Part 1 of a furry special road trip series.
The ocean and summer sun were calling so we packed up for a road trip with our dog, Roxie. Travelling with pets requires extra thought as not every hotel is willing to accommodate your BFF. We found a few that do but would we have to compromise on style and service? I decided to let Roxie have the last word on this topic.
Bonjour Chateau Frontenac. This Canadian icon and a 5-Star crown jewel of Vieux Ville was my pied a terre. I picked up a few French words while I was here but nobody seemed to notice that my bark possessed that special je ne sais quoi.
The Deluxe City View room as a tad small but, it was nicely appointed in contemporary style with moutard yellow as accent colour and the plush carpet was soft on my paws. My bed was very comfortable and it has smart LED reading lights built into the headboard. The black out shutters were perfect to maintain my hours of beauty sleep. The walk-in shower in the rather compact bathroom was easy for me to get in and out of and the hotel toiletries were not tested on my animal friends.
My dad emailed them before arriving to have a mini-fridge in the room to keep my food chilled but sadly, they forgot. They also forgot to send up my bowl, mat, blanket and goodies as courtesy to doggie guests. And there was a big crack in the bathroom mirror in our newly renovated room and I found outdated baseboard heaters in the hallway, despite Fairmont’s $75 million dollar makeover of this posh establishment. The reno budget was clearly flashed out in the bar, restaurant and in the lobby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b5xAvwexkw
My dads loved the hotel’s pool with the adjacent outdoor private garden where they could relax on loungers and take in the sun and the roof top view. The unimpressive gym, however, was decidedly small, considering the number of guests in their 600+ rooms during peak capacities. I enjoyed the pretty Governor’s Garden right next to the Chateau where I can conduct my regular affaire and proceed down for a pleasant stroll on the Dufferin Terrace. It is all very civilized. I didn’t meet their Canine Ambassador Texon, but you can read more about him here.
The concierge was good by email but not in person. The friendly bellman and valet were prompt and sending us on the road with chilled bottles of water was a nice touch. My dads told me about the famous French people here, like Cartier and Champlain. I can usually spot these celebrities because they all like to stand on something and strike a pose while people take pictures and selfies with them.
The city had plenty of pretty fountains when I needed to grab a drink and green spaces for a rest. And the food, say no more! A bientôt Quebec City, next stop Halifax!
Roxie’s Review: 4 paws up out of 5 for the hotel. And as for Quebec City, 5 paws up out of 5.
Room Rate: Deluxe Room $239 (low season) / $379 (high season)
Parking: $32/day on-site (Valet or Self Parking)
In Room Wifi: $13.95/day. Complimentary for President’s Club members
Pet Policy: All dogs welcome. Pet housekeeping charge $35 per day. http://www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec/activities-services/guest-services/#10