Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Delta Québec
690 boul. René-Lévesque Est, Montcalm, Québec City, Québec G1R 5A8, Canada See on Map
Opposite the Parliament buildings, this hotel has undergone significant renovations, making it an excellent and stylish option for business and design-minded travelers. The hotel occupies the first 12 floors of a tall office complex next to the convention center. Bring your swimsuit for the four-season outdoor pool!
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel's Brutalist concrete facade is a bummer but soon forgotten once inside the rooms. Views of Old City are wonderful, but limited to the higher floors.
What a makeover! The large rooms not only got the Delta's famous sanctuary beds, but they acquired a decor with vision. Orange, gold, fuschia, chocolate--all colors are welcome as duvet throws, adding a splash of color that coordinates with the abstract art. It's cheery and fun. Meanwhile, there are ergonomic chairs and smart desks, sleek headboards and hip, modular seating. Of course, the rooms have Wi-Fi, coffee makers, air conditioning, and more.
Ask for a corner room. They're more spacious, with unique designs. Club level rooms have access to an executive lounge and turndown service. Why not, if it's a business expense?
Just like the rooms, the bathrooms were overhauled successfully. With acres of counter space, the bathrooms are comfortable and stylish. Build-in glass shelves hold toiletries and essentials. Glassed-in showers are chic and clean.
Located on the third floor, the reception desk is prim and functional--totally different from the guest rooms' snazzy look. Relief from the staid color pallet comes in the form of one exciting light fixture--a modern white chandelier. Oooh. Great job! The lobby does also contain a small business area with two computers and printing capability.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The drab lobby--with sparse furnishings and lot much by way of personality--may deter guests seeking a more sexy experience.
Spend the day lingering in the heated outdoor pool. Towels and lounge chairs provided. The fitness facility is nearby, with plenty of floor space, mirrors, cardio machines, and modern equipment for different kinds of workout routines.
The Delta's gym is exceptional, with plenty of floor space between each machine. The cardio area is clean and modern, with well-maintained weights, wall-sized mirrors, mats, and balls. The heated outdoor pool is steps away.
Le Bistro is the on-site eatery for buffet breakfast ($19.49 per person), or get a simplified continental breakfast for $15.95. Lunch, dinner, and room service is also via Le Bistro. The food is fine, but it would be a shame to settle for hotel food when surrounded by famous restaurants in the city.
Drive in, drive out. There's plenty of parking--both indoor and outdoor--at the Delta (valet is available). Once parked, you'll want to keep your car in the lot and simply walk everywhere. Or, grab a cab. Quebec City is small so cab rides don't cost much over $15 - $20.
Chez Boulay-Bistro Boréal (10-minute walk) attracts an upscale crowd of movers and shakers. The bistro specializes in Nordic cuisine, like bison, goose, duck, wild boar, and partridge. Alternately, try L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean (7-minute walk), a famous steakhouse in Quebec City and Montreal. The curly fries are legendary.
To relax at a casual pub with live music and a pool table, there's Bar St-Matthew's (7-minute walk). No need to dress up. There's a student vibe. For a completely different experience, there's Le Drague Cabaret Club (10-minute walk), a well-established gay dance club offering cocktails, DJs, drag shows, and karaoke.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What a second act! We love the Delta's new look, with splashy accent colors in each room. The Delta goes out of its way to provide wheelchair accessible rooms, as well as four electric car charging ports ($24/day), and a pet-friendly environment. Doggy can stay for only $35 per five-night stay. That's a deal.
Business travelers appreciate that the Delta is connected to the convention center. They also like the various breakfast options, from continental, to buffet to a full American spread.