Traveling with another couple, my wife and I had the unique experience of staying at two hotels owned by the same management, next door to one another in the lower town of Quebec City. This came about because the Auberge Saint-Pierre, which had been recommended by friends, only had space for us the first two days of our visit. They offered to move us to the 71 for the remainder of our stay (3 days) and we took them up on it.
The 71 is in a renovated bank building, and is decorated in a very modern, minimalist style. The upper couple of floors have harbor views, and we paid $20 more per night for that privilege. Our rooms were pleasant, if a little stark (no wall art, for example), with very high ceilings and effective temperature control. As with the Saint-Pierre, a few quirks n the room design suggested that perhaps a hotel professional should have been involved. For example, there was a real shortage of towel bars in the bathroom - only two hooks - and the bed platform was six inches longer than the mattress, providing for a number of barked shins in the course of our stay. There was no TV channel list provided, which was inconvenient in a place where many of the channels are in French. Similarly, there were no telephone instructions.
On the plus side, the staff (which was shared to some extent with the Saint-Pierre) was uniformly very friendly and helpful. The cold buffet breakfast was a cut above typical in variety and quality.
The "cafe" is snack bar providing pre-wrapped pre-made sandwiches, pastries and drinks. It is often un-staffed, but is open 24 hours a day, The bar, shared with the Saint-Pierre, was staffed by a car-parker the one night we tried it. It had a very limited stock (only one white wine, for example). The "bar-keep" was friendly and tried hard.
I have put such strong emphasis on the 71's shortcomings because I believe that with only a few improvements it would be a truly five-star experience. I hope the management makes them happen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inaugurated in 2005 within the 19th-century building of the First National Bank Head Office in Canada, Hotel 71 was voted one of the trendiest Canadian hotels in 2012 as per TripAdvisor. Hotel 71 is an urban property offering a prime location in Quebec City’s Old Port district. It is situated within walking distance from the best restaurants and attractions the city has to offer. With a total of 60 rooms and suites, Hotel 71 is a contemporary property within a historic building and neighborhood. Each of its 60 rooms and suites includes hardwood flooring, high ceiling, flat screen television, Nespresso coffee machine, high thread-count bedding and duvet, complimentary high speed wireless Internet access, cordless phone, DVD player & home theater system, ultramodern bathroom with rain shower as well as some amazing views. Also, 4 meetings rooms for gatherings of 2 to 110 persons as well as a brand new Penthouse Suite which will soon have its own exclusive rooftop terrace are available. Its popular in-house Italian restaurant Il Matto 71 is also not to be missed. Hotel 71, a definite address of good-taste in Québec City! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le 71 Quebec City
- Hotel 71 Quebec/Quebec City