Where to Stay in Quebec City: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit

Posted: 11/28/2023 | November 28th, 2023 Quebec City is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. Often overlooked in favor of bigger and more internationally well-known destinations like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, this is where European explorers (including Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain) first arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, Quebec City is most famous for its well-preserved European Old Town. It also has a blossoming reputation for fun festivals, especially in the winter. There are plenty of things to do too, as the city is home to insightful museums, an ever-growing number of microbreweries, and a surprisingly fantastic foodie scene. To help you decide where to stay in Quebec City, I’ll highlight the best neighborhoods below so you can choose the area that suits your travel style and budget, as they all have their own feel. Table of Contents   Where to Stay in Quebec City for First-Time Visitors: Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) The only remaining fortified city north of Mexico and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vieux-Québec is surrounded on three sides by stone fortification walls and their accompanying cannons. With its historic stone buildings, cobblestone streets, and literal castle (that you can stay in if you want to splash out; see below) looming large over it all, Old Quebec is the closest you’ll get to historic European charm on this side of the Atlantic. You’re also just steps away from all of the city’s main attractions, too, including the Victorian library, Dufferin Terrace, Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica (the oldest church in North America), the 19th-century funicular, the Museum of Civilization, and the Vieux Port. It’s the best place to stay if you want the greatest variety of accommodations, as most hotels are located here. Best places to stay in Old Quebec: BUDGET: HI Québec-Auberge Internationale de Québec – This is the best hostel in town. With a superb location in Vieux-Québec, this large hostel (the largest HI location in Canada) has a super friendly atmosphere, several common rooms, a café, and a communal kitchen. The dorms are spacious and the bunks, which are either metal or wooden, all have their own outlets (no privacy curtains or individual reading lights, though). MIDRANGE: Hotel AtypiQ – This hotel offers excellent value for the location with its unique concept of offering small rooms that are just big enough to accommodate the bed that folds down from the wall. With common areas and a nice outdoor terrace for meeting people, it’s great for solo travelers who want a mix of privacy and socialization. LUXURY: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – An icon of the city, this historic hotel is the place to stay for a luxurious Québécois experience. Opened in 1893, the Château is such an important landmark of the city that you can take guided tours of the hotel even if you’re not staying here. The rooms are spacious and many have views over the Old Town. In-room amenities include a rainfall shower, desk, and coffee maker. The award-winning Château also boasts several gourmet restaurants and bars as well as an indoor pool, a hot tub, a spa, steam rooms, and a fitness room. Where to Stay in Quebec City for Foodies: Saint-Roch Formerly a working-class neighborhood, Saint-Roch has become the city’s trendiest area and the center of the tech scene. With fewer hotels and attractions, it has a more local feel compared to the other neighborhoods mentioned here (it’s usually where residents retreat to from the bustling Old Town during tourist season). Saint-Roch is full of ultra-cool and award-winning restaurants, chic cafés, coffee roasters, microbreweries, speakeasy cocktail bars, and French bistros. During your breaks between meals, step into one of the many vintage boutiques, relax in the Jean-Paul L’Allier garden, or visit Église Saint-Roch, the largest church in town. Best places to stay in Saint-Roch: BUDGET: Auberge Jeunesse La Belle Planete Backpackers Hostel – A classic no-frills backpacker hostel, La Belle Planete has dorms with basic metal bunks (no personal curtains, outlets, or reading lights) and private rooms with shared bathrooms. There’s free Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen, and common areas, though overall, the facilities are a bit tired. But it’s the cheapest place to stay in the neighborhood. MIDRANGE: Hôtel du Jardin – Par Les Lofts – This hotel is comprised of spacious loft apartments, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a bit more space than your standard hotel room. There are even apartments with five beds that fit up to eight people, so it’s great for groups too. With contactless check-in and passcode entry, it’s akin to staying at an Airbnb in a lot of ways. The lofts feature a minimalist design and have rain showers (with excellent pressure), desks, soft beds, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. LUXURY: Hôtel Québec Best Western PLUS Centre-Ville – This four-star hotel features a crisp, contemporary desi

Where to Stay in Quebec City: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit