Hotel des Coutellier
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We were told about Quebec City - how it was a lot like an old city in Europe, and very beautiful. A walk around the town on Monday evening proved all that to be true!
After taking a right turn out of our hotel, we walked through street after street of quaint shops, bistros, and other buildings that completely reminded me of the streets in …
Strange how your body tells you what it fancies, and mine did just that. Must have been the old world charm of Quebec but it said it wanted fondue and fondue it got. Yum !
Now it's telling me it wants tapas, so will do a little bit of research for our next stop.
ps. Yes, picking the car up in Montreal was easy ... but K now thinks he's been caught on radar for speeding. Time will tell !
... t feel like we were in Canada yet, as the overall feel is more French than France itself! The city is very small and we'd walked the majority of it by lunchtime, so we sat in a little square and ate our sandwiches whilst we watched street performers. As we set off walking again to find a pub for a beer, we saw a ninja squirrel (squirl in American)... they're the jet black ones which are driving out the grey squirrels the way they drove out the red ones. It ...
... dusk lighting made for some pretty pictures. We spotted a cool bar made out of ice and had to stop for a couple of photos.
We made our way back to Basilique-Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Quebec. Built under the French Regime, the basilica was seriously damaged during the siege of 1759. Destroyed by fire in 1922, it was rebuilt according to the original plans in 1925. The parish of Notre-Dame is the oldest in North America. Built on ...
... to walk the entire length of the city walls. I proceeded to have hundreds of photos sitting ontop of all the cannons we passed a-spread. We then headed out on the river to the other side to get some stunning photos of the city from the cliff lookout.
Nov 7 Update
Phin: "On train to Quebec City!...come back Montreal!!! Much needed liver vacation!! Why are windows always so dirty!?" "Is 4 bagels too many in one sitting?"
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Great boutique hotel at a great Quebec City location
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.
Very Nice Hotel
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.
Romantic 4 Day Get-away
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").
Here's a few pointers: At check in, park your car on the side street for the time being because the hotel parking is across the street - which the hotel will give you date stamped parking stubs (C$9/night) to put on your dashboard. We paid C$7 to park our car for 10 minutes in another lot and then had to move it to the designated hotel lot. There's complimentary internet use - better than sending postcards! Moss - the Belgian restaurant attached to the hotel - has a great deal for mussels and frites (fries) - about C$22 for unlimited mussels served 14 different ways. I had the steak in dijon mustard, salad, and frites for C$20 - very tasty. L'Astral restaurant on top of Lowe's hotel - excellent - make reservations!!! (The coffee is excellent there.) It was fun to see the the 360 view while eating. If you go to Quebec City in the spring before high season, plan your day accordingly - some restaurants are not open, many stores close earlier, and the museums are closed on Mondays. Maison Jean Alfred (the oldest grocery store in North America) is outside of the old city walls and is much like Zabar's in NYC (but fun to browse in). Erico Chocolatier has Chipotle Dark Chocolate - yum!
Amazing for the Price!
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.
Yummy Fruits & Passions toiletries were a notch above the usual bland hotel soaps/lotions. Breakfast in a mini picnic basket hung next to your door was also a great litte touch, which included: Croissants, Juice, Yogurt, Muffins. All you ever needed to get going in the morning! The complimentary coffee brand they used could use a little work. There is also a mini-bar in your room, we also had a flat screen tv, dvd player and VCR! We brought movies with us to watch on a laptop, so this was a great surprise. For the price you're paying, you're getting great value!
Bathrooms were clean and NEW! Internet access was available if you had your own laptop for a fee.
Location was good too. There's an Esso station near by, so you can fill up on cheap beer and snacks instead of the mini-bar. Shopping, Chateau Frontenac were all in close walking distance. I really enjoyed my stay at this cute boutique hotel.
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.
Québec's Little-Known Secret
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.
A great little place
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.