Go Big or Go Home: $75M Reno Biggest Ever at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City
If you’ve never been to this Gothic revival-style grand hotel dominating Québec City’s skyline, you should know that renovating Le Château Frontenac would be like renovating a castle (the hotel even has ramparts!). But renovate they did and paid the princely price of $75 mill to revamp the 611-room, 120-year-old property. Wowza!
Compared to when this writer last stayed at the hotel about seven years ago, the lobby-to-roof reno looks to have kept the property’s elegant classical interior while updating textures and adding a more contemporary color palette.
Some of the nifty new things include the changes made to the Fairmont Gold level, Fairmont’s version of the Club Level. The room count went from 45 to 60 rooms and the private lounge – with dedicated concierge, morning breaky, evening hors d’oeuvres, and honor bar – has been consequently expanded and gussied up.
The main lobby has kept some of its old-world features, but now includes Italian blue onyx backlit panels inspired by the St. Lawrence River found at the Château’s doorstep, and the lobby's grand staircase has a custom-built 15-foot chandelier made from slender pieces of glass modeled after the icicles that form during Québec’s winters. This is Canada, after all.
The restaurants have all been transformed and there’s a brand spanking new spa, Spa du Château, with seven treatment rooms as well as an expanded health club. We think the Elixir Ice Cider Exfoliation sounds the most enticing.
To celebrate the completion of this major makeover, the hotel is offering a Nouveau Château Package starting on June 1, which includes accommodations, breakfast for two, a $50 CAD dining credit per stay and early arrival and late departure upon availability. Prices start at $339 CAD per night based on double occupancy.
[Photos and renderings: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts]