A three-story boutique hotel located inside Old Quebec with oodles of charm, contemporary design and authentic architecture. Note the signature red roof and dormer windows.
If you book from the hotel’s website, you get free continental breakfast—French pastries from the local patisserie and orange juice—delivered to your room every morning by 8 a.m. Otherwise, it’s about $15.
A perfect blend of heritage features (exposed stone and brick walls) and chic, “Scandi” style. Think throw pillows with bears and birch trees. Rooms have pillow-top bedding, mini-fridges, desks, big TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Some suites have gas fireplaces.
YOU SHOULD KNOW No pets allowed and the views from the ground-floor rooms are dreary. If you’re antsy about staying in a semi-basement, speak up when you book your room.
The clean, updated bathrooms feature floating shelves, rain shower heads, shaving mirrors and elegant tiles. Some bathrooms have heated floors, therapy tubs, and walk-in glass showers.
The reception area embraces the barn board esthetic and tree stump tables, showcased against black walls. The rest of the lobby is a lively lounge with a free espresso machine, fruit, board games, a computer station, and a glassed-in library of over 700 DVDs to borrow.
Situated at the end of rue St-Jean, the hotel is perfect for walking around Upper Town, then Lower Town. Pay the $17.50 self-park fee (decent rate) and leave your car there for the length of your stay. The parking lot is one block away, but there’s a 10-minute unload zone to dump your luggage at the door.
If you’ve already tried the roasted chicken at Bistro Bournebroche, the nearby sensation is Chez Boulay (2-minute walk), known for upscale Nordic, rustic game.
Les Yeux Bleus (5-minute walk), at the end of a charming alley, isn’t easy to find, but it’s close to the hotel and worth the search. There’s live music, old stone walls, low ceilings, and brass fixtures.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s easy to love this heritage building, but we also respect their eco ethos. It’s a carbon-neutral hotel with five bee hives and three gardens on the roof. Also, the hotel uses 100% “green” natural biogas. Updated with mid-century flair, the rooms are elegant and in keeping with the stone walls and historic character of the building.