Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Châteaux
What We Love
- Heart-of-it-all location in one of North America’s first cities
- Locally sourced organic fare at Panache
- Artifacts found during construction and dating to the 1600s are displayed throughout the hotel
What To Know
- Valet parking is pricey, but it's heated and indoors
- Make reservations at Panache well in advance
- Not all rooms have river views
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Three 18th-century buildings and a 17th-century wharf on the St. Lawrence have been transformed into one of Quebec City’s chicest boutique hotels. While it maintains its historical charm, including lofted ceilings, exposed wood beams and even a collection of artifacts unearthed during renovation, the hotel is decidedly modern, blending sleek décor with dark, natural hues. All 95 guestrooms and suites are supremely cozy and many have fireplaces and terraces overlooking the river. Bathrooms are large, with heated floors and massive soaking tubs. Panache is a cherished reservation to savor Chef Louis Pacquelin’s locally sourced organic fare.
In the Area
Award-winning architectural gem Musée de la Civilisation houses a valuable collection that links past, present and future. Also in the Old City district, Petit-Séminaire Chapel features trompe-l’oeil painted walls, ceilings and columns. The chapel’s Second Empire interior resembles the Trinity Church in Paris, with white marble altars, red cherry woodwork and ceramic tiled floors. Located at the site where Samuel de Champlain founded North America’s first permanent French settlement in 1608, historic Place-Royale forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage district of Old Quebec. On the wings of a $380 million investment, the historic St.-Roch district has been revitalized into a vibrant neighborhood with plenty of boutiques, cafés and restaurants.
How to Get There
With it's convenient location close to the action but far enough away to be disturbed by it, Auberge Saint Antoine is a relaxing oasis with top notch service & amenities. It certainly has set the bar for hotels in Quebec.
I was blown away by how quiet the rooms and halls are. Never once were we disturbed by outside noise. The bathrooms are vast and feature a huge shower, soaking tub, and double sinks. The Brondell S1000 was a nice feature. The mattress is most comfortable too. The complimentary in-room Nespresso was an enjoyable way to start the day.
All of the staff we encountered were helpful, friendly, genuinely committed to delivering high level service, and could communicate in both French and English.
My only area of improvement is that they could better time the evening turn down service. They always came when we were getting ready for dinner. Though they always paid attention to the "do not disturb" sign we would need to stop @ the desk to ask for the service. Perhaps they could ask at check in what time you might prefer. Another small improvement would be to have a small bluetooth clock radio in the bathroom.
Much about this hotel has already been said, but the one thing that needs to be restated is the location of this place is fantastically close and convenient to pretty much everything that the old city has to offer.
It is located near a cute shopping street downtown that's anchored by the furnicular. The street was lined with restaurants and cute little boutique souvenir shops.
The hotel offers valet parking but I did not partake as I opted for the superior option of parking in the municipal lot that's directly across the street. You basically walk from the hotel to the main street and turn left and it's the first structure you see.
It cost about 18 Canadian dollars per day, but I'm not sure if it included in and out privileges, but the convenience and lack of needing to call the valet to get something from the car is a nice bonus.
The room was solid for what you expect in a hotel of this location and it was kind of unique to have historical artifacts be part of the decoration of your room, otherwise there is nothing spectacular to write home about, our room had negligible views and was facing another room, but you get what you pay for.
The staff was very polite and the check in and check out process was buttery smooth and was graciously gifted with a bag of buttery cookies as we checked out.
All in all a solid stay in QC.
Wonderful weekend trip to Quebec City with Auberge St Antoine as our base. Hotel is sublime - a serene oasis just, close but not too close to the tourist hustle and bustle. Bar is fantastic, great for cocktails or a casual supper. The restaurant is fashioned off an old barn and is cosy, serving wonderful breakfasts. The service is exceptional. Concierge Genevieve is a gem and will guide you to make the most of your time in this magical place.
Exceptional hotel. Location convenient to the old port and a walk to the upper city. I stayed there and walked 20 min to the conference centre just outside the gates. The atmosphere is fantastic and interesting with cultural artifacts throughout. Lobby is welcoming and front staff helpful. Housekeeping exceptional; looked fresh every day. They did not restock the minibar wine selection in my 5 day stay. Had a nice lunch in a side room of the lobby restaurant one afternoon. Enjoyed the service and the privacy. Went back later that day and the staff were not attentive which was disappointing. Highly recommend and will stay again next trip to Québec.
Staying at this hotel was fantastic. We had the kingsize bed room. Clean, comfortable and we felt pampered. We received a small gift of cookies when we arrived, we had turn down service and new towels everyday. The pillows and bed were comfortable. We looked out onto the courtyard. We had heated bathroom floors. Robes and slippers were provided. The staff was helpful and also spoke english. Not far from the old city. My husband said it was the best hotel he has stayed in. The restaurant was expensive, but worth every penny. The hotel had a very welcoming atmosphere. Wifi signal was strong and free.