• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Discover the history and luxury hotels in Quebec


Guides

Winding cobblestone streets, fading-worthy architecture and a thriving cultural scene await in this century-old Canadian metropolis.


It’s hard to beat the views at the Capitole Hotel, where room amenities can include king-size beds and soaking tubs. / Photo courtesy of Capitole Hôtel

TO STAY

Glamor time

With the Canadian border now open to Americans after more than a year of closures linked to COVID, Quebec City, rich in history, welcomes tourists with a multitude of luxury hotels. The freshly refreshed Hotel Le Capitole, for one thing, attracts with a pair of on-site restaurants, a playhouse, and views of the city’s Old Quebec neighborhood (not to mention in-room bathrooms with heated marble floors). There are also nearby Mr. Jean, which debuted in 2019. What the boutique property lacks in bonus spaces, it more than makes up for in style; Cranky blue furnishings and oversized windows add drama to the bedrooms, while striped lamps and velvet wingback chairs liven up the living rooms.

offerslecapitole.com; monsieurjean.ca.

Located in Old Quebec, Monsieur Jean offers 49 rooms and suites, as well as a café on the ground floor. / Photo courtesy of Monsieur Jean

Hanging from the ceiling, greenery adds to the ambiance at Madame Chose. / Photo by Resto Plaisirs

TO EAT

Sensory overload

Need a break between the shops on rue du Petit-Champlain or exploring the city’s many historic monuments? Rest your tired feet and fill your tummy to Madame chose. Opened in December 2019, the avant-garde design restaurant is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. Dazzling light fixtures, cascading greenery and beautiful tiles make dishes such as roast duck breast and arctic char with a vermouth sauce even tastier.

madamechose.com.

A scene from the exhibition dedicated to Pompeii at the Musée de la Civilization. / Photo by Tempora

SEE

The past is present

For a fun afternoon that won’t chatter your teeth in the Canadian cold this winter, spend some time indoors at the Civilization museum. An interactive history museum, the beloved institution offers a range of exhibits for visitors of all ages and interests. A must? “Pompeii: The Immortal City”, which will open in November 2021 and run until the beginning of September 2022. Produced by the Museo Galileo d’Italie and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the captivating spectacle recreates this day fateful in 79 AD when Vesuvius unleashed his wrath on the ancient Roman city.

mcq.org.