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“L'abat-jour: Warmth, hospitality, friends, value and the best breakfast in Québec!”
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B&B l'Abat-Jour
Ranked #96 of 120 Quebec City B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 February 2009

I found the Abat-jour B&B by accident. A friend and I traveled to Québec in May of 2008 and our planned hotel fell through. We were referred to Abat-jour by someone working at a Tourist Center. Our experience that first time with hosts Ahmed and Salouha el-Ghandouri was so wonderful and so positive that I have since come to believe that it was fate that directed us there.

I decided for my 40th birthday that I wanted to return to Québec for a weekend, this time with my wife and four children ages 10 to 14. We stayed again at Abat-jour, this time in their two-room suite which includes a kitchenette.

Ahmed and Salouha are the consummate hosts. Ahmed told me (in English as much as he could, in French where he needed to fill in the blanks) that the two of them began this "new life" after all of their own children had grown and gone. They run such a wonderful establishment, serve such a wonderful breakfast, go so far out of their ways to accommodate their guests in all things, that it is hard to believe they have not been innkeepers their entire lives.

My family arrived mid-afternoon and they were there to enthusiastically greet us-- genuinely pleased to see me again after my first visit there in the spring. They showed us to our room and immediately offered afternoon coffee and tea for my wife and me, and brought hot chocolate for the kids. Served on a silver tray in nice china, the hot drinks came with shortbread cookies, homemade by Salouha. We cooked our dinner in the room that night, a huge cost savings to a family of six out travelling.

My wife's first comment on the room was, "this is so cute!" and after poking around a bit, her next was "this is SO clean!!" The room wasn't huge but was plenty for our needs.

Breakfast at Abat-jour is one of the high points, after the hospitality of its hosts. Nearly everything on the table--including the strawberry jam-- was made from scratch. With coffee, tea and more hot chocolate, we were started with an absolutely amazing fruit smoothie-type drink. Next came Salouha's homemade sesame bagels with jam and butter. Then came homemade crêpes, with five or six different spreads to enjoy them with. The second day breakfast featured homemade yogurt, a delicious omelette with fresh tomatoes and an exotic but savory batch of breakfast rolls, still warm from the oven. A far better spread than we could have found in a restaurant locally-- and included in the cost of the stay?!? Hard to believe.

Friendly conversation around the table with other guests--there are always guests there, it seems-- was another pleasant aspect to the experience. Some were from Montréal, some from the states, some from even further afield, traveling on a mix of business or pleasure. Those I spoke to on both my first and second trips had all stayed at Abat-jour at least twice before.

Saturday night we explored the Old City and got hopelessly lost on our way back. We called Ahmet and he guided us expertly back to the Abat-jour (it turns out that at one point in his life, he was a cabbie in Québec; who better to give directions??). Never have I been so happy to see lights on in the windows... to walk in to a warm greeting from our hosts... to be received by a warm room with all the beds made, turned down and ready to receive my family. For the three days we were in Canada, Abat-jour was home for certain.

Abat-jour is a hidden jewel-- modest in presentation but clean, comfortable, homey and friendly to the greatest degree. It is located literally ten minutes from the Old City-- an easy drive in. It is no more than that from Abat-jour to Montmorency Falls, another must-see.

We are already making plans to return, hopefully this spring. This is a wonderful B&B, which I would recommend to anyone. It is nice to have friends in Québec!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2009

We went to Quebec city for our 20th anniversary. It was the 400 anniversary celebration for the province. We were warmly welcomed by Ahmed and his wife. Spoke english and was able to communicate effectively. Found that Abat Jour was easy acess to Old Quebe, 1/2 block from bus line and a bike trail several blocks away which both led directly into the city. We enjoyed ridding our bikes to town which allowed us to navagate in this expansive area . Neighborhood at B & B was safe and close to local restaurants and groceries in which we took advantage (especially natural food store-organic or french terminology =biologique). Small refrigerator was available to use. They were very helpful with directions and information. Took more time than most would be patient. Home made breakfast and dietary requests accomodated. Was a clean establishment. Only drawbacks were to share hallway bath but no problems with that, and no tv in our room, but we were to busy to miss it all that much. Were able to come in late with key to house. Value high with reasonable rates at the time of year and free parking available. Morning conversation with other guests was very delightful and interesting. Would definitely return and recommend to others.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

A very welcoming atmosphere with a friendly and helpful host who served an extremely tasty breakfast which was a different one every morning. Thank you! We enjoyed our stay! :-)

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Thank 2nane
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Reviewed 8 September 2008

Spent 3 days at the Abat-Jour, where we enjoyed the delightful company of our host Ahmed, who was so warm and pleasant, and who had such a wonderful sense of humour. He was definitely one of those who enjoys people, and is meant for this type of business. And when he shook your hand, he did it with both hands clasped around yours.

Everything else (breakfast, lodging, bed, bathroom were definitely up to standard). And the B & B was conveniently located 3 minutes walk from a bus that takes you directly downtown to the Parliament buildings, if you don't want to worry about parking your car or walking to your car if you have to park far away from the Old City. I would highly recommend this B & B to anyone visiting Quebec City.

David Suliteanu of Montreal, Quebec

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2008

We spent one night at the suite at this B &B. The rooms were very clean, and the owners were wonderful.
I have to mention the delicious breakfast we had - fresh juice, fruit salad, excellent coffee, pancakes with homemade jams and nutella, and freshly baked bagels.
Great value for the money, I will stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Thank lyubag
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

We booked this B and B in conjunction with the Quebec 400th anniversary celebration, it was one of only a few B and B's available during late August. On the plus side, 1) the price was reasonable given that our stay was during the height of the 400th anniversary celebration (under $100 a night), 2) the location was in a quaint residential area away from the tourist area, 3) it was very easy (10 minute bus ride) to the Old/City downtown area, and the host was friendly and knowledgeable about the bus system and other practical matters. 4) The breakfasts were tasty and offered a chance to converse with interesting people from several states/countries. However on the downside 1) the room was small and a felt a bit cramped 2) There was heavy construction ongoing in an adjacent apartment building beginning at 0700 each day which made sleeping past that time difficult, especially since we kept the windows open to try to negate the lack of air circulation 3) The room did not have a ceiling fan and thus provided minimal air circulation. 4) Despite being advertised as having air conditioning, the owner/host was reluctant to use it , despite that fact it was quite hot and humid for late August. The A/C is centralized for the entire house, there are no individual room controls. Admittedly I have a low heat tolerance, and based on our experience, "air conditioning" does not appear to exist throughout Quebec, even in some "fine" hotels and restaurants and the Pepsi Coliseum, where we attended an event. If you can avoid the summer months and don't mind being just outside the main tourist area and using the bus system, this B and B offers some charm and good value

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

We staid one night at Abat-jour and we enjoyed our stay with very helpful and sympathetic owners. Their warm welcome immediately makes you feel like at home.
This is a great place to stay : very reasonably priced and close to the center of Quebec. The room was clean and quiet, we had everything we needed.
We also enjoyed the breakfast a lot!

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Address: 2064 rue Defondville, Quebec City, Quebec G1J 1X6, Canada
Region: Canada > Quebec > Quebec City > Maizerets
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Ranked #96 of 120 B&Bs / Inns in Quebec City
Price Range: $96 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — B&B l'Abat-Jour 2*
Number of rooms: 3
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