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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Maison Historique James Thompson Hotel Quebec City
- Maison Historique James Thompson Quebec/Quebec City