The first hotel choice in most people’s minds is a cozy, quaint, full-of-character place in the old city. Fine for a night or two, maybe, but in such places, cozy soon becomes cramped and claustrophobic, quaint becomes outmoded, and flights of stairs no longer add character. Not to mention, these places are expensive! We stayed five nights at the Loew’s Le Concorde for an average of C$127.20/night. The best we could find in the old city was about $25 more per night, involved climbing flights of stairs, had little view, had a folding door to the closet-sized washroom as there wasn’t room for a full door to open, and had no air conditioning. And you won’t get a whirlpool to soak your weary feet after a day of walking. These hotels have been described even by their fans as little more than “houses with rooms for rent”.
What about the location? Isn’t it better to be in the old city? Not really, IMO. The Loew’s was at most 10 minutes’ walk from the St. Louis gate; we didn’t find it inconvenient. Besides, if you’re in the city, you’ll have to walk out towards the Loew’s to visit the Grand Allee, the parliament buildings and Rue Cartier.
There are deals to be had at the Loew’s. Booking a month in advance got us a better price. I checked the same rooms a day before departing and they were priced $40-$50 higher. Also, they have a “4 Free” promotion – stay three nights, get the fourth night free. It doesn’t work on the internet; you have to call them. Finally, sign up for their free loyalty program. You get a room upgrade (we were bumped up to the 18th floor with an incredible view of the old city) plus a welcome gift of your choice (we chose the beer and nuts; it was quality imported beer).
Loew’s is right on Grand Allée; you can choose from a dozen good restaurants without even crossing the street. But don't park at the hotel. They want around $20/day; nearby parking lots charge $6 for 12 hours ($12/day) with full in-out privileges. We saved an additional $6 by not paying for most of a day when we took a side trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Le Concorde Quebec offers over 400 rooms and suites, located in the heart of beautiful Quebec city, nearby museums, activities, attractions and major events of the region. It is the ideal place for an urban getaway or a business stay in Quebec city. Its imposing structure offers a beautiful view of the majestic fleuve Saint-Laurent. Hotel Le Concorde offers valet parking to its customers since November 2014. Customers do not have to drive around downtown Quebec in order to find a parking space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loews Quebec City
- Quebec City Loews
- Hotel Le Concorde Quebec Quebec City