I have to pinch myself to make sure it is really happening. I’m sitting in my room at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to stay in the “castle on the hill.” That’s what I thought it was back then when we came to Quebec City on a Family Vacation. As I grew older, it became that luxury hotel I would dream of staying in, until now.
Le Chateau Frontenac King Room – River View
On the sixth floor of the sprawling hotel was my cute little room overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The standard King room was everything I needed to warm up after exploring the old city on a crisp winter day.
The room had the following amenities:
- King bed
- Large desk
- Chair and ottoman
- Keurig coffee machine
- Closet with robes
- Mini bar ($)
- Snack bar ($)
- Water ($)
As a VIP guest that weekend I got a little surprise in the personalized Rose 31 Toiletries in my room, but guests can expect the same toiletries during their stay. It was nice not to worry about what toiletries were in the room since I was travelling carry-on only. I love these products, and there was no need to pack any of my toiletries on this trip.
I found the location of the closet was a bit odd, across the room by the window. Inside the closet was like a refrigerator, so I didn’t keep my clothes hung up in there because they were too cold.
I also found the room to be quite dark even when all the lights were turned on. I know the lack of modern features are part of the mystic of staying in a 125-year-old castle converted to a hotel, but other than lights and a cold closet the room was quite comfortable.
Packing for a Winter Escape
I had all the creature comforts you would expect from a Fairmont Hotel, a luxury robe, slippers and great toiletries, however, packing for a winter getaway in Quebec requires the right clothing. See our stylish winter packing list post and download a free checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
Want more information? Check out more reviews for the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac on TripAdvisor here.
Dining at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Dufferin Room – Breakfast
I enjoyed breakfast at the Dufferin room both days during my stay. It was just so convenient to head downstairs vs bundling up in all my winter gear and heading outside. The Dufferin Room features either an A-la-carte or buffet breakfast options. I just hit the buffet which had plenty of variety. Many healthy and not so healthy options were available including, eggs Benedict, an omelette bar, sausages, bacon, cheese, veggies, fruit, cereals and of course fresh pastries.
Bistro Le Sam
If you are looking for a little nightcap before heading to bed, the Bistro Le Sam was a great place to stop for a drink and late night nibbles. It had some pretty magnificent views of the St. Lawrence river so I’m sure it would have been a great spot for lunch too.
1608 Wine and Cheese Bar
I walked by the bar so many times and just couldn’t get a good enough shot (without bothering hotel guests) so I borrowed one from the team at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This is a cool spot to stop for drink, although Quebec has no shortage of place to eat and drink. That said, during winter, sometimes you just don’t want to bundle up in all your gear and a little beverage at this bar will certainly not dissapoint!
Other Hotel Amenities
I’m bummed I didn’t have a chance to get a treatment at the spa. It was just down the hall from my room on the sixth floor. The spa was recently renovated along with the pool and fitness facilities and would have completed my winter escapte at Le Chateau Frontenac. It gives me an excuse to come back again.
Pool & Fitness Facilities
Located on the sixth floor across from the Moment Spa the hotel features a large indoor pool and hot tub. For those planning to visit the hotel in the summer there was a large terrace too. The fitness facilities were also excellent with many cardio machines, free weights and there were fruit and water available at the towel station.
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Location
If you are planning a trip to Quebec City, no matter the time of year, the location of the hotel is just perfect. Steps from the funicular which takes you down to the little village filled with boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. It is also in the heart of the Old Quebec and all its attractions including:
- Quebec Parliment Building
- Old City
- Funicular of Old Quebec City
- Quartier Petit-Champlain
- Port of Quebec
- Quebec Aquarium
- Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park)
- The Citadel
- Quebec-Levis Ferry
- Museums National Historic Sites
Chateau Frontenac and Quebec’s Winter Carnival
I’ve been to Quebec twice during its annual Winter Carnival celebrations and being in the right hotel during this time of year is vital. My first trip I stayed at the Hilton Quebec City (see our review of the Hilton Quebec City here) located just outside the city walls and was steps from everything. I’m happy to report that the Chateau Frontenac is also a great hotel in Quebec City during Winter Carnival. Again I was just steps from Bonhomme’s Palace and all the winter fun.
Winter Carnival celebrations are located throughout the old city, and just outside the old city walls. are very accessible from the hotel. Just up the street and outside the old city walls. A straight walk up Rue Saint Louis (where the hotel is situated) will take you to Bonhomme’s Ice Palace and a few steps further you will be inside the Carnival grounds for all the fun activities. See this post for more fun from Winter Carnival: Childhood Dreams Come True at Quebec City Winter Carnival.
Winter Activities to Book From the Hotel
Other winter excursions I encourage you to look into or arrange with the Chateau Frontenac’s concierge include:
- Visit the Siberia Station Spa: Winter Relaxation at Siberia Station Spa Quebec City
- Tour the Ice Hotel: Dream Inside the Ice Walls of the Quebec City Ice Hotel
- Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing on the Plains of Abraham
Luxury Ice Fishing Fairmont Style
Visit the Village Nordic and be sure to ask for the Fairmont Ice fishing igloo. Luxury ice fish in this cosy space filled with furniture and warm furs, blankets and a heater.
I’ve had a few winter escapes in the province of Quebec here are a few other ideas for your trip planning:
- A Luxury Winter Escape: Guide to the Best of Charlevoix Quebec
- Easy Luxury Winter Escape at Fairmont Richelieu Quebec
- Winter Escape Germain Hotel Charlevoix
For more winter travel ideas in Canada see our post Tips for Planning a Dream Canadian Winter Getaway.
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