A series of unique Québec experiences at Le Germain

Alex Leuschner

What do you get when you pair elevated comfort and personalized service, delivered by attentive staff that anticipate and exceed every one of your expectations? Le Germain Hotels.


As the first boutique hotel in Canada, Le Germain believes in the value of staying small and intimate as they continue to grow their family-owned business attracting a dynamic clientele in touch with the latest trends.


We had the pleasure to #GoLocal and stay at three Le Germain Québec properties each bringing their own unique location and design for an experience like no other.


It all began at Le Germain Québec City.


Located in the heart of Québec City’s Old Port, the neighborhood is as lively as it is picturesque making this 60-room hotel the perfect home base for your adventures in town.


  • Step outside for cocktails and the antipasto for two at Québec City’s very first vegan restaurant, Le Don.
  • Celebrate a special occasion at Légende, a stylish venue featuring authentic cuisine where each plate is the result of sensory research on our sight, smell and taste.
  • Visit L’Échaudé. Frequented by all the locals (which our server noted is their best award of all), L’Échaudé provides a warm and attentive ambiance complimented by a menu that evolves with the seasons.
  • Take a socially distanced guided tour of La Citadelle, which reveals over 300 years of history or get lost roaming the city’s cobblestone streets for the ultimate Québec City experience.


Next, we travelled an hour east to Charlevoix to continue our French escapade in the countryside. Situated off of Baie-Saint-Paul’s main strip is Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa. Add its superb location between the St. Lawrence River and the mountains to the local cuisine, wellness center and Spa Nordique and you’ve got a destination ideal for relaxation retreats or to hold business meetings and events.


Once home to the largest wooden farm in Canada, the now 145-room modern hotel offers activities of all types, all year round.


  • Enjoy the thermal experience at the Spa Nordique where we jumped in and (quickly) out of the hot and cold outdoors pools, later recharging by the outdoor fire, surrounded by the property’s alpacas, cows and sheep.
  • Dine at Le Bercail and order the cheese board and pizza of the day, complemented by a local craft beer, or two.
  • Walk around the property’s public square located in the center of the complex, which sets up as a farmer’s market in the summer, transitioning to a skating rink in the winter.
  • Take the train located on the property and enjoy the breathtaking shores of the St. Lawrence River as you travel towards La Malbaie.


While we would have loved to stay longer in Charlevoix, we were headed towards our next destination – Le Germain Hotel Montreal.


This hotel occupies the former building of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, built in 1967 –an era that was used as inspiration for the hotel’s recent rejuvenation.  While just steps away from all the downtown action, this Montreal boutique features rooms so comfortable, you will never want to leave – and we didn’t! Our room’s bubble chair – the quintessential icon of 1960s design- had us turning our night out, in.


  • Indulge in oysters and champagne at the hotel’s lobby bar or order fresh, local fare to your room from Le Boulevardier.
  • In town for business? You can bet on one of the hotel’s three meeting rooms to accommodate your every need. From state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities to a room designed specifically for virtual events, their rooms are perfectly adapted and modular.
  • Bring this hotel luxury experience home by purchasing their top-quality bedding, available exclusively at Simons (conveniently located down the street).


If supporting a local Canadian hotel isn’t reason enough, we value Le Germain for practicing what we preach. From their environmentally friendly building practices to the local sourcing of their products and services, Group Germain Hotels both directly and indirectly support thousands of jobs, giving back to the communities in which they operate. No matter the location, staff are seen sporting local designers, Canadian artists cover their walls and the tastes that leave you ordering seconds are all locally sourced.


Feeling safe and secure at all three properties was never an issue. From our contactless check-in and check-out, to the hotel’s new health and hygiene measures, we never felt that the luxury experience that we’ve grown to know and expect was at all compromised.


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