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Hotel 71 3.5

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Pros

  • Excellent central location in Old Quebec with restaurants and shops nearby
  • Large rooms have hardwood floors and tile bathrooms with rainfall showerheads
  • Authentic Italian cuisine, cocktails, beers, and wine at stylish Restaurant Il Matto
  • Free continental breakfast with bread, croissants, fruit, cereal, and cheeses
  • Stunning rooftop terrace with views of Old Quebec
  • Some rooms have exposed brick walls, gorgeous views of St. Lawrence River, and rooftop decks
  • 24-hour fitness and business centers
  • Clefs d’Or concierge services 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Free bicycle rentals

Cons

  • Daily fees for valet and long-term parking
  • Some guests complain air conditioners are noisy
  • Room service available in evenings only

Bottom Line

The historic, 60-room Hotel 71 used to be the head office of the National Bank of Canada and is now an upper-middle-range boutique property with a beautiful Neo-classic exterior in the heart of Old Quebec. Super-stylish, minimalist rooms feature hardwood floors, large windows, Nespresso coffeemakers, and mini-fridges as well as handsome tile bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. Some rooms have terraces, kitchenettes, and exceptional river views. Italian dishes are served at the popular Restaurant Il Matto, and continental breakfast is free. Guests can borrow bikes and get expert tourist advice from the Clefs d’Or concierge. Guests looking to stay in the trendy Saint-Roch District may want to consider Hotel Pur, which has lower rates and ultra-modern interiors.

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Scene

A historic hotel with a beautiful design and exceptional rooftop terrace

This hotel's historic and stately 19th century Neo-classical building used to be the head office of the National Bank of Canada. Now, interiors have a modern, minimalist design that includes gray tile, colorful contemporary art, and high ceilings. Red or tan tufted furniture provides seating and there is one sitting area with a large stained glass window and detailed crown molding. Coffee, tea, and newspapers are available for free in the lobby. The upmarket, rustic Restaurant Il Matto has dark concrete floors, artsy glittering light fixtures, and dark wood chairs. Red accent walls look smart against the long mid-tone wood bar counter, which has a red-lit wall showcasing various liquor bottles. The restaurant draws guests from across Quebec City and from the hotel. Upstairs is a wonderful rooftop terrace with amazing views of Old Quebec, and hotel guests are predominantly couples. 

Location

In Old Quebec, surrounded by shops and restaurants

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Hotel 71 resides in the heart of historic Old Quebec with the Quebec Cruise Terminal, Place Royale, and Church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires within a five-minute walk. The Quebec Experience, Old Quebec Funicular, and Quebec-Levis Ferry Terminal are also around a five-minute walk from the hotel while the Seminary of Quebec is about a 10-minute walk away. There are restaurants and shops in almost every direction and the Museum of Civilization is just across the street. The trendy and artsy Saint-Roch neighborhood takes about 20 minutes to reach on foot, or less than 10 by taxi. The Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. Expect to pay additional fees for valet parking. 

Rooms

Chic and modern, with high ceilings and magnificent rainfall showerheads

All rooms offer 14-foot ceilings as well as large windows that provide lots of natural light. Clean lines define the minimalist aesthetic, as does a neutral color palette, and there are light hardwood floors throughout. These rooms are undeniably chic and contemporary, though some may find them a bit spartan as there's zero wall art. Tan bedspreads and curtains complement gray area rugs while red armchairs or pillows provide pops of color and the hardwood bed platforms are particularly stylish. Reading lights are built into headboards and flat-screen TVs sit on short dressers. Mini-fridges reside in the closets along with the bathrobes, and there are Nespresso coffeemakers on gray granite countertops. Some rooms have exposed brick walls and iPod docking stations while others have views of the St. Lawrence River and Cap Diamant. The Penthouse offers a fireplace, powder room, and kitchenette in addition to a rooftop deck with seating and exceptional views. Marvelous gray tile bathrooms are large, with speckled gray granite countertops and white round sinks. Gorgeous walk-in tile showers have rainfall showerheads while some bathrooms also have separate tubs. Pharmacopia toiletries are provided, but some bathrooms only have showers. Past guests have complained that the air conditioners are loud.

Features

Italian restaurant and free breakfast plus a proper business center

Authentic Italian cuisine that draws a mixed local-tourist crowd is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Restaurant Il Matto, and there is a bar with cocktails, beer, and wine. Additionally, all room packages include a free continental buffet breakfast with breads, fruit, croissants, cheeses, and cereal. Room service is only available for dinner, and the rooftop terrace offers stunning views of Quebec City. Limited cardio and weight equipment are provided at the  24-hour fitness center or guests can borrow bikes to explore the city. In-room massages can be arranged. The 24-hour business center has a computer and printer plus faxing services, and the hotel has conference space available. There’s also an Apple computer in the lobby for guest use and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Clefs d’Or Concierge services are provided, and car services can be arranged

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Address

71 Rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4A4, Canada

Phone

418 692-1171

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