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
After check in, we were guided to our room by a bellman who took us to the second floor, then down a corridor, out an exit door, down the "back of the house" stairs then to Room 007, a James Bond-themed suite. Though the curb appeal was weird and disconcerting at first, the suite was light and bright with a great view of the Saint Laurent River from the bedroom and separate sitting area. There is a mini kitchen a dining room and sitting area with sofa, chairs and a desk for working. The suite also had one spacious full bathroom with separate shower and tub and a half bath/water closet as well. The suite has an exit/entry point aside from the back stairs access, and that is nicely located across the courtyard from Chez Muffy and an access to the bar, Artifact. Chef Muffy is a lovely space, with wood timbers, exposed stone and large windows that look to the river and side streets. The lobby of Auberge Saint Antoine is really beautiful. It's light and spacious with great sitting areas and a fabulous bar down a half level of stairs. The mixologists at Artifact are knowledgeable and passionate about their craft and the local products available. Even if you don't stay at this hotel, pop in for a cocktail. I'm a travel and food writer with KickshawPapers on IG. I was on a personal vacation and these are my own observations.
We very much enjoyed our stay, the service was first class, especially the concierge who was very friendly and helpful with recommendations and reservations, the buffet breakfast was delicious and healthy at the same time.
When they say 4 pm check in they mean it, we had to wait about 3 hours for the room to be ready and the rain limited how far we could go.The room itself was very nice with a view of the river and very modern, but comfortable, recommendation is to remove the brass table with the glass top, easy to bump into since it’s pretty large.Also shower was modern, but not very hot water for showering.
My wife and I recently spent four nights at the Auberge Saint – Antoine Hotel. The service was great. Audrey, the concierge person, was very helpful.
We stayed in the Panoramic Suite. The price was reasonable for what we got.
The TV’s were good. They had adult movies to watch that were excellent.
The suite was very nicely decorated. It was very quiet. The bed was extremely comfortable. They even had a heated toilet seat in the very large bath. The sink lighting in the bath was very good. The living room was spacious with a gas fireplace..
The deck was very large with comfortable seating overlooking the St. Lawrence River. We watched the cargo ships and sightseeing boats travel the river. A Holland America Cruise ship docked right in front of our hotel. I was cool! They have an electric fire pit on the deck for when it is colder. The deck was very private.
This is not a 5 Star Hotel, but it is very nice, and quiet. A couple of modifications would make this hotel a gem. This hotel is more for adults than kids.
I suggest taking a cab up the hill to visit the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. It’s easier to walk down the hill than up the steep hill. The Fairmont is a beautiful hotel, but a tourist trap that is extremely crowded. I suggest eating at the Le Sam at the Fairmont.
The food in Quebec is over-priced. The drinks are carefully measured. The food was not fantastic. I expected better.
The architecture is very nice. Old historic buildings are everywhere. There are lots of art galleries and places to shop.
I also suggest having a car take you around the city for a few hours so you can see everything the city has to offer.
Quebec City must be lovely in the Fall.
I highly recommend a four day weekend spent in Quebec City.
I think most everyone would enjoy the Saint- Antoine.
My Fiance and I stayed at the Hotel on our Anniversary. We could not have picked a better place. It has a romantic feel, so it was perfect. Nothing is left to chance. Every detail of this property is well attended. I especially liked the historic artifacts artfully displayed through the entire Hotel - even in our nightstand! The staff was beyond polite and accommodating. We will definitely stay there again when in Quebec City!
I checked in at 12 noon. We had to wait 3 hours to check in on a Friday afternoon. We ultimately took a room at a lesser booking class in order to get a room. I really didn't care if we didn't have a "river view" since it was more important to me to have a room. I noticed that almost everyone who checked in had to rummage through their luggage and then leave their luggage with the concierge in order to be checked in later since their room was not ready when they checked-in. I think this hotel, is it's truly 4 stars, should hire more maids to make up the rooms so the room is ready when you check in. The breakfast which came with our room rate was GREAT! Buffet with pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, yogurt, cappuccino, everything you would want! It was GREAT!!! It was definitely worth the extra fee for the breakfast included! The shower in the bathroom was excellent. Very upscale soaps, etc. I would stay here again if they would guarantee that I could get checked -in when I arrived at 12 noon.