This beautiful little hotel faces the Château Frontenac and is the perfect location for travelers wanting to visit Vieux Québec. It's about a 5 minute stroll to the staircase that leads down to the old quarter. The rooms are quirky, elegant, yet comfortable with a mix of antique and modern decor. Rather than spending a fortune on the Frontenac, stay here and enjoy the view of the Château instead! The rooms are charming, the street below is lively, and the view from the windows in many of the rooms or from the front patio is splendid! We stayed in the Superior Room in the Attic; it was adorable! I could live there!
The staff is helpful and friendly, although at certain times there is a little wait at the front desk as it serves as the entrance to both the hotel and the restaurant. The hotel restaurant itself is elegant and has the reputation of serving fine cuisine, although we only ate breakfasts there. (The breakfasts were quite good.)
Other advantages include the individually-controlled air conditioning, which we were very thankful for after returning from several hours in the July heat and humidity, the thick curtains which allowed for quiet, dark sleeping, the mini-fridge (which we used to store chocolates), and the glass-doored shower with the lighted shower head. Other amenities were extra fantastic, as well.
Taxis can drop you off and pick up right in front of the Château Frontenac, and there is generally no wait for a taxi during daytime hours in summer. It's about a 15 minute taxi ride to the train station, if I remember correctly. The tourism office is located just a few buildings down from the hotel, towards the left, while a bank with an ATM machine is just a few doors down on the right.
The only drawback I can think of is that you'll need to be able to climb staircases in most cases. There is no elevator, and some of the rooms require quite a climb. Also, due to the fact that the hotel is located atop the hill (as is most of Québec City), you will have to climb up and down the large staircase(s) leading to the old city down below everyday, if not several times per day, if you want to see the old city or port. You can opt to take the funicular that leads down to the Quartier Petit-Champlain, for $2 a ride, if you can't quite make it up and down the hill.
Walking up and down the hill via the city's staircases shouldn't be a problem for most people, although some may need to pause to catch their breath here and there. However, for those who really have serious mobility problems, it could be a serious deterrent. Then again, half of Québec City would be a deterrent to those with limited mobility for the same reason. So if you do have mobility issues, make sure to reserve a room on the lower floors and take advantage of baggage service within the hotel, and take the funicular down to the vieux quartier/basse-ville.
I adore this city, and I absolutely love this hotel. Although it is a little more costly, it's definitely worth it if you can swing it. Highly recommended!
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