Hôtel du Vieux-Québec
When in 2014 the Hôtel du Vieux-Québec poured nearly $3 million into renovating what was once an 18th-century nunnery, it was already recognized for its sustainability and “green” leadership—including being the only carbon-neutral hotel in the province and the only one in Canada
to use 100 percent biofuels. Today this boutique property on Rue Saint-Jean, convenient to all of the old-city attractions, furthers its ecocommitment with features like rooftop gardens that not only grow organic produce for its clients and employees but help with cooling. The hotel keeps five beehives as part of the Urban Honey Project, which helps pollinate city gardens, and the honey is used at the hotel restaurant, Tournebroche. All of the 45 rooms and six apartments are unfussy yet comfortable, and even standard rooms have mini-fridges and a work desk. Guests are particularly fond of the continental breakfast basket hung from your door in the morning (if you book directly through the hotel), and the espresso maker and fresh fruit available anytime in the lounge.