Quebec City is home to many different types of hotels – from the iconic and luxurious Fairmont Chateau Frontenac to tiny, family-owned bed and breakfasts. While there are several different chain hotels in the old city, most of the hotels and inns are independently owned – offering various degrees of amenities, service, and quality. During our recent press trip to Quebec City, we stayed at the Hotel Chateau Laurier, which is located right outside the walls of the old city on the Grande Allee, and found it to be the both charming and modern.
The Hotel Chateau Laurier offers several different room classes – express, standard, superior, and deluxe (along with suites). We had a superior room, which is located in the newer part of the hotel. Unless you don’t plan to be in the room much, I’d recommend booking a superior room – they are much more modern, with better furniture and linens. Our room overlooked the Plains of Abraham, and was nice and quiet, despite the central location. I’d imagine that the rooms facing the Grande Allee are a bit louder.
We took advantage of several on-site amenities, including the indoor pool (it was cold, but still a nice break from walking around the city), the sauna, the outdoor hot tubs, and the attached restaurant. Breakfast, which is included in some room packages, is a great combination of cold and hot foods. It was a nice way to start out the day. With all of the fabulous restaurants throughout the old city, we didn’t eat lunch or dinner at the hotel.
Our room at the Hotel Chateau Laurier was large enough for my family of four. The beds were comfortable, and the room includes plenty of drawer space as well as some desk space. WiFi access is available for an additional fee. The hotel also offers wine vending machines located in the lobby and several spots throughout the hotel. To use them, you have to purchase a gift card from the front desk. We used it a few times – the prices are great and it was a nice way to have a glass of wine in the evening without having to go out.
The main benefit of the Hotel Chateau Laurier is the location. Sandwiched between the Plains of Abraham and the Grande Allee, there are activities, restaurants, and shops right out the front door. The walled city is just a 5-10 minute walk, and the Plains of Abraham and the Citadel are just a few minutes away. I’ll definitely return the next time my family visits Quebec City – it was the perfect spot for us.
Article and photos by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine.
Disclosure: my stay was complimentary for review.