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The walls of the Auberge Saint-Antoine in the old port section of lower Quebec City have over 400 years of history to tell. The hotel first opened as a small boutique inn in 1992 taking over a long abandoned warehouse used as a sailmaker’s shop for the wooden ships which once plied the waters the St Lawrence River and expanded in 2003 after an exhaustive archeological dig uncovering hundreds of artifacts of the wharf history of old Quebec. The Auberge Saint-Antoine has come to be named as the “best hotel in Canada” by Conde Nast Traveller, one of America’s Top 10 hotels by Travel and Leisure and recently one of the 40 best hotels in the world by the reviews of TripAdvisor’s travelers. The chef of the Panache Restaurant now housed in the brick and wood beamed warehouse has been awarded “Chef of the Year” for his French-Canadian cuisine “with a twist”.
The Auberge Saint-Antoine is a Relais & Chateau associated property of unique one-of-kind accommodations, owned by the Price family, one of the long standing local dynasties of the city. The hotel almost a museum and luxury boutique hotel in one is located in Quebec City's old port surrounded by the quant shops and boutique restaurants of the revitalized original historic town from the 17th Century, where the settlement of “New France” was first established at the spot where the St Lawrence River narrowed from the wide seaway and was joined by the Saint Charles River. The old wharf maritime city, the Vieux-Port de Québec had fallen into decay through much of the 20th Century, but rediscovered as cultural heritage, rebuilt and now is one of the main vibrant highlights of the Quebec capital, bristling with antique shops, boutiques and restaurants..
The Auberge Saint-Antoine features 83 individually designed rooms and 12 suites of with luxurious linens, goose down pillows, monogramed robes, Bose sound systems and heated bathroom floors in three combined historical buildings from of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a former wharf warehouse and a military battery remnant of the 7 Years War. The rooms are divided between the modern section of the expanded hotel with a comfortable modern eclectic style and the historic section of the original inn with suites of regional themes. The France 1700's Suite feels like a cottage in the French countryside and the Dutch suite like an apartment on the canals of Amsterdam. The common areas of the lounge and bar offer cozy comfortable nooks of deep counches and cubby hole fireplaces. The hotel proudly displays its heritage with some of the old structures remaining visible in the modern design, the walls decorated with historic finds and every room named for and marked by an artifact unearthed during the reclamation of the site where it is built. You can even find the marks where waters of the river once reached as the river wharf area developed over 400 years.
The signature intimate Panache Restaurant is one of the best in the city with elegant decor and views of the river within the old stone walls and massive wooden beams and wrought iron staircase of the Hunt & Company maritime warehouse built in 1822. Featuring a world class menu of French-Canadian cuisine "with a twist", Executive chef, Francois Blais draws his inspiration from Quebec's local produce, lamb from Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, maple-glazed halibut, Jerusalem artichoke soup, "Cerf de Boileau" venison, North Shore Snow Crab, Saint-Apollinaire duck fois gras, razor-shell clams from the Magdalen Islands, blueberry pie from nearby Ile d'Orleans the farm basket of Quebec, and a rich wine list of Canadian and world wines. Sink into a velvety sofa around the fireplace in the brisk chills of winter or in warm weather dine on the terrace where the guns of the Dauphine Battery once guarded the port, for a panoramic view of the lively of the riverfront neighborhood.
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The Auberge Saint-Antoine is located just steps from shopping on Le Petit Champlain and cafes of Rue St-Paul at the foot of the funicular from the Place Royale to main old city where the statue of Samuel de Champlain points out from the cliff crest across the river next to the iconic Chateau Frontenac. Across the square is the Musee Du Fort, built by the Price family to recall the city's military and civilian history. Around the corner from the hotel is Quebec City’s popular Museum de Civilization, the "Marche" farmers market, and the ferry terminal across the St. Lawrence. Twenty minutes by cab or car from the new Quebec City Airport, with private parking available. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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