Photo courtesy of Auberge Saint-Antoine
Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Chateaux property in Québec’s Old Port on the St. Lawrence waterfront, is a history buff's dream hotel. The site consists of an old wharf and a cannon battery that date back to the late 17th century alongside three other buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. During the restoration of these sites and the construction of the hotel, an extensive archaeological dig unearthed numerous artifacts, some dating back to the 1600s. These relics are on display throughout the property. One of the cafés has the cannons, and each individually designed room—decorated in soothing splashes of cream and gold, set off by splashes of regal scarlet—boasts its own unique piece of history. The warehouse where the new restaurant Chez Muffy is located dates back to 1822 and has wonderfully preserved stone walls. Next to the main hotel building, the Maison Hunt houses six of the hotel’s suites, which are decorated to reflect the historic influences that have shaped the building.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
The hotel occupies three historic buildings in Québec’s old port. Its 95 rooms are decorated with artifacts (such as ceramics, vials, and buttons) found during archaeological digs on the property’s 300-year-old site. Doubles from $189. 8 Rue Saint-Antoine, Québec City, (418) 692-2211. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
By Ariel Ramchandani, AFAR Contributor
High Style in the Lower Town
Old Québec is the only walled city in North America north of Mexico. The UNESCO World Heritage site is divided into two halves: the fortified Upper Town was the administrative center and its streets are lined with the former houses of government officials. The merchants and artisans clustered at the base of the bluff in the Lower Town, where the Auberge Saint-Antoine is located, in the heart of the Old Port near the Saint Lawrence River. The hotel's 95 rooms are in three buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, yet the interiors have a decidedly contemporary feel. It's a marvelous boutique hotel in a charming, historic area. Whatever your preference in terms of hotels—or inns or B&Bs—we can find the room that's right for you. Contact us for a custom Québec itinerary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Betty Jo L Currie, AFAR Travel Advisor
8 Rue Saint Antoine, Québec, QC G1K 4C9, Canada