Hilton Quebec City
Quebec City, QC, Canada
Quebec City: New France Fun, Modern StyleQuebec City's charm is that it merges the language, architecture, and tradition of a Western Paris, with the modernity, cuisine, national pride and fashion of Eastern Canada. All this is within short driving proximity from the northeastern U.S., other regions of Canada, or air arrivals into Jean-Lesage International Airport. The city is quite popular with Europeans, Chinese, South Koreans, India, and increasingly Mexico. Visitors enjoy the Old Port area, Old-Quebec in general, and its Parisian parks, cultural shops, Musee de la Civilisation, The Parliament Building, dozens of restaurants within a small walking district, street performers, and walking tour guides in period costume. Situated above the St. Lawrence River and Seaway, Quebec City is the most picturesque urban center in North America, and every section offers scenic views for miles in each cardinal direction. These vistas encompass Parliament, The Château Frontenac, the vintage walls of North America's only fortressed city, the river, the historic Plains of Abraham, and distant mountains. Nowhere is this scope as resplendent as within the Le 23 Restaurant in the Hilton Quebec City. Open as an evening and breakfast lounge to guests, Le 23 on the 23rd floor, is a panoramic picture. On a clear day, one finds it challenging to leave.
Yet leave you will, to explore the old town- its shopping, its Old Quebec Funicular, the rail lift which connects the Lower Town to the Upper Town, and by steamship, aboard the AML Cruises' Louis Jolliet, a 90 minute excursion along the St. Lawrence. The ship features dining, themed cruises, rentals, a gift shop, and passengers hear a narrated bilingual tour that includes coastal views, commerce, and the beautiful white waterfall at Montmorency.
Dining options abound. Sample the healthy fare at trendy Bistro l’Atelier, with its natural decor and young scene. Auberge Saint-Antoine is a Relais & Chateaux property with a fine dining restaurant which evokes an old country millhouse. Display cases and exhibits on the walls showcase pottery, clothing and relics from archaeological digs. The grand Fairmont Le Château Frontenac's entry into this delightful dining destination is Le Sam, a restaurant which borrows its name from Samuel de Champlain.The hotel began as the lodging for Canadian Pacific Rail staff, and there are notes to this in Sam's design. Also check out 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar at the Chateau. This hotel's pool and spa area boasts vintage styled tiles reminiscent of the healing mineral spas of the 1930's. Quebec City is a wonderful hotel center.
For alternative accommodations, book a stay at Monastère des Augustines. Until recently, this was a convent. Today it serves largely as a wellness retreat, retaining its original design, and with the artifacts and medicines of the monastery and adjoining hospital displayed in clear cases and exhibit rooms. Unwind here, take a breakfast under the calm of a rule of silence during that meal. The rooms are cleverly re-imagined cozy chic, befitting the modesty of the sisters who resided here. The highly nutritional lunch (at which you may speak) includes a well stocked salad buffet, and natural bread selections. There are spa treatments and other tailored therapies and classes.
Quebec City is home to festivities- the famed Winter Carnival, International Fireworks, late summer's New France Festival among them. During the latter, artisans and historians recreate the professions of New France's early European inhabitants, First Nations indigenous, or compete in physical or eating contests. The ease to walk to all these events helps make Quebec City an ideal vacation. Whether by sea, by tram, on foot, or from the lofty views of its hotels or Parliament, Quebec City is a visual feast for all.