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Maison Historique James Thompson
Ranked #12 of 119 Quebec City B&B and Inns
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Quirky inn, great location, good value”
Reviewed November 6, 2010

This is a historic home in the middle of Old Quebec. The location can't be beat - within walking distance of most of the places you will want to see while in Quebec, shops and restaurants. (The Restaurant Saint Amour is just across the street and their weekday lunches are a great value for a three course lunch - a good way to try the food without paying the much higher dinner prices). It's a family home, Greg, his now ex-wife Guitta, and their two teenage daughters. The daughters are beautiful young women and were often at home and seemed quite relaxed about all the strangers in their home. At the time we were there they were dog sitting a relative's pet and he was charming and quiet (no barking!). The room itself (the "high priestess" or red room) was okay. Two queen beds made for cramped living. The seating was a couch that was somewhat uncomfortable and because there were no nearby reading lights it really couldn't be used for reading so everything had to be done while lying in the bed. Only one bed had a reading light. The bathroom also had no light over the mirror so my overall impression was dimness and cramped quarters. I see other reviewers had four people in the room (adults and two older children) and I'm amazed. The floor lamp even had a red light bulb further contributing to the darkness. One had to go to living room/dining room if you wanted to read, play cards, or get out of bed! The breakfasts were substantial but somewhat repetitive so if you are there for several days there is little variety. Greg the host is exuberant and enthusiastic about his city, business and family - a gregarious, interesting guy who is expanding to a wilderness cabin 8 hours north of Quebec. It is a very informal sort of place, no deposits required, you leave your car keys on the sideboard so cars can be shuffled around the limited parking area, you take your shoes off upon entry and wear crocheted slippers while in the house. A quirky, charming inn but not particularly functional. The bed was very comfortable but the small room, dim lighting, bathroom with clawfoot tub and hand shower made for a not very functional place to stay. But I give this place high value for the money. Location a big plus, Greg and family a big plus, history a big plus, comfort less so.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

Was a great place to stay. Perfect location, nice rooms, superb breakfasts, excellent value, very friendly and knowledgeable proprietor and family. Will gladly return on any future visits.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

We had the pleasure of staying with Greg and Guitta at this charming B&B in the heart of Old Town in Quebec. The rooms and decor gave the place exactly the type of feel we were looking for. Greg also went out of his way to take us on a walking tour of the city and was very helpful with tips on how to tour the city on our own. The breakfast was more than you can ask for.. made to order eggs, bacon, sausage, and even homemade kimchee by Guitta. In addition, I've never seen such a large selection of cereal and muffins at a B&B. Overall, a pleasurable and very memorable stay. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

Great opportuntiy to stay in a historic house in a great location. Very central for walking in Old Quebec City and outside of the walls. No shortage of food for breakfast including crepes, croisants, fresh fruit, eggs, etc.. Spacious room with sun filled windows. Greg (host) has lots of local info to share.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Alexandria, Va
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2010

The proprietor Greg and family run a wonderful B&B in a beautiful home within the city walls of Old Quebec. All sites were within walking location including the Citadelle and Plains of Abraham. The breakfast is delicious with juice, fruit, croissants, choice of pancakes, waffles, crepe and bacon or sausage with tea or coffee as well a wide choice of cereals. My room was wonderful with a gas fireplace, and it got chilly so I got to use it. Greg provides lots of recommendations on restaurants with plenty of brochures. The other guests were all friendly, and it was fun to chat with folks from Germany, the US, Canada, and France. All in all, a lovely stay in a fabulous city. I will definitely return for another visit.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Ontario
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

Walk to all of the attractions, shopping areas and wonderful restaurants within old Quebec City because of the fabulous location of this B & B. The reasonable price, based on the location, room (air conditioned/ensuite bath) and breakfast, is a great deal. The house is a beautiful historic home, very comfortable, quiet street. Breakfast was great, with lots of variety and options. We were encouraged to come and go as we please, stay out late, sleep late, because it was our vacation...nice to be treated like you're #1! Easy to get to using mapquest instructions (lots of one-way streets.) We did not get lost either arriving or leaving town, which is a miracle for us!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Westford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

We honeymooned in Quebec 40 years ago at the Chateau Frontenac...we wanted a B&B in the old city for this trip and were delighted with our 4 nights at this inn. The breakfasts are as good and filling as all the previous entries have stated. We parked our car and walk up and down and all around the city every day and into the evening. Our room on the first floor was quiet, large and cool. Greg is an enthusiatic host, providing lots of details about his beloved city and other attractions for visitors. Guitta's paintings add a special charm to this B&B. We will certainly not wait another 40 years to return to Quebec, and we will stay at this inn.

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Property: Maison Historique James Thompson
Address: 47 rue Ste.Ursule, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4E4, Canada
Location: Canada > Quebec > Quebec City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #12 of 119 B&Bs / Inns in Quebec City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our home was built in 1793 and it situated within the fortified walls of famous Vieux Quebec. It is classified as an Historic Monument by the Government of Quebec and has a 4 "sun" rating. Our tastefully decorated guest rooms have Queen-sized beds for your comfort. We offer two rooms, each with one Queen-sized bed, and the third room has two Queen-sized beds. Our entire home is protected by a well maintained fire detection system that is monitored all the time. ... more   less 
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