The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has presided over the city for 126 years. It has hosted royalty, Second World War conferences and was the backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film, I Confess. Rooms are outfitted with classic European furnishings and the lobby boasts a 300-year-old Maltese Cross stone. —M. Savoie
*Great if you’re on a budget
With rooms starting at $99, Hôtel Château Bellevue’s location in old Quebec City, just steps from Dufferin Terrace and its breathtaking views, can’t be beat. A continental breakfast is included in the price of a night’s stay at this boutique hotel, and the property boasts exposed brick walls and outdoor hot tubs. —M. Savoie
*Great for couples
Hotel Le Clos Saint-Louis Québec is an adult-only retreat in the old city. Located in a Victorian mansion, it has cozy rooms and offers four guest packages dedicated to romance, featuring everything from horse-drawn carriage rides for honeymooners to flower bouquets and four-course dinners. —M. Savoie
*Great budget option
Hotel Le Saint-Paul is located in the heart of Old Port district, where you can window shop as you nibble a flaky croissant from the local boulangerie or plant yourself at a café to watch the world go by. Across the street, tables at the farmers market are crammed with fresh produce, maple syrup and crusty baguettes.
The rooms mirror the old-meets-new charm of the neighbourhood with rustic elements such as exposed brick walls and contemporary touches like big-screen televisions.
Housed in a 19th-century building, the sizes of its 27 rooms vary so so you can take your pick. —A.F. & M.S.
*Great if you want to splurge
Hotel PUR’s metamorphosis from a dated 1970s inn into one of the coolest hotel properties in Quebec City, mirrors the evolution of the surrounding neighbourhood of Saint-Roch. Once a deteriorating haven of abandoned buildings, prostitution and drug dealing, it’s now one of the city’s trendiest and most attractive entertainment and business districts.
Hotel PUR is innovative and über-modern for a city where traditional heritage architecture in the mode of Chateau Frontenac largely distinguish the range of accommodation options.
The design is sleek and sparse, the décor minimalist and sophisticated throughout the hotel’s rooms, restaurant and lounge. Furniture was individually selected and the emphasis is on space not clutter. For example, there are no tacky brochure racks in the lobby or restaurant, standard at most hotels. Though the rooms are not the largest in the city, floor-to-ceiling windows at the foot of each bed provide gorgeous urban panoramas.
Bathrooms feature either a Japanese soaking tub or glass walled shower. The lobby features a new wine bar and guests can exercise in the indoor swimming pool. A 20-minute walk to the old city, it’s also smack in the heart of Saint-Roch, close to boutique restaurants, cafés, bakeries and nightlife. —A.F. & M.S.
Le Monastère des Augustines is a working monastery where visitors stay in restored cloister rooms. Guests have the option of purchasing a meal package that includes breakfast (which is eaten in silence), a hearty lunch and a six-course dinner made using local ingredients such as lichen and game meats. —M. Savoie
Hotels Near Quebec City
Be sure to pack lots of layers when staying at North America’s only ice hotel, where accommodations and most furnishings are made completely from ice and room temperatures average between -3°C and -5°C. Still, there are plenty of ways to keep warm during your stay, including soaking in a hot tub while gazing up at the stars at the on-site Nordic spa (guests get full access). —S.G
Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
The 55-room Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is located in Wendake, an Indigenous community on the outskirts of Quebec City. Since opening in 2008, it has served as a focal point for Wendake’s tourism industry, offering guests the chance to explore the history of the Huron-Wendat nation while getting to know its modern-day culture. Decor features Indigenous motifs, while the on-site Restaurant La Traite, situated in a ground-floor space overlooking the Akiawenrahk (Saint-Charles) River, serves up refined dishes that include local and foraged ingredients such as venison, sea buckthorn berries and birch syrup. —K.T
Stay at Quebec City’s Le Monastère des Augustines to Experience the City’s History
In a place like Quebec City, preserving a rich and celebrated history while keeping with modern times is not an easy feat. But two hotels—wellness-focused Le Monastère des Augustines, an almost 400-year-old former convent, and the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, a First Nations community—are doing exactly that.