Travel Blogs from Quebec City
... natural European feel as you're walking around trying to bring to mind basic French ("Chocolat chaud is hot chocolate, therefore chaud must mean hot, but can I remember the French word for cold? No. I am a bit cold, but that doesn't really help me." and so forth). Luckily everyone seems to speak English too even if they don't always put it on their signs so I haven't had any major problems. There are also quaint winding streets, ...
... I started downloading them into Travelpod and published all of them. The photos I will download and include at a later date at least now everyone will know what we have been up to.
As I was trying to do the download John Skyped and Phyllis let me know I had an account to pay. John is scanning and emailing them to me. Sad news that Barry is getting worse and had mini strokes when he was having an MRI. The dementia is ...
... on the beautiful glass ware that is characteristic of this area. In the Place Royale there is a beautiful little church, the Eglise Notre Dame des Victoire,which is worth a visit. Bulit in 1688, it is the oldest stone church in North America. From the old town we took the Funicular up to the Chateau Frontenac, a huge castle built in 1893 in the French style. There is a board walk called the Dufferin Terrace from which there are ...
... br> 2) My dad was born in Ottawa and emigrated to the US with his mother and two sisters in about 1928 or so.
3) There was something I left out in Montreal, but I can't remember what it was. Maybe next post.
After parking and getting settled-in at Prevost, we got in Mike's car and drove into the Old City. This is really the only part of Quebec we are interested in seeing. Our first stop was Montmorency Falls. ...
... come back here in the summer time and walk the stairs that lead up to the suspension bridge. It was a bit too cold while were there to do that.
After this we headed back to Quebec City and our hotel. The rest of the day was ours to explore this beautiful city. We were given a small effigy of Bohnomme (Snowman mascot for Carnival) that would give us entry into the Winter Festival and decided that this was what we would do for the rest of the day and evening.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sainte-Anne Quebec City
Just got back from Quebec. Loved the hotel - the rooms, the service, and of course, the location. Would definitely reccommend it. Just make sure you get the exact directions because the access is a little tricky.
Primo location without the primo price
Short of staying in the Chateau Frontenac, you cannot beat hanging your hat at Hotel St. Anne. I'm super critical and would be surprised to ever throw out an excellent rating. However, Hotel St. Anne was somewhere between Above Average and Excellent. I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.
We just returned from a four-night stay at Hotel St. Anne in Quebec City. This was actually the second trip. Fell in love with the city the first time (June 2002) and decided to check it out with snow. Plenty of it to ring in the new year.
What we liked about Hotel St. Anne:
Excellent location in the shadow of Chateua Frontenac and less than a block away from Rue St. Jean, a central street that you'll travel often.
Just renovated, so everything is crisp and new. Cool rooms with modern fixtures.
Our room, booked through Expedia, cost roughly $115 per night (USD, I think) and included breakfast. Much better than the standard continental served stateside. So, we viewed that as additional savings.
Small but accommodating staff. Caroline is usually there during the day. She is most helpful!
Suggestions: If you make your reservations by phone, request a room overlooking Rue St. Anne (probably only about 8 or so in the hotel). I'm guessing these rooms cost a bit more but would be worth it to look out and see the beautiful old church and bustling streetscape below (mostly pedestrian traffic and outdoor cafes in warm weather). Most other rooms overlook a small, unimpressive courtyard formed by the union of neighborhing buildings.
Also: Unless you upgrade, the average room can seem a bit small. But honestly, in a city as beutiful as Quebec City, you shouldn't be spending much time in the room.
Finally, if you don't mind the smoke and like pub life, visit a cool pub where the locals go called Sacrilage (447 Rue St. Jean, outside the walls). In warm weather, there's a nice courtyard in the rear. Also, plan to have lunch or dinner at a restaurant called Toast (on St. Paul or St. Pierre).
Helpful Boutique Hotel
My partner and I just spent three nights over New Year's at this smallish hotel. The decor is very modern-sophisticated, tapestries in cream and taupe, with dark grey marble floors in bath and carpet in the hotel room and hallways. We had booked a great deal on Hotels, for a budget room. We were in an attic room, with a slanted (and padded beamed) ceiling. Although there was not really a place to sit other than the bed and no closet except in the bathroom, it was still comfortable and we had a fabulous view of the Frontennac as well as a beautiful church from our two paned windows. We didn't have a bath, but the shower was sublime. The two women who worked the front desk were exceedingly helpful and went out of their way with whatever we asked. The restaurant was closed for the season, but the bar had an array of wines (we had two very good ones, and glasses were lent to us to take it to the room), and the included breakfast and eating area were excellent. There was a wide array of options (toast, english muffins, yogurt, muffins, etc.), and very good coffee. The hotel's location is perfect, right in the middle of the beauty of the walled part of the city, with easy access to lower town. An added bonus that did wonders to increase the pleasure of the hotel was the excellent music constantly being played in the bar/restruant/reception area (great jazz classics) - they should sell a CD! Highly recommended for it's ambiance, location, cost, and treatment by staff.
This hotel made our QC trip amazing. The rooms are perfectly furnished in an original way, the staff is extremely helpful in finding anything you need and the food is excellent both in taste and presentation. If i ever return to QC i will definetly stay at hotel ste anne and i will recommend it to anyone travelling there. It is apparent that the owners and staff of this small auberge put a lot of care into accommodating their patrons. I have never before been so impressed by a hotel.
Nice hotel, great location
Just returned from Quebec City, where we stayed at the Saint Anne Hotel. The hotel is in a great location, right across the square from Chateau Frontenac, and within walking distance of just about anyplace you would want to go. The rooms are modern and comfortable.
The hotel restaurant had the best food of any place we ate in the city. I highly recommend the Maplebutter Waffles for breakfast.
The only minor problem we had was that the jr. suite was listed as having a sofa bed and two queen beds - however, in place of the sofabed, there was a chair. I had specifically booked the suite because I went with my sister and two nieces, and we wanted the extra bed. A rollaway bed was put in the room which was larger than a normal size rollaway, and it worked out fine.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Quebec City.
Wonderful hotel in perfect location
My wife and I took my mother-in-law and her friend, MaryAnne to Quebec over Labor Day.
We arrived at the hotel and were really thrilled at the accomodations. Our rooms were more luxurious than we had expected and the staff were wonderful.
I had requested that my mother-in-law and MaryAnne have a room with two queen beds. and they were able to accomodate that request.
The restaurant were fine, the wait staff were extremely warm and efficient and the food was excellent.
The front desk staff went out of their way to help us in every way they could.
I cannot say enough good things about this hotel.
My mother-in-law called us after she had returned to her home in California and said she was "still basking in the glow" Of that weekend.
It really scored points for me.
We will defiinitely return to Quebec and to Hotel St. Anne.
Great hotel find in Quebec City
We decided to go to Quebec City at the last minute and found a great hotel on Expedia. Hotel St. Anne has just opened. It is refurbished as a boutique type place. Small rooms but nice ammenities. Location is prime. In the middle of Upper Town about 100 yards from the Finicular that takes you to Lower Town. Only cost about $140 in Canadian close to $100 in U.S. Didn't try the restaurant as it was Italian and we were up for French. We walked to all the restaurants, shops etc.
Delightful place to stay
The Hotel Sainte-Anne has only been open for a month or so. The location is perfect for exploring Old Town -- right across the square from the Chateau Frontenac. The rooms are funky modern. Everything we needed was provided even the though the rooms are sparse (which I actually prefer). The bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever had at a hotel and the shower was perfect.
The hotel staff seems to consist of just the one person at the front desk but they were always very helpful and managed to seem like a larger staff.
Even the attached restaurant was delightful. This is a place I'll definitely stay again.
WARNING: Make sure you get detailed instructions on where to park before you arrive. You can't easily pull up to the front of the hotel to ask.
Individual and stylish
The hotel is perfectly located in an attractive, cobbled, pedestrianised street, in the heart of Quebec City. Artists and street performers entertain right outside. It's just a couple of minutes' walk max to the boardwalk overlooking the river, and handy for all the sights. The hotel only opened at the beginning of June 2004 after a complete refurbishment - everything is very tastefully done and my room was comfortable, fresh and modern-looking with a fantastically-designed bathroom - a great change from the dreary, over-decorated standard fare of many hotels. I found the restaurant - both its food and service - for both breakfast and dinner to be faultless. I ate there both nights as it was so good the first time and I could sit outside on the patio listening to the musicians while people walked by. I loved this hotel and would go there again without hesitation. So why not five points? I booked and paid for the hotel through Expedia - and chose it carefully to suit my needs. When I arrived I was told I was to be moved to another hotel (owned by the same people) as there was not enough room. I was not given a reason. The other hotel is no doubt perfectly nice, but was not what I was looking for, and in a totally different location (ie the old port, down the hill and outside the city walls). I refused to move, saying this was unacceptable. I had not even been warned of this development by phone, and the hotel had my details. They did find me a room, and the rest of my stay was flawless, but had I not stood my ground I could have been completely dissatisfied.
A perfect new hotel
My wife and I stayed at the new Hotel Ste. Anne on Saint Anne Street in Vieux Quebec for the last four nights of August. It has 28 rooms just renovated from a clutch of ancient buildings on a pedestrian street next to the Trinity Anglican Church. It is ideally located and has a fine ground floor restaurant which includes tables under umbrellas on the street. The renovation is a very modern architectural treatment with stylish bathrooms and lighting contrasting with the exposed brick and stone walls. The staff was very nice and the rates reasonable. There is parking in an underground municipal garage a few steps away. I would not stay anywhere else!