Happy Bastille Day! Hopefully you’re celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution in Paris, watching the parade along the Champs-Élysées, and oohing and aahing over the fireworks display above the Eiffel Tower. But don’t worry if you can’t spend the week in France’s chic capital right now. Québec City is only a few hours away. Here are three places to stay just steps from some of the best croissants and éclairs in Old Town.
Looking for a historic hotel? The three buildings that make up Auberge Saint-Antoine were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. They sit on Îlot Hunt, an old wharf and a cannon battery where archeologists have found items from the early 1600s, when Samuel de Champlain founded one of the oldest cities in North America. The hotel is full of dark beams, cozy nooks, and views of the St. Lawrence River. Your stone-walled room has a soaking tub and heated floors in the bathroom. Château Frontenac is behind the hotel, and the fascinating Museum of Civilization is right down the street. Just return to Café-Bar Artefact to listen to live jazz music and sip real champagne by the stone fireplace later in the evening.
Prefer a place that feels bright and airy? Hôtel 71’s uncluttered rooms might have the most comfortable beds in Québec City. Random animal prints stand out in your room’s otherwise neutral-toned palette. The hotel is located in an old bank—it’s Neoclassical façade gives it away. Watch the sun rise from the rooftop. Grab a cup of coffee at the 24-hour Espresso Lounge. Pick up a boxed breakfast downstairs. And then ride a bike along the esplanade to the Battlefields Park and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Québec.
Or do you want to feel like you’re right at home? The Hôtel Le Germain-Dominion welcomes you—and your dog—in the lobby with fresh flowers, a cappuccino bar, and couches around a fireplace. The hotel’s two early 20th-century buildings, on Rue Saint-Pierre, have original stone and woodwork. Exposed brick and goose-down duvets await you in your river-view room. Explore the Citadelle and its ramparts. Wander through the Old Port Market. Sip wine at a tiny café. And get lost in the maze of cobblestone streets. The hotel’s staff will always go find you, if you can’t figure out how to return home.
Now that you have a great hotel, it’s time to start thinking about those éclairs.