By Marie Asselin
December 15, 2014
Courtesy of Hôtel Auberge du Quartier

Hotels can make or break a vacation. Stay in a room even more comfortable than your own, in a hotel where employees know your preferences and learn to anticipate your needs, and you may never want to return home. Boutique hotels excel at providing such personalized service, often because of their smaller size and more intimate settings. Quebec City’s compact city center and historic buildings are perfect for hosting smaller hotels, and the city is indeed home to many outstanding boutique accommodations. The following hotels spare no effort to make you feel welcome: super comfy beds, in-room espresso machines, designer furniture, and top-quality breakfasts are the norm, and some rooms even offer exclusive touches such as private terraces and fireplaces. With all this comfort, you may not even want to go out, but if you do venture out, you will be steps away from the city’s best attractions, restaurants, and sights. So go ahead and indulge: your accommodation could become the best part of your trip.

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.

Hôtel 71

This modern hotel welcomes a slightly younger clientele who come for its sleek décor, central location in the Old Port, and outstanding concierge service. The hotel is located in a former bank head office: some rooms still show the former vault doors which, combined with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and open-plan bathrooms, create a sophisticated look that is sure to please urbanites.

Auberge du Quartier

Visitors who wish to experience Quebec City like a local should book a room at hidden gem Auberge du Quartier. Just off the most dynamic part of Grande-Allée, and right by one of the city’s best shopping streets, Rue Cartier, the hotel has a central location, yet it is quiet and provides an authentic local feel. The rooms are fitted with custom-built furniture and outstanding bedding, and some have fireplaces or balconies. The panoramic terrace on the roof and generous breakfast that features delicious local products add the final touches to a fantastic stay.

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.

Le Germain Dominion

The city’s most sophisticated hotel occupies Quebec City’s very first skyscraper, a nine-story building built in 1912. The hotel’s dark color palette perfectly harmonizes with the original stone walls, and the chic minimalism that characterizes both the rooms and the gorgeous lobby is sure to please the most discerning urbanites. The small number of rooms (60 total) ensures considerate service. Upper floors feature open views over the Old Port and the St. Lawrence River.