Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Pros

  • A Quebec City landmark in the heart of the Old City
  • Elegant rooms, some with fantastic views
  • Beautiful indoor pool with Jacuzzi and steam rooms
  • Fitness room with modern equipment (machines have individual TVs)
  • Formal dining and sweeping views at Le Champlain
  • St. Laurent Bar and Lounge has live jazz once a week
  • Grand common spaces

Cons

  • The hotel is a destination, so lobby is often full of non-guests
  • Rooms less luxurious than at many other Fairmonts, and may feel like a letdown after viewing grand exterior
  • Some rooms are tiny (they start at 175 square feet)

Bottom Line

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.

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 Location

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.

  • 25-minute drive from Quebec City Jean Lesage Airport
  • 3-minute walk Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral (built in the 17th century)
  • 8-minute walk to Maison Chevalier, a historic home to Jean Baptiste Chevalier and museum
  • 8-minute walk to Place Royale
  • 8-minute walk to Quartier du Petit Champlain -- the oldest commercial district in North America
  • 10-minute walk to Citadel de Quebec -- the historic military base and city landmark
  • 11-minute walk to Musee de la Civilisation
  • 11-minute walk to House of Parliament
  • 4-minute drive to Musee National des Beaux Arts
  • 4-minute drive to Battlefields Park where the British won control of Quebec
  • 5-minute drive to nightlife central on Rue Saint-Jean
  • 18-minute drive Mount Morency Falls Park and its 275-foot waterfall

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 1 Rue Des Carrieres Quebec, G1R4P5 Canada

Room Types

  • Deluxe Old City View Room
  • Fairmont Gold Room
  • Fairmont Room
  • Moderate Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 618
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Address: 1 Rue Des Carrieres Quebec, G1R4P5 Canada
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