By Marie Asselin
January 07, 2015
Top Inns in Quebec City
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There are many benefits to choosing a cozy inn as accommodation: fewer rooms, individualized décor that makes each room look different from the next, and a nightly rate generally lower than that of hotels. In the best inns, visitors enjoy the comforting sensation of coming “home”. In fact, fans of this type of accommodation often make return visits to the same place, which gives them the impression of having a home base without the tedium of maintenance issues. The urban landscape of Quebec is well suited to inns: some are found in historic houses with charming architectural details, such as stone walls or fireplaces. Others are found in the midst of vibrant neighborhoods, allowing visitors to simply step outside in order to mingle with the locals. Whatever their style, all the inns listed below provide an attentive service that will make your lodgings in Quebec even more comfortable.

Auberge Place d'Armes

Auberge Château des Tourelles

A stay here lets visitors base themselves in one of the most atmospheric Quebec City neighborhoods, Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Impeccable accommodations vary in size from cozy, luminous rooms to studios and apartments. A large terrace at the top of the building allows guests to mingle and take in gorgeous views over the Lower Town and the surrounding mountains. A generous breakfast made fresh daily by the live-in manager is included in the room rate.

Petit Hôtel Kreighoff

Petit Hôtel Krieghoff, a quiet seven-room haven, sits above the renowned café of the same name on the popular shopping street rue Cartier. Visitors rub shoulders with locals while taking easy walks to major sights, such as Quebec City’s National Museum of Fine Arts or Battlefields Park. The rooms are simply but tastefully decorated, and some provide additional quirks, such as access to inner courtyard balconies. A generous $12 stipend is provided for breakfast at the coffee shop, which is renowned for its morning menu.

Auberge J. A. Moisan

Guests at Auberge J. A. Moisan earn very special bragging rights by staying above North America’s oldest grocery store, now one of the city’s finest gourmet shops. The auberge transports guests to an elegant Victorian era, and rooms provide the welcoming comfort one would expect from staying with family. Rates include extras such as indoor parking, breakfast, and afternoon tea.

Auberge L'Autre Jardin

Located in one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, Saint-Roch, Auberge l’Autre Jardin is a fair-trade inn owned by an international solidarity organization. Advocating sustainable and responsible tourism, the inn features eco-friendly amenities, comfortable rooms fitted with fair-trade furniture and decorated with artisan objects from around the world, and a generous buffet breakfast filled with local, mostly organic products.