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We drove up into Canada yesterday. Rained most of the way - good for driving. And arrived at Quebec City.
Ventured out today - a warm 60 this morning and probably 70 - 72 this afternoon. Really nice in the sun. Old town is just delightful and another ferry ride - ACROSS THE ST LAWRENCE RIVER! I get all jazzed over the Mighty Mississippi …
... ourselves in the French language, Quebec City will be high on the list. For now though, we have settled for making a pact to start taking French lessons when back in Vancouver.
Tomorrow morning we head deeper into Quebec and also further East into Canada than either one of us has ever ventured in the past. Soon we will see whether it will be the 'French snobbery' or the 'polite Canadian' stereotype that comes out on ...
... tour of the museum and town and it was fascinating to learn about the journey of the Wendat people and how they adapted to the arrival of the English and French.
All too soon my time in Quebec was up and I found myself back in a car, this time all gossiping girls (unfortunately in French) and on my way back to Montreal to be saved yet again by Natalie and her wonderful sofa....next will come the hardest challenge so far...crossing the US border!!
... with the British parliamentary system on which it is based. After visiting the National Assembly / Parliament Building we made a quick visit to the Parliamentary Library before heading home after a quick shop for some dinner.
<< A quick rant! I really like France, I really like Quebec City, all the people here are really friendly and although we do not speak much French, we have had no issues with anyone. So I find it annoying that all the ...
... like a pretty city. Everywhere I look, there's really old yet modern-looking buildings. I even saw a little Ice-Hotel style patio at a few of the restaurants. Very neat stuff.
Mary and Sophia should be landing in Vancouver sometime soon so I'm just waiting to hear from them then I'm going to bed.
Tomorrow the goal is to get to Montreal, Ottawa, and possibly North Bay, ON.
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My wife and I just returned from a weeklong vacation to Montreal and Quebec City, and we stayed at Hotel des Coutellier for one night after having spent a very disappointing previous night at the Hotel Belley located right next door. The Hotel des Coutellier is located only 2 blocks away from the train station, and is within 10 minute walking distance to all the tourist sites in upper as well as lower Quebec City (like the Chateau Frontenac, museums, restaurants, shops, etc). The room is very clean (they renovated this hotel about 2 years ago) and the front desk staff was very nice and helpful. The free breakfast is delivered to your room in a basket (hanging outside of your door) in the morning, and it included juice boxes, yogurts, croissants, and muffins for two. Very nice touch indeed! The Hotel des Coutellier has a business center that has a computer with internet connection for guest use, or if you have a laptop with wireless capability, high speed wifi is free! We would highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again.
A wonderful hotel! We were planning a 3-day trip to Quebec City and made reservations to stay at the Hotel Des Coutellier. Well it was an excellent choice, the room we had 305 was a corner room and it was very light and airy as it had 4 windows in it. Everything in the room was clean and comfortable. Each morning there was a nice basket outside the door with a nice assortment of breads, yogurts and juice, which was just enough to start our day. Any requests that we had were done with quick promptness and the staff was very pleasant and more than willing to accommodate any request that we had. All in all a very nice place located just outside the old city, and very close to the antique shops and some very nice local restaurants. Would definitely stay there again when visiting Quebec City.
I thought this hotel was great and very resonably priced. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. It is very close to the bus/train station and perfect location to the sights. Just remember most things are uphill from this hotel! Breakfast is also great - loved that it was just outside the door.
My new husband and I took a romantic get-away and Hotel des Coutellier was the perfect place to stay (especially for the price). The small hotel offered great hospitality and attention to our needs. The breakfast picnic basket that is delivered to your door early morning is a fabulous touch - yogurt, muffin, croissant, orange juice box, butter, and jam. We looked forward to this every morning. You can make your own coffee or tea in your room. There's a fresh fruit basket in the lobby at your leisure - perfect for a healthy snack. The soap and shampoo (no conditioner - so bring your own if you need it) are from Fruits & Passion (eco-friendly bath products), which has stores in Canada, France, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, are lovely. The 3 desk attendants that we have encountered were extremely helpful and spoke English with a French accent. The doors are a bit thin - but the noise is tolerable when people are walking by and talking or letting the door slam. But the hallways are small enough that the guests exit quickly. The hotel is right outside the old city walls - walking is a pleasure (though you must walk uphill to get there, but coming back to the hotel is easier). The streets are quiet and safe (aside from morning and evening "rush hour").
We recently stayed at Hotel Des Coutellier during the Winter Carnaval and we were throughly impressed with the attention to detail and service we receieved during our stay.
Recommend Hotel Des Coutellier
We (my aunt and I) stayed here for 5 days at the end of January 2005 for Winter Carnival. The hotel, located right outside the wall in lower town, was wonderful. Friendly staff, big room, big bathroom, robes, towel-warming racks, fluffy comforters. They had put us in a room with a queen bed, and at first they said it would be extra to get a room with 2 beds, so my aunt and I decided we could share (why not, right?). We didn't think anything about it, and as the desk manager handed us the keys, he said "I gave you a room with 2 beds, no extra charge". Thanks! Breakfast in a basket is hung on a hook outside your door every morning - and we really enjoyed this. Croissants, muffins, yogurt, clementines, OJ, we never ate lunch before 2pm! Highly recommend!
This hotel is lovely - with its boutique feel but reasonable prices it offers really great value. The rooms are nicely furnished, with new and modern furniture (my room also had an exposed brick wall - very cozy). The bathrooms are very modern and very clean. The staff is friendly and ready to give advice about the town's tourist attractions and the nearby ski resorts. The breakfast delivered to the room's door every morning is very convenient as it can be consumed whenever you wake up. The hotel is located in the Old Port area which is very close to Vieux Quebec (the old city) and makes for easy exploring. There are also nice restaurants in this area, and again, the staff is happy to recommend some. Overall, a truly plesant experience and I would not hesitate to stay here again.
Unique and convenient
On a "run out" trip to Quebec to visit Universite Laval, I needed a hotel that allowed easy connections both train station and campus, but still allowed me to soak in as much of the city as could be had in 36 hours. I also wanted to stay somewhere that felt intimate and Canadian; I can find Marriotts and Sheratons at home. Hotel des Coutelliers fit my criteria perfectly. The rooms were cozy and unique, and the staff attentive. Breakfast in a basket, complete with handwritten weather report, was an added treat! I'd stay here again and again.
Don't miss a chance to experience Québec hospitality at its finest. L'Hotêl des Coutellier is a lodging recommended by L'Auberge L'autre Jardin when the latter had no vacancy, and my wife was in Québec on business. Not only has she stayed there on subsequent business trips to Québec City, but we have also vactioned there. Upon arrival, the management greeted us BY NAME, and took very good care of us and our daughter (not yet one year old). The accommodations are clean and first-rate; the service is exceptional. The location: just a few steps from the train station, and (in our case) a short stroller ride from the old city made this accommodation absolutely perfect. The discreet continental style breakfast was nice (better croissants are to be had at the Château Versailles in Montréal, but these were very good). We have stayed at other boutique hotels in Québec City, but will return to the Hôtel des Coutellier because of the personal touch evidenced by the staff.
I must start off by saying that this was our first stay at a boutique type hotel. We had reserved the presidential suite for one night. The room was very nice with a king size bed, a sofa, a seperate shower with body jets and a wirlpool type bath.The breakfast is included and comes in a basket at your door with croissants, muffins, fruits and yogourt. The hotel is located in front of the gare and is at the entrance of VIEUX QUÃ BEC. We wanted to stay for a second night but the suite was not available. The manager even tried to get us a suite in another hotel but the price didnt fit our budget. We decided to stay in one of the regular rooms with a king size bed for the second night.We had taken the gourmet cuisine package which included a 5 course meal at the french restaurant l'Ã chaudÃ© (very good by the way). Our first experience in a small hotel was a great one and we can't wait to go back. Having called several hotels in Quebec city before booking I believe this to be a great deal.