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Best of Quebec City: Auberge Saint-Antoine

This week, we've been reporting on the best hotels in Quebec City. We've come to my favorite of the Quebec Old Town hotels: The Auberge Saint-Antoine. This hotel is further away form the Chateau Frontenac, between the river and the Hotel 71.

Saint Antoine Lobby

I love this hotel because it is a museum within a hotel. Immediately upon walking in to the hotel, you see glass display boxes full of artifacts from "ancient" Quebec.

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In the lobby, the lovely hotel representative giving me the tour greets me and points to a stone line cutting into the floor of the sitting area a half floor down. He tells me how it used to be part of the old Quebec fortification. The wall of the city sits in the middle of the hotel because the City has grown over the last few hundred years by landfill. Walking downstairs, the wall briefly turns to glass where you can see the fortification complete with an original cannon! The lobby hosts free jazz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

HotelAntoineSpa

The coolest of the hotel's amenities is a movie theater that can be used for conferences, watching the big game, or movies on a rainy day. The spa and gym are GORGEOUS. The hotel offers yoga classes and will even loan you yoga attire if you forgot your own.

SaintAntoineRestauran

The hotel has 95 rooms. During the high season, the hotel operates at 100% occupancy and 60%- 70% during the low season. The clientele is typically older because, due to its location close to the port, the hotel accommodates to a lot of cruise clients. Clients are about 80% foreign with a lot of Bostonians and New Yorkers, which makes sense because the hotel is a true mix of modern and traditional New England style. The restaurant really has a New England feel and even has original beams from the house that it originally was.

HotelSaintAntoineRooms

The rooms are so impressive and beautifully decorated. Each room has the same glass display cases that were in the lobby and hosts more artifacts. The style is traditional, but is fully renovated with clean lines. I wanted to just crawl into the bed. In the low season, deluxe rooms start at $250 and go up to $400- $450 during the high season.

SaintAntoineSuite SaintAntoineBathroom

 Suites are very comfortable in size and have bathrooms that put my New York apartment bathroom to shame.

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 There are 6 historical rooms that were once part of the original house. They are larger than the other rooms and are available upon request. Sitting on the bed you can almost hear in the distance the British retreating, leaving after their brief occupancy.

The only drawback to this hotel? You may not want to leave.

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