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Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec City

Travelers to Quebec City should try the Hotel Manoir Victoria located within the historic old city walls. Quebec is the only city in North America that retained its original city walls and ramparts.

Arrival Experience: Within the old city walls, this fine hotel is as central as it gets to shopping, dining, and late-night reveling. It is a short distance from the famous Chateau Frontenac that has become the city’s de facto symbol. Climbing the front entrance stairway is made easier thanks to the deft attention of the bell staff who grab heavy luggage with a smile. The modern lobby showcases clever light fixtures, plenty of plush seating, and a long communal table where guests can recharge electronics and make use of the free wifi signal.

Dining: Buffet breakfast spreads are served in a lobby dining room, but the real masterpiece here is the bistro restaurant that draws crowds from around town for its famed Nordic cuisine and New York City vibe. Under the direction of world-renowned chefs Jean-Luc Boulay and Arnaud Marchand, the ever-changing menu is worth making an advance reservation to secure a spot. It is even extending its hours in the evening to cater to the after-theater crowd. An exhibition kitchen keeps guests connected with their every move, and banquette and long table seating keeps the atmosphere energized.

Accommodations: Renovations have recreated the style in the lobby and bistro and continue to the guest rooms, which still look fresh. Soft bedding with thick pillows and cozy duvets are on the king or queen beds while iPod docking stations are a bonus for technophiles. Large desks allow guests to spread out their work and use the free wireless Internet. Flat-screen cable TVs sit on dressers facing the bed while armchairs and a side table sit by windows. Rooms facing the interior courtyard are quieter, but also a bit darker (which some guests may like if they want to sleep late). Bathrooms are large with coffeemakers, eco-friendly toiletries, and shower-tub combinations with excellent water pressure…

Read more: The Examiner


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