Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the whole world - and no wonder, since its appearance is straight out of a Disney movie. The castle fits perfectly into its milieu in the heart of the fortified Old Town of Québec. This hotel looks stunning from outside and is available for everyone to take photos, but its branding as a luxury hotel makes it a bit more tricky to get to enjoy it from the inside.
The plot twist of this iconic landmark is the fact that, despite the romantic appearance and historic surroundings, the building has never been an actual castle. Frontenac was built in the late 19th century by William van Horne, the General Manager of Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). The idea was to build a suitable place of stay for CP's customers. The architecture of the hotel got its influence from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and owes its name to the French governor Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac. It's an obvious place of stay for any celebrity who pops by the city: former customers include the British royals King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan, Albert Hitchcock and Princess Grace of Monaco.
So how does the hotel look from the inside? I was lucky enough to get a close look of the settings inside the castle, and it's by far the most beautiful hotel I have ever had a chance to visit.
|The entrance to the front desk|
There are multiple elevators to the upper floors. We used the ones underneath to get all the way up to the 8th floor. The floors 9, 10 and 11 are reserved for exclusive suites, and need a separate keycard to be accessible.
The corridor of Frontenac's 8th floor surely looks different to those cheap-ass hostels I've stayed in during my travels... But how about the hotel rooms themselves?
The most peculiar feature of the whole hotel room must have been the double doors to the bathroom: they were too narrow to be opened separately, so both had to be opened to fit through the door.
The staff at the hotel is extremely polite and helpful. The housekeeper, Edith, surprised my little sister with towel animals every day after the clean up. Needless to say, Edith got a nice little drawing from her as a thank you.
|A view from inside the hotel towards the St. Lawrence river|
Would definitely recommend, if you happen to have an extra few hundred dollars to spend!
Website: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac