Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Le St-Paul
229 rue St-Paul, Québec City, Québec G1K 3W3, Canada See on Map
Perched at the edge of the antiques district, this basic four-story hotel in a 19th-century building is near art galleries, the Marché du Vieux Ports, and the train station. It offers excellent value, private baths/showers and a young crowd. The owner is often on site, making everyone feel welcome.
This hotel offers exceptional value, but if you want something a bit more posh and private, the hotel has a fancy annex called Gite Côte de la Montagne. It has a loft, big rooms, exposed rafters, and wood floors.
Rooms have fluffy white bedding with contrasting blankets, standard tub chairs, two-tone walls, wooden headboards, Nespresso machines, cable television, and more. Some rooms have exposed brick and/or stone walls and fireplaces.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Not all rooms are renovated. Be sure to ask for an updated room when you book. Some rooms get ambient street noise, due to single-pane windows.
All guest rooms come with private bathrooms. Usually, that isn't noteworthy, but value hotels often have shared bathrooms in a hallway. Not here. The renovated bathrooms are grand, with modern fixtures and stylish layout. Some rooms have all-glass showers and "floating" sinks.
Like many heritage buildings, the lobby is modest, with no space to spare. Nobody minds. Unlike most buildings from that era, there are two huge windows flanking the front door. That keeps things bright.
There's a free homemade breakfast included...and it usually exceeds all expectations. Think fluffy French toast and good coffee. It's served in Le Varavin, the French bistro and vine bar in the hotel lobby. It's a snug place to revive the spirit after a day of sightseeing. Come summer, the terrace open, with views of the Old Port market.
Le Veravin, as the name suggests, has a bountiful vine collection on site, behind glass, in a vintage rack. Many labels are offered by the glass.
Parking is less than a minute away, and only $10 per day. That's a deal. Park the car and walk, but make sure to bring some flats. The cobblestones can be killer on heels.
Cafe St.-Malo (3-minute walk) has a funky green ceiling, stone walls, wooden floors and a casual vibe. Adventurous eaters will gravitate toward the blood sausage, veal brains, and venison. But why not eat in the house restaurant? The Veravin is top notch.
There's a homey little Irish pub, Claddagh (5-minute walk) nearby to slake your thirst. They've got all popular brands from the British Isles, like Guinness and Bushmills, of course. The quotes from James Joyce on the menu brings a smile.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, style, friendly service, free breakfast--all at a great value. What's not to like? This hotel is a wonderful home base, located on a cobblestoned pedestrian street at the foot of the Château Frontenac. We admire the cream-coloured building, circa 1850, with its Mansard roof and dormer windows. There's a fine French bistro on site, as well as a terrace and outdoor fire pit surrounded by Muskoka chairs.
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