History Meets Luxury: The Auberge St. Antoine

Auberge St. Antoine, Quebec CityPhoto Courtesy of Auberge St. Antoine

Love a little history mixed with your luxury? Check into Quebec City’s most historically significant hotel – the Auberge St. Antoine.

Quebec City itself is more than 400 years old, and buildings are often built on the ruins of their predecessors. When the Price family – local paper mill magnates - began construction on the Auberge St. Antoine in the city’s oldest area, they unearthed an archaeological gold mine. The digging turned up everything from china tableware to eye-glasses, shoes, brass buttons and more. Showing remarkable restraint and responsibility, the Price family delayed their build to allow archaeologists and students from nearby Laval University to excavate the site – a process that took ten years to complete!

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Though many of the artifacts are now housed in nearby museums, the Auberge retained a collection of some of the most interesting pieces, which are now ensconced in showcases built into the very walls of the hotel. At the door to each guest room, a tiny relic nestles in a Lucite case beside the number. Inside a second tiny boxed treasure graces a bedside table. It’s a history-lover’s Mecca.

Auberge St. Antoine, Quebec CityPhoto Courtesy of Auberge St. Antoine

But the charm of the Auberge extends beyond its historical significance. After strolling the streets of Canada’s oldest city, find a corner table in its welcoming bar, and order Quebec City’s most delicious hot chocolate and spiced popcorn – no matter what the season! Once you’ve thoroughly relaxed, move on to the dining room (look for the dinner plates inspired by a piece of broken dinnerware discovered during the excavation), famed for both its emphasis on local produce and its delectable cuisine. A fave? The lentil soup with – wait for it – fois gras! When you simply can’t swallow another bite, head for one of the cozy guest rooms (most have fireplaces) and slip under sheets with sky-high thread counts.

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This hotel review was written by Liz Fleming and first published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, Spring/Summer 2015 issue.

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