August 13, 2004
This hotel is not just in the same neighborhood as the Frontenac, it is physically in its backyard. Located on the north corner of the Parc des Gouverneurs, you can look across the park to the Frontenac’s back door. It was love at first sight; the beautiful gray stone building was a warm and welcoming sight. We climbed the steep stone steps and were immediately in the cozy reception area. Our welcome was just as warm as the decor
This is a small hotel, three floors of rooms and a basement area that includes ice machine and soda and refreshment machines. There is complimentary coffee and hot chocolate in the lobby. Not just regular coffee either, you can choose from cappuccino, espresso and mochaccino. There is free Internet access at the computer located in a roll-top desk and a lovely grandfather clock and leather sofa for relaxing.
We both had rooms that overlooked the park; in the cooler weather, when the trees are bare, there would be a view of the river as well. The rooms are compact, small by American standards but lovely. The walls are covered in textured wallpaper with a floral pattern in a neutral color. We loved the comforter and shams; they were done in an overall floral in earth tones the first day and in a rich purple the second day. They were identical except for the color.
In our room, there was a wing chair in the corner. In Jason’s room there were two club chairs, both comfortable and well situated for relaxing, watching TV or reading. The windows could be opened to let in the breeze, but the room was air-conditioned. There was a remote-controlled TV with more than 40 channels, plenty of them in English, though I would not allow children to scan the channels alone - there was some risqué programming.
The bathroom was a beauty, with a deep tub, pedestal sink and double mirror. There was a basket of amenities and attractive tiled floor and walls. Everything was immaculately clean, and the first morning while we were out to breakfast they made up our room and changed the sheets, comforter and shams.
In the winter there is a continental breakfast included, but we had to go out to one of the local restaurants. Free newspapers are available in the lobby every day but Sunday. Valet parking was free but as of July 5 it will be $10, which is an excellent bargain in Quebec, where it is usually $18 a day.
I can’t recommend this hotel highly enough. It is charming and the staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly.
From journal Quebec City--I can’t get enough