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Quebec City - Loews Le Concorde Hotel

For the seasoned traveller, the historic magnitude one senses as they trod the cobble paths of old Quebec City is a feeling reserved for the great old cities of medieval Europe. Few cities in North America can boast of their past as Quebec can, founded by Samuel de Champlain as he traveled down the St. Lawrence in the first years of the fifteenth century. In the midst of venturing where no European had gone before, he found “Kebec”, the place in the river where it became narrow. So named for the Amerindian tribe he surely encountered when he and his crew disembarked, the roots of French civilization in the Americas was born here, and today, many of the buildings marking its illustrious history still stand today in the old section of the city.

Founded at the highest point overlooking the St. Lawrence, it is appropriate in today’s tourist climate that Loews Le Concorde hotel offer the best starting point from which to explore Quebec City. Located right on the Grand Allee Avenue—the Champs Elyses of Quebec City—at the gates to the old city, Le Concorde is just steps from the finest dining, museums, historic sights and shops to be explored. Edifices built of limestone and sandstone in the traditional style of French architecture still stand today at the core of the old city, complemented by Neo-Classical churches and basilicas, Art-Baroque, Art Deco and Chateaux designs that have sprung up throughout the centuries. Visitors marvel at the fascinating diversity of architecture in the city, and now Le Concorde stands at the center of it all, looking out over Old Quebec and the Plains of Abraham.

The great vistas at this 30-storey, 404-room luxury hotel, the result of its position at the highest point on the mountain that Old Quebec is built on. Each room offers an expansive view of the city, able to be enjoyed at the height of luxury. Rooms are spacious, elegantly decorated, and fully equipped, including cable television with in-room movies, fax and high-speed Internet access (the latter for a nominal daily fee), as well as complimentary bathrobes and morning paper delivery. Presidential suites include a spacious sitting area, as well as a fireplace for cool Quebec nights, an in-room sauna, and Jacuzzi tub. After a busy day in this quaint city, the ultimate amenities of relaxation are waiting at your disposal.

Despite an abundance of fantastic restaurants in the old city, L’Astral, on the revolving rooftop of Le Concorde, is a dinner reservation that absolutely must be made at once during your stay in Quebec. French and international cuisines marry here with the use of the freshest produce and proteins, as the hotel’s chefs bring new twists to familiar dishes. With an extensive list of vintages to complement any dish brought to the palate, the experience, along with the unsurpassed view, ensures that a night at L’Astral be the focal point of your stay at Le Concorde, as it has garnered acclaim from local residents as the top hotel restaurant in the city. 

As a perfect compliment to L'Astral, the newly named Galerie Sur Le Parc offers a spectacular breakfast option, as well as drinks in the late afternoon and evening. This classic but classic but casual resto-lounge triumphs in its versatility: for breakfast--where the elaborate breakfast buffets are legendary--a cup of coffee, an aperitif, or a nightcap, this resto-lounge offers it all at a leisurely pace. The ethereal sounds of a grand piano only enhance the experience here.

In such a rich cultural place, setting out on foot to explore the old monasteries, basilicas, universities, and battlegrounds forged against invasions from Upper Canada and the Americans centuries before, is a requisite part of a stay. Beyond the history of the city, though, is a thrilling outdoor environment where city tours, boat trips down the St. Lawrence, and sightseeing tours through the hills north of the city are all exciting and convenient options for the resolute traveller. On-site, sauna and indoor pool services, along with a fully equipped fitness center, bring the comforts of a country club to the door of your hotel room. Along with meeting space, business facilities, and Le Concorde’s proximity to Quebec City’s Convention Center, this four-season city is the perfect location, for business or pleasure, in any season. Canada’s oldest urban center impresses, a pleasant surprise given its relative anonymity on the travel map.

Where to Stay

Loews Le Concorde Hotel - http://www.loewshotels.com/hotels/quebec/ - 1225 Cours Du General De Montcalm, Quebec City, G1R 4W6 Canada - Telephone: 418.647.2222 - Fax: 418.647.4710


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