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About Quebec City
In the last decade, the State of Quebec has really come of age, finding its own identity and independent character from its more European Motherland. Quebec City is a dynamic destination, where the people are warm, vibrant and hospitable. The historic quarters ooze charm and throughout the city hotels and restaurants excel in the region's unique French style cuisine. Our pick of the best places to stay in Quebec City are all ideally located bases for exploring this fabulous place.
Quebec City was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, eventually becoming Canada's capital between 1859 and 1866. There has been a long and fascinating history of furious struggles with both the English and the Americans.
Quebec City is situated on the banks of the St Lawrence seaway, making it very ideal for pleasure boating, sailing and kayaking on the river, and in winter, ice fishing is available on Lac Saint-Pierre. Other water-based activities include whale watching trips - the best time for this is spring or summer.
What To Expect
Quebec City's Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is split between the upper town and the lower town and each has a flavour of its own. The narrow cobbled streets boast an array of 17th and 18th century properties. This is where you'll find not just museums but a plethora of tempting cafes and bars, where the old European influence is very much in evidence.
In summer the streets are filled with artists (musicians, actors, acrobats) dressed in period costume and the place is buzzing. In autumn, (and likewise in spring), you'll enjoy the famous North American foliage - you'll also find it much quieter. In winter, the city boasts one of the biggest and best Winter Carnivals in the country.
What Not To Miss
- Stroll around the historic Old Town taking in the charming architecture before stopping off in one of the many lovely cafes. Place Royale is a notably quaint spot.
- Meander along the Terrasse Dufferin which offers wonderful views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. From time to time it's also home to various artistic exhibitions and street performers.
- The atmospheric 17th century Notre-Dame-de-Quebec features beautiful decor, inside and out. A lovely place to pass by.
- La Citadelle de Quebec military museum is a great place for those wanting to learn more about the region's history, especially during times of conflict. Or, you could always check out the more artistic Musee de la Civilisation.
Don't forget to book well ahead if you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Quebec City. This place is very popular year round, whether you're here for business or pleasure.
The best places to stay in Quebec
- Situated in the City’s Old Port area, the Auberge St Antoine provides beautiful rustic chic rooms and suites. The bar, restaurant and spa are all very spoiling and for adults only!
- Le Clos Saint Louis exudes French glamour and sophistication with whimsical decor, four-poster beds and delicious fine dining. Perfect for a romantic stay.
For city chic
- Also situated in the heart of Quebec’s Old Port area is Le St Pierre, a trendy hotel with contemporary classic interiors (wooden or tiled floors, exposed stonework and comfy leather seats). It is perfectly located for browsing the antique shops on St Paul Street.
- Hotel 71 has a classic exterior (the building was once the National Bank of Canada HQ) which belies the trendy vibe inside. It boasts great views of the St Lawrence river and Cap Diamant plus there's a good Italian restaurant.
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- You're definitely best to avoid Quebec City in the winter as it gets bitterly cold! May to September are the best times to visit, with the average daily temperature rising to 19°C in July.
- You can fly into Jean Lesage International Airport, located 6 miles southwest of the city. From here, you can take the bus into the centre of town.
- There are however no direct flights from the UK, so you'll need to fly into Montreal before taking either a connecting flight, the bus or the train on to Quebec City.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
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Best Hotels in Quebec City
Le St Pierre 41 rooms from $160Quebec 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 $163Quebec 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
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 71 60 rooms from $253Quebec 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.