To be honest, first reaction on pulling up outside was disappointing. This is a small private hotel on one of the main roads into the city, but not in the old part of the city itself. In reality, it's a 30 minute walk (I know, I walked it in the rain) or a $10 cab ride into the old part of Quebec City.
Our first impressions were not improved on checking in. The guy on the desk was not especially welcoming and seemed more interested in telling us what we would have to pay if we smoked in the room or lost the door key ( you need a key to your room and the main door is locked at 10.30pm) than in welcoming us. Impressions were not improved by the antiquated lift. You have to press and hold the button until you reach your floor!
We booked a Junior suite with two queen beds as were travelling with our adult daughters. In fact the room was really a decent sized double room with a good sofa bed but very little space for four people with the sofa converted to a bed. Calling it a junior suite was a bit of a stretch.
The decor of the hotel is quirky and some parts look quite dated. However, the small breakfast room was pleasant and the continental breakfast was good quality and fresh every morning.
So, a small private hotel with limited facilities and outside of the old city. And yet we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Why?
Well, dispute first impressions, all of the staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel,is small enough for them to know and remember their guests. In particular, Pierre was consistently charming, helpful and very knowledgeable about things to see and do in Quebec City.
Around the corner is Cartier Avenue with a decent selection of shops and restaurants on the doorstep and a 15 minute walk towards the city brings you to a enormous selection of bars and restaurants on The Grand Allee.
If you want a cookie cutter big box hotel with all the facilities or a place right in the old city then this is not the place.
If you don't mind being a little way out and you like quirky with personal service then you will probably love this place.
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Du Quartier Hotel Quebec City
- Auberge Du Quartier Quebec City
- C3 Hotel Art De Vivre Quebec/Quebec City