Chateau Frontenac

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Chateau Frontenac, the iconic hotel, stands high above the Saint Lawrence River. It's gorgeous Chateauesque-style turrets and dormers give it a fairytale air. It is the focal point of all views of Old Quebec, and to see it peaking up above the old buildings as you walk around town adds to your joy. 

In front of the hotel, tourists watch street performers at the Monument Samuel-De-Champlain. Happy lovers stroll along Dufferin Terrace, the wide wooden boardwalk above the river. Six stripey gazebos dot the terrace, acting as meeting points to take in the views of the river. You can look through the leafy green branches of the maple trees at the blue river, and tilt your head to see way down below, the Lower Town. 
At the side of the hotel you can buy an ice cream and take in the happy sights from Parc des Gouverneurs, a glorious spot above Dufferin Terrace. There is also a sandwich place called Au 1884, in one of the stripey gazebos (kiosques), where you can buy a snack. Starbucks has a small patio looking out on Monument Samuel-De-Champlain. If you need a clean restroom, go inside the hotel (the front door accessed from the car pull-in area).
Inside the hotel, you are treated to rich blue hues, dark wood, and gold accents. At any time you might be lucky to see a princess dressed in a royal blue gown, or a man dressed as king strolling up to a brass band, playing in the lobby! It's definitely worth it to pop into the hotel to see what you find.
The front entrance to the hotel leads off from Rue des Carrieres (where Parc des Gouverneurs is located) and Rue Saint-Louis, an adorable street with many hotels, indoor cafes (always filled by reservation), and historic rowhouses. Just down the hill from Monument Samuel-De-Champlain, Rue Sainte-Anne also has many eateries, with lovely leafy patios, that are full by reservation. You can usually get a table outside at Le Chic Shack,with amazing views of the Chateau- their burgers and fries are greasy but their salads are good. Around the corner, check out another amazing building, City Hall, where children shriek with laughter at the splash pad in the gardens. 
Don't miss out on seeing the best place in Quebec City, a giant hill with sweeping views called Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace! It is where the photo above is taken. You can get there at the far end of Dufferin Terrace, but it's better accessing it from above, by a walk from the Citadel
Chateau Frontenac opened in 1893. It is 18 floors high. It is expensive to stay there, but many people love its amazing location. In winter this area becomes a winter wonderland with glowing lights. In fall, you look at the river through orange leaves.

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Chateau Frontenac, as seen from Hilton Quebec.

View of Chateau Frontenac, as you walk down Rue Saint-Louis.

Adorable towers of Chateau Frontenac, at night.

The three towers on the side of Chateau Frontenac, at night.

Chateau Frontenac, as it faces Monument Samuel De Champlain, at night.

Chateau Frontenac, at the end of Rue Saint-Louis, lit up at night.

I love the chunky towers of Chateau Frontenac.

Chateau Frontenac's presence is always there, on Rue Saint-Louis.

Chateau Frontenac in the early evening golden light.

Monument Samuel De Champlain is in front of Chateau Frontenac. You can see the islands beyond.

Place d'Armes is across the street diagonally from Chateau Frontenac.

Place d'Armes in the early evening hours.

Relaxing across from Chateau Frontenac at Place d'Armes.

Looking at Chateau Frontenac from Rue Saint Louis.

Flowers in front of the chateau, in August.

Flowers and stripey kiosk in front of the chateau.

Monument Samuel De Champlain and the chateau behind, on a rainy day.

Kids watching a unicyclist, in front of the chateau.

Unicyclist performance, in front of the chateau.

View of Lower Town and the islands.

Monument Samuel De Champlain, in front of the chateau.

Stairs with a view, beside the kiosk.

The kiosk and flower beds.

Monument Samuel De Champlain, flags, and kiosk.

The chateau atop a hill.

Eating at Chic Shack, with views of the chateau.

Table at Chic Shack, with amazing views of the chateau.

Starbucks seating in front of the chateau.

Lantern on the side of the chateau.

Walking along Dufferin Terrace in front of the chateau.

Princess inside the chateau.

The blue ceiling inside the chateau.

The lobby entrance and cute dormers in the front courtyard where cars drop off.

Entrance courtyard.

A brass band playing in the chateau one afternoon.

A boy greets a costumed man.

Grand staircase.

A costumed man and the brass band.

Fancy costume!

Another man in costume.

Fireworks above the chateau, as seen from Hilton Quebec.


Chateau Frontenac is located at 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec City.


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