With its compact city center, cobblestone streets, historic architecture, breathtaking vistas, and many gourmet restaurants, Quebec City deserves a place in the list of most romantic cities in the world. Its compact geography makes it an ideal destination for a long weekend, during which couples can explore its main attractions on foot, strolling hand-in-hand. A wide range of one-of-a-kind experiences, from horse-drawn carriage tours to cruises, can also turn the passion up a notch. Even the weather adds to Quebec’s romance: a cold winter’s day is the best excuse to stay under the covers or snuggle by the fire! The following hotels, all located in historic buildings whose centuries old walls warm up the air, offer outstanding amenities and devoted concierge services that will make it their mission to exceed your expectations. They are perfect destinations for lovers looking for moments that will long remain etched in their memories.
Hôtel Le Priori
This Old Port hotel, housed in a building dating from 1726, is the epitome of the boutique hotel: its attentive service, calm atmosphere, decor mixing historic and modern touches, and fine dining gourmet restaurant all result in a plush atmosphere in which clients feel privileged. Standard rooms have walls of original stone or brick, while the superb suites, located in a separate building, are luxuriously appointed with fireplaces, whirlpool baths, terraces, or even an outdoor hot tub.
Built on the site of an 18th-century maritime warehouse, the award-winning Auberge Saint-Antoine seamlessly marries historic wooden beams, stone walls, and artifacts to its modern atmosphere to make for one of the most elegant yet coziest hotels in the city. Beautifully-appointed rooms pamper guests with luxurious linens, top-end amenities, and extras such as fireplaces and balconies with views. Service is attentive without feeling invasive. The hotel is also home to one of the city’s very best restaurants, Panache.
Le Saint-Pierre, Auberge Distinctive
Decorated in a modern rustic style that combines neutral tones and rich woodwork, the Saint-Pierre is a classic inn that offers an intimate and calm atmosphere. The 40-some rooms and suites have hardwood floors and walls of either stone or brick, and include many luxurious touches, such as espresso machines and down comforters. Breakfast is included, and the menu offers more than a dozen choices of hot meals, cooked to order.
In recent years, the Manoir Victoria hotel has been completely renovated to adopt a contemporary style with elegant touches that recall its Victorian past. It includes 156 rooms or suites, several reception and meeting rooms, a large indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, and a spa—characteristics that make it a versatile and extremely comfortable hotel. The hotel’s restaurant, Chez Boulay, is one of the best bistros in town.
If location is your primary requirement, Hôtel Clarendon should be your destination. The city’s oldest hotel, currently undergoing a rejuvenation process, has views of all the city’s most beautiful buildings and natural features. Want to live a memorable Quebec City experience? Book the “Romance” package, which includes breakfast in bed, dinner, and a horse-drawn carriage tour. And don’t forget to end your night at the hotel’s jazz bar, where live musicians create the perfect atmosphere for a drink en tête-à-tête.