In December, just a few days before Christmas, my girlfriend and I decided to go on a road trip to Quebec City and see what some of the best things that the Quebec capital had to offer.
I had been to Montreal many times before and I liked it quite a bit so I had pretty high expectations from Quebec City and after spending a few days walking around I fell in love with the place and I can’t wait to return.
Obviously, whenever I’m visiting somewhere I always look for great places to stay and in this case I was fortunate enough to be able to spend 2 nights at the lovely Chateau Bellevue.
The hotel is located right in the heart of the old town and I was glad to find out that in less than 5 minutes I could reach many of the main tourist sites in Quebec City.
Not only that but I was very happy to have a view of the St. Lawrence River out my window and I could even see parts of the famous Chateau Frontenac as well.
There are so many hotels in Quebec City that it can be hard to find one that’s well-reviewed, has great Wi-Fi, is in a great location, and offers parking.
If these are some of the things you’re looking for then you don’t have to look any further than the Chateau Bellevue and in this post I want to go over a few of the details of the hotel as well as a review of the experience that I had staying there.
From the moment I walked up the stairs and into the hotel lobby I was treated very well and there was never a time that I was left wanting or needing anything when it came to questions about things to do in Quebec City, where to park the car, and even recommendations on nearby places to eat.
I have stayed at quite a few 5 star hotels in the past and while the Chateau Bellevue isn’t a 5 star it might as well be judging from the quality of service I received and the overall comfort of the hotel itself.
The hotel isn’t just a single building and it actually takes up a group of houses along rue de la Porte in the Quebec City old town.
It’s currently owned by the Girard family, which has owned it since 1986, and the same family also owns another hotel in the city – the Chateau Laurier
These days there are 48 rooms to choose from, each offering its own unique personality with some of the rooms featuring an incredible view of the park out front as well as the St. Lawrence River off in the distance.
Now that I’ve shared with you a little bit of the history and details of the hotel let’s take a look at my Chateau Bellevue review.
The Chateau Bellevue in Quebec City: An In-Depth Review
Check-In and Interior
After spending 13 hours driving from Toronto to Quebec City during the treacherous snowstorm I was happy to arrive at the hotel and see that the entire city was covered in a fresh layer of snow.
This made the arrival seem somewhat magical as the whole street was lit up with Christmas lights and the snow made it look like a movie scene more than reality.
The hotel lobby is accessed by a series of small stairs is that lead up to a pair of doors that bring you into the inside of the hotel itself.
Immediately upon entering I was greeted by the receptionist about my trip and provided with some details about the room, hotel, and some information about how to park the car.
Interestingly the Chateau Bellevue offers valet parking although there are limited spots so I recommend calling ahead and reserving a parking space if you are arriving by car.
Since I’m quite particular about who drives my car I was actually able to park it on my own and while it was parked out back of the hotel I think it was only moved about once or twice for some snow removal.
After going through the check-in process I looked around the lobby a bit and the receptionist pointed out that there was some free coffee, tea, and juice available to the guests at all times.
The receptionist desk and lobby itself weren’t anything special but were tastefully decorated and equipped with everything you would need for a short-term stay, such as a computer and information pamphlets.
Thanks to the large window and glass doorway the lobby and reception area was very well lit during the day.
I took the elevator up to the room, which turned out to be a mistake since I was only on the first floor, and it was much quicker and easier to just take the stairs and on the way up I noticed that the hallway was clean and smelled quite good as well.
As soon as I opened the door to my room I was surprised by the size of it along with the number of windows that lined the wall.
With more modern hotels you usually just get a single window and if you’re lucky there will be a little bit of light getting let in but at the Chateau Bellevue one of the walls was lined with windows and during the day the room was wonderfully well lit, bright, and felt even more spacious than it was thanks to the lighting.
The windows opened up onto a small park right below the hotel and from the room I could see the side of the Chateau Frontenac, the Dufferin Promenade, and even the St. Lawrence River in the distance.
The view was incredible and while I was working at the large desk I continually found myself looking up and staring out the window for longer than I’d like to admit.
The room itself was quite spacious and featured a large bed, a seating area for two people, a large desk, and plenty of storage for clothing and luggage.
In the large wardrobe I was able to stow away our suitcases and backpacks while we were out exploring the city and the dressers made it possible to keep our clothes put away and organized rather than just having to leave them in our luggage.
The desk was quite big and offered plenty of space for me to set up my laptop and get some work done with the best part of it being its position right in front of the window so that I was able to enjoy the view while sitting at the computer.
Another great feature that my girlfriend and I both enjoyed was the seating and it was great to come back after a long day walking around and relax in the oversized comfortable chairs while enjoying a hot tea.
As for the bed, it was definitely a suitable size for 2 people and the mattress was very firm, something you don’t find too much of but that I enjoy having.
There were quite a few pillows, most of which ended up on the floor while we were sleeping, and there was a thick blanket which was very much welcome during the cold Quebec City nights that we experienced.
One thing I want to mention where the hotel could possibly improve is that there should be a small carpet or something at the entrance right when you walk in so that you don’t track salt and snow into the room after walking around outdoors.
Overall, I found the room to be spacious, very well-equipped, and perfectly suited for two people to enjoy a short-term stay in the city.
The bathroom at the Chateau Bellevue was surprisingly modern and updated.
I was impressed by the size as well as the fact that it featured both a shower and dedicated jacuzzi tub.
Speaking of the jacuzzi – it was huge!
I don’t think I’ve ever come across a bigger hotel bathtub and it was more than enough space for one or two people to enjoy a bath.
I don’t take baths very often but I spent more than 45 minutes just soaking up the hot water and relaxing with the jets pulsing while I was at the hotel.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t get a chance to use the shower but I did notice that it was also larger than your standard hotel shower and also seemed very well designed.
There were a reasonable amount of towels provided along with some amenities as well such as some hand soap, a vanity set, and a shower cap.
The light in the bathroom is also something I want to mention as it was possible to turn on just one or two of the lights so that in the morning you didn’t come in and have the brightest possible light shining in your eyes – you could just choose one of the dimmer ones.
Depending on the type of room that you choose you can find rates for the Chateau Bellevue starting at around $99 CAD per night.
Breakfast isn’t included and parking also costs extra but considering the location and quality of the hotel I find this to be a very reasonable price to spend the night in Quebec City.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your specific travel dates so that you can secure the best rate possible and avoid any potential issues with availability.
As I’ve already mentioned, the hotel is located in an ideal area and in less than 10 minutes on foot it’s possible to meet many of the main tourist sites and attractions in the Quebec City Old Town area.
One thing I really liked is that despite its good location the area surrounding the hotel is quite quiet and there’s even a small park across the street where you can relax and enjoy the weather during the warmer summer months.
Accessing the hotel by car is also very straightforward as long as you’re using a GPS and both the bus and train stations are located nearby as well where you can then either walk or just take an Uber to the hotel.
In just a few minutes as possible to reach the Dufferin Promenade, the Chateau Frontenac, the Citadel, the Funicular, parts of the Old Town, and a wide range of different restaurants and cafes.
I find that the location is one of the best features of the Chateau Bellevue and if you want to be in the center of the main tourist areas then this is a hotel that I would definitely recommend staying at.
Breakfast at the hotel was quite simple and straightforward and offered some basic options that would tide you over until lunchtime.
It was really only one hot option, some pancakes, but there was a large selection of different breads, bagels, cakes, and there was also some yogurt, cereal, fruit, and even oatmeal.
It was possible to toast the bread and choose from a small selection of different spreads and for the oatmeal there was even some hot water available.
A selection of different drinks was available such as different juices along with a few types of tea and coffee.
For anyone interested, there are plenty of small cafes in the old town area and there’s a Starbucks just a short five-minute walk away located on the ground level of the Chateau Frontenac.
I believe that the hotel charges $9 for breakfast and I find that this price is quite steep considering what you get so if you’re traveling with two or more people I would recommend holding out and grabbing something to eat nearby.
The wireless Internet available at the Chateau Bellevue was pretty good as long as you weren’t trying to access the net during peak times in the morning and late at night.
I was up pretty early at around 5:30 in the morning so I had no troubles with the internet speed and even during the day it was quite fast though I did notice a decline in speed starting at around 5 p.m. and continuing on through the evening.
Logging onto the internet was very straightforward and when I checked in I was given a small card with the login information.
I didn’t try to upload any videos but I didn’t experience any issues uploading photos or browsing the web and Instagram so for most people the internet is more than suitable.
Parking and Accessibility
I arrived at the hotel from the western part of the city and I had no trouble navigating through the city streets or reaching the hotel through the Old Town.
There was a space right out front where I could leave the car when I checked in and although there was valet parking I opted to park the car just behind the hotel on my own.
I can’t say for sure but I do believe there is a nightly parking fee although the valet service more than makes up for it and there isn’t too much 24 hour overnight parking in the city centre either.
As for accessibility, both the train station and the bus station are located nearby and it’s possible to walk to the hotel or just take an Uber if you’re so inclined.
Just about everything worth seeing in the city can be reached on foot, especially all of the main tourist sites, and Quebec City is very walkable so you shouldn’t have any problems finding your way around with or without a map.
The public transportation is also quite extensive and I recommend looking into that if you’re not interested in walking everywhere or if the weather isn’t so suitable.
When it comes to hotels in Quebec City I would definitely recommend checking out the Chateau Bellevue if you’re looking for accomodation that offers a great location, spacious rooms, and all the comforts that you want when you’re away from home.
The rooms are very well equipped for a short-term stay, comfortable enough for two people or a family, and for sightseeing the location is just perfect.
Having the parking behind the hotel is an added bonus for anyone arriving by car and the staff are comfortable speaking both French and English so you shouldn’t experience any problems with checking in and asking for help.
Overall, I found the Chateau Bellevue to be a wonderful hotel and I definitely recommend checking it out the next time you’re planning your visit to the lovely Quebec capital.