Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Winner: Best Comeback
- A $75 million renovation in 2014 updated guestrooms, the lobby, and dining venues and added a seven-room spa
- You’re in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec
- Restaurant fare includes honey and eggs from the hotel’s own rooftop beehives and henhouse
What To Know
- The 1893 hotel is a Canadian National Historic Site and comes with all the charms and quirks of a century-old property
- Because the hotel is such an icon of Quebec City, it hosts some 75 weddings a year and can be packed with tourists
- For a more boutique vibe, there are 60 amenity-rich Fairmont Gold rooms located on the highest floors, which include expansive views of Old Quebec, a personal concierge service, continental breakfast, cocktail canapés and free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac channels the Old World glamour and history of Quebec City. Built in 1893 to mimic a French château, this stately sleep towers over the charming cobblestone streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its turreted and copper-roof is a tourist attraction itself, with more than 100 years of history to take in. But don’t expect some fusty old grand dame. Following a $75 million renovation in 2014, the interiors have been lovingly restored to their original grandeur, from the 611 guest rooms, to the lobby’s Italian blue onyx panels and custom 15-foot crystal chandelier. Chef Stéphane Modat is at the helm of revamped Champlain Restaurant, while the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar offers one of the city’s largest cheese selections. The seven-room Spa du Château debuted from the recent overhaul and is located on the sixth floor; book a treatment after going for a dip in the pool or working out in the fitness center.
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 Port 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
Our family stayed at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac during Christmas. The lobby was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The staff was very polite and friendly. Our room was small but expected. We love staying at this grand hotel.
My wife and I are here for nine days and love this place! The staff is very helpful and covers all contingencies (local taxi strike). The spa is a perfect place to relax and decompress. The room service is at the 5 Star Level. The concierge is informed and helpful. This is a superior facility and a great example of Quebec hospitality.
This hotel is indeed a Grand Dame. But sometimes Grand Dames look better on an oil painting and you’d rather not see them too close up or in their girdle.
The building is magnificent and well worth a walk through for a coffee, drink or dinner. At minimum walk through the courtyard and check out the plaque with history on WW2 meetings between FDR and Churchill that happened here.
But the rooms are old and small. Old worn furnishing, a shabby shower with fixtures from the 70s, a heating system that was an old fashioned dial inside a heat register, and a king mattress with an inverse hump in the middle.
Also: minimum fun. If I were the owner I’d take advantage of the copious space to add a pool table or some interesting attractions.
I would not stay here again.
My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights under their Fairmont Gold package on 14th floor. It is a superb, well positioned and well maintained hotel full of history. The service is superb and the staff are all attentive, polite and friendly. The view from the hotel is superb.
We also dined at the Champlain Restaurant o the first night and had their tasting menu. You cannot fault the quality of the cooking and the waiters’ service. You cannot go wrong with Le Château Frontenac.
My family and I really enjoyed our stay at Le Chateau Frontenac. We booked the Fairmont gold level suite, which was amazing. There was plenty of room for the four of us. The staff was amazing, helpful and friendly. The indoor pool was fun for the kids to play while the parents sat poolside. We will be back.