We visited Québec to experience its Winter Carnival, the largest winter carnival in the world. La Carnaval de Quebec takes place over three weeks every year and is a calendar highlight for both local and international visitors and the Hilton Québec is just minutes away from the main festival ground.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Hilton Quebec for the purpose of this review. For more information please see my disclosure policy.
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, this a great family-friendly hotel near Old Quebec. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and all boast stunning views over the city.
What I really loved about our stay at the Québec City 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 a kid friendly hotel in Quebec City then the Hilton is a very good choice.
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.
Hilton Quebec Hotel Details
The wonderful feature of all rooms at the Hotel Hilton Québec is that they all enjoy views over 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.
The Hilton Québec can provide the following services for families: babysitting, children’s activities, a children’s menu, cribs, high chairs and a playpen.
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
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).