Please, take this review with a grain of salt - it was my girlfriend and my first trip of this sort, so we have nothing to compare against. Wanted to give it 4.5/5 but that wasn't an option, so I rounded up.
Spent three nights in Au Petit Roi near the start of September. When we arrived, we were greeted at the door by Khalid, one of the two owners (we never did meet his wife). He took some time and explained areas of Quebec City to us and gave us a walking map. He was impressed that we had walked all the way from the train station. He then took us up to our room and helped carry our luggage. So, points for hospitality.
Location was excellent. It was on a nice, quiet street (except sometimes kids yelling outside, but no big deal). Was a short walk to anywhere. My girlfriend and I love walking (although I must admit, Quebec City was able to tire us out by the end of the weekend!) so it was perfect for us. I cannot imagine driving around there though, but that goes for the whole city - not just the inn. Now, for those reviews I've seen complaining that the rooms are up a lot of stairs: I may be biased (my apartment at home is on a third floor with only stairs as access)... but really, if you don't like stairs, then don't go to Quebec City. The whole city is stairs and steep uphills. Seriously. Even the last uphill road TO the inn is worse than the stairs in the inn. They are the least of your concern.
The room (we stayed in the "Royal Suite") was beautiful and clean. The shower and bathroom were lovely. (note: bring your own shampoo, soap, etc.) Bed was comfy even when we were sore from walking all day. The air conditioner had a remote control and was essential the first night we were there (the temperature dropped like 15 degrees the next day!) My only complaints were (and this is why I wanted to give only 4.5 stars): 1) One of the panes on the windows didn't stay closed, so the apartment was freezing when we got home on the second day. I ended up propping it closed with my backpack. 2) The bathroom door made an awful loud sound when you opened it, wasn't a huge deal but would be irritating if you were using the bathroom overnight. 3) The wireless signal barely, if at all, reached the floor our room was on. This would be easily rectified by installing a rangebooster router in the common room.
Breakfast was phenomenal. I guess if you require meat for breakfast, you wouldn't like. I love meat but barely ever have it for breakfast, so I was happy. Breakfast is served from 8-10:30. Khalid started us off with a delicious yogurt bowl and fruit juice every day, then gave a second dish (one day it was french toast with chocolate, another it was a boiled egg and fresh croissant.) mmmm. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but the coffee was the best I've ever had. I put no milk or sugar in it and it was nice and smooth. It was fun eating with the other residents, but most of them spoke only French, so it was a little awkward. Khalid tried to help though, he would come and talk in both languages (he says his English is horrible, but we found it great!) A previous review said he would just sit on his computer during breakfast; yes, he was working often on his laptop, but he was also completely social for us, and chatted when we approached him. On our last day, we had to leave at 7am to catch a train - Khalid left us juice, yogurt and a muffin in the common room fridge so we'd have something to eat before we left! I thought that was a very nice touch.
Overall, would definitely stay there again, and recommend it to others looking for a quieter place to stay. Sorry if my review was too wordy - have never written one before! I would be happy to answer any questions if they were sent my way :)
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline and Booking.com so you can book your B&B Au Petit Roi reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- B&B Au Petit Roi Quebec/Quebec City