By Amanda Halm
In a 19th-century bank building, Hotel 71 has a five-star feel in a four-star accommodation. Its best features include the expansive views of the Old Port neighbourhood and, get this: a penthouse with a staircase that spirals to a private outdoor terrace.
The 60 spacious rooms (including 10 suites) on seven floors are ideal for romance-seeking couples, with their amazing panoramas of the St. Lawrence or Quebec City’s peaked roofs, church steeples and the Château de Frontenac.
Hotel 71 manages to mix business with pleasure: it has a gym, business center, sophisticated boutique, and several relaxation areas, including a lounge library.
Modern touches like espresso machines in every room and sleek, minimalist fixtures bring this historic building into the 21st century. In a neat twist on the “do not disturb” sign, you can change the colour of the lighted room-number plates if you’re sleeping in. Rooms have sleek and modern locally made furniture—like beds that appear to float above the hardwood floors—and oversize windows extending up to the high ceilings.
The chic Il Matto restaurant recently opened a second location here at Hotel 71 (serving three meals a day) after acquiring a steady fan base for its homemade Italian comfort food at its original outpost in Sainte-Foy.
Images of Vieux Quebec by Daniela Goulart (day street scene) and Alex Ferguson (nighttime view of Château Frontenac).