One of my favorite places in the world is Quebec City, Canada. This quaint, historic city feels European but it is a relatively easy trip from our home in Massachusetts.
Disclosure: Our stay at the Hotel Chateau Laurier was complimentary for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
Earlier this month, my family visited Quebec City for a family vacation. In the few times I’ve visited Quebec City, I’ve stayed both in and out of the walled city – even in the local suburbs of Sainte Foy and Beauport.
But for my first visit to Quebec City with kids, I knew that we wanted to be near the action. I really wanted to be able to easily walk to the various restaurants, shops, and attractions in the city.
So, I was happy to find that the tourism department of Quebec had set us up with a fabulous hotel right on the Grande Allee – the Hotel Chateau Laurier. I had seen the conveniently-located Chateau Laurier several times during my trips and was looking forward to staying there.
Review of the Hotel Chateau Laurier
The Hotel Chateau Laurier is located in a prime spot between the Plains of Abraham and the Grande Allee right near the wall. We pulled up to the front of the hotel, where we were immediately greeted by friendly valets (self-parking is also available).
The lobby of the hotel is bustling, with a bell stand, concierge, front desk, rental car desk, seating area, and wine vending machine (more on this later). We were guided through several hallways to the elevators that brought us to our room. I later learned that this series of hallways is due to the fact that the hotel has added on over the years.
The Rooms at the Hotel Chateau Laurier
The Hotel Chateau Laurier offers several room classes to choose from – express, standard, superior, and deluxe, along with suites. Our room was a superior room and was located in the newer part of the hotel overlooking the Plains of Abraham. The room was modern and clean and featured a long desk/bureau, a flat-screen television, and a small seating area.
We didn’t spend too much time in the room, but it was definitely large enough for the four of us. The room contained a small mini-fridge, an iron, two queen beds, and a hairdryer.
In-room WiFi is available for an additional fee. I’d recommend booking this class of room unless you really aren’t spending much time in the room at all. It’s big enough for everyone and is fairly reasonable.
The Location of the Hotel Chateau Laurier
Once the valet parked our car at the hotel, we didn’t need it until we were checking out. The location of the Hotel Chateau Laurier was perfect for us. For a quick meal, we could just walk outside our door to the Grande Allee, which is lined with sidewalk cafes.
The walled city was just a five to ten-minute walk away. Although our room overlooked the largest stage of the Festival d’Ete Quebec, which was taking place while we were there, we hardly heard any noise. If you are planning to visit the summer festival, this location would be absolutely perfect because it’s so convenient.
You will have to walk into the walled city, but it really is an easy walk. Quebec is such a gorgeous walking city, and it’s much more convenient to walk rather than drive.
The Amenities at the Hotel Chateau Laurier
The Hotel Chateau Laurier offers a wide array of amenities, including self and valet parking, concierge service, a rental car desk, a restaurant, an indoor pool, a sauna, two four-season outdoor jacuzzis, and an exercise room. Everything you need is right there.
One afternoon, exhausted after exploring the city all morning, we headed to the indoor pool. Although the water was chilly, the kids had a great time, and it was a nice way to relax (mommy headed to the hot tub and sauna after a dip in the pool).
Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Chateau Laurier, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Old Quebec.
You can learn more about the Hotel Chateau Laurier on their website.