Why You’ll Love the Hilton Quebec
We visited Québec to experience its Winter Carnival, the largest winter carnival in the world. La Carnaval de Quebec is a calendar highlight for both local and international visitors and the Hilton Québec is just minutes away from the main festival ground. This three-week snowy extravaganza takes place annually and I can honestly say that it’s the most fun I’ve ever had in such arctic conditions!
The Hilton Québec is the official hotel of the Carnaval de Québec and where we stayed for our three-night visit. Located just outside the old city walls, the hotel is perfectly positioned for enjoying all that the beautiful city of Québec has to offer, no matter the weather. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and all boast stunning views over the city (as this was my first time to Québec, I had no idea that the city was quite so beautiful!).
But what I really loved about our stay at the Québec Hilton was how well we were looked after. The weekend we stayed was hugely busy for the hotel. In addition to guests visiting to enjoy the final few days of the festival, also in residence were competitors and spectators for a massive snowboard event. And yet, despite the comings and goings of hundreds of guests, the staff were calm, friendly and could not have been more helpful. If you’re for an easy place to stay with the family in Québec, then this is it.
Why the kids will love the Hilton Quebec
I visited Québec with my then eight-year-old son and he was a big fan of the Hilton Québec, not least because a larger-than-life statute of Bonhomme, the festival’s official mascot, who greeted us in the lobby when we arrived. He also loved the indoor-outdoor swimming pool, that only he was brave enough to try!
If you’re visiting Québec for La Carnaval, then I could not recommend a more convenient place to stay. It was cold when we visited (-28C!) and so having a hotel that we could run back to quickly and easily was vital. We saw the city sights, enjoyed the winter activities and made the most of everything that the carnival had to offer. Having somewhere warm that we could pop back to was invaluable.
When I asked my son what else he enjoyed about the Hilton Québec he said the food! The hotel restaurant meals are buffet style, which he loves. What kid doesn’t like choosing what to eat?! Cosy beds, amazing views and a great location might be lost on an eight-year-old, but give him tasty food and a swimming pool and he’s sold!
The Hilton Québec can provide the following services for families: babysitting, children’s activities, a children’s menu, cribs, high chairs and a playpen.
Hilton Quebec Hotel Details
The wonderful feature of all rooms at the Hotel Hilton Québec is that they all boast stunning views of the city. No matter which room you’re in, or on which floor, your room commands breathtaking views. Rooms are categorised as follows:
Guest Rooms: King or Double guest rooms offering complimentary WiFi, panoramic views of Old Québec, Parliament Hill and St-Lawrence River.
Suites: Boasting river or city views and with access to the Executive Lounge that offers complimentary breakfast and refreshments, the Suites are a treat! WiFi is complimentary, there’s a separate seating area and the bathroom is that little bit more fancy. For the ultimate in luxury, book a Panoramic Suite with dining area or one of the Signature suites, each designed with one of three Quebec themes.
Executive Rooms: The Executive Rooms are elegantly decorated with floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views of Old Québec City and the St. Lawrence River. WiFi is complimentary. Enjoy exclusive Executive Lounge access, with complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, as well as hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the evening.
Best Rooms For Families: We stayed in a standard Guest Room that came with two double beds. There was more than enough space for us, and we could have easily accommodated the rest of the family as well.
Accessible Rooms are also available.
The Hilton Quebec has two restaurants, the Allegro Restaurant on the ground floor and LE23, positioned on the 23rd floor of the hotel. Room service is also available.
Allegro Restaurant: This contemporary restaurant is where we dined when we stayed. The food is very good and the service is excellent. The restaurant is open from 7am – 10pm daily and this is where breakfast is served.
LE23: Seemingly geared more towards the business traveller, this stylish restaurant on the 23rd floor is a good place to network or escape children! By all accounts, the food is very good. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Allegro Bar: Positioned next to the restaurant of the same name, I didn’t get a chance to try the bar out but it was permanently busy when we stayed – surely a good sign!
For Kids: A children’s menu is apparently available but we were very happy with what was on offer, not least the constant refills of hot chocolate at breakfast!
The Hilton Quebec is very much a base from which to explore the city but there is a small, well-equipped gym and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
For ideas on enjoyed quebec during the winter months, take a look at the following posts:
Babysitting (available on request), heating, common rooms, cots, doctors & hospitals, extra beds, highchairs, kids’ activities, laundry service, pushchair friendly, shops, swimming pool, travel desk, wheelchair access, WiFi.
When to go:
Québec City is best enjoyed from June to September and from December through February. The summer and winter months are when the Québecois come out to play and the city’s calendar is jam-packed with festivals. Yes, the winters are cold but this is a city where the locals embrace winter (and where it’s perfectly normal to wander around town in your ski suit!). Spring and autumn are also beautiful. In fact, at any time of year you’re guaranteed to fall in love with this picture-perfect city.
Location & Travel:
The Hilton Quebec is located a 5 minute walk from the main festival ground of La Carnaval de Quebec. It’s equally close to the old city walls and so ideally placed for enjoying all that the city has to offer.
The main airport is the Jean Lesage International Airport that is located 15km from the Hilton Quebec (roughly a 20 minute drive depending on traffic).
1) Visit during winter for La Carnval de Quebec, the most fun I’ve ever had in artic conditions!
2) Bring chapstick! And cream for chapped cheeks. The winter wind can be cruel.
3) Don’t forget your swimsuit, the indoor-outdoor swimming pool is great fun.
Disclosure: We were guest of the Hilton Québec during our stay however all opinions are entirely independent. I would happily stay at the Hilton Québec again, next time with the rest of the family!