Formal, elegant Victorian luxury hotel that’s perched high in the old town, making it the city’s most striking landmark. There are a huge variety of rooms from the pokey to the grand suite, along with some surprisingly economical ski packages. Sumptuous buffet breakfasts included.
Total rooms: 618
Price range: Expensive. Rooms range from about $250 to $600 depending on the season.
Location: It’s the center of the Old Quebec universe.
What’s nearby: Dufferin Terrace, Quebec Funicular, anything inside the wall
Décor: Refined, tastefully decorated
Views: Many rooms with views of the St. Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace. The inner courtyard rooms come cheaper but no view to speak of.
Amenities include: They’ve got it all!
The Château Frontenac was built as luxury stopover when the Canadian Pacific Railway joined one end of Canada to another. The Château was the second property in the CP family — the location was perfect as Quebec was the first stop for cruise ships arriving from Europe. It officially opened its doors Dec. 20, 1893. The Château’s iconic tower was completed some three decades later in 1924.
Since opening many famous visitors have stayed at the hotel.
A the Quebec Conference of 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King met at the Château and La Citadelle to discuss plans for the D-Day invasion during the Second World War.
Paul McCartney, Charlie Chaplain, Charles Lindbergh, Alfred Hitchcock and Celine Dion have stayed there as well.
by Steve Howell