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A great B&B to stay. We stayed for two nights and Jean-Francois was an excellent host. We had the room at the top of the house and it was great. I was travelling with my son and we had plenty of room with two beds, and a sitting area. the kitchen was there if needed. Jean Francois gave us plenty of tips about the area and then we were left to ourselves but he was always on hand in needed I would highly recommend this B&B.
Heather and William Cooper
A remarkable stay in Quebec City
Jean Francois at the Gite aux Deux Lions is the quintessential host. We booked two nights at his gorgeous BnB at the start of a romantic week away. Our room was wonderful...the Quebec room, with attached bath, television, wireless access and small patio with private access. He has turned his home into a haven, with polished wood floors, sparkling appliances/sinks/showers, and extra room to breathe: front terrace for people watching, kitchenette with laundry facilities, and even a garage where he let us park our big ole' American SUV.
We enjoyed spending a little time getting to know our host after meeting him on our way in (on his way out...the Quebecoise go out way past my bedtime on a work night). His English is serviceable, and we enjoyed furthering our French skills with him.
Breakfast was four star, served with a smile.
The BnB itself is a short walk from the walls of the old city. We spent both days walking everywhere, and never felt we were too far from the action. We especially liked going a bit off the path in our "neighborhood" to some eateries that Jean Francois recommended...cheaper than the touristy places and packed full of locals.
You'll find that the Quebecoise are more than willing to speak English to you, if you first attempt the French (as we did, poorly...but with a smile). We even taught one server how to say a few choice English phrases...he never serves English speakers, since it's mostly locals in his restaurant.
If you stay in QC, stay here. Finding it is a breeze, your host is amazing, the facility is remarkable, and the breakfast will keep you full and away from spending too much on snacks all day long! :)
We cannot wait to revisit and meet our old friend again. Thank you, Jean Francois. You have a home in Indiana, should you ever decide to visit.
great place to stay
Very comfortable, attractive and SPOTLESS!!! Well located. We were able to easily walk to all the main historic sites, including the old city. Our host Jean Francois gave us good sight seeing suggestions as well. The breakfasts were tasty and healthy. The other guests fun to talk to and meet. The attentive company of our host during breakfast made it especially enjoyable. He is an excellent representative for the city of Quebec. Our host was especially nice in that on our last day we were not leaving the city until the evening by train. Jean Francois let us leave our bags with him to pick up later so we did not have to figure out where to put them in the mean time. He obviously loves running his B&B and meeting people. It was a real pleasure all around. Highly recommend this B&B. We would stay here again. Thanks for a great visit Jean Francois!
We stayed at the Gite aux deux Lions during a stay in Quebec City recently, after reading all the reviews we were quite anxious to arrive and the reviews were close but this B&B wasn't the best one we stayed in (see Chateau des Tourelles). Jean-Francois is a gracious host but comes on very strong and seems to set many rules (eg. breakfast is at 8:30!!). The Gite is on a more business oriented street and you feel a little displaced from Old Quebec, but you are still only a 10 minute walk away. By the end of the stay we knew that Jean-Frncois was very sincere and his heart was in the right place but I guess with a bit of a language barrier we took him the wrong way but we did enjoy our stay. we have stayed at nicer B&B's but this place is definitely in our top 5.
Fantastic location. nice stay
If you arrive by train from Montreal or prefer to leave your vehicle in the garage while in Quebec City, this gite could not be better situated -- steps to the delights of Avenue Cartier and Rue St. Jean, slightly longer walks to everything else you might want to see or do, and right on the 800 bus line to Ste. Foy (i.e., shopping at Place Laurier). If you're in town for the Festival d'Ete, you can easily get to all the venues from the Gite aux deux Lions.
The gite itself is a handsome red-brick Victorian building in a pleasant neighbourhood. Our large, well-decorated room (located behind the main building, next to the garage) had an extremely comfortable bed, a kitchenette, and a TV (useful for checking the meteo, which seemed to change by the minute). A dresser would have been useful during our five-night stay, but we survived. The bathroom is quite small, with the tiniest sink ever devised by humans, but a planned reno in the near future should take care of this problem. Although Rene-Levesque is a busy street, traffic noise was not a problem. There is also a lovely little back garden where guests can linger and recharge.
Breakfast is served on the back patio of the main house when the weather permits. It's a good breakfast (actually, Jean-Francois has a repertoire of three breakfast main courses plus fruit, cereal and muffins) that will not stuff you to the point of nausea, as has been our experience at some B&Bs. If you're in the mood for something different, Tutti Frutti down the street will feed you enough to keep you going through breakfast and lunch, and maybe dinner as well.
Jean-Francois is a cheerful and generally obliging host who does his best to make all his guests feel at home. Unfortunately, he spoke English to us most of the time, even when we spoke to him in French. We would have preferred that he speak French, so next time we'll make it clear from the get-go that practicing our French is one of our main reasons for visiting Quebec.
I would definitely recommend the Gite aux deux Lions. BTW, the free parking is a big plus, especially since you're probably not going to be using your car too much.
I found you!
Every time I go to Québec City I try out a B&B. The last trip was simply great because I found this B&B Aux deux lions. It had everything I needed. It is located in the heart of a buzzing neighbourhood filled with vibrant looking people, restaurants and shops, as well as being near the old part of the city. Wow! You could not ask for a better location really. Then there is the host JF who is there if you need him. Every time I had a question he could answer it on the spot and if he could not answer it then and there he came back after he researched it. The breakfasts are delightful and the room I stayed in, the Montcalm, was comfortable and cosy. There is a feeling, in that B&B, that makes me want to come back, as if I was suddenly under a magical spell. I can tell you for sure that I will not go to another B&B the next time I go to Québec City, and that will be sooner then later.
Thank you JF.
Very good B&B
I was at Vieux Quebec Suite in July/2007, a very comfortable and well equipped room. The B&B itself is nice, well located and clean but its owner, Jean François, is the main reason for its success. He is a very good host and beyond that, after only 4 days he became my personal friend. I cannot recommend the Gite Aux Deux Lions with more emphasis.
Beautiful B&B, rooms are clean and quiet, about 10 or 15 minutes walking distance from old Québec; there are also restaurants around the Inn. Jean Francois is an excellent host who will give you advice on sightseeing and restaurants. We will definitely be back.
My wife and I had never been to Quebec City before so we were a little concerned due of our legendary inability to converse in the French language. It didn't seem to be a good idea to book a room in a B&B where we couldn't make ourselves understood.
We needn't have worried. Jean Francois speaks English very well and even inserts his warm and humorous personality into his second language! He is a gregarious man who obviously loves his work. He made us feel at home the second we walked into the Deux Lions; we felt more like old friends than guests. He took us on a tour of our suite (Vieux Quebec ) and we settled down to unpack and relax.
The Vieux Quebec Suite is on the top floor of the inn. It has been creatively constructed from a space that has some slanted walls and interesting gables. It's brightly painted and holds the light well. There is a comfortable sitting area, a compact but fully-functional kitchen, and a sleeping space with a very comfortable queen-sized bed. The suite is well-designed and makes excellent use of the space available. There is an air conditioner and a ceiling fan; these can be used effectively either separately or together.
We had delicious breakfasts both mornings we were at the Deux Lions. Lots of fresh fruit and good coffee along with waffles or french toast. The meals were simple but excellent. I have been known to pack some serious food away and these meals did not disappoint. Tres bon!
The inn's location couldn't have been better for us. We wanted to spend some time in Old Quebec and the inn is only about a 20 minute walk from OQ. The large park containing the Plains of Abraham are also a short walk away; we were able to take early morning strolls there before breakfast and it was very pleasant.
A short comment on Jean Francois. An accountant in a former life, JF didn't fit into any of the bean counter stereotypes that I'd held. He is always armed with a smile and an encouraging word, be it in English or in French. He says he is always trying to improve his English skills and, while this may be true, he is quite fluent in English. He is also well-connected with some local eating establishments; at his recommendation we ate at an excellent near-by restaurant and even received a couple of free beers by presenting Jean Francois' business card.
We highly recommend the Deux Lions if you are heading to Quebec. You will not be disappointed!
We spent a beautiful engagement weekend at the Gites aux deux lions and the city of Quebec. We stayed at the Frontenac Suite which was spacious, nicely furnished and offered much privacy & quiet. Monsieur Dulac, who runs the entire B&B by himself in an impeccable way, was a very warm, gracious & knowledgeable host who really went out of his way to make this a most memorable stay. We hope to return some time.