Sitting on 11 acres of gardens, Le Bonne Entente is a self-contained resort just 20 minutes from downtown. It offers modern simplicity at its finest, with classic or updated rooms in a swanky boutique hotel called Urbania inside the main property. Come for the pool.
Calling all families! There is supervised daycare, free with dinner or brunch reservations. The Fun Club room is a blessing. Bring the family dog to this hotel, too.
Featuring big windows that open and free Wi-Fi, the rooms vary from lofts to full suites. Some have fainting couches and two-sided fireplaces. Some have carpet or hardwood. The Urbania section of contemporary rooms include access to a VIP lounge, Living Rouge, for deluxe breakfast, afternoon cocktails, evening bubbly, and desserts.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There isn’t much pinache in the decor. Even the renovated Urbania rooms play it safe, bordering on bland.
Decent-sized bathrooms like these are a luxury in Quebec. Most bathrooms have rain showers, marble counters, a dry heat sauna, light therapy, and chromotherapy baths. Some sinks are blocky squares on the counter. Make sure your room has a shower, if you need one.
For a soak in a glamorous infinity bathtub, reserve a luxurious spa room. It’s magical.
Nothing calms guests like oak paneling. The lobby is traditional and welcoming, but there's a hipper section called Terzo that features a fireplace, cozy nooks, and more modern furnishings.
The outdoor pool meanders through landscaping on the back patio. It has pretty tiles and night lights. There are lots of deck chairs on hand.
Poolside amenities are superb: hammocks, hot tubs, a gazebo, double loungers, comfy Bali beds, and delicious light meals and drinks from the patio's Napa Grill.
The food options are plentiful on site. For guests with rooms in the Urbania section, they have access to Living Rouge, a chic VIP lounge with continental breakfast, Champaign, desserts, and more--and enjoy throughout they day. Most guests eat at MC Lounge, a steakhouse that also serves a lot of seafood. Also, there's the patio grill, called Napa, and the golf club house's restaurant, MC Signé.
MC Lounge has a nightly raw bar with fresh oysters.
You can start drinking in the Espace Terzo lobby, where you'll find a self-serve wine vending machine. There are eight types of wine on display, in three different quantities. Buy a card at reception for $20. Poolside, order your drinks at the Napa grill, or have a drink with dinner at MC Lounge's friendly bar.
This is a drive-to destination on the outskirts of Quebec City. The parking is $15/day, which is nothing but a cash grab for the hotel because they're practically in the countryside and parking is plentiful. In the summer, there is a shuttle that takes guests to Old Quebec. Just call and reserve a chauffeur.
At Matto (10-minute drive), an Italian bistro with a quaint terrace, the owner serves family recipes and good red wine. Or, try the French bistro called La Cohue (10-minute drive), for the duck and tartars.
Shaker (5-minute drive) is a fun local tavern for cocktails and food, while people itching to dance should head into town to Morris (20-minutes) for DJs and house music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Château Bonne Entente has all the benefits of a country club. The resort atmosphere is great for families, who love the expansive outdoor pool and daycare options. While some of the traditional decor in the rooms feels dated, the Urbania section—a boutique hotel within the château—offers guests tall ceilings and leather headboards, as well as plasma-screen TVs and more modern furnishings. Urbania has a Zen-like lounge called the Living Rouge, with white couches, chairs, and a red ceiling, where breakfast, coffee, and happy-hour cocktails are served.
We like that golfers can tee off at nearby La Tempête course. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to Old Québec and downtown from June through mid-September.