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Québec City has the sophistication of a much larger city, but can be fully appreciated in just a few days — as evidenced by the sheer array of luxury accommodations. Historic buildings in the Old City have been repurposed as boutique hotels, such as Auberge Saint-Antoine, Hôtel Le Priori and Le Saint-Pierre. There are also several grand old hotels, including the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, which are bargain priced compared to counterparts in many European cities.
The most iconic structure in the heart of Old Québec overlooking the St. Lawrence River is the vast Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. It has 618 rooms and the building casts a broad shadow across the upper town. The hotel was constructed in three stages: the first in 1896 and the last in 1986. It's worth following behind one of the costumed tour guides or at least strolling through the lobby before walking along the terrace — a huge promenade that runs along the river in back of the hotel.