Practical information : Accomodation Québec
Budget & Tips
Of course, prices vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation chosen. For example, a dormitory bed in a youth hostel will not cost the same as a suite in a 5-star hotel. In the low season, a nice room in a hostel or hotel can be found in a price range of $80 to $150 CDN, which almost doubles in the high season or during major events.
It is important to remember that the prices quoted are generally exclusive of taxes. In addition to sales tax (14.975%), there is also a lodging tax of 3.5% of the nightly rate ($3.50 CAD per night when renting to/through an intermediary). All forms of payment are accepted, but smaller hotels may limit themselves to cash, traveller's cheques and/or debit cards.
To be booked
As a popular destination, it is advisable to make reservations in Quebec City, especially in the summer. Also, don't wait until the last minute to book if you plan to attend the Summer Festival or the Quebec Winter Carnival, as hotels are sold out during these events. In the regions, it is easier to get a last-minute reservation, although the summer and winter peak seasons are very popular.
What's very local
Compared to many other North American cities of its size, Québec City is not invaded by large hotel banners on every street corner. Most of them are located near bridges on the south shore and major highways. In Old Québec City and the surrounding neighbourhoods, the hotel landscape is made up of independent inns and hotels. The rental of studios, apartments or fully-equipped condos is also very popular in Quebec City and in the regions, particularly in resort destinations and ski resorts.
For food lovers
Breakfast is very often included in the price (or with a slight supplement) and, in town as well as in the region, regional products are legion. Numerous inns and hotels also host renowned restaurants featuring local cuisine, whether traditional or contemporary. And with an Aboriginal community in the region (in Wendake), you can even treat yourself to a gourmet stay with an Amerindian flavour.
Smoking is not permitted in hotel establishments, including on room balconies and terraces of hotel bars and restaurants. Smoking is also required 9 metres from the door of the facility, although some people do not respect this distance. Of course, depending on the type of accommodation, there may be certain exceptions, such as being able to smoke on the balcony of a rented cottage in the middle of nature. But no matter where you sleep, smoking inside is strictly forbidden.