The Château Frontenac is the focal point in Old Quebec City. It can be seen from anywhere in the upper or lower town. Its perfect location offers a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence river.
It was named after the Governor of the colony of New France, the count of Frontenac.
It also just happens to be a luxury hotel, currently managed by the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. The hotel opened in 1853. It did have a recent sprucing up for the Quebec's 400th year celebration.
I just love the stunning architecture of the building, the copper turrets, red brick and interesting heights of all the tiny roofs. You just can't appreciate how grand it really is!!
This is a shot under the passageway, which just screams Euorpe to me. Inside you find the grand entrance, lined with a row of about eight flying flags. And there is a pristinely dressed doorman the help with your ever need.
If I could afford to stay here, I would in a heartbeat. The rooms are to die for and I can just imagine the view from a room on an upper floor. The hotel boasts four restaurants, an indoor pool and a health club.
But, I am a budget traveler, so I stayed nearby, about a block up the road. And the good news, I was able to appreciate its beauty and European details from anywhere in Old Quebec City, for free.
If interested, you could most likely find packages or specials available for rooms with no view (what would be the point) for about $160 a night off season. Rooms with views can go upward of $500.
1 rue des Carrières
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