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Quebec’s coolest accommodations

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Quebec’s coolest accommodations

Holidaying in Quebec? You're in luck. In addition to the French culture, this province has some of the most fascinating, exciting, and sophisticated hotels in the world -- from grand ch?teaux to cozy inns to the even more unconventional. You'll find the stay is as magnifique as the trip.

Hotel Museé Premieres Nations, Wendake and Quebec City

Hôtel Musée Premières Nations
The Hôtel Musée Premières Nations – Credit: Hôtel Musée Premières Nations

Immerse yourself in First Nations culture at four-star H?tel Mus?e Premi?res NationsExternal Link Title. A modern interpretation of the traditional longhouseExternal Link Title, the lodge-museumExternal Link Title is a mix of contemporary and Aboriginal with cutting-edge architecture and the backdrop of the Akiawenrahk River and surrounding woods. Learn about Huron-Wendat history at the nearby reconstructed village, browse crafts and textiles, enjoy a First Nations spa treatment, canoe the river, or hike through eons-old canyonsExternal Link Title. Try bannock (Aboriginal bread) and gourmet cuisineExternal Link Title inspired by the boreal forest.

St Paul Hotel, Montreal

"One of the most uniquely artful boutique hotels in North America"External Link Title is what one travel writer calls Montreal's chic, classy St Paul Hotel External Link Titlein Old Montreal, a trendy, historic neighbourhood of cobblestone streets and European flair. Never mind the neo-Baroque fa?ade, dramatically illuminated at night. It's the spacious guest rooms graced with intriguing artwork that really steal the show. And just about everything -- modern furnishings, mirrors, lamps -- is custom designed by the owner's wife. Sample outstanding Montreal smoked meats in the hotel's popular Hambar RestaurantExternal Link Title before settling in for the night.

Hotel de Glace, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

Ice Hotel
An icy urban adventure at Quebec's Ice Hotel

It'll be hard to find someone who can top your stories once you've stayed at H?tel de GlaceExternal Link Title just outside Quebec City. It's created every winter from 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice -- the only of its kind in North America. Open January to March, this hotel is made entirely of frozen water and features 44 whimsical themed rooms with cozy fireplaces and fur-lined sleeping nooksExternal Link Title. Outside is a hot tub under the stars. Then there's the crystalline bar, ornate chandeliers and sculptures, frozen chapel, and frosty cocktail glasses: all made of -- you guessed it -- ice. Pack your parka, hat, and gloves.

Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul

Set in the delightfully rural Charlevoix regionExternal Link Title, a four-hour drive from Montreal, Le Germain Hotel CharlevoixExternal Link Title is a back-to-the-land, farm-to-table anti-resort. Spanning five buildings, today the re-imagined former farm is a modern, sophisticated, eco-powered complex that hosts Sunday farmers' markets and even incorporates a train stop. There's an art gallery, gymExternal Link Title, and spa with outdoor hot tubExternal Link Title and heated pool, too. Tuck into locavore seasonal fare in the sleek restaurantExternal Link Title, peek into 15 on-property beehives, tour the organic gardens (June to October), and watch sheep grazing from your field-side Adirondack chair.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City

Who doesn't want to stay in a fairy tale castle? Exactly. Inside the walls of Old QuebecExternal Link Title overlooking the St. Lawrence RiverExternal Link Title, the beloved Fairmont Le Ch?teau FrontenacExternal Link Title is an old world icon of charming Quebec City with a storied history. With 611 guest roomsExternal Link Title with marble bathrooms and lavish suites, the grand hotel is within walking distance of the Cathedral of the Holy TrinityExternal Link Title and stylish Quartier Petit ChamplainExternal Link Title shopping district. Linger over breakfast with a viewExternal Link Title. Then you can cross this one off your bucket list.


Le Loft Hotel, Montreal

If glitz is what you're seeking, Le Loft HotelExternal Link Title is it. Minutes from Rue-St.-DenisExternal Link Title, it's housed in architect Ernest Cormier's 1920's Art Deco landmark. A boutique hotel of only suites, these are huge, high-ceiling loftsExternal Link Title with tasteful, well-appointed kitchens. Expect views, eclectic artwork, king-sized beds, and designer chandeliers -- all in an understated, modern style. Nearby are cool restaurants, upscale  shops and caf?s, the downtown core, top museums, the Montreal Botanical GardenExternal Link Title, and Place des ArtsExternal Link Title. Utilize the concierge in the lounge-like lobby, and watch for stars and VIPs.


Colourful and creative, Quebec's imaginative accommodations are as innovative and vibrant as its friendly, French-speaking residents. Then there's the food, the design, the shopping... time for a holiday!