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Canada’s largest province, Québec, is a unique mix: North American and European cultures; English and French languages; vast wildernesses and vibrant cities; and an infectious passion for everything from outdoors adventure to gourmet food. In the east of the country, it offers both varied landscapes - from a jagged coastline to pastoral countryside - and rich cities such as Montréal and Québec City that ooze both sophistication and fun. The best places to stay in Québec allow you to experience all of these attractions.
Sitting on the St Lawrence River, Québec City is the oldest settlement in North America and the province’s capital city. It retains its historic core (a UNESCO World Heritage site) around Place Royale, quaint narrow streets and old harbour. There’s also Notre Dame Basilica, the Parliament Building, Musée de la Civilisation - worth it for the architecture as well as the contents - cruises along the river, and the Montmorency Falls, a stunning waterfall between the Montmorency River and the St Lawrence River.
Montréal is named after Mt. Royal, the spiky hill at its heart. After you’ve taken in the cultural gems of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Basilica Notre Dame and the Olympic stadium, treat yourself to French shopping - or window-shopping - along Rue St-Denis. Then head to the city’s Old Port, now a huge outdoor park along the St Lawrence River where everyone goes to stroll, cycle and in-line skate. Or take a cruise along the river or a trip in a speedboat.
Of course, the province has a huge outdoor playground beyond its cities, from the jagged coasts of the Gaspé Peninsula and the bucolic Charlevoix countryside to the vast taiga and tundra of the North Shore. To the north of Québec city, Forêt Montmorency offers plenty of hiking opportunities and the chance to spot moose, wolves, bears, beavers, otters and birds. Parc de la Chute Montmorency has hiking trails, a via ferrata and thunderous waterfalls. The Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier is a mountainous plateau of forests and glacial valleys, attractive to cross-country skiers and canoeists as well as hikers and cyclists. Or try Parc National de la Gaspésie where moose and caribou can be spotted amongst the Appalachian peaks.
In the south of the Province, North Hatley is the jewel in what is known as the Eastern Townships region - a lakeside beauty that's been a haven for holiday makers since the 1880s.
The Magdalen Islands are a little archipelago in the Gulf of St Lawrence, well worth a visit for some off the beaten track beach and wildlife, plus awesome views.
And don’t forget to take a whale-watching trip at Baie St Catherine where the St Lawrence River meets the Saguenay Fjord at the gateway to the vast Saguenay–St Lawrence Marine Park. The best time to whale-watch is between May and October when the best places to stay in Québec are likely to be popular, so do book ahead.
For Quebec City
- In the heart of Quebec’s ‘Vieux Port’, Le St Pierre mixes the original features of the 19th-century building - exposed-brick walls, wooden floors - with pale-painted furniture and contemporary lighting.
- Also in the Vieux Port area, Auberge Saint Antoine mixes bright and funky contemporary styling with wooden floors and a scattering of vintage furniture. There’s also a spa, sauna and roof terrace
- The luxurious Le Clos St Louis oozes romantic charm from its chandeliers and beamed dining-room to its antique furnishings, toile-du-jouy fabrics and four-poster beds. Full of French chic, including its menus.
- A contemporary boutique hotel in a grand, neoclassical building in the heart of historic Montreal, Hotel Gault offers sleek and modern rooms, some with small terraces.
- Also in the heart of ‘Vieux Montreal’, Hotel St Paul is another grand building with large, uncluttered, contemporary rooms that will suit both business and leisure guests.
- Opposite Notre-Dame Basilica, Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites is another lovely neo-classical building where rooms mix light, contemporary furnishings with wooden floors and exposed-brick walls. Enjoy city-views from its rooftop bar, Japanese food and a pampering spa.
Best rural Québec hotels
- On the shores of Lac Massawippi, Manoir Hovey is a lovely retreat whether you want to take advantage of the kayaking, fishing and walking or relax on the terrace or by the pool with a good book. Rooms are modern country-house and there’s a gourmet restaurant.
- With wide views over grasslands and forested hills, Hotel Le Germain is a sharply modern hotel with crisp, Scandi-style rooms. The hotel includes a spa, pool, gym and hot tubs as well as two on-trend restaurants.
Best Hotels in Quebec
Hotel Gault 30 rooms from $98Montréal (Quebec)
Boutique all suites hotel in heart of historic Montreal. From lofts to terrace suites to apartments, all are contemporary in style, and boast huge windows for great city views. Gault restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and lunch plus drinks around the clock. A luxury spot for business or leisure.Sights nearby - Notre Dame Basilica is a towering Gothic revival building worth seeing.Great walks - Along the 14km of Lachine Canal.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Le Relais Lyonnais 7 rooms from $113Québec, Quebec
A 4* hotel set in the Latin Quarter in an 130 year old building that's been painstakingly brought into the 21st century. Merging old Montreal charm and modernity the light airy rooms offer crisp linen and suave leather seating. La Brioche Lyonnaise serves up an extensive french menu.Sights nearby - In close proximity to le Palais des Congres, la Place des Arts and the Musee D’Art Contemporain
Hotel Epik 9 rooms from $116West Montréal
A boutique 9 room hotel with modern decor in the heart of Old Montreal. All exposed stone walls against slick stainless steel and leather furniture. Bag the penthouse for the ultimate in open plan living. Sample the chef's tapas whilst enjoying the view of Notre Dame Basilica on the roof terrace.Sights nearby - Take a walk down to the Clock Tower modelled on Big BenRecommended by - Fodors
Manoir Hovey 38 rooms from $124North Hatley
A charming turn of the century inn sitting in 35 acres of manicured grounds, on the shores of Lac Massawippi. The elegant and crisp suites have been lovingly decorated with individual features. A stunning and sophisticated hideaway.Hideaway - With a whole host of on-site activities and restaurants there is no need to step off the grounds!Fishing - The hotel offers facilities for fishing on the lake.Kayaking - The hotel offers seasonal kayaking on the lake.Remote - Off the beaten track.Recommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Chez Swann 23 rooms from $126Montréal (Quebec)
A boutique with unique use of art, light, sensual textures and materials. Vibrancy runs through the contemporary rooms and designer bathrooms. Restaurants are all around so delve into a world of different cuisines. Explore the city with the ease of a metro ride or on foot.Great walks - Along the large river, cross over to the other side.Sights nearby - Walking distance to Montreal Museum of Fine arts.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.
Hotel St Paul 119 rooms from $137Montréal (Quebec)
Beautiful building standing tall in Vieux Montréal offering a prime location, business, fitness facilities and a lively bar. Large modern rooms with crisp linens and smart bathrooms. If you dream of charcuterie boards & mouth watering menus, then Hambar is the one for you. Have a swanky city stay.Sights nearby - Go and be in awe of the gothic revival Notre-Dame Basilica.Great walks - Explore Waterfront and the Lachine Canal district.Views - Great views from hotelDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Le St Pierre 41 rooms from $151Quebec City (Ville de Québec)
A trendy 19th century hotel in the heart of Quebec's Old Port. The chic suites feature exposed brick walls, hard wood floors, pretty painted furniture and stylish art pieces. After a long day's exploring, unwind beside a roaring fire in the plush library. Urban and elegant.Great walks - Just 12 KMs from Old Port find Montmorency Falls, surrounded by lovely parks ideal for walking.Local markets - Spend an afternoon exploring the multitude of antique shops on St-Paul Street.Sights nearby - Nearby sights include Notre-Dame de Quebec church and La Citadelle de Quebec.Lively - Hip and happening.
Le Clos Saint Louis 18 rooms from $153Quebec City (Ville de Québec)
Historic hotel located in the heart of the city within walking distance of Galerie D’Art du Chateau Frontenac. All rooms offer elegant decor with four-poster beds, romantic prints and lots of antiques. Plenty of French chic from the bedrooms right through to the menu. Great for a couples break.Romantic Break - Period decor, whimsical wallpapers, four poster beds and fine dining make this a great spot for holidaying couples.Local exploring - Centrally located in Old Quebec, within walking distance of the main historic sights and attractions.Sights nearby - Just a five minute walk to the magnificently ornate castle of Le Château Frontenac.Great walks - The Ghost Tours are a good way to see the city and learn a little history.Recommended by - Fodors
Hotel Le Germain 133 rooms from $154Quebec
A contemporary chic hotel in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul. The ultra trendy rooms feature wooden floors, clean lines and plenty of natural night. There is no need to stray far for entertainment as the property complex includes an art gallery, spa and two hip restaurants.Sights nearby - The on-site Massif de Charlevoix train station allows guests to explore Charlevoix’s scenery and gastronomy.Great walks - Put on your snowshoes and enjoy a guided hike of about 4km by the light of headlampsSwimming Pool - OutdoorFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Auberge du Vieux Port 45 rooms from $170Montréal (Quebec)
A great location with river views, loft-like rooms with warm exposed brick, iron frame beds and modern bathrooms. A comfortable city-escape. Taverne Gaspar is casual pub food with fine Bourbons to match, or head for the hotel's rooftop bar and admire the fabulous views of the old city skyline.Local markets - Jean-Talon Market is a fantastic place to see Montreal's vibrance and catch a bite to go.Sights nearby - Head north to Le Marché Bonsecours to see one of Canada's finest historical buildings.Lively - Hip and happening.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Auberge Saint Antoine 95 rooms from $141Quebec City (Ville de Québec)
A beautifully restored boutique hotel in Quebec City's Old-Port area. The decor is rustic chic with sumptuous linens, modern fixtures and luxurious tubs contrasting with exposed brick walls and wooden beams. The on-site upmarket restaurant, bar and spa will leave you feeling totally spoilt!Great walks - The Plains of Abraham are perfect for walking in summer and cross country skiing in the winter months.Sights nearby - Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine and Place Royale are both worth a visit!Restrictions on children - Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Le Germain Montreal 101 rooms from $174Montréal (Quebec)
This contemporary hotel welcomes guests with open spaces and minimal interiors. Large rooms are all about pampering with plush robes, Aveda products, glass walled bathrooms and nespresso machines. Pick up breakfast with a local newspaper and kick off your day the right way.Great walks - Parc du Mont-Royal is closeby and a great bit of urban green to stroll around.Sights nearby - Proximity to Peel metro station makes the city your oyster.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Le Saint Sulpice 108 rooms from $180Montréal
A luxury hotel sitting just opposite the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal. The spacious and elegant suites come with a range of exceptional bonuses such as nespresso machines, kitchens and sit out terraces. The glass walled restaurant is sophisticated and full of light. A grownup city escape!Great walks - Take a walking tour of Old Montreal's architectural treasures, around The Banks of St-Jacques St.Sights nearby - Basilica of Notre-Dame A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture built between 1824 and 1829.Lively - Hip and happening.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Le Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites 133 rooms from $198Montréal
A beautiful neoclassical hotel opposite the famed Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal. The luxurious suites feature urban chic decor, feather and down beds and original art works. Indulge in rooftop cocktails, Japanese cuisine or pampering spa treatments. Sophisticated and urbane.Great walks - Grab a bite while strolling along Place Jacques Cartie, originally the gardens to the Château Vaudreuil dates back to 1803.Fishing - Right by the Clock Tower in Old Mnotreal, “Ice Fishing Village” is open every winter.Local markets - Visit the famed Underground Market, an elaborate tunnel about 32 km long.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Domaine du Vieux Couvent 10 rooms from $201Quebec City, Magdalen Islands
Domaine du Vieux Couvent offers eleven quiet and comfortable rooms overlooking the blue-green waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The beautifully restored convent boasts a sun terrace and bike rentals. The on site restaurant, La Moulière is a gourmet affair headed by chef Denis J. Landry. Très bon!Foodies - Home to the gourmet bistro La Moulière foodies will feel right at home amongst the freshly caught mussels, clams, and lobster.Back to Nature - Whether it's hiking, biking, beach combing or kayaking there are plenty of outdoorsie pursuits for the nature loving guest.Birdwatching - Keep an eye out for local birds, this area teams with them in the summer months.Great walks - The beach provides the perfect spot for a long morning stroll.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Le Petit Hotel 28 rooms from $213Montréal
A trendy boutique hotel in the famed Old Montreal district. The decor perfectly marries past with present: rustic exposed brick walls with clean lines and contemporary art. The European style café serves artisan coffee and homemade snacks. A hip gem in this historic area.Local markets - For a European style market lined with boutique shops visit the Place Jacques-Cartier.Great walks - Visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens for a lovely walk in these exotic flower gardens.Sights nearby - The famed Notre Dame Basilica is just minutes away.Lively area - In the thick of the action.
Hotel Nelligan 105 rooms from $224Montréal (Quebec)
1850 historical building paying tribute to Quebec's poet Émile Nelligan. Contemporary and classic in style with exposed red brick, leather upholstery and wooden detailing make up the spacious rooms. Verses Restaurant offers contemporary dishes al fresco or inside, either way always with fine wines.Great walks - Along the river or the canal you will find great pathways to take a leisurely stroll the explore the city.Sights nearby - A hop and a skip away is the gothic revival Notre Dame Basilica Montreal.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel 71 60 rooms from $238Quebec City (Ville de Québec)
A chic hotel just outside the walls of Vieux-Québec. The ornate neoclassical facade is married with a contemporary interior decor. Suites feature large windows, free standing tubs and exposed brick walls. Explore Old Quebec like a local from this hip spot.Sights nearby - Place Royale de Québec, the oldest French American settlement, is a must see. It also houses the oldest stone church in America.Local markets - Visit Le Marché du Vieux-Port food market for fresh produce, artisan foods and fresh catch!Great walks - Take a guided walking tour of Old Quebec and learn the history of this ancient area.Lively - Hip and happening.
Hotel Quintessence 30 rooms from $262Mont Tremblant
An upscale spa resort on the banks of Lac Tremblant. The plush rooms are understated rustic chic with fireplaces, wooden beams, heated marble bathrooms and luxurious tubs. Enjoy the spa, infinity pool and expansive landscaped gardens. A peaceful haven in the Laurentian Mountains.Skiing - Ski the highest peak in the Laurentians down one of the 96 marked ski runs!Great walks - Join a splendid guided snow-shoeing tour to reach Versant Soleil’s shelter where you will be treated to a hearty meal.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Le St James 60 rooms from $225Montréal
An historic hotel on the famed St-Jacques Street, in the heart of Old Montreal. The perfect marriage of vintage chic and modern style. Think antique fourposters and chandeliers, while the trendy restaurant serves cutting edge cuisine. The best of both worlds.Great walks - Stretching from the Old Port to Rue Notre-Dame in Old Montréal are the gardens of Place Jacques-Cartier.Sights nearby - Notre Dame Montreal and the Old Port are just minutes away.Lively - Hip and happening.Lively area - In the thick of the action.
Ritz Carlton Montreal 129 rooms from $284Montréal
A five star hotel in downtown Montreal. The opulent suites are all you would expect of the Ritz, think chandeliers, hardwood floors, plush rugs and sumptuous linens. Relax and recharge in the champagne bar, or take a dip in the heated saltwater pool. Stylish, extravagant and worth every penny!Sights nearby - Visit Pointe-à-Callière, a recognized national historical and archaeological site, leads visitors through centuries of history.Great walks - Take a walking tour of Old Montreal, no better way to soak up the sights.Swimming Pool - Indoor year round pool.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel de Glace 44 rooms from $269Quebec
A winter fantasy land open from January to March end. Spend a night under the ice in intricately carved rooms. Mood lighting lends a romantic air and wood burning stoves provide warmth. An in-house spa aids total relaxation, and the winter playground some serious fun. A unique experience.Hideaway - Hideaway beneath the ice in this fantastically unusual hotel.Great walks - Head off to explore on foot, or take a guided dog sledding tour.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.