It's fair to say that I had put in a ton of research when it came to planning the accommodations for our Honeymoon. And during that time, I'd witnessed this hotel basically rocket up the charts from the 9th-ranked property to its present listing at #6.
And it's been well-earned... I would highly recommend this location.
Scattered across three nights, we stayed in two separate rooms - the first two nights in La Onze, and the third night in Room 401, which is the spa suite. Candidly, if we had stayed in the spa suite for the entire stay, this would be a five-PLUS-star review. La Onze lowered the bar JUST a smidge.
Let me explain...
The spa suite is welcoming, with a ton of natural light making its way through the many windows on two levels. It just "feels" right... roomy, nice and clean, and impeccably so. As has been mentioned in several reviews, a spiral staircase leads to a second level, which houses a spa upon the deck, along with a daybed and tv inside. We spent a fair amount of time on the deck just enjoying coffee and the arresting view of the Place Royale. For a time, we also had a view of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 as it was anchored in the harbour (oh, please note: actual cruise line and ship may vary).
By comparison, La Onze, while roomy, suffers from its location upon the ground floor of the complex. With little natural light, it doesn't help that the flooring and walls in the unit are likewise dark. It could probably use a little bit of room 401's light-wood touches... and it's compounded by the fact that you need to close the drapes in order to ensure privacy during your stay, thereby leading to a bit of a stuffy, claustrophobic feeling.
I might add that we enjoyed a fantastic dinner in the adjoining restaurant, Toast... and also enjoyed absolutely wonderful complimentary breakfasts in the same restaurant each morning. Service was tremendous, with a front desk staff that is entirely accommodating and friendly. We were also given a bottle of sparkling wine for our Honeymoon and were greeted every so warmly by Erwan, the property's general manager, which was a tremendous touch.
We'd stayed in the famed Fairmont Chateau de Frontenac on one night prior to our Le Priori stay and had a wonderful time there, but if there was a way to spend all four nights in the spa suite, we would have jumped at it in a heartbeat. With its location in charming and beautiful Basse-Ville while just steps from a vibrant upper town, you really cannot go wrong with Le Priori.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Old-Port of Quebec, our boutique hotel stands proudly on the oldest street of North America in the house of the architect Jean Baillairgé, founder of our ecclesiastic heritage of Québec city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Priori Quebec City
- Le Priori Hotel
- Hotel Le Priori Quebec/Quebec City