A bargain, any time of year. Located behind the Château Frontenac, within a stone house with blue-trimmed windows, is this unpretentious find--perfect for those who can keep their expectations in check.
This hotel satisfies the old mantra "location, location, location." You can walk everywhere.
Light-wood furnishings and two double beds fill most of the rooms, which have recently been refreshed with new bedding and improved climate control. In some rooms, stone walls and old fireplaces have been exposed. Ask for a room facing the park. Some have dormer windows.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests on the fourth floor must mount some pretty steep stairs. Also, the small rooms are, indeed, very small. Room #1 opens onto the lobby and gets loud at breakfast and when guests chat on the main floor. Mini fridges, a nice touch, sit awkwardly in the rooms--taking up much-needed space.
Clean, but tiny. There are rounded corner showers and no tubs.
Often, there is a separate sink in the bedroom area.
The entryway is still residential (i.e. not built to accept 15 guests at once), so space is tight. However, the friendly atmosphere makes up for what's lacking in leg room. The staircase is the visual center piece--and central annoyance for those on higher floors.
Breakfast service was cancelled this year. There is no longer a continental meal included in the room rate. Good thing the city has so many great cafes and patisseries!
For parking, you're on your own. The hotel suggests that guests off their luggage at the door, then use the public parking lots around Old Quebec. Once parked, simply walk to all attractions, which are nearby.
Take the money you saved on accommodations and enjoy dinner on the terrace at Le Lapin Sauté (5-minute walk) in Lower Town. They serve traditional French cuisine. Think leg of rabbit, with the meat falling off the bone.
Look for the signature red umbrellas at Pub Borgia (5-minute walk). Their sidewalk terrace is only a fraction of their floor space, so don't be disappointed if the tables are full. Go inside for the old stone walls and selection of scotch.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Established inside a more than 170-year-old historic building entirely restored, the hotel Au Jardin du Gouverneur is a decent place to lay your head--as long as you don't require square footage. Remember, this is not a boutique hotel. It's more like a hostel with private rooms. The facade is charming, with the blue trim, and the atmosphere is greatly improved by the chatty host, who loves to gives tips about how to enjoy Quebec City.