Hayden's Wexford House B&B
450 rue Champlain, Québec City, Québec G1K 4J3, Canada
Once a guest house for sailors, this restored B&B is full of heritage and personality. The attentive hosts, Jacques and Sylvie, make budget travelers, families, and young couples feel right at home. They serve a big, free, homemade breakfast.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are two cats on site, Cashew and Matisse, who may pose a problem for guests with allergies.
There are three guest room in total, all on one floor. The room decor is traditional, with antique headboards, Tiffany lamps, vintage wallpaper, old picture frames, porcelain, and more. There are no televisions or phones, so prepare to unplug. Relax--there's free Wi-Fi.
Clean, smart, and well-appointed with robes, the bathrooms get the job done. At least one spacious bathroom has a soaker tub and a dormer window, plus a barn door divider.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Not all rooms have en suites. Ask when you make your reservation.
What a facade! "Hayden's Wexford House" is stenciled on the outside brick wall, over the B&B's signature green doors and flower planters. Inside, the lobby is homey and warm, with two residential cats to greet guests.
Breakfast is served! Every morning, the hosts make guests a bountiful feast, served at a farmhouse table beside the fireplace.
Jacques and Sylvie are friendly and fun hosts, so reserve some extra time at breakfast to chat and hear their recommendations for meals and sightseeing.
There's no bar on site, but ask Jacques where to get a bottle of local craft beer.
The B&B is proud to offer free parking in a nearby lot, just steps away. Once your car is parked, you can walk around Lower Town, Upper Town, and to all of the major tourist attractions.
Experience local French cuisine at Lapin Sauté (12-minute walk), where they serve rabbit, fish, and other French dishes. For blood pudding, duck confit and tartars, try L'Échaudé (15-minute walk). Both are casual and reasonably-priced eateries.
Bistrot Pape Georges (10-minute walk) is a small Lower Town haunt for locals who like live music, while Pub St. Alexandre (15-minute walk) in Upper Town is a famous hot-spot for young people sharing pitchers of beer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's all about the genial hosts. With only three guest rooms to tend, hosts Sylvie and Jacques take the time to make everyone welcome. They answer questions and provide insider tips. Plus, guests get a discounted hot-air balloon ride with Jacques, a balloon pilot. We love the free parking and the B&B's garden, with a bench, flowers, and fountain. While there isn't a lot of privacy outside the bedrooms, this B&B is perfect for those who want to meet their hosts and enjoy good company.
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