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Best Hotels in Lower Town for Sightseeing

Joanne Latimer | December 29, 2017

If the harbor beckons, head to Lower Town, Quebec City. This district is rich in history, from the fur trade and colonial shipping to political skullduggery. These hotels are in the heart of Lower Town, with views of the St. Lawrence River and the harbor. (Psst! It’s perfectly safe down by the water. This is Canada.)


Hôtel Le St-Paul

Why it made the list

This is a superb Lower Town destination for budget-conscious travelers who like to maintain standards. Make sure to ask for a renovated room. They feature fluffy white bedding with contrasting blankets, cable television, Keurig coffee machines, exposed brick and/or stone walls and more. There's a free homemade breakfast included. Think fat slices of French toast and good coffee. It's served in Le Varavin, the French bistro and vine bar in the hotel lobby.

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Hôtel Le Priori

Why it made the list

It’s oh, so Parisian! On a narrow pedestrian street lined with 300-year-old buildings, flower boxes and ivy, the Priori charms visitors with its European flare. Yet, the décor is modern, with an elevator, iPhone docking stations and oversized flat screen TVs. Ask for a room facing the inner courtyard—better yet, book a suite. They’re enormous. A decadent breakfast is included with all rooms. For just $3, turn that breakfast into room service. Their restaurant is a hidden gem.

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Hôtel des Coutellier

Why it made the list

There’s no mistaking their marquee, or their façade of big, arched windows. This boutique hotel in Lower Town is modern and chic, with breakfast delivered to your room. The décor is chic, with luxury linens. Intimate and restored to perfection, it still speaks to its historic surroundings in Lower Town. Ask or a room with a view of the harbor or the park across the street.

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Hôtel Belley

Why it made the list

Calling all backpackers! This modest hotel is for you. Above Belley Tavern, this modest hotel (built in 1842) attracts a friendly crowd of young international travelers and assorted hippies. The location is convenient; a stone's throw from the VIA train station and the Marché du Vieux-Port. Most of the fun happens on the sidewalk terrace, where they serve local craft beer. Local tourist attractions are nearby.

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Hayden's Wexford House B&B

Why it made the list

Comfortably removed from the torrent of tourists, yet only a short walk from all the Lower Town sites. This amiable B&B is within 100 meters of the Saint Lawrence River, close to the 17th-century fortress of La Citadelle de Québec and the Vieux-Québec historic district. As a perk, the friendy hosts dispense excellent advice on what to see and do during your stay.

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Auberge St-Antoine

Why it made the list

Where luxury and history collide—and the outcome is magic. The Auberge Saint-Antoine is the pride of Lower Town, just outside the fortifications. It’s part of the exclusive Relaise & Château network, so standards (and prices) are high. Tourists like the proximity to art galleries, antique stores, boutiques, historic sights and 17th and 18th century architecture. Their restaurant is world-class, so be sure to make a reservation before you arrive.

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