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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I could not possibly say enough about this gorgeous hotel. We booked a room with views of the St. Lawrence river. It was spectacular. We awoke to the sounds of a street performer with an angelic voice singing "Somewhere over the rainbow". The staff was friendly and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. I doubt I can ever stay anywhere else in Quebec and be as happy.
Traveling to Quebec City by car from New England is a wonderful weekend getaway . There is only one hotel to stay in in QC as far as I’m concerned . The Frontenac is definitely my foremost favorite hotel . I have stayed here for over 20 visits, and every time it surpasses my expectations. It is hard to describe to someone who has never been here , but it it truly magical. This visit I was met by the as arrived by the doorman PI who greeted me by name and handed me a room packets and keys , as I had checked in via email the day before ,never having to stop at the desk . Never had such an easy check in experience. My room on a Gold floor was beautiful as usual . But later in the day seeking some quiet time , the room adjacent was quite loud , spoiling a planned late afternoon nap . I had received a text on a reservation that was made for dinner from Lisa A. at the Gold floor desk , so I replied back to her my concerns about the adjacent noise and worried it may happen later in the evening. I was amazed when she replied back and found an incredibly quiet room for us for the duration of our stay . This was above and beyond the service I have come to expect at The Frontenac and truly made our visit . Thank You Lisa .
What an awesome hotel and friendly staff. We stayed on the concierge level and could not have been more pleased with the friendliness of the staff and overall condition of the rooms. My 'but" caveat is due to the fact that the hotel was undergoing major exterior renovations and repair and both construction noise and the blocking of views could have been a big issue, We were fortunate to have a few except that periodically a construction worker would pass by and peak into our room. Although we will most certainly stay at the Frontenac again, I recommend that if you are considering a stay within the next few months, you inquire abount the construction.