Photo courtesy Hôtel de Glace
Quebec City is bursting at the seams with unique and historic luxury accommodations. Be sure to read through Contributor Maureen Littlejohn’s list of the most unique hotels in Quebec City
You might guess that the only North American walled city north of Mexico would have some fascinating and unusual accommodations, and you’d be right. From former religious order abodes to icy palace lodgings, from luxuriously rehabbed bank buildings to First Nations cultural constructions, Quebec City is home to some of the most unique hotels in Quebec.
When you pair your accommodation with activities such as yoga, a Nordic spa dip, or a gallery visit, a mix of history, glamour, and artistic creativity unfolds. If you want to try something different, lay your head down in one of these unique hotels in Quebec City and you’ll wake up to a fresh new adventure.
The Most Unique Hotels in Quebec City
Hôtel de Glace
Want to channel your inner Snow Queen? There’s nothing quite like snuggling into a warm bed inside a room of icy walls at Hôtel de Glace, one of the coolest and most unique hotels in Quebec City. This iconic seasonal hotel (January to March) is made of ice and snow, and is part of Valcartier Vacation Village, just outside Quebec City.
Each room has beds made on platforms of ice, topped with insulated mattresses and sleeping bags designed to withstand temperatures as low as -30° C. Themed suites feature ice sculptures and artistic lighting; some rooms have fireplaces (don’t worry, they are insulated and won’t melt the ice).
Amenities include four restaurants, an outdoor Nordic spa with saunas and hot tubs, and guided tours of the hotel. There’s also a bar and a wedding chapel, all made of ice.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: Hôtel de Glace.
This all-suite, Quebec City hotel is the perfect home away from home. It’s set in a stone building and surrounded by the shops and restaurants of the Vieux-Port harbor front district.
A 2-minute walk from Old Québec’s historic fortifications, the Hôtel Port-Royal is a draw for history buffs who can explore the nearby Musée naval de Québec on the Saint Lawrence River waterfront.
Trendy suites mix contemporary furnishings with rustic, exposed brick walls. All have kitchenettes, 42-inch flat-screens, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded suites add lounge areas and full kitchens.There’s a modern restaurant and a lively pub with a terrace, as well as a 24/7 exercise room, a meeting room, and laundry facilities.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For more details, visit Hôtel Port-Royal.
Hotel PUR, Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
An urban hotel with Asian accents, the Hotel PUR is centrally located and is a four-minute walk from the historic Saint-Roch district. Sleek rooms with modern furnishings feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minifridges, plus either European-style showers or Japanese soaking tubs. Book a suite and you’ll have a panoramic view of the city.
The hotel’s restaurant serves Asian and American cuisine, and there’s a bar with cosmopolitan decor. There’s also a fitness center and an indoor heated pool and sauna, as well as a business center and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Parking is available for a fee.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Hotel PUR, Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.
Le Monastère des Augustines
Looking for unique hotels in Quebec City with deep history? Le Monastère des Augustines was once a 17th century monastery that has been converted into a serene retreat.
Warm, cozy rooms in the restored monastic cells feature exposed beams and antique furnishings, and bathrooms are shared. If you book an upgraded room, you’ll have a private lavatory and modern decor. There are no TVs.
There’s a relaxed restaurant and breakfast is complimentary. For those who like to dig into the past, there’s a museum and archives. Additional activities include yoga, tai chi, and meditation, plus readings and concerts. Le Monastère des Augustines is one of the most unique hotels in Quebec City, and is conveniently located 2 km from the Citadelle de Québec and 5 km from Autoroute 440.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: Visit Le Monastère des Augustines for more details.
Hôtel 71 Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X.
A block from the historic walls of Vieux-Québec, this chic Quebec City hotel is set in a former National Bank of Canada building and features an ornate neoclassical facade. Hôtel 71 is ideally located adjacent to the Musée de la civilizationand is a 9-minute walk from the Château Frontenac and some of the best shopping in the area.
Contemporary rooms with industrial-chic accents provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks, plus Nespresso coffeemakers and minifridges. Suites add living areas, and a penthouse includes a kitchenette, fireplace, and rooftop terrace.
Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, a hip restaurant serving Italian comfort food, espresso lobby lounge, automatic wine and spirits bar, four meeting rooms, and a fitness room.
Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
A cultural experience unique from all other Quebec City hotels can be had at this First Nations accommodation that includes a traditional longhouse and Huron-Wendat museum. Set on the banks of the St. Charles River, Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is located in the town of Wendake, 15.2 km from downtown Quebec City.
Guest rooms combine stone, leather, and wood furnishings, with First Nations artistic touches. There are balconies or terraces, and all rooms are equipped with 40-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks, as well as minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers.
La Traite restaurant specializes in wild game, native berries, and herbs from the boreal forest. There’s also a spa available for a fee, with Nordic baths and massage rooms.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For reservations and more information, visit Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations.
Hôtel Le Priori
A minute’s walk from the Musée de la civilisation, this intimate Quebec City hotel is an 8-minute walk from the historicCathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec. The Hôtel Le Priori’s contemporary guest rooms feature exposed-brick walls, slate bathrooms (some with antique claw-foot tubs), free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks.
Luxe suites add Nespresso coffee machines, microwaves, and minifridges. There’s a junior suite with spa on the balcony and living room with working fireplace, plus three 800-sq.-ft. suites with fireplaces.
A trendy restaurant with a leafy, walled terrace and a private dining room serves international cuisine, and a meeting room with stone walls includes a fireplace. Complimentary breakfast is also served.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For details, visit Hôtel Le Priori.
Jardin du Gouverneur
Set in a 19th century stone house overlooking the Parc des Gouverneurs, the Jardin du Gouverneur is a polished Quebec City hotel that offers spectacular river views. Located near the Dufferin Terrace, this enchanting property is a 13-minute walk from the Gare du Palais rail station and a 15-minute walk from the Citadelle de Québec.
The building housing this unique Quebec City hotel dates back 170 years and has been renovated to retain its original character. Cozy rooms with muted palettes offer flat-screen TVs; some come with park views, fireplaces and exposed stone walls. A breakfast buffet for a fee is served in a bright, laid-back breakfast room.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For reservations, visit Jardin du Gouverneur.
Hôtel Maison du Fort
The genteel Hôtel Maison du Fort was built in 1851 in a Georgian architectural style. Exuding a European atmosphere, this is one of the most unique hotels of Quebec City. The property is ideally located within the fortification walls just steps from the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the Saint Lawrence River.
Quaint rooms with high ceilings, tall windows, and hardwood floors feature walls painted in cheery colors decorated with whimsical cat illustrations. Furniture is traditional or country-style wood and some rooms include 4-poster beds, decorative fireplaces, or exposed-stone walls.
Continental breakfast is complimentary, as is Wi-Fi and cable TV. There are two paid parking lots nearby.
Reviews, Rates, Reservations: For details, visit Hôtel Maison du Fort.
Monsieur Jean. L’hôte particulier
In the heart of Old Quebec, you’ll find Monsieur Jean-an elegant yet high-spirited hotel with immaculate modern, bold décor. Generous guest suites feature hardwood floors, mini-kitchens, and bathrooms with heated floors. Some offer city or river views and terraces in summer. Large windows let in swathes of light and there are panoramic views of the majestic Saint Lawrence River, Saint-Jean Street and many other heritage attractions.
If you’d like to relax after exploring some of the fun things to do in Quebec, you can borrow a book from the lobby library, choose a board game, or use the cozy workspace. Plus, there’s a gym and free Wi-Fi.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Monsieur Jean.
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.