On the tail end of my three days in Quebec City, I got to check out Le Germain’s second-ever hotel property. Quietly tucked away in the Old Port, this boutique hotel is the perfect hideaway for enjoying the best Old Quebec has to offer. So much so that I had a hard time leaving. This is my Le Germain Quebec hotel review.
Le Germain Québec Hotel Location
When Le Germain Quebec opened in 1997, it was the first hotel in the area. Since then, art galleries, restaurants, and other boutique hotels have followed suit.
Similar to my stay at the Château Hotel Laurier, Le Germain Quebec’s location is perfect for exploring Old Quebec on foot with the added benefit of escaping the crowds. Though it’s behind the city walls, Le Germain Quebec is on a quiet and narrow street in the Old Port. This gives it a secretive feel and only adds to its appeal as an accessible getaway in the heart of it all.
What’s Near Le Germain Quebec?
Le Germain Quebec is minutes away by foot to several Quebec City highlights. Around the corner, you will find Quartier Petit Champlain with all its old-world charm, great shops, and restaurants. Even closer, the Quebec City Mural, Place Royal, and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. It’s also a leisurely stroll (or funicular ride) to Dufferin Terrace, ChâteauFrontenac, and the Citadel.
- Quebec City Mural – 350 m
- Place Royale – 400 m
- Quartier Petit Champlain – 600 m
- Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral – 600 m
- Dufferin Terrace – 750 m
- Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace – 1.2 km
- Parliament Building – 1.6 km
- La Citadelle de Québec – 1.8 km
- Plains of Abraham – 2 km
Le Germain Quebec Property and Amenities
Le Germain Quebec isn’t only elusive in its location. It hides a unique story within its 20th-century walls. Once the heart of the financial district, this former stock market building has retained much of its character. From the original stone walls to it being the first building in town with an elevator, staying at the Le Germain Quebec hotel offers a true feel to what it was like in Old Quebec at the turn of the century.
Le Germain Quebec Lobby
Le Germain Quebec went through extensive renovations in 2002 and 2010. Stepping inside, you can see evidence of this within its cosy lobby. Guests are greeted by friendly hotel staff at the front desk which, given the small footprint of the 1912 built building, also doubles as a bar. This is how all hotels should greet you 😉 .
Surrounding this you will find plenty of comfortable seats to relax in and enjoy an evening cocktail. During the summer months, guests can take advantage of the outdoor terrace.
Despite its small size, Le Germain Quebec does have a decent gym space with plenty of cardio equipment. Be sure to check the latest pandemic policies as you may have to book gym time in advance.
There is an outdoor parking lot directly behind Le Germain Quebec hotel. The current rate is $27 per night. Electric vehicles park for free and Le Germain Quebec has its own Tesla Destination charger!
Also note, if you did not drive or do not want to move your car once checked in, there is a Luxus courtesy car!
Le Germain Quebec Rooms
There are three room types to choose from at Le Germain Quebec; Classic, Signature, and Prestige. For the most part, the difference in room types comes down to size. This ranges from 285 sq. ft. (classic) to 407 sq. st. (Prestige).
On my visit, I stayed in The Signature room (344 sq. ft.) which features a king-size bed and views of the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding historic district.
The furniture, black tiles, and dark wood cabinets add to the charm that comes with the building’s architecture. This is tied together nicely with the artwork of the architectural highlights of Quebec City in each room.
The bathrooms feature rain showers and Ruby Brown products (including a peculiarly shaped bar of soap).
I enjoyed the in-room Nespresso machine and the compact workspace. This made for a great way to both be productive and relax after my day hiking nearby Jaques-Cartier National Park.
Le Germain Quebec Restaurants and Nearby Eats
Le Germain Quebec does not offer on-site dining. They do offer room-service by Bistango restaurant. The menu includes French classics like beef tartar as well as hearty dishes like lobster penne.
The hotel also offers an excellent breakfast (not included in your stay) which is prepared in the lobby. You can also take this in your room.
During my stay, I ate at nearby Don Vegan and can highly recommend, vegan or not. On top of a great menu, the place is hip and makes great cocktails.
I also had the best lobster roll west of the Maritimes at Bar Artefact, again, just down the street. Part of the Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel, the small bar is a good choice if their main restaurant, Chez Muffy, is not open. If it is open during your visit, make a reservation and go. The building’s restoration is worth a visit alone.
Le Germain Quebec Late Check Out
A nice touch at Le Germain Quebec hotel is the flexible check out time they offer. If you book direct with the hotel you can enjoy their amazingly cosy rooms a little longer. Fair warning though, this may derail your plans.
I was supposed to be up and out early on my departure day as I was heading off for my trip around the Gaspe Peninsula. Instead, I took my breakfast in my room and capitalized on the great workspace with a view. Then I had coffee…and another coffee. This resulted in me leaving hours behind schedule! Very much worth it though 🙂
Le Germain Quebec Review Conclusion
If you are looking for a boutique hotel experience in Old Quebec you will be more than happy with Le Germain Quebec hotel. With its hidden location, historic building, and the high quality of service that the brand is known for, you will leave refreshed and happy.
In my case, I left refreshed, happy and very late! Again, no regrets and so very much worth it.
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Although I was provided with a complimentary stay during my le Germain Quebec hotel review, the experience, opinions, and late check-out are my own.