The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec
The Hotel Chateau Frontenac is one of the most famous Quebec City Attractions. As our loyal readers among you know, we are often in Quebec, a Canadian city that we particularly love for its well-preserved historic cityscape, excellent cuisine and the many interesting places to be discovered there. One of them is the Chateau Frontenac, which towers like a castle on the Cap Diamant above the St. Lawrence River, at the point where the river widens and flows around the Ile d'Orleans. A visit to the Chateau Frontenac is already a tradition with us and is part of every stay in Quebec. Not that we really want to stay there. No, we would rather get to know new hotels so that we can introduce them to you. But sniff the history of the city a little, immerse yourself in the traditional ambience of the hotel, experience the flair of a grand hotel, there just has to be time. And we always take it. And the Chateau Frontenac delivers this to us every time.
|View from the MV Louis Jolliet to the Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
The Chateau Frontenac from the St. Lawrence River
The best way to see the Chateau Frontenac on a boat trip on the St. Lawrence River. The MV Louis Jolliet, which turns its rounds daily under the cliffs of Cap Diamant, passes through the harbor area of Quebec and turns at the Montmorency Falls to head back into the city, offering many beautiful views of the Chateau Frontenac. The boat departs from Chouinard Pier in Quebec and offers a variety of boat cruises on the St. Lawrence River, always overlooking the Chateau Frontenac.
|The Chateau Frontenac from the Place d'Armes © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
The Chateau Frontenac on the Place d'Armes
However, the chateau is not only worth seeing from the river. Particularly impressive is the Chateau Frontenac of Old Quebec when you are directly in front of the Place d'Armes. Towering over the central square of the Upper Town of Quebec, it stands out with its battlements and towers, and impresses with its size alone, which dominates the entire square. Quite a few tourists seeing this for the first time are overwhelmed by it and try to capture it from all perspectives on their camera.
|Boutiques and galleries on the ground floor of Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
Boutiques, galleries and shops in Chateau Frontenac
The luxury hotel is worth a visit, even if you do not stay there. On the ground floor are numerous shops and boutiques offering typical Canadian handicrafts. We always like to look at the Inuit works that are offered in various stores. There are also galleries displaying paintings by local artists, as in most Fairmont hotels in Canada. Since you can get a good overview of what is currently in the art of the region announced.
|Elegance of a Grand Hotel in Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
The elegance of a grand hotel in Chateau Frontenac
One floor up you reach the lobby area, which looks very elegant with its long walls and ceilings paneled with wood. Lush floral decorations, box trees in terracotta pots, heavy wooden tables made of precious woods and decorated with mosaic stones adorn the long corridors and convey a touch of the "good old days". Here you feel transported to the times when the "white ships" transported the members of the American Haute Volée up the St. Lawrence River, and when Churchill, Roosevelt and other important representatives of the international political arena gave themselves the honor at this hotel.
|In the elegant bar in the Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
A bar with a great view in Chateau Frontenac
In order to get a taste of the American nobility, we choose the bar of the Chateau Frontenac for our obligatory break during the city tour of Quebec. From there you have a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River and the offshore island of Ile d'Orleans, which we enjoy in the pleasant ambience of the bar. Although there is a small bistro with a self-service counter on the ground floor of the hotel, we prefer the elegant atmosphere of the bar and the freshly mixed cocktails that are served there.
|Imaginative and tasty cocktails in the bar of Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
Tastier and more imaginative than the soft drinks in a self-service restaurant are the great cocktails of the bartender in the Chateau Frontenac in any case. They are more expensive than a Coca Cola in the hotel bistro, but they make your visit to the Chateau Frontenac something special. In the bar of the luxury hotel you can take a break in the life of elegant Quebec. We do this every time we are there.
Source: own research on site with the kind support of Tourism Quebec. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline