Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Château Bellevue
16 rue de la Porte, Québec City, Québec G1R 4M9, Canada See on Map
Behind the Château Frontenac, this 1898 hotel occupies four stately heritage houses with the same green roofing. It offers comfortable accommodations in a central location for sightseeing. Guest rooms are modern and many have a view of the St. Lawrence River.
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While the decor lacks any kind of edge--nothing "pops" or delights--it's certainly classy and chic, with big television sets and a desk. Some rooms have floating hardwood floors, dormer windows, leather tub chairs, fireplaces, stone walls, and bay windows.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The entry-level rooms have double beds, not Queens, and only the upgraded rooms have King beds. It's worth the extra $40-$50 for an upgraded room.
Ranging from drab to dignified, the bathrooms vary. Some have black quarts counter tops and glass showers. Others scream "motel."
Naturalgo biodegradable bath products are available in eco-dispensers.
Up six steps and through a vintage oak doors, the hotel's lobby is a bit boring, but it has one vital component: an electronic wine bar with an eight-bottle selection. It sits beside the computer station, in front of the reception desk. Conventioneers will appreciate the proximity.
Guests have access to the pool and spa at their sister hotel, the Château Laurier, just 10 minutes away by foot.
Get ready to sweat! There's an exercise room, which is rare in Old Quebec, where space is at a premium. Yes, they have treadmills!
The continental breakfast buffet ($9 per person) ramps up in high season with extras like granola bars, muffins, and fruit. The dining area is bright and well stocked with cereal dispensers, drink machines, and toasters for bagels and bread. To get breakfast included in your room, book on the hotel's website or book through the front desk.
Talk about handy. This hotel is spitting distance from the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham, the Château Frontenac, Québec's National Assembly, the Quartier Petit Champlain, the Dufferin Terrace. Hotel parking is $19/night, in the back lot. There is valet service. After you're parked, simply walk around Quebec in sensible shoes for the best experience.
Hands down, Restaurant Wong (10-minute walk) is the Chinese restaurant to visit in Old Quebec, where the decor is more like a family-run French brasserie than a typical Chinese eatery. To sample authentic Quebecois cuisine, try Q-de-Sac (10-minute walk) for the large portions, checkered booths, wooden beams, and friendly service.
Bistro L'Atelier (10-minute walk) employs top-notch mixologists to shake original cocktails, but you can also order platters of food and burgers. Or, sip a cold draft or sangria on the bustling terrace of Le Grand Café (12-minutes walk), overlooking the gardens of Parliament.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What could be better than staying in a stately old home, on a leafy residential street? If it was beside Château Frontenac! Château Bellevue is on the south side of this historic landmark, facing a pleasant park. Rooms have views of the river and Old Quebec. All sightseeing is within walking distance.
We love the streetscape, ideal for walking your dog. Pets (including cats) under 75 lbs. are welcome, for $25/night. The park has free scooper bags and the hotel provides bowls. Guests appreciate the access to a pool and the on-site exercise room.
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