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The magical city on the St Lawrence
Traveling to Quebec City by car from New England is a wonderful weekend getaway . There is only one hotel to stay in in QC as far as I’m concerned . The Frontenac is definitely my foremost favorite hotel . I have stayed here for over 20 visits, and every time it surpasses my expectations. It is hard to describe to someone who has never been here , but it it truly magical. This visit I was met by the as arrived by the doorman PI who greeted me by name and handed me a room packets and keys , as I had checked in via email the day before ,never having to stop at the desk . Never had such an easy check in experience. My room on a Gold floor was beautiful as usual . But later in the day seeking some quiet time , the room adjacent was quite loud , spoiling a planned late afternoon nap . I had received a text on a reservation that was made for dinner from Lisa A. at the Gold floor desk , so I replied back to her my concerns about the adjacent noise and worried it may happen later in the evening. I was amazed when she replied back and found an incredibly quiet room for us for the duration of our stay . This was above and beyond the service I have come to expect at The Frontenac and truly made our visit . Thank You Lisa .
Beautiful hotel with an amazing histroy, but
What an awesome hotel and friendly staff. We stayed on the concierge level and could not have been more pleased with the friendliness of the staff and overall condition of the rooms. My 'but" caveat is due to the fact that the hotel was undergoing major exterior renovations and repair and both construction noise and the blocking of views could have been a big issue, We were fortunate to have a few except that periodically a construction worker would pass by and peak into our room. Although we will most certainly stay at the Frontenac again, I recommend that if you are considering a stay within the next few months, you inquire abount the construction.
We stayed here during our trip to Quebec, it certainly livied up to its hype. It is beautiful. Lovely hotel and our room (all modern amenities) on 15 floor had magnificent views over the city. Staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful. providing lots of useful gen about the area that we were staying in. Breakfast was good as well. If you are going to pay extra for a river view room, check with the hotel beforehand that you can see the river. There was a significant amout of external scaffolding and netting on the outside of the building 'river side' when we were there and the wonderful view may be impeded.
Old world at its best
This is one of the finest old world hotels in all of North America. If you are looking for big rooms and all the modern amenities like work stations large dressers and other frills, this hotel may not be for you. The rooms are well appointed, but not very roomy. The bathrooms are also quite small, but again very nice. The common space is elegant and their conference rooms are absolutely gorgeous. There are many restaurants to pick from and all the food is above average. You will pay dearly for your visit to the Chateau but you will remember the history and your experience for ever.
Fairmont Château Frontenac Québec City = Iconic Landmark
In various parts of the world, there are several hotels which are in the city center, but how many of those hotels are considered THE city center? You cannot go to Québec City and avoid the most famous and most recognizable landmark of the city which is the Fairmont Château Frontenac, found on most postcards of the city. I stayed for the first time and was positively impressed by various aspects of our stay and I can highly recommend the hotel. The Fairmont hotel is without any doubt the best luxury hotel in Québec City. At this time of year it’s low season for hotels in Québec City so occupancy was not particularly high. I booked the entry level room and got a multiple-category upgrade as Accor Platinum to the Deluxe River View room type which is one category short of the studios. The room type I received was selling for approximately 50% more than what I booked, the room was noticeably larger than the standard room, and at this property “deluxe” rooms are remodeled, so the upgrade was far better than properties who only upgrade by one category to a “view room” with the same square footage, equally outdated, and which are only selling for a very modest price premium over the basic room. The remodeling of our room was well done particularly the bathroom which is not large but is far superior to the bathroom we had at Fairmont Manoir Richelieu just one week prior. The only mild negative is that I wish there was a stand-alone shower rather than a shower in the bathtub, but at least it was a rain shower. However not surprisingly for an older hotel, water pressure was not the best. In the bathroom we had large bottles of Le Labo products with my name printed on the bottles which was a nice touch, similar to what they do in Fairmont Montebello for Platinum members. The layout of the room was a bit odd because the bathroom was immediately to the right when you enter the room rather than being next to the bedroom) but I liked the angled-shape ceiling and the view from the room was quite nice, overlooking the terrace above the St.Lawrence river. The three restaurants / bars of the hotel have also recently been renovated and we used our welcome drink vouchers at the Sam Bistro. The cocktail of the day was White Cosmo which was excellent and prepared by a barman who clearly knew his job, and much better than the cocktails we received at the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu. The atmosphere and décor of the place is very attractive and for people eating in the restaurant there is a bright room with large windows with the view of the river. Overall this hotel is one of the best Fairmonts we have visited in Canada. The Fairmont the most similar in style to Château Frontenac would be Banff, and I would put Château Frontenac a notch above Banff in my opinion. There is generally a price premium required to stay at Fairmont relative to other options, but personally I think it is worth it.
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