With parenthood often comes a radical shift in priorities, even when it comes to travel: the amenities and services that used to top your list of requirements give way to a quest for family-friendly features. For new parents, basics such as a genuine welcome, or a bathroom with an actual bathtub (and not only a shower) can change the entire accommodation experience. For those with older kids, a pool, on-site activities, or the availability of board games may guarantee a happy stay. The correct choice of location is key, too: some prefer to stay right in the center of things, while others seek the proximity of nature or even just the mundane convenience of a large parking lot. Whatever your style of family travel, the following accommodations, which range from the smaller, boutique option to the big brand hotel, have features and services that will make you comfortable and your kids happy.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
This 19th-century castle-like structure is the most renowned Quebec City icon—by far. Both a tourist attraction and one of the city’s finest hotels, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has just been through a major renovation process. Brand new restaurants and menus, carefully updated décor, hundreds of rooms that each feel unique, and breathtaking views over the river and the city all contribute to the incomparable character of the hotel.
Hôtel du Vieux-Québec
This hotel, located right in the heart of the Old City, has something for everyone: Design buffs love the setting that blends rustic and modern; couples snuggle up in the luxurious rooms, some of which come equipped with a fireplace; families appreciate how they feel welcome; eco-conscious travelers are impressed by the hotel’s wide range of environmental efforts; and food lovers are crazy about the hotel’s restaurant, Tournebroche, a modern rotisserie that serves outstanding organic roasted chicken and the city’s best crèmes brûlées.
Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
Located in Wendake, a Huron-Wendat village 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City, Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is bound to surprise and please the whole family. The four-star hotel’s modern design style features striking woodwork and accessories inspired by aboriginal architecture and crafts. Adjoining the hotel is a museum that showcases fascinating First Nations artifacts and offers a full family-activity program. Surrounding the complex are gardens, hiking trails, and a river that all the rooms overlook. It is a destination in itself, with the benefit of proximity to the city as well.
Hôtel Le Port-Royal
This close-to-everything all-suites hotel is the perfect family pied-à-terre. All contemporary suites are unusually large for the area, with handy kitchenettes, dining tables and work desks—features that create the feeling of a comfortable small apartment rather than an anonymous hotel room. Larger suites with full kitchens can accommodate up to six people. Design details such as stone and brick walls add to the charm of this refined, best-value lodging option in Quebec City’s historic Old Port.
Le Bonne Entente
Just off the bridges on the western side of the city, this large hotel offers a variety of rooms with different personalities, from minimalist urban suites to cozy rooms with romantic four-poster beds. Whatever the style favored by visitors, all benefit from the same outstanding services that make it worth its four-diamond rating. A heated outdoor pool, full service spa, top-notch meeting rooms, and free Wi-Fi please a wide range of travelers, from businesspeople to families.