Quebec has the second largest population of the provinces in Canada. It is the only province which uses French as its official language. It’s capital is Quebec City, which is an Algonquin word that means the spot where the river narrows. It was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608 and is historically one of North America’s oldest. The Historic District of Old Quebec was recognized as one of the World Heritage Sites in 1985; recognized by UNESCO as having the only remaining city walls which were fortified existing in the Americas north of the country of Mexico.
The landscape of the city area and the surrounding St. Lawrence Valley and nearby regions in Quebec provides spectacular views. It is a region rich with sports, culture, historic architecture, and delicious farm fresh products and produce. Many visitors stay in top historic hotels in Quebec because of their well-recognized legacy of service and luxury.
Here are five superior choices:
This boutique hotel is comprised of just 95 rooms in three buildings which are filled with lovely antiques and photographs detailing their historic past. It is situated in the Old Port and overlooks the St. Lawrence River. The hotel rooms are filled with delightful amenities.
Among the hotel’s many awards are its inclusion in the Conde Nast Platinum Circle. This is regarded as a high honor for establishment which have been in the Conde Nast Gold List for five consecutive years. In fact, Conde Nast has noted the Auberge Saint-Antoine for being one of the world’s best hotels from 2003 until 2016. From 2005 until 2015, the hotel and its Panache restaurant have received CAA-AAA Four Diamond Rating.
From its Comfort rooms with their 310 square feet of living space, ranging in price from $189 to $439 per night to its Suites in Hunt House, which range in price from $600 to $1,000 per night, every room in the hotel is focused on comfort and luxury.
Most enticing are the Suites, due to Hunt House’s distinguished history, which reaches back as far as the 17th century. These accommodations are spacious with heated floors in the bathroom, soaking tubs and separate showers. Some have balconies which look over the St. Lawrence River or the city. During the summer months, many cruises ships travel on the river, and are a delight to observe. The suites also feature Bose stereo systems, Nespresso machines, tea kettles, mini bars, safes, and some have exposed wood beams, ceilings and flooring with the original wood of Hunt House.
Some nice activities to enjoy include the Archeological Tour of the hotel, the Children’s program, massage therapy, spa treatments, and the Cinéma Saint-Antoine which is a private screening room in the hotel for films. A gym and business center are available. The Conciergerie stands ready to meet wishes and needs.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Truly historic, having existed for over one hundred years in Quebec City, this luxury resort hotel has provided accommodation for Princess Grace of Monaco, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Charles Lindberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles de Gaulle, Chiang-Kai-Shek and Francois Mitterrand, among others.
There are 611 guestrooms and elegant suites within. A recent multimillion dollar restoration was completed to include the most modern of innovations, while keeping the historic enchantment of the hotel. Part of its commitment to the future is its Château Boréal green project, which invites guests who stay two days or more to forego daily housekeeping visits. For each day, a tree is planted in the Montmorency Forest and the guest receives a certificate numbering the trees planted in the guest’s name.
The hotel houses the Champlain Restaurant, the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar and Bistro Le Sam. In room dining is available daily from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM. The Place Dufferin offers breakfast with reservations. There is also a Starbucks on the terrace level.
A wide variety of local attactions, museums, city tours, shopping excursions are possible in the city. Day trips could include taking the ferry to Levis for the day, taking the bridge across the river to Ile d’Orleans to taste local produce, or visiting the Montmorency Falls, which are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls.
The castle-like hotel features Guest Rooms, Suites and Specialty Rooms.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Only just over an hour away from Quebec City, this wonderful resort is located in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. It is near La Malbaie village, between forest and mountains, so the views are complete exquisite. The property has 405 rooms and 4 restaurants. Many come to the location to relax. But there are many activities available year round, including golf, whale watching, tennis, swimming, dog sledding, cross country skiing, and much more. Some visit the nearby Casino de Charlevoix. Others take a spa treatment at Spa du Manoir. Still others will peer into the sky at the Astronomical Observatory of Charlevoix.
The resort is named by Conde Nast as one of Canada’s top 20 resorts. It holds a CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award, as does its Le Charlevoix Restaurant.
The 5-star luxury resort features a wide range of rooms and suites for the discriminating traveler. These range in size from rooms of 200 square feet up to two bedroom suites of over 800 square feet. The interiors are warm and inviting with lovely linens, and views of the St. Lawrence River. Some deluxe rooms feature Jacuzzi tubs for relaxing. Rooms range in price from $229 CAD per night to $429 CAD, and up, per night for suites.
The restaurants offer Old World dining experiences with menus featuring the produce of the region. The views are always exceptional, and the service is top drawer, with many select wines available. Sunday Brunch is one highlight, and in-room dining is available. The La Brise Lobby Bar is one spot to enjoy a pianist and singer during the evening hours. It’s an intimate place, so music and open hours are not always guaranteed, but when available, it’s a delight.
It’s championship golf course was opened in 1925 by President William H. Taft, and has its own awards.
The first hotel was built in 1899 to welcome sportsmen. It was destroyed by a huge fire, and then rebuilt and inaugurated in 1929. It remains a historic gem and top luxury destination in Quebec.
Hotel Le Germain Dominion
This is a delightful, one-hundred-year-old building located in the Old Port of Quebec City. The focus of this hotel is to provide comfortable luxury for its guests. There are three room types available. The Classic if priced from $255 CAN per night, The Signature is priced from $325 CAN per night, and The Prestige is priced from $360 CAN per night. The staff is quite dedicated to welcome guests to the hotel’s luxurious atmosphere. There are just 60 rooms available.
The original woodwork and stones from the building have been charmingly preserved. The restoration has provided a complementary mix of grand era classicism and contemporary styling.
A deluxe continental breakfast and Wi-Fi are provided free of charge. The custom services provided include providing guests with a home away from home, so asking for help with visiting the city or finding something new and different to experience there.
The amenities include a warm lounge with a fireplace and cozy seating, a fitness room with plenty of equipment, and a lovely patio. The service, ambiance and comfort are superb
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
After a face lift which cost $200 million and took four years, the Montreal hotel offers 129 rooms with contemporary luxury and historic magnificence. It first opened its doors in 1912, and has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond. It’s Quebec’s only hotel to hold it. It is situated downtown with breathtaking views from its rooftop terrace, which happens to contain a sauna and a saltwater pool indoors. It is on the 2016 Conde Nast Gold List and was named the Best Hotel in Canada by U.S. News & World Report. Its awards and recognitions are extensive.
The hotel offers several nice room packages starting at $575 CAD per night, but most rooms start at about $700 CAD per night, with the Junior Suite starting at $860 CAD per night, and the Royal Suite starting at $7,000 CAD per night.
Some of the Guest Room Features:
- 47-inch LCD flat-panel televisions
- Double vanities with 24-inch flat-panel televisions
- Large opening windows, with choices of both sheer and black-out curtains
- Motion sensors to activate lights
- Work desks with data ports and Wi-Fi
- iPod and iPhone docks
- Multiple outlets and USB charger points
- Nespresso machine
- Turndown service
- Pillow menu
- Multi-functional toilets and bidets
- Deep lounging tubs, separate rain showers
- Towel warmers
- Heated floors
Written by Garrett Parker
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