From the moment I called to enquire about room availbility to the moment we checked out, we were met with nothing but good humour and friendliness, which really helped set the tone for our all-too brief cycling trip in the St-Jean-Port-Joli region. This motel is located right at the heart of the village in a beautiful site overlooking the St.Lawrence River. You can pay a little extra to get a room with a view or you can simply enjoy the motel's lovely grounds and beach access. The rooms are quite large, clean and comfortable, and they all include a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and free Internet access. Everything in the village (including a small market and several restaurants) is within walking distance, which makes it very convenient. My only regret is tat we only got to spend one night!
They offered to park our bicycles in their garage, which was great. The motel's grounds are also well laid out, with plenty of lawn chairs from which you can watch the sunset while sipping a glass of wine :o)
I didn't stay here but went to visit some friends that were staying there. The hostel is at the edge of a small lake just a few minutes from Mont Tremblant village. You could certainly walk it, but if you're carrying equipment it is much easier to take the bus, which will drop you directly in front of the hostel.
The staff showed me one of the private rooms which was simple, but clean. Compared to the price of a hotel nearby its a good deal. You can also stay in shared rooms for much much less.
For those who haven't stayed at hostels before, this can be a very good budget alternative. Most of the people staying there are younger, but by no means is this obligatory. Shared kitchens and common areas make for some nice conversations and dinners. The cheapest alternative is the dorm rooms (usually single sex) but private rooms are available and some have family rooms.I found the level of quality and service at HI hostels in Canada very good generally.
Good discounts offered on bus rides and activities for those staying at the hostel.
The main reason why I picked this B&B was because it had a swimming pool, which I figured would be most welcome at the end of our bicycle trip - and it was! This Victorian home was built in 1912 and it features four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. We stayed in the one called "La Tour", which I think was the nicest one. The price for the room was $90. The property extends all the way to a cliff above the St. Lawrence River, and the new owners are in the middle of landscaping the gardens around the pool (these had been neglected in recent years). For breakfast we were given a choice between an omelette or French toasts, and both were delicious - exactly what we needed before getting back on the road! The only negative point I would raise about staying there is that there really isn't much to see and do in Lotbinière itself, not even one single restaurant! Luckily, the village market offered all we needed to fix ourselves a delicious dinner, which we ate out on the porch :o)
This small, family-owned motel is open from May to October, and it actually feels more like a B&B than a motel. We had a fun chat with the owner when we first arrived. She was curious to know where we were from, and although we were only about 50 km from home, she seemed impressed that we'd come on bikes. She obviously wanted us to enjoy our time there, so she showed us the path that leads down to the beach and told us where to get wood if we wanted to make a bonfire at night. Continental breakfast was included in the rate, and she pointed out that the muffins were homemade and that she baked a new batch everyday :o) Our room was very large, clean and comfortable. The style was a bit outdated, but that only seemed to add to the charm of the place. All this for only $75/night!
There's free Internet access available in all the rooms. There's also a mini-fridge, and pets are welcome.
We had a wonderful stay at this inn/"auberge". The staff was very easy going and helpful. The property is located on the shores of Témiscouata Lake at Notre Dame du Lac. Our short vacation will be remembered for a long time.
biking path, hiking, tennis,
A nice central location in the village of North Hatley; just across the the bridge when driving into town. Less than a two minute walk from restaurants, stores and the park.
The building itself is a large 1904 house, with 12 rooms that are air conditioned. The decor is simple and there is no TV in the room. This is in a large common room on the 1st floor. It is a 3-star establishment.
The hotel is four stories tall and has no elevator, so not recommended for the mobility impaired. There is minimal on site parking, but there is ample street parking nearby.
An auberge is an inn in French, and this old building is an old inn with a chocolate them.
The breakfast (included in the room price) had a chocolate theme - rather unique
I can only say this, this hotel is by far the best stay I've ever had. I'm not saying this because they upgraded my room for free as well. The staff was classy, helpful and top notch in every form. I am not a suit-and-tie type of patron, I'm simply into castles by which this beautiful hotel did not disappoint.
I highly recommend a stay at this beautiful castle/hotel upon every regard. The employees conveyed to me that this is the "best" hotel in Quebec and they were more than proud to work there and it showed; trust me.
I will always behold fond memories of Le Chateau Frontenac.
Beautiful Castle, hands down; excellent and courteous staff.
Our stay at the Hilton was superb! The concierge was super helpful and the breakfast in the Executive Club is still with me! Thinking about the chocolate filled croissants still make my mouth water.
Rooftop Garden, Fish ponds and Swimming pool! Access to the Underground without leaving the building.
Well, in Quebec, the letter W doesn't always get the respect it deserves, with the majority of Quebec citizens disagreeing with President George W. Bush, however in Montreal, the W is welcomed.
W hotels definitely cater to a niche market of high end business travelers, who also like to enjoy very overpriced drinks and food in a swanky techno induced frenzy.
During two recent trips to Montreal, we stayed in the W, which for all intents and purposes is a wonderful hotel. My only real issue with it is how expensive this wonderful hotel is. Rack rate for the room I stayed in was 559 dollars, and came with much of the same stuff you would expect, a bed, a shower (which did not have a door), pillows, a toilet, and a mini bar. It was comfortable, spacious, and had some peaceful jazz playing. Water was a whopping $8 a bottle, and a bag of peanuts were $12!
This was however the most comfortable bed I have slept on in some time, so if you are able to find a great rate, I would stay here at least once in your life! The hotel was well within walking distance of alot of main attractions in Montreal, although in the middle of winter, I would recommend taking a taxi, or the metro system, as it was quite chilly in December!
The facility did have a gym, which was located on the bottom floor, and had free weights, treadmills and elliptical machines.
Le Refuge Morin-Heights is located in the heart of Quebec's spectacular Laurentian Mountains, less than an hour's drive from Montreal. The inn boasts 27 comfortable rooms and offers a wide range of spa services, including exterior saunas and baths. Le Refuge can accommodate corporate meetings of up to 20 people with the possibility of renting out the entire inn for the ultimate in privacy.
Le Refuge was completely renovated and modernized in 2004. Owner Steve Reid is continuously working to render his vision of the ultimate relaxing experience into a reality. This Laurentian inn features a dinning room, six different types of rooms, spa services, business facilities, and most importantly, tranquility and privacy.
Le Refuge is not only a beautiful inn where you can take advantage of Morin-Heights' many activities, but also the ideal place to relax and be pampered. Their outdoor spa includes a cold-water bath, a hot whirlpool, a wet and a dry sauna. This Quebec Scandinavian spa is a gem in every sense. A wide array of spa services includes massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Their Finnish sauna will cleanse your body of impurities and leave you feeling wholesome. Best of all, your nightly stay will allow you to enjoy the wonderful experience of outdoor baths and saunas under the stars.
Designed to accommodate up to 20 people, the conference room at Le Refuge is equipped with modern technology that facilitates business meetings. It is adjacent to the main dining room and welcomes abundant natural light and a panoramic view that takes your breath away. Its meeting facilities are ideal for corporate gatherings or a team building trip for small groups.
Auberge & Spa Le Refuge in Morin-Heights offers a variety of services that can satisfy the expectations of every visitor. It combines the privacy of an inn, the delight of a spa, and the convenience of conference rooms into one easy package.
Our most recent trip to the Province of Quebec took place in October, 2006 when we had to drive from New Brunswick to Ottawa, Ontario to attend a wedding. We were late getting underway for this 10-hour drive and lost our sunshine as we hit a heavy rainstorm while passing Quebec City. We kept going for another hour before we decided to call it quits in the rain as darkness began to fall, pulling off into the small city of Drummondville to look for accommodations. The signs only showed two possible motels and the first one we saw was the Quality Suites. The building looked quite impressive, more ornate than the usual North American 'highway style' accommodations, but I decided to enquire as to availability and price anyway. I was surprised to hear a two bedroom suite would only cost C$127 (US$110), so we were very soon checked-in!
We were very impressed with the solid construction of the room, with heavy doors and drapes making the room almost sound-proof. This establishment is 100% smoke-free throughout with a charge of C$200 added to your bill if any whiff of the stuff is detected! The two rooms with Queen size beds were divided by French doors, with the furthest room (2nd photo) having an internet desk for use of their high-speed wireless connection system (I had my laptop with me). The main room had a large TV and DVD player as well as the kitchen fridge, microwave, sink, coffee-maker and dishes. The very nice bathroom had a special make-up mirror and a very good shower.
Continental breakfast came with the room and there is also a swimming pool and exercise room. Located next door is an A&W fast-food restaurant, a convenience store for basic grocery items and a gasoline-station. Only a couple of kilometres away is a large shopping area with major restaurants and stores, where we had our evening meal. Upon checking out in the morning, we were further surprised to be given our choice of a rose to take with us - it eventually adorned our suite in Ottawa for the remainder of our trip (3rd photo)!
In October, 2003 I attended an international conference in Montreal, sponsored by the Paris-based CIGRE organization (in English the 'International Committee on Large Electrical Systems'). Because they were using the conference facilities of the Delta Centre-Ville, that is where we stayed. I liked both the service and the location of the hotel - altogether a top-rate facility.
I have experienced quite a few different hotels in Montreal over the years and have found them all to be of quite a high standard. Unless you are really going cheap, you are likely to enjoy your time in the city!
The Delta is a 28-storey hotel with a circular restaurant on its top floor (we never made it that high) and we had a great view of the city from our 27th floor room. The room was very spacious and had a great king-sized bed.
We also took advantage of the underground parking at the hotel (US$13 per day). I also found that the restaurant on the main floor of the hotel was very good. As far as location is concerned, the Delta is only a few blocks away from the historic and picturesque Vieux Montreal area or you can strike out north for just a few blocks and you are into the underground-connected shopping maze in the modern core of the city. The room rate was US$100/night or $120 including taxes. The photo shows part of the roof-top restaurant peeking out to the left of the 'Delta' logo.
All of my previous trips to Quebec City had been due to either business meetings or just a one-night stop-over on the way home from Montreal or points further west. During this late-May, 2005 trip to the city, my wife's sister (Pauline) was visiting us from Cornwall, England. We had to come up with something a bit different for her visit, so we said let's spend a few days in Quebec City. No point in sparing the expense, or 'let's throw the cat another goldfish' as we would say in the Maritimes! We booked ourselves into a very nice Auberge (Inn) located in the heart of the walled-section of Quebec City.
This photo shows the pedestrian part of Ste Anne street running in front of Auberge Place D'Armes, with its small oval black sign. Adjoining it on the ground floor is a nice little restaurant, the Pain Beni, with part of its suspended red sign visible. We were located on the top floor overlooking both the street and the Chateau Frontenac hotel across the square.
Our bill, with taxes, came to C$350 (US$280) for three people for two nights. This included the extra person charge of C$20 per night.
Our room at Auberge Place D'Armes was very comfortable and well appointed. The main bed was great for a nice slumber (2nd photo) and, in European style, the TV was hung from the ceiling on a swivel arrangement to provide more useable space in the walking part of the room. To the right of the bed was a small washbasin and a full bath/shower with a dividing curtain from the remainder of the room.
The other end of the room (3rd photo) featured a real brick wall and contained a small couch which doubled as a pull-out bed. To the left on this photo, another very small room contained the toilet with a second washbasin and mirror. Our view out over the Place D'Armes toward the Chateau Frontenac was through two sets of windows to the right.
Since the Auberge is located on the pedestrian-only part of Ste. Anne street, we had no problems at all with noise. I imagine this would be a great spot during the summer months, with the sidewalk tables already set up on the street (but, this time, it was too cold and windy for anyone to use them) along with the stands of various artisans!
Located in Bassin on the southwest coast of the island of Havre Aubert, in the Iles de la Madeleine, this inn is a large old house with a great view of the nearby lighthouse off to its right (from this vantage point). The inn has nine well-decorated rooms and we were lucky enough to get one upstairs with a centre balcony overlooking the ocean. The lady who owns the inn has some trouble with her English, but between the two of us we had enough French and English to figure out what we were trying to say! This was the best accommodation we enjoyed on any of the islands during our week-long explorations of the archipelego.
It was fun sitting out on our 2nd floor balcony in the evening, sipping our wine as the ocean airs wafted by. As the light faded, we saw, in the distance, the cruise ferry "Vacancier" leaving for Montreal with its lights blazing. It reminded us of enjoying a similar view while in Cancun not too long before, watching the Cozumel cruise ships departing each night! This accommodation cost us C$161 including taxes (US$120) for one night with breakfast included.
The dining room (2nd photo) was very well decorated and had great window views over the Gulf. The breakfast we had in this spacious dining area was the best that we had during our trip. After serving yourself fresh orange juice, we had a fruit entree of blueberries, strawberries and cooked rhubarb around a scoop of sherbet. This was followed by the main course of French toast and strips of bacon as well as steaming hot coffee. The closer to the meal was a light merangue dish.
We had not booked this b+b, just turned up. Friends of the owner were washing down the deck and we were told " the owner is not here" but don't worry, come in, it's o.k. We were shown the rooms on a take your pick basis while 1 friend contacted the owner. Owner was in Montreal for the weekend, but no problem "it's 60 dollars, just leave the money on the table when you leave". We were speechless!!! We were also told everything for breakfast is in the fridge, Help yourselves. A great night's sleep, a good breakfast. Needless to say that when we left, the 60 dollars were left on the table, with a note of thanks, but we still haven't seen the owner!!!
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