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A Luxurious Stay at Auberge Saint Antoine

Last Updated on April 26, 2024 by Pamela MacNaughtan

The moment I walked into my room at Auberge Saint Antoine I wanted to drop my bags, fall into the bed, and never get up. The sun streamed through an arched window, which opened up to a large terrace overlooking the Saint-Lawrence River, and the green armchair in the corner looked like the perfect place to relax and read.

The king-sized bed was lush and white with a curved fabric headboard and rust-coloured toss pillows. 

I love the Mid-Century Modern colour palettes found throughout Auberge Saint Antoine. The hotel has been decorated by Mrs. Price (known to her family and friends as Muffy), who owns the hotel along with her children, and her sense of style is enviable

Inlaid on a table beside my bed, illuminated under a piece of thick glass, is a small historical artifact found during the construction of the hotel.

A little history…

Artefacts on display at Auberge Saint-Antoine

This is not the first historical artifact to catch my eye, there are glass cases throughout the hotel’s public spaces (lobby, Bar Artefact, corridors) which display historical artifacts, some of which date back to the 17th century.

There was a time when this part of Quebec City was known as Îlot Hunt (link en français), a wharf area with quays built for receiving ships easily, sometime in the late 17th century and early 18th century.

Over the years, warehouses, hotels, saloons, and homes were built on rue Saint-Antoine and the surrounding area, and in 1836 Hunt House was built by Thomas Hunt.

By the mid-19th century the area was in decline, an industrial slum of sorts. While the remnants of Hunt House remained, it had deteriorated considerably. As had the rest of the buildings in the neighbourhood. 

In 1990, however, Hunt House, along with other properties on rue Saint-Antoine, was purchased by the Price family, and after an extensive archaeological dig, which resulted in the discovery of hundreds of artifacts, Auberge Saint-Antoine was built.

Dining at Auberge Saint Antoine

Bar Artefact at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Cocktails at Bar Artefact in Auberge Saint-Antoine

Forcing myself to leave the room, I wandered downstairs for dinner, opting to relax in Bar Artefact instead of dining at the hotel’s farm-to-fork style restaurant, Chez Muffy

Sometimes, a light relaxing meal, with a cocktail, is the perfect way to begin an evening.

Sitting at a table in the corner, where I often see Mrs. Price enjoying lunch, Ordering a ‘Pear Pressure’, (a light and delicious cocktail made with Quartz vodka, Gaia, Belle de Brillet, and pear purée) I glanced through the menu, settling on the Quebec Gratin. 

The dining experience at Chez Muffy is entirely different. Located in what was once the Hunt House, Chez Muffy has a sophisticated rustic charm, with stone walls and exposed wooden beams running across the ceiling.

There is a fireplace in the centre of the main dining room, and views of the Saint-Lawrence River. The menu changes often and features farm-to-fork dishes using locally grown ingredients whenever possible (Auberge Saint Antoine has a farm on Île d’Orléans).

Breakfast at Chez Muffy at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Breakfasts at Chez Muffy are refreshing as sunlight spills through the windows and side tables are filled with an array of hot and cold dishes, bread, and an impressive display of Quebec cheeses. The à la carte breakfast menu offers eggs benedict with duck confit, and healthy egg white omelets. Sunday brunch is a gourmet feast that begins at 10 am.

Rooms at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Inside room at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Sunrise in room at Auberge Saint-Antoine

While the décor has changed since my first stay in 2013, the rooms at Auberge Saint-Antoine have always been warm and inviting. At times, the only thing I want to do is curl up in the hotel bed, watch movies, and nap. 

The beds are soft and inviting with heavy white duvets and pillows I want to “permanently borrow”. In winter, the heated floors in the bathroom are a sheer delight, and while this may be too much information, I enjoyed the bidet a little too much.

I’ve slept in hotels all over the world, well over 100 in fact, and there are four things that will make or break my stay.

  1. The Bed – must be comfortable, with good pillows
  2. The Shower – good water pressure, a rain shower head is a bonus
  3. Wifi – free and fast
  4. Staff – warm, helpful, knowledgeable

Auberge Saint Antoine, as you may have guessed, has all of the above.

Hotel Ambiance

Ambiance at Auberge Sant-Antoine

The hotel has a soothing vibe, from the music to the warm colour palettes, comfortable public seating, and soft music. The hotel’s gym and spa are small but well-equipped, and the staff is always helpful, warm, and a pleasure to speak with – whether you’re speaking French or English (and I believe other languages are available too).

One of the best luxury hotels in Quebec City, Auberge Saint Antoine is a hotel-musée worth visiting, whether you’re spending the night, or looking for a place to relax during your day of exploration.

If you’re looking for luxury on a more intimate level, Auberge Saint Antoine would be my suggestion.

Stay at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Address: 8, rue Saint-Antoine • 418-692-2211 • Parking: Valet parking is 45 CAD/night • Public Transport: Buses 1 and 11 stop steps away on rue Dalhousie • Book your stay now

In & Around Auberge Saint-Antoine

Auberge Saint-Antoine is in a quiet corner of the Old Port neighbourhood near Old Quebec and the port (where several cruise ships dock). Let’s chat about nearby places, restaurants, shops, and tours!

Street parking: There is metered street parking available on rue Saint-Pierre.

Closest grocery storeMetro on rue Saint-Joseph Est is the closest grocery store, which is a 20-minute walk. Alternatively, Épicerie Richard near Chateau Frontenac is about 10 minutes by foot and has some fresh produce, cheese, wine, and non-perishables.

Closest pharmacy: There is a Jean Coutu on rue Saint-Jean which is a drug store with a pharmacy, and your best option. It’s in Upper Town, about 14 minutes by foot.

Best nearby cafes: Maison Smith and Le Packwood.

Best nearby restaurants: Matto, Bistro St Malo, Lapin Sauté, Don Vegan, and VaBene.

Best nearby bars & pubs: Pub l’Oncle Antoine, Justine, Terroir.

Shopping near Auberge Saint-Antoine: Art galleries and antique shops can be found on rue Saint-Pierre, and fabulous Quebec artisans and producers have shops on rue du Petit-Champlain.

Guided Tours near Auberg Saint-Antoine: Combo Historical and Food Tour of Old Quebec City, Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City, Electric Bike Tour of Quebec City.

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