A Frosty, Carnaval-esque Killer View from the Hilton Quebec City
Those hardy Québécois are well-known for embracing rather than fearing the winter. And when it blankets the city so attractively like this, we can almost see why.
This is an early February view from the 18th floor of the Hilton Québéc. The 23-story, 571-room hotel is located on Parliament Hill, which makes for some pretty sweet views of the St. Lawrence River, Parliament, or the Laurentian Mountains from every room.
From the floor-to-celing window in our King room, looking out across the snow-covered rooftops, the iconic Château Frontenac aka "the most photographed hotel in the world" now run by Fairmont Hotels, is visible, as is the Place Desjardins, the setting for most Carnaval activities.
Québéc City is in the midst of Winter Carnaval fever right now (it runs until February 16) and the Hilton is the official hotel of the festivities. In the evening, just across the street, you can see lovable snowman and official Carnaval ambassador (don't call him a 'mascot,' the Carnaval people take offense) Bonhomme's Ice Palace. The palace is made from 2,000 blocks of ice and glows different colors at night.
Room rates at the Hilton Quebec start at CAN$179 a night. WiFi is free in the lobby but you'll pay $9.95 a day in the rooms.
Disclosure Karen Gardiner was a guest of Tourisme Quebec and the Hilton Quebec but views and photos are her own.