Where to Book a Stay in Quebec City, Quebec, for a Local Experience

The Hôtel Palace Royal Centre-Ville is popular with Quebecers looking for a family-friendly staycation
The Hôtel Palace Royal Centre-Ville is popular with Quebecers looking for a family-friendly staycation | Courtesy of Hôtel Palace Royal Centre-Ville / Expedia
Sandra MacGregor

Not sure where to stay in Quebec City? Book one of these boutique hotels in the French-Canadian capital.

Many travelers return time and again to Quebec City for its quaint European charm, historic architecture and rich history. In fact, it’s the only fortified city north of Mexico. If you’re looking for a deep dive into Quebec City culture, or want to get to know locals on a more one-to-one level, these hotels won’t disappoint.

1. Hôtel Le Germain Québec

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Smart guest living room area Hôtel Le Germain Québec. Sofas and a dining table sit alongside large windows, with contemporary art on the wall behind.
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Nestled in Quebec City’s Old Port, this century-old hotel taps into the heartbeat of Old Quebec and is just minutes from the area’s best restaurants, shops and markets. It’s the perfect home base to set off from daily to get lost in the city’s narrow, labyrinthian streets. Be sure to grab a coffee on the lovely outdoor patio and spend the afternoon people watching. The hotel’s knowledgeable concierge team are happy to offer in-the-know recommendations for the best local haunts.

2. Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais and Chateaux

Spa Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Dining area in Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais and Chateaux, with sofas and tables parallel to a smart, open-air bar with wall-mounted TVs.
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This luxury boutique museum hotel pays homage to the city’s history with an enchanting mix of original artefacts peppered throughout the property, some dating back to the 1600s. Slanted ceilings (watch your head!), exposed brick walls and thick wooden beams add to the cozy, historical atmosphere. The restaurant, Chez Muffy, is set in a maritime warehouse built in 1822. It’s favored by locals for its authentic farm-to-table Quebecois cuisine and romantic, picture-perfect views of the St Lawrence River. Try the tasting menu to experience a creative twist on local Quebec specialities.

4. Littoral Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Littoral Hotel and Spa living room area, decorated with leather sofas and tables on a wooden floor, an electric fire and a wall-mounted flatscreen TV
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Located in the suburbs of Beauport, this hotel is an ideal pick for those who want to experience the city away from the bustle of Old Quebec. Visit the area’s less well-known attractions, such as the charming town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and its famous 17th-century basilica, or rent a bike and explore the nearby picturesque bike paths. If you feel like staying in, be sure to indulge in a treatment at the full-service on-site spa.

5. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Resort

Plush dining area at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, complete with wood-panelled walls, leather chairs and an ornate fireplace at the back.
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This iconic, awe-inspiring hilltop hotel stands sentinel over the historic Old City and is one of those rare properties that is visited as much by locals as it is by tourists. Designated as a National Historic Site and a Unesco World Heritage Site, this regal, castle-like property offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the city’s cultural and historical high points. Be sure to make time to dine on authentic Quebecois cuisine at the Champlain restaurant.

6. L'Hôtel du Capitole

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Indoor cinema/theatre area in LHôtel du Capitole in Quebec City. A row of velvet seats face a curtained theatre stage
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Experience Quebec City’s eclectic energy and joie de vivre at L’Hôtel du Capitole. Set in the beaux arts Le Capitole theatre, this whimsical property captures the glamor and magic of a live theatrical production. It will come as no surprise that the hotel frequently hosts live dinner shows from regional and international performers. Il Teatro serves excellent Italian fare, while the bar is a beloved watering hole for after-work drinks.

7. Monsieur Jean, L'Hôte Particulier

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

White-walled hotel room in Monsieur Jean, LHôte Particulier in Quebec City, with beds next to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking rooftops.
Courtesy of Monsieur Jean, L'Hôte Particulier / Expedia

This chic, whimsical property seems to embody Quebecois flair. Decorated in deep, bright colors, and accentuated with quirky artworks and a sense of fun, Monsieur Jean is one of the city’s finest boutique properties. With an enviable location in Old Quebec, the city’s finest restaurants and museums are just steps away. Take advantage of your room’s kitchenette by stocking up on local ingredients to prepare a meal that you can enjoy on your private balcony. The hotel also keeps a supply of curated cocktail kits on hand for you to enjoy in your room.

8. Entourage Sur-Le-Lac

Spa Hotel, Resort, Hotel

Outdoor pool area at Entourage Sur-Le-Lac, with the hotel buildings and private guest balconies overlooking the pool and some trees.
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If you’re looking for a Quebec City vacation that balances city sightseeing with a laid-back resort vibe, Entourage Sur-Le-Lac is for you. Nestled on a private lake in the bucolic town of Lac Beauport, the property is approximately 10mi (16km) from Quebec City. Though you can certainly make quick, easy trips to the city for sightseeing, you’ll be tempted to explore Quebec’s less urban landscape with nearby forest hikes, lake or outdoor pool swims, bike rides and leisurely kayaking.

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