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“A Delight on Rue St-Paul” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel des Coutellier
Ranked #12 of 104 Hotels in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
50 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A Delight on Rue St-Paul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We visited Quebec City in mid August 2013 with 4 other couples. We all stayed here on advice from one of our party who is French speaking Canadian. We were delighted with the location and the ammenities of the hotel. The staff is helpful and attentive and the rooms are comfortable and clean. They provide a nice continental breakfast (Delicious bakery goods Croissants, scones, muffin, fruit or yogurt) which is delivered to each room each morning. Some rooms have microwave and refrigeration. The building is ancient but looks recently remodeled and feels very upscale. There is no ice down the hall and it does not appear to be at all handicapped accessible.
I would not recommend for younger families either, as there is no kid oriented area. For adults who are in reasonably good shape I would not hesitate to recommend it. You need to walk when you are in QC and there are plenty of great shops and eateries nearby (seaport, farmers market and train station where there are several nice upscale restaurants), but much of the old city is a healthy walk up a steep hill. Or you can take the Funicular tram to the top of the hill for a few Loonies. We stayed 3 nights and were delighted. We did not eat at the hotel cafe/restaurand but I noticed that it was usually full at meal times. The weather was a bit cool while we were there but we did not get rained upon. The check-in may be tricky as you need to park on the side walk to bring luggage in, up several stairs -no ramp. You park across the street for $10 per night. We never used the car in 3 days.
I would definitely choose this hotel next time I return to QC.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We booked this hotel based on trip advisor and were so glad we did! We were first time visitors to Quebec City and celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We were looking for a romantic getaway, not a chain hotel. Everything about our experience was wonderful. The room looked exactly like the pictures online and the Jacuzzi was as relaxing as I hoped it would be. (I wish there had been a little instruction manual, though. It took a bit of experimenting to figure it out.) We were walking distance to everything and were glad to have a secure lot to park our car. I suggest that the staff explain at the time of booking how to park in front of the hotel to unload luggage and check in. We drove around several times looking for how to access the front door. It was a staff member from the restaurant next door that noticed us circling and told us we could pull up on what we thought was a sidewalk right in front. We liked the breakfast delivered to the room in an insulated bag. The food was fresh and tasty. I suggest an ice pack to keep creamers, yogurt and juices cold for those of us who sleep very late! I liked having a coffee maker in my room. The room was very clean and the linens were heavenly. We would not hesitate to stay here again and have already recommended it to friends who are planning a romantic trip to QC in the near future.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Our 6-night stay was wonderful. The little breakfast hung by the door each morning made it easy to lounge with coffee and the wife each morning. The breakfast came with the days weather report, a cute touch. The reception and cleaning staff were very kind, polite, and helpful. My wife and I enjoyed the free DVD rentals available at the front desk.

The location was perfect. A short, albeit uphill, walk and we were in the heart of the shopping district, the fashion street, fine dining, and entertainment.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bahremu
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Lombard, Illinois
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

We booked this hotel solely based on trip advisor reviews and it did not disappoint. We could not have chosen a more perfect hotel! First we took the bus from Montreal and the station is a short walk to the hotel which is located in the lower area of Old Quebec. If you like to walk and explore everything is within 15 minutes of the hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed the uphill walks to the upper area of the city. As an alternative you can walk down rue-St. Paul along the river and access the upper area via the steps or the funicular. There are quite a few steps but very manageable for the majority and frankly at $2.50 a pop the funicular is just an easier way to get up top versus being an attraction.
I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed EVERYTHING about the hotel but if you read a page or 2 of trip advisor reviews you will get a very accurate portrayal of this hotel. I will say that any negative comments towards the continental breakfast are very petty. It’s a unique idea, a great touch and by the way the pastries were delicious!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent a fabulous six days at the Hotel des Coutellier. It could not be better located - near a ton of cafes (including one next door, Cafe Belley, which features both delicious a.m. coffee and even more sumptuous nighttime glasses of L'Achimiste Beer on tap) and steps from the old city. Service was excellent and the front desk staff were both very nice and very helpful. The building itself is snug, in a very good way. There isn't a scintilla of chain-hotel going on here. The details - towels, soaps - were top of the line. And the pastry breakfast delivered to the room daily is a delight. The only critique is that you rely on K-cups for breakfast coffee - but there is no better solution given that breakfast is delivered at 7am for people who will wake at varying times. But the K-cup holds you over until the trip downstairs. Cafe Belley's coffee is better than any in-room coffee could ever be.

Don't miss a trip to the Marché du Vieux Port, the farmer's market, located right across from the hotel. The berries we brought back to our room (admittedly, the benefit of a summer trip) took our pastry breakfast to another level.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DF1217
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 1 night only and totally regret that we didn't stay longer. We had a lovely stay with an amazing room. The room and ensuite were of a very high standard and the staff were friendly and helpful speaking French and English. We booked a romantic package which came with a small bottle of prosecco and 2 truffles and also dinner at moss mussels. We couldn't find fault with anything. Even the little breakfast hung on the door in the morning is a treat and such a u inquest thing to do. In reception there was always a different nibble muffins or fruit with iced tea or coffee. Our stay was nothing less than perfect. We would definitely recommend and would book again in a flash

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fiona A
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Palm Springs, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Even though it has been over a year since we visited Quebec, our stay at this hotel remains one of the highlights. A very short walk from the train station (we had come from Montreal and left for Halifax by train) our room faced Rue St. Paul, the Marche de Vieux Port (be sure to go and check out the local fare --ripe strawberries like I haven't tasted in years!) and the old granaries where Robert Page's "Image Mill" was still being shown. Even being on the street, the double windows and black out shades meant a peaceful, quite room with tasteful contemporary decor (a whimsical, large, red flower pillow in a room of black, grey and white) and a wonderful mini "kitchen". This was great for the hot drinks to go along with a bounteous breakfast we found each morning hanging in a cloth bag outside our door--silverware, napkins, croissants, muffins, orange juice, applesauce and jams(each morning was slightly different). It is rated 4 stars (which we found correct) and the location was ideal for a walk down Rue St. Paul with it's many restaurants and shops and around to lower "Old Town" or up an inclined street behind the hotel to upper "Old Town". Returning here, after each day out visiting the city sights, with it's comfortable bed, upscale bathroom and various amenities (fresh fruit in the lobby) made our visit to Quebec one that we will long remember.
P.S. We had found a very good rate through AAA which on checking out our receptionist said was excellent for late June.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IvanandJ
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Property: Hotel des Coutellier
Address: 253 rue St-Paul | 253, rue St-Paul, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 8C1, Canada
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Location: Canada > Quebec > Quebec City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Quebec City
#11 Business Hotel in Quebec City
#15 Family Hotel in Quebec City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel des Coutellier 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in downtown Quebec, in the heart of Old Quebec City, Hotel des Coutellier is one of the nicest and charming Old Port Inn. For a romantic weekend getaway, a hotel meeting, honeymoon or family vacations, one of our hotel package will fulfill your needs. ... more   less 
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