Because of a work-related workshop in Quebec City, I was very fortunate to be put up at L’Auberge Saint-Antoine for a couple of nights. This boutique hotel is in the Old Port area and just next to the shops of Petit Champlain. The hotel is literally steps from the river. The hotel is a unique mix of hotel luxury and educational museum. L’Auberge Saint-Antoine sits on the site of the Old Port and many artifacts were found during the re-construction of the old buildings. Little displays of artifacts are littered around the hotel. Every room has an artifact just outside the door and embedded within a case in the night side table. It was a truly luxurious stay that I normally wouldn’t splurge upon.
I was greeted in my room by the melodies of a Diana Krall CD playing on their Bose system. There was a tiny corridor with closets for me to stuff everything in. A Nespresso machine sat on one of the counters ready for coffee connoisseurs to enjoy (I never did have the time to make a Nespresso for myself). The bathroom floor was heated and luxurious bathrobes were hanging ready to cuddle new guests. A little card sat on the pillow and welcomed me to L’Auberge Saint-Antoine with a brief weather forecast for tomorrow.
Meals were served in the attached two-level Panache Restaurant or the Artefact Cafe-Bar in the lobby. There was also an auditorium in the hotel complete with a breakout dining and drinking area. That’s where we had our workshops and enjoyed an evening of hors d’oeurves and entertainment. Our entertainment was a magic show put on by Eric Leclerc and we were even served popcorn for the evening.
L’Auberge Saint-Antoine was a great place to stay. I normally would not fork out the money on my own for a place like this. So I’m grateful that I had the chance to spend a weekend here. The hotel may not be in the heart of Old Quebec, but Petit Champlain is just next door with plenty of shops to peruse. One could hop on the Funiculaire and be lifted up to the Chateau Frontenac and upper town. You could also just walk up all the stairs to work off all the poutine you’ve eaten in Quebec. There are public buses just out on Rue Dalhousie that one can take to other parts of Quebec City. There are also the ferries that cross the St. Lawrence to the town of Lévis on the other side of the river. The ferry terminal is a very quick walk from the hotel. Overall, it was a splendid hotel in what has always been a splendid city.