Hôtel Manoir des Remparts
3½ rue des Remparts, Québec City, Québec G1R 3R4, Canada
With its basic furnishings and reasonable rates, this serviceable central hotel attracts many teachers and travelers who can't bring themselves to stay in a hostel. They are rewarded on the hotel's rooftop terrace with an expansive view of the St. Lawrence River.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests have been known to complain about the dodgy Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and water pressure.
Clean and proper, the rooms may be frumpy, but the price is right. The first two floors have traditional rooms, while the rooms higher up are more like hostels--cramped quarters, just a hand sink, shared showers and toilets, and a common television room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Like in hostels, there are many rules and regulation--all printed up and posted throughout the hotel.
Well, they're clean. The bathrooms may not be chic, but they have flushing toilets and a basic tub--if your room even has a private bathroom.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests don't appreciate the uneven water pressure. The towels are sandpaper grade, with little drying capacity.
The lobby and entryway is dominated by the staircase, with its white painted banister. However, the owners greet each guest so warmly that the lobby doesn't get a chance to make much of an impression.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Like many heritage buildings, there is no elevator, so expect a workout. The better rooms are on the first few floors, anyway.
A self-serve breakfast is included in the room rate. There is a jolly breakfast room, too, to eat your fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, muffins, bagels, toast, and boiled eggs. Just ignore the crass sign asking guests not to eat too much.
Eat upstairs, on the rooftop terrace. It's roomy and friendly, with guests enjoying the morning views of the St. Lawrence River.
There's no official bar service. However, guests can drink from their own stash of beer and wine of the rooftop terrace, if they're discrete about it.
The parking lot is located down a steep hill--meaning, there's a 10-minutes uphill climb to get back. But you only do that walk once. Now that the car is parked, you can simply tour the city on foot.
Restaurant La Pizzaetta (5-minute walk) is a good, budget-conscious choice, with a sidewalk terrace and family-friendly service. The pasta is okay, but the pizza is what to order.
Within stumbling distance of the Pub St. Patrick (5-minute walk), where there's outdoor patio seating and a full section of craft beer. Oh, and yes, there are bottles of lager and stout from the U.K.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sitting on the rooftop terrace, eating your free breakfast and enjoying the view of the St. Lawrence River, you'll be glad you took a room at this friendly, family-owned and operated hotel. However, if that room isn't on the first two floors, you might be disappointed by the hostel-like conditions experienced on the upper floors.
The two 1830 houses forming this hotel are opposite the wall enclosing Upper Town, only a short walk from Lower Town. Rooms at the front have a beautiful view of the port and river.
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