Belle Province, Bon Prix: Affordable Quebec Luxury near Ottawa and Montreal

By Andrew Wong,

On the hunt for a cheap hotel near Ottawa or a summer weekend getaway near Montreal with some je ne sais quoi? Then you’ve come to the right place.

These affordable luxury lodging picks from lakeside resorts to appointed B&Bs prove that a memorable trip away doesn’t need to come with a big price tag nor a costly flight.

This summer, see more of your expansive backyard across Southern Quebec with these cheap hotels that look anything but!

 

Affordable Luxury down the Saint Lawrence

Château Joliette

By the cascades of the Assomption River, Château Joliette should be your base for exploring the Lanaudière’s natural assets in the summer. Dark walls, wooden headboards and sumptuous pillows are standard across the hotel. While the spacious Superior Suite offers dedicated sleeping and lounging spaces with rates under the $200 mark.

Over the summer, end your day with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (and maybe a round of pork cheek tacos) on the terrace out back overlooking the water. As for evening plans, the hotel is walking distance from the Centre culturel de Joliette and from the restaurants in-town. In addition to the free WiFi, best to make use of that free parking too.

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Affordable Luxury tip: The Festival de Lanaudière takes over Joliette once again this July promising the best in classical music and outdoor movies. For visitors 25 and under, take advantage of half-price rush tickets for any of the festival’s concerts. Similarly, those 17 and under are admitted to the lawn free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Oui Go

Oui Go presents itself as one of the sharpest-dressed hotels in all of the Mauricie region. Calling Quebec’s second-oldest city home, the boutique hotel’s Neo-Renaissance architectural heritage traces its past back to the Balcer Fur Store then a Bank of Montreal branch.

Today, this address on Rue Notre-Dame has been brought into the modern age of hospitality with guestrooms based on square footage from Regular to Family. All the while, standard amenities like Nespresso machines, rain showers. Room rates include a European-style breakfast including yogurt parfaits, croissants and cheeses.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Savour Trois-Rivières’ five-star dining at a fraction of the price with a lunch prix fixe menu at local favourites like Les Contrebandiers, Le Temps d’une Pinte, Poivre Noir and Le Castel.

 

Affordable Luxury in the Eastern Townships and Chaudière-Appalaches

Beatnik

If it’s the little details that are sure to win you over, pour over the interior design at the Beatnik in Bromont. Designed with the millennial in mind, the spaces at the Beatnik are both homey and trendy. In your room, put on a vinyl before collapsing into your Eastern Townships-built mattress.

Common spaces allow for a round of ping-pong, rubbing elbows with other guests or whipping up your own snacks and meals in the fully-equipped kitchen — the ultimate setup for an apres-ski in the winter. A daily continental breakfast hooks you up with jams, cheeses, and meats as well as breakfast pastries and cereal.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Oenophiles and gourmands may be familiar with the intricacies of fermentation and aging in wine production, but how about the ins and outs of cider making? Call in your reservation two days in advance for Ciderie Milton‘s tour which offers answers to your questions and a sampling of the four ciders on hand.

 

Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café

For a serving of sophistication in Sutton, look no further than Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café around the corner from the town’s Rue Principale. This boutique hotel is home to ten uniquely appointed rooms — the crowning jewel of which is the Suite with eleven-and-a-half foot ceilings, a dining corner, three cozy window bay beds and a master bedroom hidden behind sliding doors.

As with the suite, the other rooms and the common spaces around the Hotel are dressed in modern touches and enviable hardwood floors. To start your evening, the café’s apéro menu goes local with a Scotstown’s charcuterie board and buffalo mozzarella made in Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Pack your energy bars and water for the 52 kilometres of trails that cross the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton. For beginners and young ones, stick to the trails around the pristine Spruce and Mohawk Lakes while experienced hikers will certainly seize the opportunity to get to the summit of Mont Sutton.

 

Looking instead for a romantic getaway near Ottawa and Montreal?

 

Le Cache du Domaine

If you were to head due east from Victoriaville or due south from Quebec City, you’d cross right at Thetford Mines, neighbour to Lac Saint-François and the Parc national de Frontenac. Le Cache du Domaine delights guests with a “big on value” approach with sleek guestrooms opening onto lake views, all at an affordable price.

Le Greg Steakhouse should not be passed up for a hearty breakfast or their $39 three-course evening table d’hôte. Lake swim or pool swim, this modern hotel in the Appalachians will send you off refreshed and relaxed.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Marvel at the deep blue water of the old British Canadian Mine near Thetford Mines. Formerly an excavation site for asbestos, you can now take in the enormous crater and the meandering service roads from an observation deck off of Highway 112. For contextual history on the region’s industrial past, seek out the Musée minéralogique et minier.

 

Affordable Luxury in the Ottawa Valley

Le Chalet Buckhouse

A Victorian loghouse erected the same year as Confederation, Le Chalet Buckhouse is a middle-of-the-woods escape just twenty minutes away from downtown Ottawa. Full of heritage charm, the Chalet stands right on the Gatineau River as it opens onto the Baie du Fer à Cheval.

Rooms with private balconies are a treat worth seeking out when reserving. A full breakfast is served to B&B guests daily — the syrupy and salty fuel you’ll be thankful for as you venture into the depths of Gatineau Park.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Gatineau Park, with a surface area of over 36,000 hectares, is impossible to cover in one weekend. For a remarkable view of the Ottawa Valley, there’s no beating the Champlain Lookout on the Eardley Escarpment which you can reach by foot or by bike.

 

Old Chelsea

At the entrance to the Gatineau Park in Old Chelsea, you’ll find this namesake B&B with its white-trim main house and bright red Cabane. Four rooms in the main house (all with daily breakfast included) are perfect for couples.

Larger groups and families ought to look into the über-cozy cabin which sleeps up to six under the exposed beams of this private structure. A kitchenette and private bathroom complete this self-contained space.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Benefit from lighter crowds this Spring by going through the Thermal Experience (saunas, plunge pools and relaxation areas) from Monday to Thursday at Nordik Spa. You’ll also save $10 a head, which you might want to use towards a snack afterward at their Mezz café. Best of all, the Spa is less than ten minutes away by foot meaning you can leave the car parked back at the B&B.

 

Affordable Luxury in the Laurentians by Mont-Tremblant

Château Sainte-Adèle

Spoil yourself (and your better half) with six jacuzzis, two barrel saunas and an indoor pool at the Château Sainte-Adèle. Tucked on the winding Highway 15 leading through the Laurentians, this midsized hotel is sure to please summer visitors with free WiFi, parking, continental breakfast — and air conditioning, just in case.

Couples looking to seize the “affordable luxury” weekend on the cheap ought to stay in the Romantic Room with a deep-soaking Whirlpool bath right at the foot of the bed. Pair it with a couples experience at the onsite spa and you have a winning summer weekend!

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Affordable Luxury tip: Every Saturday from June 9th to September 15th, the Places des Citoyens in Sainte-Adèle hosts their weekly marché public where you can stock up on gourmet products from around the Laurentians. https://sainte-adele.net/marche-ete-2/

 

Au Petit Marigot

Between the Mont-Tremblant Village and the turn-off at Saint-Jovite, Au Petit Margot finds itself on a quiet country road among the pines. All five bedrooms at this B&B include private en-suite as well as TVs and wireless Internet in case you dare to indulge.

Cheap Hotels near Ottawa Montreal Quebec Mont Tremblant Au Petit Marigot inn bedroom

When summer hits, breakfast migrates out to the porch so you can tuck into your French toast or omelette while looking out onto nature. At the end of your day around Mont-Tremblant, the B&B offers ample living room space to settle in with a good book or a round of cards.

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Affordable Luxury tip: If you’re keen to try the five stages of the Ziptrek ziplines that link the summit of Mont-Tremblant to the village below, you can knock off between $20-30 a head by doing your tour before 9:30 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m.

 

Condo Tremblant Versant Nord/Bord de l’eau

This cottage property named for its location on the north side of Mont-Tremblant and frontage on the Rivière du Diable brings the outdoors in thanks to softwood exposed beams and hardwood floors. Airy atriums open onto two-floor living space that keep the feeling of a stuffy condo unit at bay.

Though you might not make use of the antique-inspired living room fireplaces in each of the cottages this summer, it will be hard to pass up the practicalities of a full kitchen, barbecue and secluded patio spaces. Two-bedroom units are perfect for two couples on a getaway or for families happy to have dedicated spaces for kids and parents.

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Affordable Luxury tip: Budding golfers 15 years and under play for free after 4 p.m. on both of Tremblant’s celebrated greens Le Diable and Le Géant. For the adult (a.k.a. golf cart chauffeur) coming along, late afternoon green fees come in at $49 including cart and driving range access.

 

What’s your idea of an affordable luxury getaway through Quebec? Let us know below!