Château Frontenac

Quebec City, Canada

The Château Frontenac is a grand hotel in Quebec, Canada. The hotel is generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world, largely for its prominence in the skyline of Quebec City. The current hotel capacity is more than 600 rooms on 18 floors.

The Château Frontenac was designed by American architect Bruce Price, as one of a series of 'château' style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company (CPR) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the newer portions of the hotel, including the central tower (1924), were designed by Canadian architect William Sutherland Maxwell. CPR's policy was to promote luxury tourism by appealing to wealthy travellers. The Château Frontenac opened in 1893, six years after the Banff Springs Hotel, which was owned by the same company and is similar in style.

The Château Frontenac was named after Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac, who was governor of the colony of New France from 1672 to 1682 and 1689 to 1698. The Château was built near the historic Citadelle, the construction of which Frontenac had begun at the end of the 17th century. The Quebec Conference of 1943, at which Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King discussed strategy for World War II, was held at the Château Frontenac while much of the staff stayed nearby at the Citadelle.

Although several of Quebec City's buildings are taller, the landmark hotel is perched atop a tall cape overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, affording a spectacular view for several kilometers. The building is the most prominent feature of the Quebec City skyline as seen from across the Saint Lawrence.

The World War II Allies' Quebec Conferences of 1943 and 1944 were held at the Château.

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Founded: 1893
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Canada

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4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Jaspal Singh (7 months ago)
Visited this place for business conference. I did not stay personally so can not review rooms experience directly but other guests shared good feedback. However i spent quite a good amount of time over 3 days in the conference hall and had the pleasure to enjoy food and hospitality. Hits: - One of the most famous place in Quebec City and has a long history. You can find many things inside hotel about the past - Conference facility is good and staff is nice. They made sure that things are ready in time - Food is delicious and ambiance is very nice. Each room and place is nicely decorated. You will like golden escalator area - restroom area is very neat and clean Misses: - Food is amazing but limited choice for vegetarians. Still trying to explain people that vegetarian and vegan is not same - limited choice in snacks and tea
Door Bell (15 months ago)
Wow, parents, please do yourselves and your kids a favor and stay in this remarkable place. Loved it so much. Upon check out the guy asked me how was our stay and I couldn't come up with a single thing. Well done, reputation well earned ? definitely will come back and gift ? stay to really special friends.
Helene Lacasse (16 months ago)
We had the Sunday Brunch. Because of Covid they serve it at the table. Very fancy food that is pricey but delicious. My main dish was beef wellington (thank goodness not too big because I ate a lot of the other parts of the meal first) absolutely delicious! Highly recommend this brunch. Hotel is beautiful wonderful staff and great atmosphere.
Aza Briand (21 months ago)
Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Our initial room was very small with almost no natural light, the windows were small and we had to hunch into to see the view. The bathroom was so tiny that we had to cover the toilet and floor with towels so that the water from the shower wouldn’t get everywhere. We had to switch rooms because we didn’t have hot water. When we switched rooms they delivered our room service to the wrong room and when we did get our food my husband couldn’t eat his meal because we asked for pasta with a vegan sauce and they sent him cheese pasta. I had some chocolate covered nuts from the mini bar that had an odd taste and then noticed that they were expired. When we checked out we waited for our car for 25 mins and they ended up bringing the wrong car and we had to wait some more for our car to come. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. The front desk manager did end up reimbursing us 50% of our stay, so they definitely made it right by us. In the end, the rooms are definitely not worth the price. The carpet must’ve been neglected because both of us had difficulty breathing during our stay. I would also not recommend this hotel if you have any dietary restrictions because they are unable to accommodate. Staff 10/10 Location 10/10 Everything else 1/10 Not up to 5 star hotel standards in my opinion
Mariam Ashraf (2 years ago)
We’ve stayed at many Fairmont hotels around the world and this is now one of my favourites! The service was very friendly and we appreciated that they all wore masks (we’re still in the midst of covid but a lot of the general population seems to forget that). It’s not the largest Fairmont but it’s cozy and the decor is gorgeous. The little bar in the back had great service as well and felt like home. We can’t wait to come back! Plus the location is perfect... so many restaurants and views just outside your door!
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