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“a little too rough around the edges” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Clarendon
Ranked #39 of 101 Hotels in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Waterloo, Canada
Level Contributor
395 reviews
255 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“a little too rough around the edges”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Old and charming, but a little too rough around the edges. Rooms are small, with no desk. Wifi was not dependable, however the support was quick to respond. Water temperature is abysmal and constantly changing, and the linens are old and gross. Overall not bad for the price, if you're willing to overlook a few things. Breakfast was excellent and was included in the rate. 7/10

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank bensagle
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Diane M, Front Office Manager at Hotel Clarendon, responded to this review, 7 May 2012
Hello,

Thank you for sending in your comments. The Clarendon is under new manager and it takes much interest in collecting all comments and observations.

At the Clarendon there are many different room types and sizes. We have many rooms which are more spacious and many also have a desk. It is very important that you specify your requirements when you make your reservation. Even if done online, nothing stops you from calling our front desk where you will be answered by our staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We want to maximize your stay so upon arrival if you have a certain request we'll do our utmost to satisfy your needs.

We are so well situated in the heart of Old Québec and our Concierge team has all of the tourist information, maps and phone numbers that you can possibly need.

Our team hopes to have the pleasure of greeting you during your next travel plans.

Diane
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

The management is terrible, rude and inconsiderate. We were not treated with the respect that we deserved and I would never stay here again because they do not know how to treat their guests.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank annaaa086
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Diane M, Front Office Manager at Hotel Clarendon, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Good afternoon,

We are proud to announce that the Hotel Clarendon has recently been purchased and under new management .

We are currently collecting and analysing all comments and reviews. You can be assured that we are truly devoted to giving our guests a most enjoyable and memorable experience.

The Clarendon is 140 years and protected by Unesco because of it's historical value. We are situated within the walls of Old Québec city. We do encourage you to be part of our guest during your next travel plans.

Regards,

Diane
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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Great location - right in the middle of everything. Hotel was nice, very clean, and comfy. Rooms are small but that's the norm in Quebec city. It was clean and quiet, and a good value. The service was very good as well. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank suzyq777123
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Diane M, Front Office Manager at Hotel Clarendon, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Hello,

Thank you so much for sending in your observations.

The Clarendon is 140 years old and it's charm is beyond compare. We are also proud to see that our staff takes great pleasure in assisting you whenever necessary. We have front desk staff at the front desk 24 hours a day.

I will pass on your comments regarding our housekeeping staff who we all know play a major role in insuring comfort and quality.

Enjoy your summer and everyone in the Clarendon staff hopes to have you amongst us once again.

Diane
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Ok, the hotel is on a prime location, right in the heart of Old Quebec. Walking distance of historical sites, museums, restaurants and stores. The staff was very professional, helpful and kind.
The rooms are of a reasonable size. Not big, but not crampy. Beds are comfortable.
Some poits to improve in the rooms:
- Storage space. Very limited. i travelld with wife and 2 kids, and most of our clothes had to be kept in the luggage.
- Bathroom - No cabinets. So, basically, no space to store things too. This is really bad....
- Water. Twice, two days in a row, the water gor cold while someone was in the shower. I think this is highly undesireable for a Hotel of that level. A must to fix... To make matters a little more complicated, when I complained throu phone, the front desk said that "this is common if many people take showers in a row"...As said, on that level, this is not a thing to expect.
Regarding room service, unfortunately one of the days our bathroom was not completely cleaned. It took only a call to the front desk and the problem was solved, but again, a hotel that level this should not have happened.
Now some advices:
- Parking - Go directly to the Hotel de Ville parking, just across the street, WITH subterraneous access to the hotel Lobby. It is roughly half the price for what the hotel charges.
- Breakfast: Avoid the Hotel restaurant. Not that it is no good, but it is extremely overpriced. Even if you buy coupons on the day before (wich front desk failed to warn us the first day), You will do much better going to Paillard Boulangerie, wich is 5 minutes walk from the Hotel.

Thai is it. It was a good experience, but a few tweaks need fixing if I am to consider a second visit to Carendon.

Room Tip: Corner rooms have more light. The center rooms are a little dark.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jose Carlos S
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Diane M, Front Office Manager at Hotel Clarendon, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Hello,

The Clarendon has been recently taken over by a new management. I am in the process of reading and answering to every review.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our fantastic location and obtained satisfaction with the services offered by the front desk staff.

We are currently collecting all information which can help us improve all of our facilities so that our guests can enjoy a memorable stay.

Once again thank you for taking the time to write in your comments.

Diane
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392 reviews
119 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

The hotel is situated next to the iconic Frontenac hotel in Quebec (Fairmont Le Château Frontenac) - but Clarendon is a cheaper option. You can then have your classic Martinis in the bar at Frontenac instead...
Very friendly staff at reception at this old classic hotel. But if you don't remember to add service tips to your breakfast bill the not-so-friendly-staff in the restaurant will chase you!
If you book your rooms through hotels.com or expedia you might get cheap rates - but you also might get rooms at 6'th floor with very small windows that cannot be opened - a bit claustrophobic it feels.
Beds are not soft at all - so you don't sleep that comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Roarmaag
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Diane M, Front Office Manager at Hotel Clarendon, responded to this review, 1 May 2012
Good day,

Thank you for taking the time to send in your comments.

Since your stay we are proud to say that the Hotel Clarendon is now under new management, and we are very active collecting all comments and observations in order to install the best guest services quality possible.

We are sorry for the inconveniences and do hope to greet you as one of our guest in the near futur.

Diane Martineau
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sydney
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48 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Quebec was our favorite city Our room was small but with a queen bed, good size clean bathroom. It was central and withing walking distance of everything. Great old hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank microdotty
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New York City, New York
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64 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

Stayed in February 2012
We absolutely loved Quebec, so romantic under the snow! We have mixed feelings about the Clarendon. It's worth staying there if you get a good rate! But do require a room with a queen bed (room with double beds are closet-size) in the back and on a top floor if you like quietness. Do park your car in the outside garage across from the hotel ( much cheaper, and they have special deals for longer stays). The breakfast buffet at the Clarendon is very basic, and not worth it: instead do go to Paillard 3 blocks away ( delicious croissants, pastries, breads, soups, etc, and an accordeon player on the weekend.) The jazz is great at the Clarendon, but they only have it on specific dates, so check before you go. In fact CHECK everything before you go to the Clarendon, and do bring a paper copy of your reservation because they have a very young, inexperienced, indifferent, not customer-oriented staff who regularly botches things up...And DO insist to get what you booked (I was charged for a no-show as I moved my reservation a couple of days , although I had let them known long in advance...They did reimberse me afterwards). The Clarendon is not a luxurious hotel: plastic bathtubs, simple but clean rooms, but the worst thing is the cheap fleece bed blanket (the type that keeps you warm but where you wake up soaking wet in the middle of the night) and the blown-air heat which is a bit noisy (we asked for electric heaters which were silent and great). However, the mattresses are firm and good.
All in all, this hotel has a great location in the old town and could be good if it had a better management, a professionnal staff and paid attention to more details.

Room Tip: Rooms giving onto the courtyard on an upper floor, are quiet
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank yjg805
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Property: Hotel Clarendon
Address: 57 Rue Ste-Anne, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3X4, Canada
Region: Canada > Quebec > Quebec City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Quebec City
#36 Business Hotel in Quebec City
#44 Romantic Hotel in Quebec City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Clarendon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 143
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