on November 12, 2011
When you visit Quebec you cannot miss the Chateau Frontenac, it dominates the skyline and overlooks the whole of the St Lawrence river. When we stayed in Quebec we had two nights in a different hotel and then I thought I would treat my Mum to somewhere very impressive and where better than this?The hotel itself was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980 and was built as part of a series of 'chateau' style hotels for the Canadian Pacific Railway, opening in 1893. To some people the hotel would appear a little dated and I've read some reviews to this effect, but I thought it was like stepping back to an age when opulence was everything. I also thought that because we had just travelled from Vancouver to Quebec on the train, it was a nice way to incorporate some of that old world charm into our holiday.Check-in was fast, polite and effortless and we were soon shown up to our lovely twin room. The lobby was quite busy when we were there with people waiting to do the 'behind-the-scenes' tour and so it was nice to be in the peace and quite of our room. We had amazing views over the Saint Lawrence River and the hotel's location is one of it's strong points. The decor in our room was a little old fashioned but all top quality and it somehow worked. In terms of facilities the hotel has everything you could possibly need, from a pool. hot tub and sauna, to conierge services and pay-per-view movies in your room. Sitting down for breakfast on a morning we noticed how busy the breakfast room was, so the hotel was obviously quite full. This did mean that things felt a little bit crowded and it certainly wasn't the peaceful breakfast we had hoped for. The other thing to remember is that this hotel is a tourist attraction in itself and so is often very busy with lots of tourists. I suppose if you were staying here for a prolonged period of time it would be a bit frustrating given how much money you will have spent to stay here. As we were only there for one night, and as we were kind of there as a set of tourists this didn't bother us too much. I would say you should really think about if you want to spend the sort of money you have to, to stay in a hotel that will not necessarily be peaceful and relaxed, and perhaps plagued by hordes of toursists, especially in the summer. In my opinion the hotel itself is amazing and worth the spend, it made our stay!
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