Quebec City Hotels and Accommodation
(Quebec City, Quebec - QC, Canada)
Full of places to stay, accommodation in Quebec City is plentiful and with such a high level of local competition, hotel prices tend to be fairly reasonable. The most popular accommodation in Quebec City comes in the form of European-style hotels, with excellent modern facilities and convenient locations.
Motels and large chain hotels in Quebec City tend to vary greatly in price, and the best cheap lodging is always quickly booked up, meaning that advance reservations are a must. Local tourist information offices are always happy to assist with finding last-minute rooms, although do note that their accommodation lists are not always up-to-date.
Where to Stay
Where to stay in Quebec City depends on both your budget and reason for visiting. Much of the top accommodation is situated in and around the city center, where lodging is well placed for restaurants, shopping and general exploration. Modern chain hotels are particularly plentiful in central Quebec City, around the Upper Town area, which has become known locally as 'New Quebec'. One of the most notable hotels in the Upper Town district is the Hilton Hotel, which is an eye-catching high-rise building combining luxury and modern facilities. Contrasting with this splendor, more budget accommodation on offer in the city center includes the inexpensive Center International de Sejour de Quebec - a HI hostel containing more than 200 beds, with dormitories, double rooms and hostel-run activities.
With a high concentration of historical buildings up to 300 years old, the Old Town district is full of character and offers many appealing hotels. Small B&Bs are also clustered around this area of Quebec City and provide particularly good value for money. One of the most outstanding and luxurious hotels in the whole city, the Fairmont Château Frontenac is a truly outstanding hotel and stands at 1 Rue des Carrières, close to the Dufferin Terrace and the Musée de la Civilization, where it boasts four-star accommodation. With more than 600 guest rooms, medieval-style French architecture, views across the St. Lawrence River (Fleuve Saint Laurent), a swimming pool and several highly regarded restaurants, the Château Frontenac has the prestigious status of being a United Nations World Heritage Site. Upmarket lodging in Quebec City is also available in the Old Town district, where the impressive Hôtel Dominion is around 100 years old and stands just a stroll from the Parc Montmorency.
Many visitors to the Quebec City area choose to stay out of town, in the surrounding suburbs. Hotels here are conveniently located for day trips and excursions to nearby towns and resorts, such as the Beauport area, the Île d'Orléans and the Montmorency Falls.
Accommodation on the outskirts of Quebec City varies from country inns to luxurious resorts, and from log cabins to camping grounds. Popular campsites nearby include the Camping Municipal de Beauport on the northern side of the city, and the Camping Imperial on the south shore. One of the most unusual hotels close to Quebec City, the Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel), in the neighboring city of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier (23 miles / 37 km to the west), provides truly unique accommodation and is built entirely from blocks of ice and snow. Those staying here will be able to enjoy a host of outdoor activities, ranging from snowmobiling and dogsled rides, to fishing on Lac St. Joseph and Scandinavian-style saunas at the Tyst Trädgard spa complex.