Last Updated on July 16, 2022 by Pamela
Ile d’Orleans is one of our favourite day trips from Quebec City, but sometimes we love spending a night on the island – especially in unique properties like Motel Ile d’Orleans.
With views of Quebec City and Lévis, as well as the Laurentian mountains, sitting on the outdoor terrace of the motel is an ideal way to end or begin a day on the island.
It’s serene, a lovely escape from the city, especially during the height of tourist season.
Located close to the bridge connecting Ile d’Orleans with the mainland, Motel Ile d’Orleans is run by François and Stephanie, a charming couple who are passionate about sharing their little corner of the island.
White with red trim and angled wood divider walls, the outside of Motel Ile d’Orleans has a distinct late-1960s vibe.
The little patio space provided for each room is a good spot to relax, chat with neighbours, despite the walls, and soak in the colours of the sun as it sets over Quebec City across the river.
Continuing the motel’s vintage vibe, the rooms feature laminate wood panel walls with white square ceiling tiles and laminate floors, and the 1970s furniture has brass trim.
Pretty much everything you’d want from a vintage motel.
The bedding, thankfully, is more modern and soft to the touch. Goodbye, stiff polyester blankets!
Room amenities include air conditioning, a coffee machine, a mini-fridge, a hairdryer and wifi. The essentials.
One of the things we love about Motel Ile d’Orleans is its partnership with Quebec Bus Tours, which acts as a shuttle between the motel and Old Quebec City.
Upon arriving at the motel, you can then rent a scooter or bike, or take a guided tour of Ile d’Orleans. Honestly, guided tours are one of the best ways to experience the island as you’ll be able to stop along the way without creating a traffic jam!
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