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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac emerges from US$75 million renovation

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac exterior
One of Canada’s most distinctive landmark hotels is ready for its next chapter.  Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s new look will be unveiled in full, in June, after a US$75million renovation. The fresh new look has been designed to carefully balance the hotel’s rich heritage and palpable sense of style and luxury, while continuing to deliver an outstanding service for its guests.

Originally opened in 1893, the hotel, designed by New York architect Bruce Price, holds the secrets of a bygone Québec and stories of this magical city when Canadian Pacific Railway guests needed a stopover.  Today, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, which sits on a bluff above the St. Lawrence River, is still symbolic of Québec’s history and it is impossible to visit the city without catching a glimpse of this hotel.

The renovation works are the vision of award-wining design firms Rockwell Group and Wilson Associates who have re-invented the hotel for today’s discerning traveller.  “The goal was to preserve and renovate this iconic hotel and maintain its legacy while adding a new dimension and unparalleled hotel experience for our guests,” said Robert Mercure, General Manager.  

Walk through Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s lobby and guests will see the restoration of this magnificent building in all its glory.  Signature pieces, which have been cleverly combined with details from the sites 400 year history, create a truly majestic atmosphere.  Italian blue onyx back lit panels, inspired by the beautiful St. Lawrence River welcome guests and the Rose Grand Staircase features a 15-foot, bespoke glass chandelier that takes its inspiration from the icicles that form during Québec’s winters.

Each of the hotel’s 611 guestrooms have been updated with contemporary luxuries to meet the needs of today’s guests.  Fairmont Gold, the Château’s boutique hotel product, has increased its room count from 46 to 60. The guestrooms are on the hotel’s top floor and have stunning views of Québec City and the St. Lawrence River.  Exclusive services for Fairmont Gold guests include a newly enlarged private lounge, dedicated Concierge and a deluxe continental breakfast and evening canapés.   

The newly built Spa du Château has also officially opened its doors.   The seven treatment rooms, exquisite range of signature treatments and a renovated and expanded health club offer guests a welcome escape in a relaxing and soothing environment.  

Moreover, the culinary experience stays true to the city’s gastronomic roots but has been heightened under the watchful eye of experienced Executive Chef Baptiste Peupion.  Champlain, the hotel’s signature restaurant offers an innovative menu of Québec cuisine while Le Sam serves creative dishes, afternoon tea and innovative cocktails. 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar offers the largest variety of Québec cheeses, all perfectly matured inside a dedicated cheese room with a selection of quality wines that are offered by the glass.  

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac continues to be a place of celebrations.  The renovation of its historic rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, adds 15,000 square feet of new meeting and banquet space, bringing the total to 40,000 square feet, which can accommodate from 10 to 1,000 guests.

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