I went to Quebec City for the Winter Carnival. As an experienced shoestring traveler, I wanted a cheap, clean, comfortable place to sleep. My expectations weren't terribly high. For the most part, Le Voyageur filled my needs.
I arrived at 11 pm, after a 5-1/2 hour drive with a wonky GPS. The first thing I noticed about the hotel (after the sign) was the lack of parking. I figured Carnival would be a busy time, but there was literally nowhere to park. I ended up parking at the edge of the lot, hoping I wasn't on the sidewalk. Fortunately, I was able to move my car closer after I went out for dinner.
At check-in, I noticed a sign stating the “American breakfast” was $6.10. When I asked about the free continental breakfast, the man at the desk said they still offered it, and gave me 2 coupons for it. The coupons were very specific: juice, coffee, and 2 pieces of toast OR 2 muffins OR 2 croissants. I decided to try my luck at the supermarket or the Couche-Tard in the morning.
The first thing I noticed about my room was the smell. My non-smoking room smelled like it had been smoked in very recently. I chalked it up to the bar downstairs, but since Quebec has a ban on smoking in bars, I have no idea where it came from. My room was right above the bar, so I got to hear bass from downstairs as well as conversations in the hall (especially a group of loud young Anglophones) and outside. Fortunately, I'm a heavy sleeper.
The room was spacious and clean, with a fridge, table, 2 beds, some chairs, and not enough outlets. I had to hunt for place to plug in my cell phone. The bathroom was clean and spacious. The bed was stiff, but tolerable.
I only had 2 problems with the room. First, the room phone number was not posted on the phone. I ended up looking it up in the phone book. The alarm clock was part of the TV for some reason. The heating system was nearly silent, which turned out to be a bad thing.
The neighborhood is a bit run-down, though not scary. I'm used to Montreal nightlife, so went out for a bite to eat at 11:30 pm, I was surprised to find almost every local business closed. The only open stores (aside from the hotel bar) were a few clubs down the street, the local Couche-Tard (a convenience store with gas pumps), and the pizza restaurant across the street, which served cheap, soggy pizza. The hotel is a short walk from a supermarket (with no prepared foods section), a mall with a nice greengrocer, and a bunch of fast-food restaurants. The bus stop behind the Couche-Tard is a major transfer point, and downtown is a 20-minute ride.
Carnival was a lot of fun. I later learned that a free Carnival shuttle left from the park-and-ride next to the supermarket, not the bus station. Live and learn.
I would stay at Le Voyageur again. The price was right ($74/night), it was clean, and I wasn't in town to hang out in my hotel room. Next time, I'll bring earplugs and request a room away from the bar.
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