Montreal/Quebec City Trip Report Part 3: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Review

Fairmont viewed from the boardwalk

We drove to Quebec City on Sunday morning (after a stop for Montreal bagels). I booked the Fairmont Chateau Le Frontenac, the famous hotel that’s in all the pictures of Quebec City. It was priced at $542 per night using American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. Using a $200 credit for each room plus the added perks of breakfast, $100 property credit, early check-in and an upgrade for each room brought the cost down to a manageable number for one night.

We arrived around 1:30pm and were able to check in. We were given two adjacent King River view rooms. I just assumed they were the same, but actually, our daughter and her friend ended up with a much bigger room. I didn’t get any pictures of their room, but here are some pictures of our small but comfortable room.

The hotel is beautiful and well-maintained, despite being very old. Part of it used to be the governor’s house (both the French one then the British one) and over the years, the hotel has combined several nearby buildings into one massive complex. It has 611 rooms and it seemed like all of them were occupied the night we were there.

Fairmont lobby

We went to the bar to use our property credit before dinner and had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. We ordered drinks and they were very good. Despite the prices, we still didn’t quite use up both of our credits.

Fairmont bar

Breakfast was served downstairs in the Place Dufferin restaurant. It was a buffet plus omelets made to order, and you could order specialty coffees from the wait staff. Everything was fresh and tasty. I’m not sure how much the buffet costs if it’s not included, but I’m guessing it’s north of CAD$40 per person given the prices of everything else at the hotel. I didn’t get any pictures of breakfast as it was quite busy when we visited.

We loved being right in the middle of old town Quebec City. We walked just about the whole town, and I even walked down to the fort for some more pictures.

The next morning after breakfast, my wife and I walked down to the docks and took the funicular back up to the hotel.

Funicular was CAD$4 per ride – cash only

Valet parking was CAD$45, and we received our car quickly on Monday morning when we left for Montreal around 10:30am. There aren’t too many North American FHR properties that are worth the cost (outside Las Vegas), but I would add this one to the list if you are planning to visit the area. For one night, we certainly got good value and enjoyed our stay at this bucket-list hotel.

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