Hotels with character are easy to find in Quebec City. After all, this is Canada’s oldest city, incorporated in 1608. The walls around the city’s “Old Town” still stand, making it North America’s only fortified city north of Mexico where original walls can be found today. It’s no wonder the fortifications were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. There is no more romantic Canadian experience than strolling the ramparts hand in hand at sunset, high over the St. Lawrence River with views down onto the old town.
Visitors commonly say that Quebec City is a little slice of Europe right here in Canada. Some of the city’s coolest hotels exude European luxury drenched in history because they are in buildings that date from Quebec’s earliest years. Others are winning awards for social and environmental innovation. Here’s a list of some of Quebec City’s must-stay accommodations.