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... small complaint to make and one which occurs in almost every large city throughout the world and certainly didn't cloud our judgement one little bit.
At the moment we are en-route to Montreal, once again by VIA Rail which is only 3 hours away so we are getting to see some more of the beautiful snow covered landscapes along the way. For now though, it's au revoir and merci Quebec City. It's been a pleasure.
... my destination to finding somewhere to get undercover. I had remembered a small bus stop looking shelter not too far back, on the other side of the bridge. Pedaling the other way was thankfully easier as the wind pressed into my back. My hands were so cold I couldn't change gears and my toes were numb. I reached the cover and waited for the rain to ease. It took a while but once it seemed to recede I set off on the journey home. I must not have noticed but on the way out I ...
... had to walk up lots of steps to get to the main streets. The river is basically lined with cliffs on either side, so Quebec is the same but you have the option of taking the funicular (a sort of lift thing on a railway track). The line is always massive at the bottom though so I’ve only taken it down. I’m getting fit with all these steps!
The town of Levis, I found, is mostly a lot of cafes and restaurants and no touristy sort of shops like in Quebec. So ...
... University and the city was filled with thousands of kids in colored jumpsuits doing goofy things all over town. We did find our big old house which now is a student apartment and then continued out to the base to find our ugly little duplex. When we searched for it they all kind of looked the same and I couldn’t remember, and Dad couldn’t either so we picked one and took a picture. Continuing on, I saw my first elementary school, the store my Mom and ...
... looking a little odd as we huddled around a pot of ice-cream. It was quite funny, especially as we were all singing 'danse de la poutine' which has become a sort of anthem for the trip - a bit like 'fantastique'. I will put the words here in case you ever want to sing along: '1 mets des frites dans l'huile 2 fais les cuire, c'est facile 3 ajoute la sauce et le fromage "squish squish" dans ton estomac la sensation magnifique' ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Port-Royal Quebec City
I feel like I've just been in a fairy tale story book.
This hotel is picture perfect from the moment you walk in the grand front entrance.
Unfortunately we had a very late arriving flight, however the fine gentleman at the desk was expecting us - though it was was one in the morning.
Our room 208A was incredible. I could have moved right in for good. Though we had no opportunity to use it, there was a full kitchen, a little dining table and a writing desk. We did enjoy the luxurious washroom, king size bed with great linens and pillows and of course a view that has been raved about on this site already.
My only wee negative is that I couldn't get warm enough. This is a VERY old building and I realize it would be hard to heat.
Breakfast was included with our room. Le 48 is a very interesting restaurant. I only wish we could have also eaten dinner there too! I had the maple French toast. A nice treat with real maple syrup.
This hotel is within sight of the port if you peer around the corner.
I can not imagine I would stay anywhere else should I ever be so fortunate as to visit QC again
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Le Port-Royal Quebec City
Great spot and value
We stayed here for a couple of nights at the end of October. Boutique style hotel. We had booked a standard suite, but reception upgraded us to suite 204, which for the three of us gave us more space. Great suite lots of room and amenities. Car park right outside the entrance. We had a package deal including parking and breakfast all of which added to a comfortable, relaxed and enjoyable stay. Most of the old town is within easy walking distance.
Great value, staff and location
We stayed for 3 nights at the Hotel Port Royal Suites. We booked a Superior one bedroom which was nice, spacious and clean. It was not as elegant looking as the room pictured in the ad - but still nice. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location was wonderful: we could walk to everything but not a lot of crowds passing by in front of the hotel. I booked thru Expedia for a good rate which included (to my surprise) parking and a cooked to order breakfast in the adjacent restaurant.
I would recommend this hotel and would stay there again.
NOTE: the directions I got from Mapquest were wrong.
I am so surprised that this hotel is not rated higher on this forum! We stayed here for four nights at the end of July, and really loved it. Great value. The photos of this hotel on its website and in advertising are accurate, and not misleading in the least.
We decided to stay in the lower part of the city on our last night (we spent 2 nights at different b&b, then stayed at the wonderful b&b at the Orleans and came back into the city for the last night there). I picked this hotel because I loved the view - a beautiful contemporary water fountain with a sculpture against older charming buildings, in a NYC Soho like environment. We did get a special rate of $155/night and a most beautiful room right above the entrance to the hotel. We were very delighted to discover a Vivaldi music playing in the room when we entered it (the switch turns a cd/radio player on). The decor was very tasteful (I'm used to NYC boutique hotels) and modern, the view from the windows perfect was perfect. The bed was of great quality and had a snow white bedding. The suite allows you to do a full cooking, which we didn't use, but it is a convinient feature (with supermarket being around the corner from the hotel). We didn't want to leave and didn't know if to venture out or to stay in just enjoying the room.. It was also very quite.
It's unfortunate to hear of the previous persons experience. My girlfriend and were at the Port Royal to celebrate our anniversary and we found the hotel impecable, both in terms of service and in terms of the rooms. The service was great, the only problem was that the attendent at the front desk mis-spelt my name over the phone while reserving which made it difficult to find our reservation upon arrival. However, after a brief moment of panic, this little mistake was quickly remedied. The rooms, the rooms were gorgeous. They were by far the nicest rooms i had stayed in and i've stayed in many hotels. this small boutique hotel was very well appointed. our room had a confortable couch, a small dinning table and a full working kitchen with stove and fridge. The bed was confortable and the washrooms were beautiful. We thourghly enjoyed our stay there and the price was more than reasonable. for $150 CAN we had a room for one night with parking and free breakfast (and non of that continental breakfast stuff, REAL breakfast with eggs and pnacakes and gaufres, really worth it).
My family and I checked in at noon and was asked to pay 50$ for early check-in instead of 3h00pm. We were told after that it is a standard in the hotel industry to pay for early check-in. I heard of late check out fee but never for ealry check-in, they really don't understand the concept of customer service and accomodating hotel guests. Our room also had a vey inadequate A/C, they have a system that you need to empty the reservoir at a certain point or the system just shut off. Well at 2h30 in the morning the alarm of the Ac went off to say that the reservoir of water needs to be emptied. It was extremely frustrating and even more when you are told the day before that you don't know hotel standards. Rooms are not bad and the hotel is well located but I would not go back there. Dominion Hotel or Hotel 71 seems to be much better choices.
The Hotel Port-Royal Suites is an impressive property in the lower town part of Old Quebec. It is close to the road to the upper town (and the funiculaire for those less inclined to walk the incline), and there are many cafes/restaurants nearby (more on this in a moment).
We were initially disappointed as they lost our reservation even though we had confirmed with a credit card number. However, Nicole made things right by upgrading us for the inconvenience (the suite we had booked was no longer available). The suite we were given was a Superiour suite--I would definitely recommend this for a family as it has a separate bedroom (for the parents) and a pull out couch for the kids--also a kitchen to keep costs down. It has a dishwasher and great TV with DVD/CD player. We found the staff to be very helpful (especially Nicole) and the location is excellent--out of the "hub bub" of the touristy areas and right in the heart of the antique district. If you have trouble walking, though maybe choose a hotel in the upper city as you need to climb quite a few stairs to get to the upper city (or take the funiculaire or elevator). The housekeeping is excellent, they changed the amenities every day and even cleaned the coffee pot! Very excellent..we went to the restaurant (48) downstairs and had an excellent burger and fries (though they have more deluxe cuisine) for a very agreeable price. This hotel staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Highly recommend, especially for an extended stay,
My wife and I booked a suite at Le Port Royal in early February for a weekend anniversary getaway, and although we had a nice room there were several problems that detracted from what was otherwise a nice weekend.
This place is amazing value for money, right in the old town, within walking distance to everywhere in Quebec city. The rates were fantastic (as we tried hard to get value for money in Quebec) at CAD 155 per night plus tax, try get this at the Dominion (basically next door) - you won't !! They are suites consisting of full kitchen, large, really comfortable bed, and a big bath/shower, they are really modern and have flatscreen t.v. and dvd/cd player beside the t.v.. Seems like they only opened in April 05. The staff must be hand-picked as everyone we met were superb, Daniel, Stephanie, Nicole and the others were above friendly and helpful.