We decided on short notice to drive to Quebec City when Hurricane Irene scrambled our Labor Day weekend plans to go on a sailing vacation, so we were delighted when a cancelation enabled us to get a room for 3 nights here. I must admit that driving into the Old City late at night is somewhat challenging - especially since our Garmin didn't work in Canada as it was supposed to, and we had to depend on our costly iPhone GPS to find our way into the city late at night. Thankfully, hostess Jolanta had posted directions to local parking lots - you do NOT want to drive much in the city, and we cheerfully parked our car for the duration in a nearby underground garage.
Castel du Monde, also known by another name at the same address, is on a charming street very central to everything. The building is very old but immaculately kept. We had a room on the very top floor (photos show it) and it was absolutely gorgeous - exposed brick walls, period furniture, a nice firm European-style mattress, grand bathroom and shower. I have atrial fibrillation, which makes climbing stairs somewhat of a chore, but we paused on the way up, and made care to limit our need to climb to no more than 2 round trips a day.
This is truly a first class B&B by any standards. Towels were dense and very absorbant, windows with soundproof double panes. Wi-Fi was good, but not exceptional on the top floor - to be expected, alas, in all buildings with dense masonry walls. It also attracts a first class quality of guest, people who are friendly and easy to chat with. We met a large Canadian family there, the father of whom was undergoing major surgery in a city hospital, and breakfast with them was an additional treat.
Breakfasts were exceptional. Jolanta aims to please, and scores all the time. We don't eat meat, so she prepared eggs without the customary ham. I defy you to eat just one tasty croissant, and to pick just one of the many cheeses and pastries on offer. Coffee hot and well brewed, my partner assures me.
We walked almost everywhere. The Citadel is but a short walk away, as are loads of excellent restaurants, and virtually every treasure of the Old City. You can easily see all of Quebec City in 3 days, and you will not find a nicer "base of operations" than Castel du Monde.
For those of you who've enjoyed the cities of Europe, you will feel quite at home in Quebec City. Unlike Paris or Rome, it's not a place you feel the need to return to again and again. But if you find yourself needing a "fix" for the continental lifestyle without leaving this continent, it's well worth the time to visit Quebec City.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castel du Monde is situated within the fortified walls and the most animated historic district of Old Quebec. Castel du Monde offers rooms of a unique charme each of them equipped with the following amenities: air conditioned, non-smoking, hard-wood floors private, en-suite bathroom, TV-cable, refrigerator, free wireless internet access, sitting area, desk. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castel Du Monde Quebec/Quebec City