Women In Travel Summit (WITS) is an empowering sisterhood networking event for women in all genres of the travel content creation industry – writers, bloggers, influencers, and brands that help support diversity in travel. Each year, WITS partners with host destinations throughout North America drawing together some of travel’s most energetic, knowledgeable, and supportive network of women.
This year WITS went international for the first time to the distinctly French (and friendly) Quebec City. Once I learned the destination for the conference, I immediately began scouting places to stay.
Hotel Terrasse Dufferin
Depending on the length of my stay, I always start my search with b&bs, boutique hotels, then major chains – in that order. I love the personality and homey feeling I usually get when I stay at a b&b or a boutique hotel. Often I have sat with the owner over a cup of coffee after breakfast as we discuss the agenda for the day. They usually have local insider tips on where to eat lunch or dinner, where to go that is not in a guidebook, and exciting stories that lead me to a memorable experience.
This trip I stayed at the Hotel Terrasse Dufferin, a multi-generational family run boutique hotel. Located on the wooden boardwalk off Terrasse Dufferin overlooking the St. Lawrence River Hotel Terrasse Dufferin was a unique find and a gem to stay in.
A Warm Welcome
Immediately upon my arrival, I felt like a welcomed guest. They carried my luggage up to my room – saving me from slugging it up two flights of stairs. Built in the late 1800’s there is no elevator. Because the hotel only has 22 rooms, it offers a cozy vibe and atmosphere that you can only get with small boutiques thus aiding to the overall feeling of “come, relax and have a cup of coffee or tea.”
I truly enjoyed the “European” feel of the hotel and my room. As you walk through the lead-window front door into the foyer, a curved staircase greets you leading up to the second and third floors. The sturdy post and railing reminiscent of a clipper ship railing that offers insight to the builder of the hotel – Henry Fry, a merchant shipbroker for Lloyds of London.
A Touch of Nostalgia
One of my favorite decor highlights of the room was the complete lack of ultra-modern technology. There was a small television, not a flat screen. There was a coffee maker and an electric teapot – no digital lights, no Alexa talking to you, just a strong brew of jo. Then there was the telephone. I will admit to you; this was my single most favorite item in the room because it brought a sense of nostalgia from when I was growing up. It was an ivory-colored desktop rotary phone. I had not seen one in use for nearly thirty years. Truth be told, I still have ours. It is packed away in one of those boxes full of memories; you know the one with school trophies, your grown kids baby clothes, your favorite record (never mind there is nothing to play it on). There was complimentary wifi, so I could be connected if I chose to be.
Ideally situated, Hotel Terrasse Dufferin is within walking distance to many areas of Old Quebec. See stunning displays of Gothic Revival architecture, Petit Champlain – a cobblestone street straight from the Charles Dickens play “A Christmas Carol” lined with restaurants and shops, Upper Town, Lower Town, and many historical sites.
If you are looking for a friendly comfortable place to stay during your next visit to Quebec City that will leave some coins in your pocket so you can spend more on seeing sights, I recommend Hotel Terrasse Dufferin.