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In the heart of the old city
The Fairmont is not just in the heart of the Old City, the hotel itself is a popular destination in the neighborhood. It's within walking distance of many popular tourist sights, and offers some of the best views of the Saint Lawrence River in the city. The nearest bus station is about a five-minute taxi ride away, or a 15-minute stroll.
Quebec City is a historic, walled metropolis with the charm, history, and architecture of a European capital, all set at the top of Cape Diamond. The views out over the cliff are beautiful, as are the city's buildings and cathedrals. The city also has a healthy nightlife scene, and during the summer, the party goes on every night. The European feel and sensibility of the city mean that shopping is a worthy endeavor, especially in the boutiques of the Old City. But the weather in the winter is snowy and extremely cold.
The 618-room Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a grand and ornate Quebec City landmark. It's housed in a 19th century castle, which was used as a stopover destination for Canadian Pacific Railway riders, and is full of ornate design features, such as a grand double staircase, wood paneling, coffered ceilings, and chandeliers. Rooms are elegant, and some have fantastic river views, but they start at just 175 square feet, and feel a bit less luxurious than those at many other Fairmont properties. They're are still perfectly lovely for a four-pearl hotel, but guests may need to manage their expectations after viewing the much grander exterior. Amenities include a beautiful indoor pool with Jacuzzi, steam rooms, and a fitness center. Le Champlain is a fine dining restaurant with sweeping views, and the St. Laurent Bar has live jazz once a week. Some guests might be turned off by the tourists milling about the lobby, but this is still one of the most luxurious options in Old City.