Hôtel 71, Québec City
Québec City , Québec
Tel: 418 692 1171
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Located in the heart of the Old Port, this 40-room hotel in a former nineteenth-century bank has shed all traces of colonial pretense. The lobby has limestone walls and a walnut ceiling, and the guest rooms, which occupy the top four floors (the rest is office space), are loftlike, with 15-foot ceilings and platform beds swathed in puffy white duvets. Corridors are dimly lit, and illuminated room numbers change color to indicate whether housekeeping should enter (green) or not (red). The intimate scale gives the hotel a distinctly personal feel, but smallness comes at a price: There is only a café, and although staff are friendly, at times it feels as though only one person is running the entire hotel. 2006 Hot List
When to go: Summer, when Quebec's streets are a carnival of buskers, sketch artists, and musicians.
Which room to book: The Superior rooms have cavernous bathrooms (doubles, $154–$193).