Wow. This gem of a hotel is hidden on a little alley and it took us time to find it. We had taken the train from Montreal and walked from the very Victorian station. You smell the class the moment you walk up to the front door, past a playful fountain consisting of little heads spitting water in every direction.The lobby is quiet and elegant. The walls are punctuated by small vitrines that hold artifacts found in digs around the hotel grounds. These are dated and descriptions in French and English inform you of the contents. We loved looking at these. (We are fascinated by history - what more can I say?) A bellhop took us to our room, 318. The moment we walked in, we sensed trouble. It's one, narrow window looked out on a brick wall. The room was comfortable, but felt like a cabin aboard a ship. Where was the sun, which was blazing outside at the time of our arrival? We had come too far to settle for this. A trip to the front desk and we were relocated to one of the few 'antique' rooms in one wing of the hotel. We got room 326. Stay away from any room ending in 18, unless you like dark. This was not a modern room, but rather made us feel that the year was 1700, the year shown on the front door. We got a 4-poster bed with a queen-sized mattress, but that was fine. What made the room for us was all the windows. Plus we got a small balcony that we could sit on. No great views to speak of, but all those windows! The room had a kitchenette with a sink, and the rather dingily tiled bathroom had a large tub and a shower stall. (Not a jacuzzi, alas.) Ample towels, bathrobes and slippers. In this large suite was just one mirror - the small one above the sink in the bathroom. I guess in the 1700s, no one used mirrors! We got this much more expensive room for the same price as the smaller room. The front desk staff were very gracious about making sure we were happy, and props to them for that happen. No coupons for breakfast, and so we ate elsewhere. Breakfast is pricey here. Le Cochon Dingue (The Crazy Pig) is nearby and serves reasonable breakfasts in a fun part of town near the hotel. Almost everything is within easy reach of the hotel, located in the basse ville (lower town). The famous Frontenac Hotel is in the haute ville (upper town), reachable via funicular or staircase or steep winding road - take your pick. Panache, the famous local restaurant, is located within the hotel. With Pink Floyd in town that night, there were no available tables, so we ate at 'Initial', just around the corner. Very luxe and very chic. Had a very good tasting menu there. The service was painfully slow, so be patient. The hotel has a very well-appointed spa area and gym. Immaculately clean and very zen. The designers of this hotel knew exactly what they were doing. Staff were wonderful and hugely helpful. We felt sad leaving. A good sign, I think.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than a boutique hotel, Auberge Saint-Antoine is a window on Québec City’s past. Hundreds of artifacts from both the French and English regimes were discovered during an extensive archaeological dig on the property. In this unique contemporary space, the past has been audaciously re-interpreted for you to savour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel Quebec City
- Auberge Saint Antoine Quebec City
- Auberge St Antoine
- Auberge Saint-Antoine Quebec/Quebec City