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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac: 125 years of history

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It was at the Fairmont Château Frontenac that I had an appointment on this spring morning of 2018. While I leave The Lincoln to the valet, excellent service I must say, I enter the mythical hotel which, as you probably know, is celebrating its 125th birthday this year, a little older than the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth which has just celebrated its 60th birthday on April 15th. To say that history is ubiquitous in this realization of the architect Bruce Price is a euphemism. Take for example the 300-year-old stone bearing the emblem of the Maltese Cross, which is among the stones forming the entrance arch of the hotel.

Fairmont Château Frontenac: More than just a name, a real castle

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It is not called Castle for nothing, because, in 1939, the Château Frontenac had the honor to welcome His Majesty King George VI and Queen Elizabeth under his roof. A suite was also designated in honor of the official visits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Excellency the Duke of Edinburgh, her husband. Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Rainier III of Monaco stayed at the Château in 1969, where they were then guests of honor at the Ball of the Régence du Carnaval de Québec. For the greatest honor of the Château Frontenac, there are many other royal visits, including the passage of Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Fergusson of England. 

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But all these years have given wrinkles to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. So, after the year of its 120th anniversary in 2013, renovations were undertaken the following year, in 2014, to make big changes. The $ 75-million modernization and revitalization of this Quebec institution has strengthened its position as one of the best hotels in the world. The work included the renovation of the hotel’s rooms, the expansion of the Fairmont Gold floors, a transformation of the main hall, the addition of meeting spaces and a health center, as well as a complete catering offering. renewed. Internationally renowned design firms Wilson Associates and Rockwell Group completed this major project.

Fairmont Gold, a castle in the Castle

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Fairmont Gold Lounge
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Fairmont Gold Lounge
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If you do not know Fairmont Gold, which we told you about in our fall magazine when we visited Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, there are new hospitality standards on these floors that reflect the commitment to excellence that Fairmont hotels are pursuing. By design and the exemplary quality of the services on offer, Fairmont Gold is a luxury boutique hotel within the Château Frontenac itself.

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Fairmont Gold Room
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The four floors were not only completely renovated and refurbished, but were also relocated from the 12th to 17th floors of the main tower, providing an extraordinary view of the city’s architecture and the majestic St. Lawrence River. The five-story Fairmont Gold, which has 60 rooms and suites, offers an impressive range of personalized services. Fairmont Gold offers a private custom check-in service with concierge, a private lounge with complimentary continental breakfast, and cocktail-party canapés with a self-service bar. This salon is simply beautiful. A pretty English look.

Rest in the heart of Old Quebec

While your body is working hard and deserves rest, this is why The Moment Spa Center at Le Château Frontenac invites you to a total relaxation of body and mind. Whether you are visiting or a resident of the Québec City, you are invited to discover the full range of massages, body care and aesthetics. Thanks to a highly qualified team and an idyllic setting, the Moment Spa experience will be one of calm and calm.

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The Club Frontenac offers a superb training room and a magnificent swimming pool. The latter gives you the right to a magnificent view in all seasons on the architecture of Old Quebec while staying warm. Want to enjoy a bit of summer during your stay? Club Frontenac’s exclusive outdoor terrace offers a unique and unique view of the city. It is reserved for hotel residents, but can also be booked for a private event.

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It would be difficult to talk about the Château without talking about the food. Managed masterfully by Stephane Modat since the withdrawal of the great Jean Soulard, it is no less than 3 restaurants that are under his guidance, and under that of Frédéric Cyr, culinary director. We are talking here about the restaurant Le Champlain, the modern cuisine inspired by respect for the product here, the 1608 cocktail bar, Le Bistro Le Sam, the perfect place for the 5 to 7 and the Place Dufferin, the place perfect for brunches or exquisite lunches à la carte.

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The 1608 at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City
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The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac rooms

As for the 611 rooms, including 41 suites, they are simply beautiful and all unique. White makes up most of these, the staff really want you to rest and enjoy your stay. You will find several themed suites including Trudeau, Céline Dion, and many others.

The Hitchcock Suite

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The Hitchcock Suite
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The Hitchcock Suite is elegant and luxurious. Being located at the top of one of the turrets, the suite offers a spectacular view of the surroundings.

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The Hitchcock Suite
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The suite includes a bedroom, a bathroom and a living room. The beautiful bathroom offers a clawfoot bathtub and a large independent shower.

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The Hitchcock Suite
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The decoration of the Hitchcock suite is inspired by the world of the famous filmmaker, who shot numerous scenes from the film I confess at The Château Frontenac.

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The Hitchcock Suite
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The Churchill suite

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The Churchill Suite
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The Churchill Suite offers choice accommodation in an elegant decor in navy tones, including a large master bedroom, a living room and a dining room.

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The Churchill Suite
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The luxurious marble bathroom has a bathtub and a separate shower.

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The Churchill Suite
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The living room offers an additional powder room as well as a superb view of the St. Lawrence River.

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The Churchill Suite
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The Churchill suite

As the Château celebrates its 125th anniversary, it opens to the outside, allowing the population to come to the Château and take possession of it. The management wants the historic hotel to become a gathering place for the population of Quebec City. As proof, all activities that are related to the 125th anniversary.

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