by Linda Aksomitis
The Hilton Quebec has one of the world’s best known and most-loved ambassadors as its greeter–the Carnaval de Quebec Bonhomme. And it’s no wonder, since the Hilton Quebec is right downtown in Quebec City near the Plains of Abraham, which is the location of the world’s largest winter carnival.
My grandson, Jon, and I, checked into the Hilton Quebec immediately upon our arrival, anxious to get settled before the beginning of Carnival.
I’d been drawn to the hotel because of the convenient location–we could easily walk to all of the Carnival events–and just in case one of us ran out of energy–return for a quick nap during the festivities. It also had all the features I look for in a hotel, from a pool to dining rooms to Internet access for guests.
What we hadn’t counted on though, was the view from our 20th floor window down on the city of Quebec. Ahead was Parliament Hill (Quebec City is the capital of Quebec), while almost under us, we could see the spectacular lights glowing through the famed ice walls of Bonhomme’s winter palace. The drapes, we decided, could stay open for our visit, so we could enjoy the view for the whole time.
Our room was spacious, so there was lots of room for Jon and I to unpack and settle right in. We tossed for the beds–Jon won and got the one closest to the window, so he could keep an eye on what was happening.
I unpacked and stashed our array of winter clothes in the closets and dressers, taking advantage of the iron and ironing board to give some last minute touches to my presumably “wrinkle-free” outfit. Jon, meanwhile, found the cartoon channel in English, and pleaded for an hour of video games.
It wasn’t long though, before we both decided to slide between the sheets and get to sleep! The beds were perfect, so we were soon dreaming about all the coming adventures at Carnival.
Indeed, our next day was packed, so packed we decided to treat ourselves to room service at supper time, instead of joining friends. The food was delicious, even though dining room staff were busier than usual with the demands of Carnival.
For Jon, room service at the Hilton Quebec Hotel was one of the trip’s highlights, as he was able to stretch out on the bed, watch t.v., and slowly make his way through the kid’s choice of chicken fingers and fruit cup.
Hotel staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful than at the Hilton Quebec, and certainly helped make our trip to Carnaval de Quebec a memorable experience.
If you go:
Visit the Carnaval de Quebec web site at: http://www.carnaval.qc.ca/
Hilton Quebec Hotel
1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, Canada G1R 4P3
Tel: 1-418-647-2411 Fax: 1-418-647-6488
Hilton Quebec Hotel – http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/YQBHIHH-Hilton-Quebec-Quebec/index.do
Copyright 2007, Linda Aksomitis (Pub date – Jan 16/07). All Rights Reserved.