Travel Blogs from Quebec City
After driving about 3 hours from Montreal, we went to Montmorency Falls, Canyon Ste-Anne & Sainte Anne-de-beaupre Basilica located just east of Quebec City. These are worthwhile side trips. We then visited the Joan of Arc garden before checking into our hotel. We did not use our car the rest of the day or the next day as things were close to the hotel. We spent this time exploring the sights.
It was a beautiful day for our visit. The island was draped in a verdant green - ferns, birch trees, fields of yellow flowers - all belied the drama that played out here as more than 4 million people entered Canada looking for a new life, usually bringing with them all their earthly possessions.
In spite of the challenges, the island's mission seemed remarkably successful, ...
... Rue St. Jean where we had a short stop for lunch and a bit of souvenir shopping.
From there we headed to the Cirque du Soleil circus school. Housed inside a remodeled church, it is equipped to teach all age groups and abilities circus performance skills such as juggling, trapeze, tumbling, balance feats, and riding unicycles. Our students tried a variety of activities and there were several who discovered some ...
... a bit steep – if the dollar wasn’t so strong, then this place would be ridiculously expensive. I also found the museums tough to navigate and this ***** me about museums and galleries in general – why can’t there be arrows on the floor and all in a linear pattern so u don’t double back or cover ground u’ve already passed. I walked up to the Parliament square which is outside the city walls and in the new town. I ...
... soil, cement and finally asphalt. By the time we reached Riviere de Loop, the farms got even bigger. The rest of our trip was along the St Lawrence River where the scenery is wonderful – the valley is so wide and it seems to cascade down forever.
Tourism Quebec encourages visitors to visit OTHER regions of Quebec. Their accompanying map identifies New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Nunavut as part of Quebec – we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Clarendon Quebec City
We had a very small room in an older building. I didn't like the $25/day valet parking but there was no free parking. There were lots of added taxes as well. The hotel was close enough to all the sites we were interested in seeing in Old Quebec and Lower Town.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Clarendon Quebec City
Great hotel, great location
My husband and I just return from a trip to Quebec City. The Clarendon was a very nice hotel, located in the heart of the old city right by Chateau Frontenac. It is close to all the shops and walking distance from all the Carnival activities. The staff was very friendly and professional. We stayed in a smaller room the first night and it was very cosy and clean. The second and third night we stayed in a suite with a hot tub...amasing, again very clean and comfortable. The restaurant at the hotel serves very good breakfast at resonnable prices, the dinner menu seemed a little pricy so we went just down the street were you can find all kind of restaurants (Portofino-very good, Le relais-very good, La petite Italie-very good). The hotel also has a bar/lounge, very nice for a pre or post dinner drink. To sum up, I recommend this hotel to everybody. It's clean, affordable, friendly and really captures the Quebec heritage.
The Hotel Clarendon has one plus, it is in the heart of the Old City, connected to a large parking garage the makes loading and unloading luggage convenient, especially in the winter.
It has the flair of a 3 star hotel: clean and well maintained rooms but without the "extra" you would expect from a 4 star hotel. The staff was courteous, but house keeping was behind schedule twice. The breakfast buffet offers a variety of food, but is not really attractive (thinly sliced fruit, tiny juice glasses, etc.).
You cannot really complain about the hotel, but I would not classify it as a romantic place in Quebec.
More like a good 3star Hotel
We stayed at the Clarendon for 4 nights in May 2003. It was not an unpleasant stay, however definitely not what we expected from a "4star" hotel and for the price we paid. The staff was courteous as would be expected, the room was very average, small, basic, but clean. Our window view was the back of some other building, not nice at all. The elevator was small, antiquated and took a long time to arrive. We decided to take that in stride, "after all we were on holiday."
Conclusion. We would consider other hotels before ever coming back to the Clarendon. Pretty sure you can get better value for your money elsewhere. It was an OK hotel, but definitely over rated. We would rate this hotel 3 Stars.
Great Hotel in the Heart of Old Quebec
The Hotel Clarendon is a wonderful hotel located in the heart of old Quebec City. My husband and I stayed at the hotel for three nights last week and enjoyed our stay there very much. We could not have asked for a better location or hotel. The hotel is perfectly located in the middle of the walled city with everything being within a very comfortable walking distance.
The hotel itself is a lovely old historic hotel that has alot of charm, located on a nice quiet street. We had booked a superior queen room which was a lovely large updated room with a queen size bed and sitting area. Although we had a inner courtyard room, the room was very clean and nicely furnished complete with high ceilings and molding more reminiscent of older historic hotels.
We also had a lovely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant which was well worth it. They offer a full breakfast buffet for $10.95 Canadian or you can order off the menu. I had the buffet each morning and my husband also tried the menu. We both were very satisfied with the food and service. Each morning they sat us at window seat which overlooked the neighboring church and street where all the artists set up each morning. It was very enjoyable eating and watching the passerbys. I would definitely ask to be sat there if you have the opportunity.
Overall we had a very lovely stay in Quebec City. The staff was very friendly and courteous, from the front desk to the valets. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a lovely stay in Quebec City. My husband and I said if we ever come back to Quebec City we would definitely stay at the Hotel Clarendon again.
Charming Restored Old Hotel - Great Staff!
Just came back from a four day stay in Quebec City, and were very pleased with the Hotel Clarendon. Reserved room through Expedia, and when called to confirm and find out about parking, the clerk was friendly, courteous and most helpful.
Check in was a breeze, less than 30 seconds, and the whole troop of bellmen were friendly and efficient.
Rooms are restored with many period touches, including original molding, doorknobs, etc, and the updating is sensitive to the era of the hotel.
While we did not eat in the restaurant, or spend time in the bar, both looked very clean and seemed popular. We will return, and are happy to recommend this hotel.
Memories never fade away...
Hotel Clarendon is surely not a top knotch hotel but since i had visited with my class as a graduation trip in gr.8 the memories will never fade away... ofcourse that trip being my last few days with those other students...but the food is delicious!? quebec simply is a beautiful place and hotel Clarendon is near all the hot places! i would recommend this hotel to people who wouldn't mind going to a 2.5 star hotel.Overall..it was fun!
A Pleasant Experience
If you want to enjoy a taste of a European vacation without going to Europe, you can find it in Old Quebec. We were there early December 2003. The Clarendon is a old hotel that has recently updated its rooms and services. I don't understand why some of the reviewers before had such a poor time. We were handled courteously and professionally in every way. The staff made us feel most welcome, especially the concierge and restaurant staff. The dining room had a set menu (no specials), but the food was superb in the French style. The prices were very reasonable. The chef was accomodating make changes to the recipe to special diet limitations. (I had pheasant prepared without wine in another fine sauce.) Each room seems to be a little different, but very comfortable for an old hotel. Heating, which can be noisy in "modern" hotels, is very quiet. This was our fourth trip to the Clarendon and we were not disappointed. We are very likely to go back to the Clarendon.
An Excellent Hotel
This hotel was wonderful. The rooms were clean and nice, the hotel view of the city was gorgeous and the customer service was excellent. All of the staff were extremely helpful and greeted us with a smile and could not do enough for us.When I go back to Quebec, I will be sure to stay at the Hotel Clarendon.Leanne
It does not like a four-star hotel
I was really surprised for the rating given to the hotel.In the early May of 2003, I paid higher than their listed starting price for a room with a city view. It ended up, I was placed in a tiny and dark room on the 6th floor with a circular window that was not much bigger that a hole in the wall. After I insisted in changing a room, I got a room on the 3rd floor with 2 windows, though it was much better, I still could not believe that a four star hotel had a such low standard: no refrigerator, a tiny bathroom.
We had reserved a room with a guarantee at Hotel Clarendon via American Airlines' (AA) web site. When we got to the hotel early we decided to see if we could check in early. I had a copy of our reservation. The hotel claimed that it wasn't their confirmation number and they didn't have a reservation for us. The desk clerk said the manager was calling AA. She also stated the Hotel did have rooms available for a higher rate. We ended up staying there and paying more than our reservation rate. When we returned home I contacted American Airlines and they stated that the hotel did not call them as they said they were doing and that AA had a confirmation number from the hotel. I don't know if it was AA's fault or Hotel Clarendon but I strongly suspect a successful attempt by the hotel to extract more money. All of that being said it was in a great location. The room was very tiny. I would not stay there again.