A 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quebec is a city unlike any other. Located in eastern Canada, and soaked in French culture and charm, the romantic cobbled streets make their way through European architecture, between historic landmarks and past gourmet restaurants. Its unique and charming ambiance is also reflected in its fine collection of places to stay, from gorgeous intimate boutiques to chic and modern high rises, here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Quebec, Canada…
Le Capitole Hotel
This highly recommended, city center hotel sits in the same complex as the Capitole Theatre, a cornerstone of the Quebec cultural scene.
The hotel has been elegantly revamped – incorporating herringbone hardwood floors, gleaming marble tiles, white paneled walls and huge windows opening onto Old Quebec City. You can even relax in the pool while enjoying a city view.
Large events are held in a circular room which captures a bygone atmosphere with its exposed beams, sepia images and warm tones; a range of private rooms and the very grand Capitole Theatre are also available for private events.
The Capitole’s Il Teatro restaurant has served Italian cuisine with a modern twist for 25 years, while B? Cuisine d’Asie welcomes guests into a fresh, trendy space to enjoy vibrant Asian cuisine.
Elegant bright design
Old Quebec city view
Two tempting on-site restaurants
Enchanting indoor pool
Costly per night parking
No bike storage
Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts
The lobby of Hotel 71 manages to be cozy and comfortable while also sleek and sophisticated. And they take convenience a step further with the 24/7 automatic dispenser stocked with hand-picked wines and cocktails.
At the hotel’s restaurant, authentic Italian comfort foods are served alongside signature cocktails in a relaxed but super-stylish setting.
Rooms and suites are sumptuous and snug, and the penthouse boasts a fireplace and private terrace overlooking the city’s attractions. Various airy, well-appointed shared areas and rooms – including the library, banquet room and adjacent café – are available for meetings and events.
Modern stylish interior
24/7 automated wine dispenser
Close to the St. Lawrence River
C3- Hotel Art De Vivre
A quirky hotel boasting striking statement pieces and bursts of color that will delight any art lover. Situated on the corner of Cartier Avenue and Grande-Allée, climbing ivy climbs over the 150-year-old house, setting a traditional scene; however, it’s impossible to ignore the golden horse casually residing over the front lawn.
Inside, guestrooms enjoy a retro-modern feel with funky artwork featuring against crisp white décor. Suites are available in rich reds and mahogany or cool monochrome alongside exposed stonework.
Look out for the multitude of hip lighting features, especially in the creatively designed bar area and terrace – adding to the Instagrammable vibe of this hotel.
Retro chic design
Serene rooftop terrace
Close to popular attractions
Parking space is a little compact
No breakfast included
No lift for basement rooms
Monastère des Augustines
Lovingly restored, this not-for-profit hotel provides an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. In its former cloister are two types of accommodation – for the most authentic experience, choose a minimalist, wooden-beamed room with a traditional iron bed frame, or opt for a more upscale room with a bigger bed, a full private bathroom, storage space, workspace option and large windows.
The peaceful environment, as well as daily access to the Monastery and its relaxation sessions, are a powerful recharger of the batteries. The on-site Vivoir restaurant prides itself on catering to guests’ requirements from a locally sourced menu.
Unqiue and chic decor
Traditional monastic furniture
Self-guided museum tour
Diverse healthy food options
No TVs in rooms
No swimming pool
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
A magnificent red brick building with peaked fairy-tale rooftops, this exceptionally recommended hotel oozes elegance.
Shared spaces have been meticulously designed in smooth dark woods, polished marble and crystal lighting. Spacious rooms and suites in warm creams and classy neutral tones create an easy winding down environment.
Views looking over St. Lawrence River or the architecture of Old Quebec provide a moment of calm, or you can relax with massages and body treatments at the well-being spa.
Several world-class restaurants are available on-site – from cutting-edge gastronomy to afternoon tea to craft cocktails – there’s something to fit every mood. A range of luxurious rooms including the historic Grand Ballroom host weddings and business events.
Magical fairy-tale like castle vibes
Views of the St. Lawrence River
Some bathrooms can be small
Small rooms can be dark
Some small windows in guest rooms
Auberge J.A Moisan
This historic abode stays true to its Victorian-era heritage and welcomes guests with cozy parlor vibes. The sunny conservatory and terrace are a lovely, quaint spot for sitting out, and the charming interior features a shared lounge carefully decorated in floral prints and beautifully polished wood.
Then the guest rooms continue the plush, Victorian theme combined with modern comforts.
Continental breakfasts are available daily. But there’s also the special on-site grocery store which stocks a range of fine Epicurean products such as coffee, teas, wines, microbrewery, cheeses and other eats.
Vintage chic decor
Traditional ornaments in the lounge
Gourmet breakfast selection
Close to popular attractions
No lifts; stairs only
Auberge Saint-Antoine is a family-owned boutique hotel in Quebec’s Old Town that has been part of the city’s history for over 300 years.
Original features are combined with elegant design and plush luxury throughout the hotel to create a unique place to stay. The luxurious rooms are heated underfoot, furnished with deep soaking tubs and look out onto stunning views of the city.
A wide range of organic treatments and pampering services are available at the spa and gym. And the on-site movie theater is available for guest use for private screenings and events. The hotel’s farm and garden supplies seasonal local ingredients for the restaurant and alfresco dining.
Light meals and craft cocktails are also available in the bar which also showcases fascinating historic artefacts that have been excavated from the hotel site over the decades.
Luxuries modern design
On-site movie theatre
Tempting on-site restaurant
Costly pet charges
No swimming pool
Limited restaurant menu
Hôtel Le Germain Québec
The sleek interior of this hotel belies its 100 years standing in Quebec City’s Old Port. From the lobby to the guestrooms, the décor is soothingly sophisticated in matt black, pristine whites and shades of grey. Several large event spaces are equally easy on the eye – able to host large or small-scale occasions.
Breakfast is served in lobby or as room service, and the restaurant dishes up revisited classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients.
Rich black decor
In-room massage service
Very near historic Citadel of Quebec City
Close to famous attractions
Only some rooms have a tub
No swimming pool
Compact parking area
Auberge Place d'Armes
Dating from 1600s A.D, this building has seen Old Quebec City through the ages. Its rich history is celebrated throughout the hotel, while also having been renovated to offer upscale accommodation.
From rustic chic to dreamy romantic, each room has a distinct character and all are beautifully styled, combining original features with modern design.
Homemade breakfasts are delivered to room doors every morning, and a traditional French brasserie connected to the hotel serves classic dishes alongside a range of wines and beers.
Breakfast is provided in rooms
Numerous cocktail options
Walking distance to attractions
No private parking
No elevators in the hotel
Hotel Quartier, Ascend Hotel Collection
Located along Boulevard Laurier, near Old Quebec, Hotel Quartier is a modern boutique hotel.
Crisp lines and smart design are punctuated by contemporary art, and a spacious lobby seating area that boasts almost an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Swish guest rooms are wood-floored and decorated in calming tones with a laid-back feel.
The low-lit hotel bar area is a relaxed spot for socializing. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a fully-equipped fitness center, and six spacious meeting and event rooms.
Glamorous bar area
Tranquil indoor pool
Six meeting rooms
No microwave in rooms
only therapeutic bath
No on-site breakfast
Le Clos Saint-Louis
This romantic Victorian house has been carefully restored to an exceptionally high standard while maintaining its 19th-century charm. An opulent mix of old-world delight, elegant design and contemporary comfort make for a unique abode in the center of old Quebec City.
Three levels of rooms and two levels of suites are decked out in soft fabrics, refined prints, Victorian-inspired furniture, and in some cases feature original wood features. A refrigerator and microwave are available in the common kitchen area.
Beautiful traditional artefact
Close to Galerie D’Art du Château Frontenac
No on-site parking
No microwaves in rooms
Chateau Des Tourelles
A roof edged with turrets and a mini-spire reaching for the sky means that you can’t fail to spot this historic hotel in downtown Quebec. City, mountain and river views can be enjoyed from the very same rooftop terrace.
Inside, a warm welcome and relaxed, modern décor awaits guests. Rooms range from the comfortable regular size to triple studio with fully equipped kitchen – with the option of a jacuzzi and private terrace in between.
A continental breakfast is served daily to rooms and suites doors, and the sunny tearoom has drinks-making facilities and a stacked bookshelf. With the hotel’s location being so convenient, there’s also an abundance of good-quality restaurants, cafes and attractions within walking distance.
Panoramic rooftop terrace
10-minute walk to old town
No breakfast services
Compact parking area
No cookware in rooms
Hotel le Priori
The pastel green front and vibrant window baskets make for a delightful first impression of the exceptionally recommended Hotel Priori in Old Quebec district, a few steps from Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
Rooms are a cool mixture of original features and chic, modern design – carefully curated modern art pieces hang on exposed stonework, and antique-style bathtubs sit in streamlined, contemporary bathrooms.
The hotel also has some particularly impressive suites which are spread over two floors, with their own fireplace. Fresh, local produce is served at breakfast.
Great daily breakfast
Walking distance to popular attractions
Small shower area
No wellness centre
Situated in the popular Old Port of Quebec, the Hotel Port-Royal caters to visitors looking for flexibility.
Levels of rooms and suites range from cool urban-chic melded with historic characteristics to grander spaces delivering a more upscale sophistication. Located on the top floor of a 19th-century building, the huge Royal Suite is the hotel’s most high-end accommodation and is also available for events.
Various packages include parking, breakfast, evening meal at the local Louise Taverne, and access to Strom spa.
Vintage chic design
Family Rooms and kitchenettes in the rooms
Bathtubs in only a few rooms
No swimming pool
Hotel Manoir D'Auteuil
This exceptionally-recommended, historic abode has 33 unique rooms where the glamour of French art deco sits beautifully alongside the grandeur of yesteryear.
Varying high-ceilinged rooms feature oak wood paneling, four poster beds and exposed beams – all in rich, soothing tones. Guests can choose a room that was once a chapel, or another named after the singer Edith Piaf, as she once stayed in that very room. There’s also the option for longer stays at the hotel’s home-from-home apartments.
In the hotel lounge, continental breakfasts come with fruit from the local farmer’s market, and then cocktails and light bites are served into the evening.
Being centrally located inside the old city walls, near the Quebec City Conference Center and many tourist attractions, it’s a great location for business and pleasure.
Fabulous onsite daily breakfast
Dining in a vintage lounge
8 minutes walk to Convention Center
No tea nor coffee in the room
Just steps from Quebec City airport, Hotel Must is in a convenient spot for people flying into Quebec.
Smart, comfortable rooms and suites with all mod cons, including electric fireplaces, offer a relaxed atmosphere for travelers and tourists. Two large reception rooms host events for work or social occasions.
Relax with a view of Quebec City from the outdoor rooftop terraces or hot tubs. Or for more active entertainment, try the indoor pool with water slide or the nearby family arcade. On the ground floor, Boston Pizza serves up the usual favorites and warm buffet breakfasts are available daily.
Outdoor rooftop terrace and Hot Tub
Indoor pool with slides
A children playground
No towels at the pool
Tiled shower area
Train noises near railside rooms
Along a pretty street in Old Québec City, the exceptionally recommended Hôtel Sainte-Anne combines charm and comfort in all its six uniquely styled rooms.
Although the building dates back over 300 years, the interior is stylish in soothing natural tones and trendy stripped walls. Interestingly, before it was a hotel, this was a well-known party place for politicians to meet after a day’s work in the National Assembly.
The popular restaurant – Mûrmu – is on the ground floor and gives guests a 10% discount on contemporary French dishes.
Timeless stylish lobby
Parliament building nearby
No ad-joining rooms
Grand Times Hotel
The New York-inspired interior and central fire pit in the lobby gives this boutique hotel a modern, urban vibe, just minutes away from Quebec airport.
Two types of rooms and suites deliver increasing levels of luxury and facilities. Reds and blacks feature throughout the smart, comfortable accommodation – as well as three out of four of the meeting rooms. A healthy, continental breakfast is served buffet style.
Other amenities include indoor swimming pool, fitness center, jacuzzi, massage therapist and business services. Another perk of staying at the Grand Times Hotel are the exclusive discounts offered to guests by a list of local businesses and eateries.
New York-inspired decor
Few minutes from the airport
Serene indoor pool
Breakfast is extra
Limited fitness instruments
Hotel Chateau Laurier Québec
At the heart of the Old Port, this third-generation family business welcomes guests into their chic lobby, and airy guestrooms colored in natural tones – immediately creating a soothing ambience.
Then there’s the indoor saltwater pool, outdoor spa pools, Finnish sauna and 24/7 fitness center all under one roof for maximizing downtime.
No less than seventeen meeting spaces cater lavish weddings and tech-dependent conferences, including a cutting-edge broadcast studio. Eco-friendly packages are available for business meetings, in line with the hotel’s sustainability ethos.
Outdoor spa pool
Fair room rates
No more than one pet is allowed
Not all rooms have a fridge
DoubleTree by Hilton Quebec Resort
The Double Tree by Hilton is 20 minutes outside Old Quebec, and next to the only 18-hole championship course in Quebec, (Golf de la Faune). Guest rooms are bright and airy with soothing slate grey and ebony touches.
There’s also the option to book the Five Feet to Fitness room where you can work out in the privacy of your own room. Alternatively, the fitness center and thermal and polar baths are available for all. Large occasion rooms are also decked out in monochrome shades, for a sophisticated feel.
Overlooking the golf course is the dining area serving gourmet cuisine in a relaxed environment with pops of vivid color and a wall of wine to choose from.
The on-site golf course has 18 holes
Thermal and polar baths
Golf-course view from the terrace
No microwaves in rooms
Best Hotels in Quebec Compared
The following table compares the Top 20 Cool and trendy Hotels in Quebec.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range(per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance To Attractions(km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Le Capitole Hotel||972 rue St-Jean||$393-$2189||Yes||0.65||3|
|Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts||71 Rue St Pierre||$307-$1587||Yes||0.1||3|
|C3- Hotel Art De Vivre||170 Grande Allée Ouest||$162-$302||No||0.9||3|
|Monastère des Augustines||77, rue des Remparts||$221-$244||No||0.6||3|
|Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac||1 Rue des Carrieres||$625-$2736||Yes||0.25||3|
|Auberge J.A Moisan||695 rue Saint-Jean||$219||No||0.55||3|
|Auberge Saint-Antoine||8 Rue Saint-Antoine||$443-$983||Yes||0.35||3|
|Hôtel Le Germain Québec||126 Rue Saint-Pierre||$350-$403||Yes||0.45||3|
|Auberge Place d'Armes||24 Rue Saint-Anne||$201-$262||No||0.3||3|
|Hotel Quartier, Ascend Hotel Collection||2955 Boulevard Laurier||$139-$165||No||6.0||3|
|Le Clos Saint-Louis||69 rue Saint-Louis||$245-$371||No||0.4||3|
|Chateau Des Tourelles||212 rue St-Jean||$187||No||0.8||3|
|Hotel le Priori||15, rue Sault-au-Matelot||$270-$472||No||0.3||3|
|Hotel Port-Royal||144 rue Saint-Pierre||$249-$1550||Yes||0.5||3|
|Hotel Manoir D'Auteuil||49 Rue D'Auteuil||$227-$568||No||0.5||3|
|Hotel Must||1345 route de l'Aéroport||$147-$190||Yes||5.0||3|
|Hôtel Sainte-Anne||32 rue Sainte-Anne||$250-$400||No||0.3||3|
|Grand Times Hotel||5100 Boulevard des Galeries||$140-$161||Yes||6,0||3|
|Hotel Chateau Laurier Québec||1220 Place George V||$227-$332||Yes||1,0||3|
|DoubleTree by Hilton Quebec Resort||7900 rue Marigot||$157-$515||Yes||11.0||3|
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