71 rue St-Pierre, Québec City, Québec G1K 4A4, Canada
Guest rooms at this luxury hotel, inside the National Bank of Canada’s first head office, have 14-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The mid-size building feels exclusive and chic.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rambunctious kids may not be the ideal guests, requiring too much policing from their parents.
Look at all the natural light! And the 14-foot ceilings! Each room comes with a wealth of amenities: a Nespresso machine, a mini-fridge, a desk, free Wi-Fi, iPod docking, surround-sound system, crisp white bedding, feather duvet--and plenty of style. Witness the backlit headboards, and the platform beds and accent chairs. Some rooms have cow-hide rugs and vintage murals.
Ask for a room above the third floor for great views of the river and beyond. If you need a King-sized bed, ask for that, too.
Decadent and modern, the bathrooms are big and clean, with glassed-in rain-fall showers, robes, up-scale Pharmacopia products, built-in cubby holes to house towels and toiletries. As a bonus: there's lots of counter space.
Full of comfy couches, arranged in intimate sitting areas, the lobby is exactly what you'd imagine for a hotel in an old bank building--meaning, it's spacious and grand, with a soaring ceiling. There's a well-stocked umbrella stand, a magazine rack and even bicycles on display, to borrow. It's like a really comfortable, old bank here.
Just to the left of the reception desk is a self-serve wine dispenser, and an espresso lounge for free coffee all day.
Gyms are often sub-terranian afterthoughts, but this fitness room is full of natural light from windows!
Blessed with one of the city's best Italian restaurants, Hotel 71 puts on good food. Restaurant Il Matto serves updated Italian classics, dramatic lighting, and a friendly vibe. Order the wild mushroom pasta. You won't regret the carbs. For their (free) breakfast, hotel guests are served in Matto, treated to designer coffees (lattes, cappuccinos, etc.) and many healthy options you usually don't expect with free continental breakfast.
Oh, there is easy-access wine at Hotel 71. It's in the lobby, to the left of reception, in an eight-bottle self-serve vending machine. Bottoms up! Plus, the restaurant has a bar, too.
There's valet parking ($30/day), so use it and leave the car in the lot. It's easy to walk everywhere from Hotel 71, or hop into a cab (but we predict you won't need the cab).
The concierge at Hotel 71, and everyone else, can't say enough about Toast! (5-minute walk), inside Hotel Le Priori. It's a farm-to-table bistro with a celebrated chef who likes to get creative. Order Chef Lemelin's tasting menus. In the summer, ask to sit in the courtyard, surrounded by plants.
To the Chateau Frontenac! Their 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar (10-minute walk), just off the lobby, has exciting and inventive cheese plates sourced from its prestigious Cheese Room, a circular bar, plus lots of scotch, martinis, and more.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We like to be seen at Hotel 71, schmoozing in the lobby with a glass of wine and reading something from the magazine rack. This hipster hangout is actually a stunning example of 19th century neo-classic architecture, while the decor is up-to-the-minute. We also like how much light floods the rooms from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Although pets are not allowed and children won't feel free to have fun, this is perfect for an adult-only weekend.
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