With its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, grand cathedrals and famous francophone lifestyle, Canada's fortified city of Quebec oozes romance every which way you turn. To place yourself in the heart of the magic, many visitors choose to stay in the Old City (or within easy reach), to savour the old-world charm and storybook atmosphere with each new day. From classic to contemporary to downright show-stopping – here are six of the most sought-after Quebec hotels to satisfy every taste and budget.
Conveniently located in the heart of Old Quebec and just minutes from the must-see Quartier Petit Champlain district, Hotel Clarendon is housed in an historic 1870 building, where visitors can enjoy classic elegance mixed with modern comforts. Visitors can dine in impeccable style at the Clarendon’s restaurant, which serves up decadent cuisine made from locally sourced produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel’s own Art Deco jazz bar – which has seen the likes of Diana Krall and Vic Vogel give intimate performances – is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail after a day of sightseeing or business meetings.
Close to the delights of the Old City, the Delta Quebec hotel is ideal for couples or families seeking all the modern and indulgent amenities required for a relaxing holiday. Bright, contemporary rooms and suites come with a host of special extras for guests, including a heated outdoor swimming pool and relaxation area, as well as a fitness centre where you can sweat it out after a long day. Here you can also enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a fine view at the casually stylish Le Bistro, which looks out over the Laurentian mountain range.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
For a fairy-tale experience, you can’t go past this jaw-dropping icon, which towers over the Old City in all its castle-like glory and comes complete with magnificent views of the St Lawrence River, thanks to its commanding location. Whether staying in a guest room or specialty suite, this is luxury accommodation at its finest, having hosted everyone from the Queen to Alfred Hitchcock. On site there is an exceptional range of drinking and dining options, as well as a day spa and complimentary health club featuring adults’ and kids’ pools, steam rooms and a gym.
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Hotel Manoir Victoria
Serving as a fine hotel since 1830, this 4-star haven in the heart of Old Quebec delivers a warm welcome and provides an excellent basis for exploring the town in every direction. Its recent renovation means guests can enjoy a contemporary, on-trend atmosphere and ultra-modern amenities enhanced by an enticing indoor pool and sauna, pampering spa and health club. Gastronomy lovers are also in good hands at the hotel’s stunning Chez Boulay-Bistro Boreal, while a hearty American-style breakfast buffet is served at La Table du Manoir every morning.
Housed in a former bank building, this stunning urban hotel in Old Quebec offers elegant and modern suites and a sensational, seventh-floor penthouse complete with private terrace. Lovers of contemporary design will relish the light-filled spaces and stylish atmosphere and can even take home items they enjoyed using at the hotel by visiting the boutique store situated on the lobby level. At night you can dine in effortlessly cool ambience at the Il Matto Italian restaurant, which focuses on irresistible, authentic Italian classics, and by day, venture out to explore the wealth of surrounding attractions from the Old Port to the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Hotel Le Germain
If you’d like to be situated in style right amid the atmosphere of the Old Port area of Quebec, then Hotel Le Germain is a very desirable option. A beautiful mix of classic and contemporary architecture, the hotel (formerly an office building) has carefully preserved the heritage of its structure.
Guests today can enjoy elegantly designed rooms and luxurious touches, from Le Germain cotton bathrobes to goose-down comforters and Nespresso coffee machines. Keep fit any time in the 24-hour gym room, relax on the patio or recline in the handsome lounge. And, last but not least, enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast daily and free Wi-Fi.