TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR: Background
This TRYP by Wyndham hotel offers minimalist chic in the hip St. Roch ("Saint Rock") neighborhood, and at a good price point. While Quebec City is French-speaking, all staff at the hotel are bilingual, and English is widely spoken in the tourist trade.
TRYP by Wyndham is a brand of the Wyndham Hotel Group --the largest hotel company in the world -- and has over 90 properties, mainly in Europe and South America. Emphasis is on excellent urban settings, European style, and friendly prices. For North American families, the three closest hotels are the TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR, the TRYP New York City Times Square South, and the TRYP San José Sabana in Costa Rica. Of particular interest are signature Family Rooms that can sleep up to eight, with bunk beds for kids. Media rooms are also a cool innovation: rooms with giant screens, Nintendo Wii, and popcorn machines. Read more about these and other features of TRYP by Wyndham hotels. While Quebec is a French-speaking province, all staff at the hotel are bilingual, and English is widely spoken in Quebec City in the tourist trade.
Features at this hotel include:
- Stylish minimalist lobby and room decor
- Creative cuisine at Table restaurant
- Friendly staff (whose name tags mention their special interests and passions)
- Free cappuccino machine in the lobby
- Large indoor pool
The higher floors have great views, thanks to the hotel's location near the St. Lawrence River, and to floor-to-ceiling windows in guest rooms. I enjoyed my room which had a desk area, an interesting layout with a window seat, super-comfy pillows, and a great view of the St. Roch church (--Saint Rock, in English.) "Family Rooms" with bunk beds for kids are planned for this hotel-- check the TRYP site for updates.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Families may want to request a room with a bathtub; some have shower only.
- No coffee maker in the room. Guests can instead use a complimentary high-quality cappuccino (and regular coffee) machine in the lobby; however parents with little kids might prefer in-room caffeine.
- TRYP is committed to free fast internet. (Too many hotels take the additude that free Internet doesn't have to be fast.)
- The Van Houtte cafe at street level in the same building has plenty of sandwiches and light meals available-- easy way to feed the kids
Read a review of the TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR, at About.com's Canada Travel website.
Explore the St. Roch Neighborhood
This neighborhood takes its name from the St. Roch Church pictured above (- photo taken from a guest room at the TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR.) The St. Roch ("Saint Rock") area has become trendy in recent years and offers restaurants, shops, and nightlife just steps from the hotel. Families can have a good time visiting Benjo's, an "entertainment toy store" with lots of fun on-site.
In summer months, just five minutes walk from the hotel, the world-famous Cirque du Soleil stages free performances at an outdoor venue.* (Cirque du Soleil is based in Montreal, Quebec.)
Meanwhile, the touristic Old Town area of Quebec City can be reached by cab or bus; walking distance is about twenty minutes, along a flat route. You can visit the Museum of Civilization -- with fun, interactive exhibits-- on the way.
Benjo's: an Entertainment Toy Store
This unique toy store is just steps from the TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR. Benjo's is an "entertainment toy store", with lots of fun to enjoy -- for example, a train to ride on a route that winds through the store. Benjo's also has a restaurant and craft activities. (English-speakers don't need to worry about a language issue: just mention that your kids speak English when booking the craft event.) Kids can play with a train set, racing cars, and more. And of course, there are thousands of toys on sale: Benjo's searches world-wide for creative toys to stock.
Ashtons: Quebec City Only, Family Fare (Poutine!)
Ashton's ("Chez Aston") is a Quebec City institution, a fast-food enterprise with multiple locations, specializing in that local Quebec dish, poutine. Poutine is basically french fries with a topping of cheese curds and gravy, but some restaurants, including Ashton's, add other toppings. (See About.com's Best Poutine in Montreal to get a sense of the poutine obsession in Quebec.)
Definitely, poutine is fun to try when in Quebec City, and is true kid-pleasing family fare; and at Ashton's, the price is right. There's a 24-hour Ashton's five minutes walk from the TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR.
Be sure to also sample Beavertails in Quebec City! Read more on the next page...
Quebec City: a Great Place to Visit with Kids
Quebec City -- about two hours drive from Montreal -- has over 400 years of history and an extensive Old Quebec area to explore; Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the key town in New France which extended as far south as Louisiana.
Nowadays, it's fun to wander the narrow lanes and sample restaurants with names like Le Cochon Dingue ("The Crazy Pig", a good place for hot chocolate.) Don't miss the chance to eat Beavertails in Quebec City's old port area. (Picture a large flat doughnut with sweet toppings. Look for Queues de Castor, Vieux Quebec.)
Fun to do in Old Quebec: ride the funicular (a sort of elevator) from the lower to the upper level of the Old Town; take an inexpensive ferry across the St. Lawrence River and back; visit the Museum of Civilization, which always has creative and interactive exhibits geared to kids.
In winter, visitors can enjoy the hugely fun and family-friendly Quebec Winter Carnival, on three weekends in January and February; visit the Quebec Ice Hotel; and easily do a ski day at Mont Ste. Anne. In summer, enjoy outdoor festivals, and also free performances by Cirque du Soleil concerts just a few minutes walk from the Hotel PUR.
Read more about Quebec City for family vacations.
For Something Completely Different: Climb Down a 15-Storey Wall...
This thrilling activity is called "decalade"; a specialist company offers this experience at the TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR. Originally, decalades at the Hotel PUR have been part of corporate team-building activities, but the Hotel plans to offer regularly scheduled access for guests.* Training takes only about 15 minutes, and safety is ensured by three different sets of devices.
That's my son, climbing down the wall in the photo above, from the top of the hotel to a landing area on the 3rd floor, and he definitely gave the experience a thumbs-up! Typically people walk slowly down the wall on the first try, but on their second run begin to experiment with jumps on the descent.
*Always check for updates!
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