Le Château Frontenac in Quebec


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Château Frontenac, the historic building located in Quebec City, is the most photographed hotel in the world and the most famous landmark of Quebec City, Quebec. Just like the reputation, most of the postcards I could found were featured with Château Frontenac. This building also can be seen from most parts of the city. The hotel roof was under construction when I was there. Though as you can see from the photo, this day in Quebec City was one of the nicest days in the whole three months of US/Quebec trip. You can arrange the tour inside of the hotel through their website and the hotel lobby.

Château Frontenac: Built in seven stage from 1892-1893, this building is an excellent example of the Chateau-Style hotels built by Canada’s railway companies. Enhanced by a magnificent site, the hotel evokes the romanticism of the 14th and 15th century chateaux of the Loire Valley. In creating the original design, Bruce Price abandoned the classical symmetry of these models in favour of the picturesque eclecticism popular in the late 19th century. Later additions by architects Painter and Maxwell and by the ARCOP firm respect the original sprit of its imposing silhouette, which has become a landmark of Old Quebec.

Château Frontenac

8 thoughts on “Château Frontenac: the Most Photographed Hotel in the World”

  1. I had no idea that it was the most photographed hotel in the world. What a beautiful building it is.
    I stayed here one winter reading week while in university. We got an incredible package deal with skiing at nearby Mont. Ste. Anne. I don’t think it would be a place university students would find deals anymore. Those days are over.

    1. Wow, I didn’t even try to stay in this hotel. That sounds like really a good deal! I love winter scenery, and I can see how beautiful Quebec would be in winter. Such a beautiful city!

  2. What a beautiful and informative post my friend. I have long been a fan of this hotel….what a bummer that you had the canvas covering up two of its sides. That happened to me in Siena in front of the Duomo…so disappointing but it’s still great to see it in person. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    1. Thanks Jeff! Glad you liked it. It was really a beautiful building. Along with everything else around the hotel, the area was really beautiful to spent a day.

    1. Thanks Cathy. It’s really a beautiful building. I didn’t even think to stay there though. 🙂 Just satisfied to looking around! Hope you will have another chance to stay there someday!

  3. I just visited this hotel a few months ago. I must admit, the exterior is beautiful! I took the guided tour of the interior, but sadly they only showed us around the hallways and common areas because every single room was booked! I really wanted to see what their rooms are like, so that was a bit disappointing.

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