wellness, this 17th-century monastery in Old Quebec has been restored to provide guests with mindful experiences. You won’t find TVs in your rooms, except for the one upstairs in the lounge. The menu at the onsite restaurant is crafted according to seasonal availability of local and organic ingredients. To relieve body tension and truly relax, indulge in one of the hotel’s wide selection of massages, which include energy healing, Thai yoga, and even an option for a chair massage.