One of North America’s oldest and most dazzling cities, Quebec City is a feast of splendid architecture, European history, military antiquity and picturesque cobblestone passages. Towering above all this magnificence is the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, an exquisite boutique hotel frequently voted one of the best in the world.
Originally built in 1893 by William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, and New York architect Bruce Price, the architectural style of the chateau is a mingling of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Named after the extravagant French governor Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac, the picturesque hotel that stands today has undergone many improvements and expansions over the years to keep up with the changing fashions of Quebec City. The end result is a hotel so grand and dazzling it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.
Whether you’re visiting for a night or a few weeks, the Chateau Frontenac will delight travellers looking for boutique accommodation in an old-world setting. With a prime location overlooking St. Lawrence River and with the popular Dufferin Terrace riverside boardwalk running along its ground floor, the Chateau Frontenac is as much a state-of-the-art hotel for travellers as it is a welcoming attraction for Quebec locals.
On entering the hotel, visitors are immediately reminded that they’re in French Canada. The distinct Parisian elegance Quebec City is known for is amplified with glamorous chandeliers, stately marble floors and stencilled ceilings that grace the interiors of the chateau to create a splendid feast for the eyes.
With 611 guest rooms and suites, a health club, a spa, ski shuttles to and from the surrounding ski fields, three restaurants and a Starbucks on site, it’s not just the architecture that lures countless visitors to the Chateau Frontenac every year.
A haven of hospitality is on the cards for all visitors, especially those who choose to stay in one of the specialty suites, named after prominent historical figures, like Churchill, Roosevelt, Trudeau Carter or Van Horne.
And if that’s not enough to tempt you, rest assured that many more celebrities have stayed at the Chateau Frontenac, including the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth.