The asymmetric high rise (b. 1974) on the Grande Allée has a bold profile and grand views. Add to that a circular restaurant on top and this is a winning hotel, near shopping, historic sites, the Old City, and hot neighborhoods in Upper Town.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This concrete hotel isn’t oozing with sensuality. Take your amorous encounters elsewhere.
Impressively big for Quebec, the rooms are neat and practical, with basic furniture and tub chairs. The décor is too safe, lacking pizzazz—in other words, perfect for business travelers. The Concord Horizon rooms are more chic and worth the bump. Rooms above the 14th floor have great views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Grande Allée suites have stuffy, outdated fabrics and décor, but at least they’re huge, spread over two floors.
Serviceable and well-appointed, the bathrooms do the job. They house neutral tiles, plus exceptionally plush robes. Don’t expect spa glamour.
Dark tub chairs are scattering around the expansive lobby, which features a grand piano and carpet with an orange stripe. The overall effect is “business serious,” but an effort was made with jazzy wall textures and a few hip stools.
All the hotel’s glamour is here. Say hello to the new heated pool with a 16-foot waterfall and two spas. Located on the hotel’s 4th floor and surrounded by windows, you can take in a spectacular view of the Plains of Abraham.
It’s true, they have a revolving rooftop restaurant! It’s called Le Ciel (the sky) and it lives up to its name--it is indeed in the sky. People come for the view, but the new chef's tasty menu is starting to get credit, too.
Dress up. This is not a casual restaurant that will smile at your sweat pants and sneakers.
Le Ciel has a schmoozy bar for after-work drinks, serving classic cocktails and the occasional original creation.
Underground self-serve parking is steep at $24/night or $28 for valet. Alternately, use the bus system, which whisks people around Quebec City with ease. Or, even better, you can easily explore the Old City by foot.
Don’t leave town without trying La Buvette Scott (7-minute drive), with its chalkboard menu, impressive wine selection and cozy dining area. It’s full of locals who like to keep this tiny place a secret. Sorry.
Everyone is busy flirting at Bar Le Sacrilège (10-minute walk), a charming pub with church pew seats and mosaic tables featuring regional brews and an artsy patio space.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Built in 1974, this 29-story concrete high-rise with an excellent location on Grande Allée was recently revived by new ownership. Rooms are larger than average, with ergonomic chairs, Keurig coffeemakers, huge windows, and good views of the St. Lawrence River. We love the new pool and spa area, as well as the property’s proximity to Montcalm, Cartier Avenue, the Old City, and more. While it doesn’t have the sexiest vibe, it’s practical and has all the amenities you’d expect from a property with 400 rooms. Pets can stay for only $25/visit.