Photo courtesy Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Historic Quebec City offers no end of chic, high-end hotels to the luxury connoisseur. To help you choose the best fit for your needs, contributor Maureen Littlejohn shares our list of top luxury hotels in Quebec City
For some people, Quebec City’s magical, old world charm is a magnet. For others, it’s the top-notch food, drink, hospitality, and top Quebec City luxury hotels. Inside the walls of Vieux-Québec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), you can marvel at the ancient stone buildings, stop for a bite at a bistro, and get in a little retail therapy at the many shops.
Outside the walls you’ll find a modern metropolis and the seat of provincial government. Take in a pivotal point of Canadian history on the Plains of Abraham where French troops, led by Marquis de Montcalm, succumbed to British invaders led by General James Wolfe. After a day full of exciting sights and experiences, relax at one of the top luxury hotels in Quebec City.
Top Luxury Hotels in Quebec City
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
Known as the ‘Castle on the Hill’, the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is one of the best-known luxury hotels in Quebec City. Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, it is a three-minute walk from Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec and eight minutes’ walk from the eclectic boutiques of Quartier Petit Champlain.
Many different styles of rooms are available, some with traditional décor, others with a contemporary approach. If you want to upgrade, river views are available and if you need more space there are suites with living rooms, additional bedrooms, and / or marble bathrooms.
Quebec City is home to some of the best traditional food and drink in the province, and the on-site Champlain Restaurant is a foodie favorite. There’s also a delightful breakfast café, a wine bar, and a bistro. Other amenities include spa, fitness center, and indoor pool.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information, visit Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.
Dating from 1870, the Clarendon Hotel is one of the oldest luxury hotels in Quebec City. It is near La Citadelle de Québec as well as the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Quartier Petit Champlain. Although damaged by a fire a few years ago, it has been completely restored.
The refined, renovated rooms have antique furnishings and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers. Some have iPod docks and bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and jetted tubs. Ask for a city view, or if you prefer calm and quiet, windows on the peaceful interior courtyard.
A new restaurant, Brasserie Les Mordus has a nautical theme and features fish and seafood, plus there is a jazz bar. Parking is available for a fee.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information, visit the Clarendon Hotel.
The Hilton Quebec is a thoroughly polished high-rise hotel very centrally located. This top Quebec luxury hotel is located near the Parliament Building and is an eight minutes’ stroll from the Quebec Via Rail station. Bustling Old Quebec, with its popular boutiques and restaurants, is a 15-minute walk.
Modern rooms with clean lines offer desks, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. Executive rooms provide access to a lounge serving free breakfast and evening appetizers. For separate living areas, opt for a suite.
Amenities include a bar and two restaurants, fitness center, heated rooftop pool, meeting rooms, business center, and charging stations for electric vehicles. Parking is available for a fee.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information visit Hilton Quebec.
Hôtel Le Germain Québec
Located in the 1912 office building formerly of Dominion Fish & Fruit Limited, this eight-story Old Port hotel retains many of its original architectural features. The Hôtel Le Germain Québec is an 11-minute walk from the train station and a quick walk down to the Saint Lawrence River.
Guest rooms feature urban-chic décor with free Wi-Fi, 40-inch flat-screens and Bose stereos, plus minibars and coffeemakers. Some have river views and room service is available.
In the lobby, relax by the fireplace in the lounge/bar area. There’s also a 24-hour gym, an espresso bar with free cappuccinos, and a seasonal terrace. Continental breakfast is available.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information visit Hôtel Le Germain Québec.
Hotel Quartier, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Hotel Quartier is a trendy, modern hotel in the Sainte-Foy-Sillery district, perfect for access to the Laurier Quebecshopping mall just a 15-minute walk away. It is also 2 km from Universite Laval and 9.5 km from the Aeroport International Jean-Lesage de Quebec.
Sleek, simple rooms feature en suite bathrooms with showers, free Wi-Fi, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, plus desks and coffeemaking equipment. The upgraded rooms have bathtubs. Spacious suites offer mini fridges and heated bathroom floors, and microwaves are available upon request.
A hip lounge-style lobby, a trendy bar and grill, an indoor pool, and a fitness center are a few of the amenities. Plus, free parking is available.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information visit Hotel Quartier.
Hôtel Palace Royal
In the heart of the Old Québec action, the upscale Hôtel Palace Royal is one of the top luxury hotels in Quebec City. Set on a bustling street just a 3-minute walk from Le Capitole performing arts venue, this luxurious property is a perfect base for exploring Quebec City.
Elegant rooms feature wood floors and either interior garden or panoramic city views, plus Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini fridges, and coffeemakers. Suites feature separate living rooms with pull-out sofas, and / or private balconies. Room service is available.
Additional amenities include indoor parking, a steakhouse with old-world decor, and a lavish lounge bar. There’s also a gym with a sauna, and an indoor tropical garden with palm trees, a pool, and a hot tub.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information visit Hôtel Palace Royal.
Hotel Royal William
Set in the trendy Saint-Roch district, the upscale Hotel Royal William is located near Rue Saint-Joseph and a variety of popular restaurants, cafés, grocery stores, brasseries, and entertainment venues. This exclusive property is one of the top luxury hotels in Quebec City, and is located less than one block from the gardens of Jardin Saint-Roch and 1.8 km from Le Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec).
Spacious rooms feature sound-proofed floor-to-ceiling windows, rainfall showers (bathtub is optional), flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi, as well as mini fridges and coffeemakers. Suites and upgraded rooms have pull-out couches.
There’s a complimentary continental breakfast and an informal brasserie-style restaurant. Other amenities include an exercise room, a business center, and meeting rooms. Plus, it’s pet friendly.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information visit Hotel Royal William.
Le Bonne Entente
Le Bonne Entente is one of the luxury hotels of Quebec City based in the business section of Sainte-Foy. This four-diamond property is surrounded by 11 acres of lush gardens with a pond. Lucky guests also have exclusive access to La Tempete private golf course.
Guest rooms have large windows, carpet or hardwood floors, and free Wi-Fi. Room sizes vary from lofts to spacious suites, and some have couches and fireplaces. Luxurious spa rooms feature infinity bathtubs.
Additional amenities include an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, Amerispa Health & Beauty Centre, and a number of restaurant options depending on the season. A VIP lounge offers deluxe breakfast, afternoon cocktails and evening bubbly and desserts. Two charging stations are available for electric vehicles.
Reviews, Rates, & reservations: For more information visit Le Bonne Entente.
Contributor Maureen Littlejohn is a Toronto-based travel writer and editor whose curiosity about food, culture, and creativity has fueled adventures in four corners of the world.