We were on our way into the evening as my private car pulled up to what will be my humble abode for the next few days – a long weekend in a city that I waited way too long to visit. While checking in I had this distinct feeling that I just wandered into someone’s beautifully designed living room – and being the smallest in the Le Germain line of hotels, the intimate, boutique and homey feel, feels just right.
During my time in Quebec City, I discovered a place that was incredibly European yet totally Canadian.
With its World Heritage declared, walled old city and cobblestones streets, no other place in Canada is quite like this.
When I started planning where to stay in Quebec City – I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Le Germain Quebec.
The informative and attentive concierge at the front desk recommended this amazing local restaurant called Chez Rioux & Pettigrew – distinctively Quebecois and absolutely delicious.
Oh and one more thing…
While you consider your accommodation options I wrote a blog post called Beautiful Quebec City Weekend Getaway. It’s jammed packed with things to see, things to do and things to eat.
Le Germain hotel Quebec is located in the same neighbourhood that saw the birth of Quebec.
The 4 Star hotel was inaugurated in 1997 in the former office building of Dominion Fish & Fruit Limited. It was erected in 1912, and is located on Saint-Pierre Street in the heart of Quebec City’s historic Old Port district. In 2002 the hotel added 20 additional rooms to the 40 existing rooms and in 2010 the 40 original rooms were all renovated.
The rooms are designed with the client in mind. When I entered the room I was immediately reminded that I was in Quebec City, with the large pictures of the hotel’s facade spreading along the width of the bed above the bed head. That and the old radiator and old radio, I was also reminded that my humble abode was in a historic building.
Attention to detail and aesthetics are part of the DNA
The 60 rooms are made up of three different types and styles:
The Classic Room
- 285 sq. ft. with a queen bed (modern vintage style)
- 366 sq. ft. with a queen bed (contemporary classic style)
- 342 sq. ft. with two double beds (classic contemporary style)
- 299 sq. ft. with a king bed (modern vintage style)
- 344 sq. ft. with a king bed (modern vintage style)
- 370 sq. ft. with a king bed (contemporary classic style)
- 407 sq. ft. with a king bed (classic contemporary style)
Aside from the evening deliveries of cold bottled water, fresh ice and caramel chocolate – I love the small details, Le Germain Hotels allows their guests to sleep in. There is no checkout time when you book directly from their website or over the phone.
Speaking of the bed, the down hypoallergenic duvet was so heavy, that combined with the pillow and the mattress I felt like I was sleeping in a cocoon.
My room also came equipped had high-speed wireless internet, an in-room electronic safe, iron, ironing board, umbrella, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, Le Germain bathrobes and slippers and a Nespresso coffee machine with some delicious coffee capsules (for me) and Camellia Sinensis tea (For Gordana)
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One of my favourite things included in the cost of your room was the incredible breakfast. After having an incredible sleep waking up to delicious fresh food from local producers was the cream in my coffee.
Blending right into that homely, intimate living room feel guests serve themselves as if they were at home. For an extra charge, you can opt to get breakfast served in your room. They also offer options for those with allergies or food intolerances
Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. (in low season)
Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. (in high season)
Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., all year round.
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HOTELS LIKE NO OTHERS/Amenities
My brother, Andrew, who enjoys the five-star lifestyle would thoroughly enjoy the fact that during your time at Le Germain Hotel Quebec, you will have an ultra-comfortable Lexus to boot around in when those Quebec City hills prove to be too much to climb.
My yoga travelling friends over at My Five Acres will absolutely love the “Nama-Stay” video series available on the Le Germain blog which allows guests to get their downward dog on in the comfort of their hotel room.
Speaking of dogs my travelling friends over Travelnuity who travel everywhere with their dog Schnitzel will be pleased with the fact that well-behaved and well-trained dogs are also welcomed guests at all Le Germain properties.
Lastly, the hotel is equipped with universal charging stations, that include dedicated charging stations for Tesla vehicles.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Finally, Le Germain Hotel has two bright and contemporary meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technology available for events conferences and meetings.
Salon Germain (up to 80 people cocktail style): located on the ground floor
Espace D (up to 40 people cocktail style): located on the ground floor
This hotel is elegant and comfortable with fine attention to detail – which if you’ve ever stayed in a Germain Boutique-Hotel you’ll feel that sense of consistency right away.
The concierge is warm and knowledge and I strongly suggest you take up whatever restaurant they recommend – that said the food scene in Quebec City is incredible. Although completely renovated, it still has its charm and historic character yesteryear.
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