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Hotels in Quebec City: Le St. Pierre Auberge and the Hôtel 71

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More from Our Three-Day Trip to Quebec City:
Intro and History | Fortifications and Citadel | Two Views of Quebec | The Château Frontenac
Old Quebec | The Montmorency Falls | The Plains of Abraham | Final Images

The most famous hotel in Quebec City might be the Château Frontenac, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best. During our trip, we were invited to stay in a pair of hotels in the Lower Town. The St. Pierre Auberge and the modern Hôtel 71 are found adjacent to each other on Rue St. Pierre, and we couldn’t have hoped for better places to rest.

Auberge Saint Pierre

The St. Pierre Auberge feels like a throwback to a friendlier, more luxurious time. I imagine the cozy salon near the lobby as the kind of room in which twentieth-century guests might have lounged, swapping stories about their travels. Today, the lounge is usually occupied by people plugged into headphones, hooked up to wifi and sharing selfies on Instagram. I guess it’s the same.

Our room was a dream. It was one of the hotel’s suites, beautifully decorated, and large enough to make us feel immediately at home. Actually, we felt a lot fancier than we usually do at home. After our first full day in Quebec City, we were in dire need of a comfortable place in which to relax. This is a city which demands walking up hills so steep they come with staircases. We were happy to have a luxurious place to return to.

After a deep sleep, we awoke and went downstairs for a delicious a-la-carte breakfast, then grabbed our stuff and moved into the adjacent Hôtel 71. Both of these hotels share the same local owner, and are physically connected through an interior passage. The 71 is the newer of the two, and looks it. The building, which used to be a bank, is one of the tallest in Old Quebec’s Lower Town. Aspects of its former life have been allowed to survive; for example, the kitchen in the penthouse suite is within an old vault, complete with its original cast-iron door.

Hotel 71

Despite being so closely connected to one another, Hôtel 71 and St. Pierre couldn’t be further apart in terms of style, and passing from one to the other through the hallway is an abrupt shift. Where the St. Pierre is rustic, the 71 is elegant, modern and sleek. In the lounge, there’s a self-service wine bar, which might help you pass the early evening hours, until it’s time for dinner.

Matto Quebec City

If you’re doing things right, you won’t have to go far for your meal: the Italian restaurant Il Matto is also connected to Hôtel 71. This is widely considered one of Old Quebec’s best dining experiences, and we couldn’t agree more. Feeling justified after a second tiring day of exploring Quebec City, we allowed ourselves to indulge. Everything was delicious, from the fried fondue appetizers, to the wine, the main courses and the dessert. I gorged myself on parpadella with lobster, and was in heaven; this was a full, unshelled lobster atop thick, perfectly-cooked noodles. I force myself to think about it, sometimes, when I feel sad.

We loved both of our nights in these two hotels equally, and it’s hard to recommend one over the other. The staff is uniformly polite, and the standards at both are equally high. I suppose it depends on whether you prefer modern or classic decor. But either way, I could almost guarantee that you’ll be happy with your stay.

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June 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm Comment (1)

Quebec City’s Château Frontenac

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Built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific railway company, the Château Frontenac dominates the skyline of Quebec City. A towering structure with over 600 rooms and an unforgettable profile that reigns over the walls of the Old Town, this is thought to be the world’s most photographed hotel. I wouldn’t doubt it. The Frontenac so large and central that it will be part of the backdrop in nearly every picture you’ll take of Quebec City.

The most architecturally significant building in a city is rarely a hotel, but that’s the case in Quebec City. The Château Frontenac isn’t the tallest structure in town, but with its privileged position atop Cape Diamond, it’s certainly the one your eyes will be drawn to. Designed by American architect Bruce Price, this was the first of several chateau-style hotels built by Canadian Pacific, in a bid to promote luxury tourism along its lines.

Naturally, we couldn’t resist going inside to check out the lobby, which was as luxurious as we’d suspected. I went to the concierge to ask about a brochure, and was surprised by the presence of a big dog lying next to the desk. Daphnie is the Frontenac’s “Canine Ambassador,” whose mission is to make guests feel more at home. Apparently, guests can borrow her for walks, should they be missing their dog while traveling.

Even if you’re not staying at the Château Frontenac, you can still see much of the hotel as a visitor. From the lobby, go down a flight of stairs to find a photo exhibition about the chateau’s history, and make sure to check out the bar. Whether or not you stayed there, the Château Frontenac will almost certainly be among your most prominent memories from Quebec City.

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June 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm Comment (1)
Hotels in Quebec City: Le St. Pierre Auberge and the Htel 71 The most famous hotel in Quebec City might be the Château Frontenac, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best. During our trip, we were invited to stay in a pair of hotels in the Lower Town. The St. Pierre Auberge and the modern Hôtel 71 are found adjacent to each other on Rue St. Pierre, and we couldn't have hoped for better places to rest.
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