Boutique Accommodations in Québec
Whether you choose to stay in an historic landmark like the Chateau Frontenac in Québec City, a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Montréal, or a charming B&B in the Eastern Townships, La Belle Province has a full range of options we’ve enjoyed.
Le Germain Hotel Montréal, Quebec
www.germainmontreal.com/en Once an office building, now converted into a boutique hotel with just over a hundred rooms, Le Germain’s loft-like decor and location are right at home in Montréal’s urban centre, making it a perfect location to set out on foot to explore the city. But don’t expect rush-hour hustle and bustle here. The rooms are large and inviting with just the right injection of modern design to feel chic and serene, without being cold or impersonal. They also offer complimentary wi-fi and breakfast, and an all-day, all-night espresso station, which makes their price point even more of a treat for those who like a little luxe.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Why stay in just a hotel when you can stay in a piece of Canadian history? Le Château Frontenac is possibly one of the most photographed hotels in the world, and for good reason. It’s copper-tiled gables and towers are the centrepiece of Québec City’s iconic skyline and the hotel’s luxe interior with its coffered ceilings, stone arches and polished brass will have you feeling like you truly are staying in a castle. Like most castles, some of the rooms can be smaller than other modern luxury hotels, but you can rest assured that a peaceful night’s rest is assured here, thanks to the signature beds and amenities that Fairmont Hotels are known for. Read more about Le Château Frontenac in this post.
HILTON QUEBEC CITY While the Hilton Québec may not be a boutique hotel property, there’s no denying there is something unique about this hotel,and I can sum it up in this photo taken at sunrise during Winter Carnival celebrations:
The Hilton knows what its guests want, and what they want is location, location, location. And there’s no better one than the Hilton Québec City, no matter what season you may choose to visit. Its proximity to both the old walled town and the bustling nightlife of the Grand Allée bars and restaurants puts it at the epicentre of all the action. The amenities are what you should expect from any Hilton, including comfy robes, free wifi and a fully-appointed bathroom. But make sure to ask for a room on the northeast side, because I would challenge anyone to find a better view of Quebec City. Looking out over two of the gates into the historic centre, with the St. Lawrence river in the distance, the picturesque rooftops are punctuated only by the historic Chateau Frontenac and the graceful lines of the art deco Price Building. At the Hilton, you’ve got everything you need for #RomancingWinter (or any other season) right out your window.
Fairmont Le Château Montebello
If your idea of wilderness living includes gold-leaf-topped chocolate strawberries in your room, then you’re going to love the Château Montebello. Built back in the 1930s as a private club where the wealthy upper crust could ‘escape’ to the Québec wilderness in what is now the Outaouais region, Château Montebello represents everything you would want in a decidedly Canadian resort hotel: log-cabin construction using over 10,000 giant red cedars shipped in from British Colombia; top-notch facilities for everything from swimming and boating to fishing and tennis; and of course a stellar dining room that serves delicious gourmet meals. I could go on and on about this hotel, but you’re better off to read the full article, and you’ll be splurging on a room here for yourself. (and if you go in the shoulder or off-seasons, it’s less of a splurge, and more of a ‘score!’)
Marquis de Montcalm Deluxe B&B
Than and Silvain are your hosts at this B&B located in a residential neighbourhood only minutes from downtown Sherbrooke, and when we were searching for a place to stay last-minute on a Sunday night, this turned out to be a real find. Spotlessly clean, and reflecting the hosts’ love of France, our suite was more than a little inspired by the palace at Versailles, from the ornate lighting fixtures to the feature wall mural behind the king-sized bed, showing a Versailles-inspired garden painted by a local artist. It’s clear that this couple has poured a lot of love into this home and its renovation into a B&B – and with a few celebrity guests including David Duchovny and Roch Voisine who have stayed here, clearly they’ve done something very right.
The British Hotel, Aylmer
www.thebritish.ca Historic properties are notoriously difficult to renovate, not just for structural reasons but because the architectural details and character of the place must be taken into consideration in order to preserve what makes the property so special. Thankfully, British Hotel owner Mike Clemman is as obsessed with fine construction details as he is with the hotel’s storied past. As Canada’s oldest hotel, The British has played a significant role in Canadian history, sheltering everyone from prime ministers to music stars, and it is believed to be where Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s assassins holed up after they murdered the founding father in 1868.
But while the exterior of the British and some of its interior has been preserved to reflect its 1834 origins, the guest rooms are surprisingly modern with decor that feels very NYC boutique-y versus historic French-Canadian. I call it the best of both worlds. And definitely plan on enjoying breakfast at the adjacent cafe, which is in an equally beautifully-restored Bank of Canada building.
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