I am back and I’m feeling better than ever! Why you may ask? Because I’m starting this year off the way I want to spend it… traveling! I kicked my first 2018 staycation off in Québec City… I can’t actually quite believe that I have never visited this story book town before, only 8 hours (drive) from Toronto and you find yourself wondering if you crossed a border at some point (you didn’t… your still in Canada). I felt right back at home (Yorkshire, England) with its winding cobblestone streets and little pubs. But the main attraction is something you really can’t miss (quite literally, it’s huge!) and that I had the absolute honour of laying my head, the STUNNING Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Now when I say stunning, I mean STUNNING… this place is legitimately a castle. Souring over the Old Port Québec, you are delighted to views and services fit for royalty, and if your a history buff like me… well this is your spot.
Located in central Old Port Québec, you are quite literally in walking distance to EVERYTHING. Take a stroll down the cobbled stone streets of Petit Champlain, wine and dine in Haute-Ville, or check out the historic sights such as the Basilique Cathedrale – Notre-Dame-de-Quebec… it’s all in walking distance.
The staff were warm and welcoming right from bonjour. The scene was set with their beautiful accents (you seriously don’t feel like your still in Canada) that whisk you through a quick and easy check in… Any questions or requests are no problem, these guys know their stuff. As an added bonus, in our room delicious treats were left waiting… how did they know I was hungry?
We had the privilege of staying in one of their newly renovated junior suites. Fun fact this location actually went through a $75 million renovation a few years back… and boy does it look good. All rooms are complete with the charming feel of the Fairmont brand, yet you are still well aware you are staying in a castle, but with the added luxuries of modern day. Our space was light and bright and deliciously cozy. We woke up to beautiful views of the famous copper roof and iced over St. Lawrence river.
Le Château Frontenac offers a wide variety of services and amenities. From the shuttles to the ski slopes of Stoneham ski resort, health and spa club which offers an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, kids pool, steam rooms, gym and for an additional cost spa services of your choice. To a historic tour of the hotel… which I highly recommend. This place has sooooo much history! You can actually stand in the room where Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King strategized D-Day!!
I was BLOWN away by the exquisite food. Firstly, their breakfast buffet Dufferin Terrace, offers anything and everything you could desire and is located in the most gorgeous hotel buffet room I have ever seen. Also fun fact, if you sit in the conservatory area of this buffet room you are actually sitting in what used to be their curling alley. The room service boasts an extensive menu, which may I suggest you try the pizza of the day. The chef uses different local cheeses which are drool worthy. Another fun fact, this hotel actually has its own cheese room filled to the brim with local delights. But the pièce de résistance is Bistro Le Sam. We enjoyed one of the most incredible culinary experiences I have ever had. We wined, we dined and laughed all night long. The highlight of our dinner was the most delicious cheese board which served 5 seriously generous portions of the most exquisite local cheeses I have ever tasted… and it was only $30!! I can’t even buy cheese at my local shop for even close to that. Le Château Frontenac also houses 1680 wine and cheese bar. Often competing in world wide mixology competitions, these bartenders know their stuff. Finally Champlain Restaurant which unfortunately I ran out of time to experience but I heard is just divine.
Whether you want action and adventure or a simple and relaxing staycation, Le Château Frontenac can most definitely cater to your needs. I can tell you one thing for sure… I will be back!