Where in North America can you sleep inside a walled city? Quebec City of course. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain it is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico. A UNESCO World Heritage treasure, it is walkable, filled with history and every corner offers a new “old” Vista. Whether built in stone by the French until 1759 or brick by the English afterwards each building is part of the story that makes up Old Quebec. When choosing a Quebec City hotel for my first visit there is only one place I want to be and that is in the heart of Old Quebec. Les Hotels Nouvelle-France offers four small boutique properties to choose from all within walking distance of each other and it is at one of these that I will call home while I explore Quebec City.
Hotel Acadia is the property I have selected for my stay. As Quebec City hotels go the location is amazing. Easy walking distance to all the charms of Old Quebec plus a short 10-minute walk up the Grand Allée where many great restaurants and bars are located. From Old Quebec, you can take the Funiculaire down to Vieux Port and explore more shops and restaurants and then return via the Funiculaire. In my opinion, you have to do this at least once.
I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. First I need to check in. Parking in Old Quebec is a challenge so I’m glad the Hotel Acadia offers Valet. I pull up front, grab my bags and hand over the keys never to use them again until it is time to head to the airport.
I’ve arrived a tad early and my room isn’t quite ready so I’m invited to enjoy the rooftop patio and sitting lounge. NOTE: the Hotel Acadia does not have an elevator so be ok with stairs. Up I go to a little oasis on the 2/3 floor. A great place to write, read or just enjoy a cup of coffee away from the crowds. Trust me Old Quebec can get busy, so this patio oasis may be the perfect refuge for you.
In a short while my room is ready so I head up to it. Check out this one-minute video tour of my room. The walls are made of stone and I can’t stop touching them.
While the room structure is older, the furniture and amenities are more contemporary. Included is a Keurig coffee machine, two small flat screen TV’s, WiFi and a minibar fridge hidden in the wardrobe. Did I already mention I can’t stop touching the old stone walls?
Come breakfast time it is a short walk to Feu Sacre, part of Les Hotels Novelle-France and included in my stay. A breakfast buffet is served that includes crepes and baked beans. Yum!
This is where I am based for my Quebec City adventures and I couldn’t be happier. What does the city have in store for me? You’ll have to read about it to find out!