Traveling to Old Quebec?

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Old Quebec is a gorgeous place to visit year round for many reasons. It provides visitors with a chance to get a taste of Europe while also experiencing a lot of history, architecture, and culture unique to itself.  Being located in Canada however, the obvious time to visit is closer to or during the summer when you can get out and comfortably explore. If you’re planning a trip, then you found the right article! We want to share with you a couple of our favorite spots and give you tips that will hopefully make your experience great (including some of the most ideal hotels in the area).

For us, the trip to Old Quebec was a matter of crossing town. The bus system here is very reliable and will take you within a block or two of just about anywhere you could want. If you don’t purchase any kind of lengthy pass, then when you get on one of the buses you’ll pay $3.50 CAD (make sure you ask for a transfer pass so that you can hop around buses for an extra hour and a half).

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The Tourism

We broke our exploration of Old Quebec up into two different afternoons, therefore we had two different routes. It’s not impossible to see most of it in a single day, but you will be rushing through. To get the most out of it, you want two days at least (also so you can try a few different restaurants). We will do a part two for the second afternoon, but here you can see how one nice and calm afternoon was spent!

The street we started on was Petit-Champlain. Having been in cities like Paris, Rome, Brussels, and Trier, we were already familiar with this European style. But this little tucked away street competes with them more than we imagined it would. At first it looks tight and crowded like when you go through the front door of Walmart on Black Friday (or Boxing Day). Once the stroll inside begins though, everything feels like it opens up.

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Mary's Boutique
Mary’s Boutique (Popcorn and Cotton Candy)

The stores were open and inviting to all, small balconies with white tables and chairs overlooked the street, and musicians were playing soothing songs as you walked down in peace. Near the entrance we found a stand where they were making the infamous maple syrup lollipops. Maybe you know them as snow candy though. Further down we found a really nice popcorn place that, luckily for Vikki, also carried cotton candy.  I got freshly made caramel popcorn and it was so good! But they do have other flavors. It’s called Mary’s Boutique and it’s right on the corner after you take 4 flights of stairs up.

In between this street and the Chateau Frontenac is traversed with either stairs or a lift. If taking the stairs, there’s two long staircases that lead you to where you want to go. But if you want to “enjoy the view” and take the very conveniently placed lift, then its not hard at all to find. It’s constantly making trips up and down the cliff and only costs a few dollars each way.

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The lift going down from Chateau Frontenac

Which Hotels to Stay At

We found 5 of the best hotels for you to stay at. They’re all located in the Old Quebec part, and have many benefits that set them apart from others in the area. Take a look!

1. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Arguably the most beautiful place you can possibly stay at in all of Quebec City, the hotel overlooks the St. Lawrence River, includes all the amenities you can imagine as well as an on-site spa (and a babysitting service if you need to get away for a little with your partner). The rooms have a European design and overall the hotel receives an average of 8.9/10 from over 2,000 reviews on booking.com. Outside this is where we spent much of our first afternoon, and the boardwalks that overlook the river. Just down below is the gorgeous and inviting Place Royal and Petite Champlain street.

Look at pictures, information, and booking options here!

2. Auberge Saint-Antoine

While this hotel doesn’t have the exact same high-priced view, it is situated in the same area near the St. Lawrence River. It might appeal to many people as it has a more wallet friendly price. The value doesn’t appear to be lower, but in fact a little higher. The hotel receives an average of 9.6/10 from over 500 reviews on booking.com. The Restaurant on site, Panache Restaurant, that serves all three meal times looks ridiculously cozy and relaxing, which helped secure it as a top 5 place in our mind (along with the heated bathroom floors in the rooms).

Look at pictures, information, and booking options here!

 3. Le Capitole de Quebec

This hotel is located on the west side of Old Quebec, but still as perfect of a location as the first two. The thing that really caught our eye here was how gorgeous everything looks on the inside, and how unique it also is by being attached to a restaurant and humongous theater. The hotel receives an average of 8.6/10 from nearly 400 reviews on booking.com. Just as the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac offered, you can also find a babysitting service available. This would be the more ideal hotel if you plan on venturing into the actual downtown part of Quebec City as well.

Look at pictures, information, and booking options here!

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4. Les Immeubles Charlevoix – Le 1177

If by chance you’re looking for a higher ended loft to stay in (perhaps you’re traveling in a big group) you could try this one. It’s located on the 4th floor and does not offer any kind of lift, but on the plus side you get to enjoy roof access and the beautiful location surrounding. The whole apartment is in modern style with high ceilings and large windows. The hotel receives an average of 9.6/10 from 12 reviews on booking.com.

Look at pictures, information, and booking options here!

5. Hôtel Marie-Rollet

If by chance you are wishing to embrace history of Old Quebec to the max, this hotel will surely give you what you want. It is a 3-star hotel, so you’ll find it to also be a little cheaper than the others. It’s located more to the center of Old Quebec, making it a relatively short walk to all locations. Just like the 4th floor loft, this spot allows guests to enjoy the rooftop terrace during the summer seasons. There’s a lot of things missing with this compared to the first 4, but the price and location (plus the building being historic) make it a great place to stay on a budget.  The hotel receives an average of 8.6/10 from over 300 reviews on booking.com.

Look at pictures, information, and booking options here!

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