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Where to stay in Quebec City? Best neighbourhoods + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Quebec City?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best areas to sleep in Quebec and the best accommodation.

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Here are our 3 favourite accommodations sorted by price category:

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Quebec City.

  • (€) Hotel Terrasse Dufferin: Located next to the Governors’ Garden and offering a magnificent view of the St Lawrence River, this budget hotel in Quebec City occupies a former manor house built in 1830. Book here.
  • (€€)❤️ Auberge Saint-Pierre: This hotel welcomes you in the port of Quebec, a few steps from the waterfront. Very well located, in the heart of the historic district, it occupies a 19th-century building and offers superb, spacious and comfortable rooms. Book your room here.
  • (€€€) Hotel le Priori. This boutique hotel welcomes you 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Old Quebec, in the home of architect Jean Baillairge. Built in 1734, the rooms feature exposed brick walls and are decorated with Art Deco furniture. Book here.

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The best areas to sleep in Quebec City

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The Saint-Jean-Baptiste district : located to the west of Old Quebec, this neighbourhood is residential and fairly quiet. Here are five points of interest in the district:

  • The bars on rue Saint-Jean, which is well known for its establishments and very lively after dark.
  • The restaurants on rue Saint-Jean
  • The Grand Théâtre de Québec, which is renowned for its evening performances
  • La Citadelle de Québec, close to the Saint-Jean-Baptiste district
  • The Hôtel du Parlement du Québec, whose beautiful gardens are well worth a visit

The Saint-Roch district: to the north of Old Quebec, the Saint-Roch district is on the banks of the Saint-Charles River. This district is less expensive than those in the centre and near the Gare du Palais station.

Here are five things to see and do in Old Quebec:

  • Victoria Park, where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll
  • The banks of the Rivière Saint-Charles
  • The Palais de Justice de Québec
  • Saint-Roch marina
  • Saint-Roch church

The Petit Champlain district: more expensive but right in the centre near the St Lawrence, this district offers an incomparable quality of life. What’s more, it’s close to all of Quebec City’s major attractions.

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Here are five things to do and see in the Petit Champlaindistrict:

  • Place Royale, where outdoor shows and festivities are often held. You’ll be right next to Notre-Dame de Québec cathedral.
  • The Musée de la Civilisation, a veritable benchmark in the history of Amerindian civilisations.
  • The Quebec City Funicular, leading to the Château Frontenac
  • The boutiques of Petit-Champlain
  • The banks of the St. Lawrence and the Dufferin Terrace

These three districts are the best places to stay in Quebec City, not far from the tourist sites.

Here are our 3 favourite accommodations in these neighbourhoods, sorted by price category:

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Quebec City.

  • (€) Hotel Terrasse Dufferin: Located next to the Governors Garden and offering a magnificent view of the St Lawrence River, this budget hotel in Quebec City occupies a former manor house built in 1830. Book here.
  • (€€)❤️ Auberge Saint-Pierre: This hotel welcomes you in the port of Quebec, a few steps from the waterfront. Very well located, in the heart of the historic district, it occupies a 19th-century building and offers superb, spacious and comfortable rooms. Book your room here.
  • (€€€) Hotel le Priori. This boutique hotel welcomes you 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Old Quebec, in the home of architect Jean Baillairge. Built in 1734, the rooms feature exposed brick walls and are decorated with Art Deco furniture. Book here.

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What’s the best neighbourhood to stay in for the first time in Quebec City?

In our opinion, the best neighbourhood to stay in when visiting Quebec City for the first time is the aforementioned Saint-Jean-Baptiste district. You’ll find it easy to get to all the important sites from this area, and you’ll also be in a peaceful setting.

Here are five things to do and see when visiting Quebec City for the first time:

  • Shops nearby
  • Restaurants and bars nearby
  • The Observatoire de la capitale
  • Chocolats favoris, a renowned chocolatier in Quebec City
  • Accessible public transport

Here are our 3 favourite accommodations in these districts, listed by price category:

Note: Don’t delay as these hotels are among the most booked in Quebec City.

  • (€) Hotel Terrasse Dufferin: Located next to the Governors Garden and offering a magnificent view of the St Lawrence River, this budget hotel in Quebec City occupies a former manor house built in 1830. Book here.
  • (€€)❤️ Auberge Saint-Pierre: This hotel welcomes you in the port of Quebec, a few steps from the waterfront. Very well located, in the heart of the historic district, it occupies a 19th-century building and offers superb, spacious and comfortable rooms. Book your room here.
  • (€€€) Hotel le Priori. This boutique hotel welcomes you 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Old Quebec, in the home of architect Jean Baillairge. Built in 1734, the rooms feature exposed brick walls and are decorated with Art Deco furniture. Book here.

Where to stay in Quebec City to visit

If you’re visiting Quebec City for its cultural attractions, the two neighbourhoods I recommend above all others are Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Petit-Champlain. I don’t need to introduce you to the Saint-Jean-Baptiste district any more: just know that it’s less expensive but still close to old Quebec, very accessible by public transport and close to some of Quebec’s most important sites, such as the observatory, the Hôtel du Parlement and the Citadelle of Quebec.

The Petit-Champlain district also has many advantages, although accommodation will certainly be more expensive:

  • It offers incomparable views of the St Lawrence, Québec-Lévis, Château Frontenac, etc
  • You can easily take the boat to Québec-Lévis
  • There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.
  • It’s close to must-see tourist sites such as the Musée de la Civilisation and Old Quebec.
  • You’ll be a stone’s throw from the banks of the river.

All in all, we recommend the Petit-Champlain district, but the Saint-Jean-Baptiste district is better suited to those on a tight budget and will do very well indeed.

Here are our 3 favourite accommodations in these districts, classified by price category:

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Quebec City.

  • (€) Hotel Terrasse Dufferin: Located next to the Governors Garden and offering a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River, this budget Quebec City hotel occupies a former manor house built in 1830. Book here.
  • (€€)❤️ Auberge Saint-Pierre: This hotel welcomes you in the port of Quebec, a few steps from the waterfront. Very well located, in the heart of the historic district, it occupies a 19th-century building and offers superb, spacious and comfortable rooms. Book your room here.
  • (€€€) Hotel le Priori. This boutique hotel welcomes you 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Old Quebec, in the home of architect Jean Baillairge. Built in 1734, the rooms feature exposed brick walls and are decorated with Art Deco furniture. Book here.

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The area to sleep in Quebec City for lovers and couples

The most romantic areas of Quebec City are undoubtedly Old Quebec and Petit-Champlain, but to sleep in love we strongly recommend the Old Port area. It’s a very romantic place, with many lovely places to visit. What’s more, you’ll have breathtaking views of the river and the boats.

Here are five things to see and do in Quebec City’s romantic district:

  • Place des Canotiers
  • The Musée de la Civilisation
  • Rue Saint Paul
  • Café du Monde
  • The Naval Museum of Quebec

Here are our 3 favourite accommodations for couples in these areas, listed by price category:

Note: Don’t delay as these hotels are among the most booked in Quebec City.

  • (€) Hotel Terrasse Dufferin: Located next to the Governors Garden and offering a magnificent view of the St Lawrence River, this budget hotel in Quebec City occupies a former manor house built in 1830. Book here.
  • (€€)❤️ Auberge Saint-Pierre: This hotel welcomes you in the port of Quebec, a few steps from the waterfront. Very well located, in the heart of the historic district, it occupies a 19th-century building and offers superb, spacious and comfortable rooms. Book your room here.
  • (€€€) Hotel le Priori. This boutique hotel welcomes you 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Old Quebec, in the home of architect Jean Baillairge. Built in 1734, the rooms feature exposed brick walls and are decorated with Art Deco furniture. Book here.

Where to stay in Quebec City as a family with children?

The Saint-Roch district is ideal for families. When you’re travelling with children, it’s best to stay in a less busy, airy area close to transport links. Saint-Roch meets all these criteria. There are plenty of shops, children’s parks and the River Saint-Charles nearby for a stroll. There are also bars and restaurants for adults.

Here are five things to see and do in the Saint-Roch district:

  • Parc Victoria, a great place to stroll and play with the kids
  • The Saint-Charles river and marina
  • Latin America Park
  • Rue du Pont
  • The Capitole de Québec

Here are our 3 favourite family homes in these areas, listed by price category:

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these hotels are among the most booked in Quebec City.

(€) Hotel Terrasse Dufferin: Located next to the Jardin des Gouverneurs and offering a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River, this Quebec City hotel occupies a former manor house built in 1830. Book here.

(€€)❤️ Auberge Saint-Pierre: This hotel welcomes you in the port of Québec, a few steps from the waterfront. Very well located, in the heart of the historic district, it occupies a 19th-century building and offers superb, spacious and comfortable rooms. Book your room here.

(€€€) Hotel le Priori. This boutique hotel welcomes you 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of Old Quebec, in the home of architect Jean Baillairge. Built in 1734, the rooms feature exposed brick walls and are decorated with Art Deco furniture. Book here.

Quebec City’s tourist district

The tourist district of Quebec City is without doubt Old Quebec: it is mainly pedestrian and links all the major tourist sites of Quebec City. You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants as you wander through Quebec’s charming alleyways. You’ll be close to the river, the Château Frontenac, museums and the port.

Here are five things to do and see in Quebec’s tourist district:

  • The Château Frontenac, of course: this magnificent castle and the nearby Dufferin Terrace offer incomparable views.
  • Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica
  • The Plains of Abraham and the Citadelle of Quebec are not far away
  • Place Royale, the scene of many summer festivities.
  • The pedestrianised streets of Old Quebec and the Petit-Champlain district.

Neighbourhoods to avoid in Quebec City

Quebec City is a fairly safe city, with very few bad places. However, like anywhere else in the world, there are places to avoid for tourists, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the city and its customs. We therefore advise you to take care at all times, especially at night, to stay together and to avoid the following areas:

  • The more popular Charlesbourg district can be quite unsettling at night. We therefore advise you to avoid it.
  • The Limoilou district, on the other side of Saint-Charles from Old Quebec, is also notoriously uninviting at night. There are plenty of shops, garages, banks and car dealerships. In other words, it’s not a neighbourhood worth going out in.
  • The Beauport district, even more out of the way, is located in the north of Quebec City. It’s not far from Parc de la Chute Montmorency but can be quite isolated and dangerous for tourists. We therefore recommend that you avoid it too.

The best areas to go out in Quebec City

I’m going to tell you about the three places that I think are the most pleasant and dynamic places to go out at night. There’s a very young community in Quebec City, even though the city is generally pretty quiet. There are bars, restaurants, clubs, amusement arcades, etc..

Old Quebec: in this very touristy district, you’ll find lots of bars and a nightlife that can go on until late at night. In the late evening, you can take a stroll along the banks of the St. Lawrence or on the Dufferin Terrace.

Here are five places to go out in Quebec City:

  • Rue Saint-Louis
  • The Hôtel de Ville district
  • The area around the Château Frontenac
  • The Plains of Abraham, for an evening picnic or concert
  • The banks of the Saint Lawrence River

The Saint-Jean-Baptiste district: this is a very dynamic district. There are major thoroughfares with lots of bars. The area is also very safe. Not far away, Grande Allée is also very attractive for nightlife.

Here are five places to go out in the district:

  • Rue Saint Jean, lined with bars and clubs
  • Grande Allée
  • Parc Berthelot
  • Close to the Plains of Abraham
  • Boulevard Langelier

The Saint-Roch district: this area along the Saint-Charles river is also attractive to young people and those who like to go out at night.

Here are five points of interest for going out in this area of Quebec City:

  • Rue Saint-Joseph, where you’ll find plenty of entertainment and bars
  • Saint-Roch marina
  • Rue du Pont
  • Rue du Prince Édouard
  • Latin America Park

Where to stay near Parc de la Chute Montmorency

This impressive waterfall and its surrounding natural park are a real natural curiosity on the outskirts of Quebec City, and could be the reason for your stay in the city.

It’s 40 minutes from the city, but if you want to get closer, we recommend staying in the Beauport district to the north of the city.

In this guide to Quebec City’s neighbourhoods, you’ll find the best areas (and those to avoid) for visiting Quebec City, sleeping there, going out for a drink or shopping.

Quebec City is organised around its historic centre, Old Quebec, and the surrounding districts, which are very popular with tourists: the main cultural and tourist sites, as well as places to go out and residential areas, are located in this district.

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