Quebec City: Hotel De Frontenac
Address: 1 Rue des Carrières, Quebec City, QC G1R 3Y8, Canada
Here, you will find the most famous landmark of Quebec City. Suites start at just over $200 per night and increase A LOT more than the outside winter temperatures, with the most expensive costing $2 229. If you’re travelling like a true hobo, you clearly won’t be able to afford this, given it’s more than your total “Smart Saver” bank balance. Instead, gather up your dollar bills, head indoors, and grab a hot chocolate at Starbucks, located on the hotel ground floor. Open to the public, it’s heated, the armchairs are comfy and the wifi is unlocked (which is an added bonus, considering the closest you’ll get to “checking in” is on Facebook). On your way out, don’t forget to take a picture of the French-style architecture before you leave (just like every other tourist, resident and their dog) – it’s the most photographed hotel in the world.
For the best view, I advise catching the ferry. $1 will get you a funicular ride from just outside Hotel De Frontenac, down to The Lower Old Town main shopping street below. (If you’re feeling energetic and haven’t lost your toes to frostbite, there’s an option to take the stairs). Once here, the ferry terminal is only a short walk. The ferry operates all year long, taking you across the St Lawrence River to Levis and back, with the total time onboard approximately 20 minutes. In my opinion, it’s well worth the $6 ticket price for both the onboard heating and the breathtaking view. On the return journey, you can clearly see this National Historic Site of Canada dominating the Quebec City skyline. A setting, I can only describe as a true-life fairytale.