Treat yourself to a Magical Castle Getaway in the heart of Historical Quebec city!
On December 20th 2021, the Québec government announced a series of new measures (see this PDF for details) effective immediately to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, including the closing of non-essential indoor activities such as performance venues, gyms, bars, movie theatres, casinos and spas.
However, for those in need of a short break or vacation, outdoor activities , museums and hotels do remain open…
If you are searching for a magical destination that is close to Montreal and that will add a touch of luxury and culture to your getaway, this Holiday season, treat yourself or your loved ones to a Royalstaycation at the iconic Château Frontenac in the heart of old Quebec city!
GETTING THERE :
Just a brisk two and a half hours drive between Montréal and Québec City, you may start your journey by taking a scenic drive along the Chemin du Roy (Québec Route 138), the King’s Road, that follows the panoramic edge of the St. Lawrence River, or Seaway.
The road starts in Montreal , passes through several villages, enters Portneuf, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and OldCap-Rouge and finally winds through the scenic streets of Old Québec city.
WHERE to EAT:
Before entering Old Québecbe sure to stop by the neighboring suburb of Ste-Foy to enjoy a tasty meal, purchase take-out, buy groceries or shop for local speciality food products at the District Gourmet – the latest luxury food court, (a 40 million dollar project ), that is currently quite the talk of the town.
WHERE to STAY:
CASTLE GROUNDS and HISTORY
The Château Frontenac has managed to offer its guests ‘le Château life’ over the past 125 years!
Opened in 1893, history buffs revel in the hotel’s amusing salute to its namesake, Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac and Governor of the Quebec colony, New France, who saved Quebec city in 1690 from admiral Phips…
His dashing portrait welcomes new arrivals in the lobby. Other historical artifacts and decorations brings you on a journey back in time: a 300 – year-old stone is marked in the hotel’s vaulted foyer; several original French coat-of-arms are hung throughout the hotel, and 17th and 18th century wine bottles and cuttlery, found during the excavation of the site, are on display in specially designed cases on the bottom floor museum, that is open year round and free of charge to all visitors.
Featured among the top 10 Canadian hotels, Le Fairmont Le Château Frontenac stands out not only for its impressive castlelesque exterior, but also for the unforgettable experience it brings to each of its guests.
A true iconic figure, this grand castle hotel is dramatically positioned atop Cap Diamant overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec: one of the oldest fortified walled cities in North America and a UNESCO National and World Heritage site.
It is a brisk 3-minute walk from Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec and 8 minutes’ walk from charming artisan boutiques in the Petit Champlain neighborhood. It is also close to the Museum of Civilization of Quebec that is currently hosting it’s latest exhibit: Pompeii: Immortal City.
Reknowned for its attentive service, expansive common areas, locally inspired dining, and famous bars and lounges, the Fairmont promises to deliver thoughtful luxury that will be remembered long after your stay.
Best of all, the Castle has a new butler service , an entire roster of special events ( subject to covid-regulations ) and gorgeous decorations up for the Holiday Season !
ROOMS with EXCEPTIONAL AMNETIES and SERVICES,
Many famous people have made the Château Frontenac their residence during their time in Québec City. From Queen Elizabeth II to Céline Dion, via Princess Grace of Monaco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney and Charlie Chaplin, celebrities have made the Château Frontenac their “home away from home”.
Despite its 610 rooms, TheFairmont Château Frontenac has been able to rank alongside the best boutique hotels in the country, confirming that the service offered, is just as personalized as the service offered in smaller establishments.
The castle – hotel offers sophisticatedrooms with traditional or contemporary decor, plus flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi (extra fee), and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms offer beautiful river views and some have comfy sitting areas.
Executive and Heritage Suites include living rooms, additional bedrooms and/or marble bathrooms.
Le Château Frontenac’s New Butler Service Is Redefining Luxury In Quebec City:
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac has recently launched a brand new butler service that will certainly set new standards for luxury service in Quebec City.
Guests will be able to make any spontaneous requests ( within reasonable legal limits) or ideas come to fruition through this service, learn localsecrets ( that regular visitors are not privy to), obtain personalized itineraries and receive one-on-one services that will make guests feel like an intimite family member.
Simon Bovoli,an outstanding member of Les Clefs d’Or de Canada; an “elite fraternity of hotel concierges” that arededicated to exceptional guest services – is also the current Director ofthe Fairmont Gold butler service, as well as the concierge services at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.
He has been serving client’s most ecclectic desires for over a decade and has enabled a fair share of whimsical guest requests: From facilitating last minute catamaran trips to impromptu weddings – He fully thrives on the idea of fulfilling guest’s wildest dreams and offering them unique experiences in and outside of the hotel grounds.
According to Bovoli, the goal of the new butler service at Le Château Frontenac serves as a combination of making guests feel automatically at home, while also elevating the hotel and Quebec City itself to be a more luxurious experience for a wide dispora of guests.
Ready to book your own personalized butler service at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac?
The service has been available as of November 24th in the four executive suites of the hotel and by next summer 2022, this exclusive service will also extended to the heritage suites.
The Fairmont brand has developed a rich tradition of hospitality through warm service and attention to detail tailored to guest preferences and passions.
For the Holiday season , the entire lobby , restaurants and various hallways have been decked with gorgeous decors some in the service of philanthropic projects: ( see pictures below:)
Guests are also charmed by the recent renovations , decorations and the quality of the culinary experiences offered on site with the upscale Champlain restaurant, wine bar 1608, and the Le Sam bistro.
Breakfast is served in Place Dufferin cafe with sweeping river views.
Other hotel amenities include a spa, a fully decked fitness center and an indoor pool. (Currently closed until furthur notice , due to current covid regulations.)
For more information on booking a stay*** at the Faimont Chateau Frontenac, please visit their official website :
*** Your experience at Le Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac may be a bit different than most are accustomed to – changes may include physical distancing; mandatory screening for all guests and employees, which may include a temperature check; and face coverings mandated for all guests and employees in all indoor public spaces.
For more information, please visit ALLSafeandWell.com.
NOTE: The situation is evolving rapidly so it is recommended that you consult official government resources regularly and that all travelers review guidance from the World Health Organization and follow any travel advice issued by their home countries.
About the FAIRMONT Brand:
With more than 75 locations around the world, Fairmont proudly sits at the heart of local communities and is a mobilizer in the area of sustainable development.
Since 1907, the prestigious addresses of Fairmont, with incomparable refinement, offer their guests authentic experiences and ensure them unforgettable moments. The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, the Fairmont San Francisco, the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are just a few examples of these iconic luxury hotels, forever associated with the exceptional settings that welcome them.
Fairmont is part of the Accor group, a world leader in augmented hospitality, which offers unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences in 110 countries.