Palace Royal Hotel in Québec City is neither the most exclusive nor most luxurious hotel in town. But it offers an outstanding location, nice views of the city walls, and rates that are affordable for budget travelers seeking moderate to upscale room bargains. The property is part of the Les Hôtels JARO family of inns that are found throughout the Québec City area.
The 234 guest rooms here come in nine varieties. Some offer sweeping views of the Old Québec, the city walls and the St. Lawrence River off on the horizon. Others open onto balconies in an inner atrium that encloses the indoor pool and gardens. Suites are furnished with a pair of 32" flat screen televisions, a work space, phone with voicemail and wireless or wired Internet access. Smaller "hospitality rooms" start at about $130 CAD in the winter season ($98 USD). The larger suites might be a better value, as they are sometimes available for about $20 CAD additional charge (taxes not included).
Dining and Amenities
In a climate that routinely receives 10 feet of snow, the indoor pool is a much-appreciated feature of regular guests. It's not surprising that it is the focal point of the indoor atrium, which extends upward for eight floors and also includes a hot tub, garden, and tropical fish basin. Small balconies provide a view of it all and create a great place to relax with a favorite book or snack. The hotel's main restaurant, Beffroi Steak House, features maple charcoal grilling. Budget travelers would probably reserve a meal here only for special occasions. The same restaurant offers a breakfast buffet for $15 CAD ($11.30 USD) that you could probably skip unless it's part of a promotion. Coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants are located within a short walk of the hotel.
Location, location and location -- the three most important considerations in buying real estate. Staying at the Palace Royal will save money on cabs and save time in transit. Most of the attractions visitors come to see in Québec City are an easy walk from the lobby of the hotel. The skyline pictured here was shot from one of the guest rooms. The fortifications of the Old City are just steps from the front desk. The location is probably among the chief selling points here. If you drive or rent a car, garage self-parking or valet service is available at an added charge.
Packages and Deals
When you book your room online, Palace Royal will give you a five percent discount. But there are usually seasonal offers on the hotel's deal page. One recent example was a 20 percent discount for customers 60 years and older who book online. Rooms during the late fall and winter months tend to be a bit less expensive but allow for special events such as Québec City's Winter Carnival, when rates could rise.
There are cheaper places to stay in Québec City, including a number of places that are nicely located within the historic area. But if you're going to spend several days and you want both comfort and location, this is one of those places where you can find both without outspending a reasonable travel budget. Palace Royal provides excellent service and amenities in a great location.