We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Acadia. We had booked a Superior room which was on the 1st floor/basement. There were only two rooms down there which was nice - it felt kind of secluded. We never heard any noise from the people next to us or anything from above us. Also, there are no elevators in the hotel so instead of dragging our 4 large suitcases up several flights of stairs, we just had to drag them down one small flight of stairs, which was a relief. The day we checked out, we asked if we could use a "staff only" exit on our floor (it was where the valet parking guys went in and out) to load up our car and they allowed us to do that without any problems (We weren't initially sure if an alarm would sound if we opened the door). Our car was parked right outside this door and it meant we didn't have to drag luggage up the stairs, so that was a huge convenience. The view from the room wasn't spectacular - it was a view of the valet parking area, but we didn't go to Quebec City to just sit in our room and stare out the window all day long so this wasn't a problem for us.
The room itself was spacious and cozy. We had a king sized bed, a whirlpool bathtub and a nice shower. My first of only two complaints about the room was the fireplace. It was electric and for looks only. I had personally never seen an electric fireplace before, but this was basically just a screen with a projection of a fireplace on it. So it looked nice, but really served no purpose. It would have been much nicer with a gas or a fully functioning fireplace in the room. Normally I wouldn't care about a fireplace in the room but during our entire stay the outside temperature was below freezing so a warm, cozy fireplace would be a nice addition to the room. My second complaint was the shower. It looked nice and the bathroom was large and very clean, but we had a hard time getting the water to the right temperature. Moving the shower handle a teeny tiny fraction of an inch was the difference between scorching hot water or ice cold water. I feel like I spent the majority of my time in the shower just trying to find that one spot where the water wouldn't scald me or freeze me. But on a positive note, I've stayed at old hotels before where the hot water dies out after a few minutes and that wasn't the case here. There was definitely hot water! It was just very hard to get the shower at a normal temperature.
The front desk staff were very pleasant and spoke both English and French, which was a plus for me because I don't speak a word of French (though my husband does speak a little).
The location is fantastic. Its right in the old city within walking distance to everything in the historical area. We were there during a snow storm and a few days of VERY cold weather, so one would have thought it would seem like we were walking forever just because we were cold and uncomfortable, but I never felt like any of our walks were extreme. We we able to easily walk to the Citadelle, various different restaurants, the lower part of the old city (and to the Funicular if you didn't feel like walking down or back up from the lower town) and anywhere else within the old city gates.
The hotel is old, so guests should be prepared for that. In my experience most small, old hotels don't have elevators, the rooms are all different shapes and sizes and in general the place looks old. So if you don't like historical places like that, then I'd suggest finding a more modern hotel. However, if you like and appreciate old buildings then you'd probably love this hotel! We would definitely stay here again if we ever end up back in Quebec City!
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- Acadia Quebec City
- Hotel Acadia Quebec/Quebec City
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