Often, large-chain luxury hotels offer a repetitive formula of “luxury” that sometimes lacks originality. Located in the pioneer city of Chicoutimi, postcard perfectly situated on the Saguenay River, the Hotel Chicoutimi offers wise explorers the perfect mix of original luxury and homespun hospitality. The hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the extraordinarily original setting of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. A scenic two-hour drive from Québec City, the region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is easily accessible and well worth the visit. For Québecers and others ‘in the know,’ the region’s tourism slogan “C’est geant” (Gigantic!) is an understatement.
Situated “main street Chicoutimi,” on the historic Rue Racine, the Hotel Chicoutimi is a 4-star luxury hotel and regular winner of Québec’s “Grand Prix of Tourism” awards. Originally built in 1899 on the street where “downtown” begins, it affords patrons eye-opening views of the Saguenay Fjord and proximity to all the action. Unique in its approach, the hotel was specially re-developed to showcase works of regional artists; feature uncluttered and eco-friendly rooms; offer unique culinary experiences highlighting local produce; and, embrace a commitment to common sense sustainable entrepreneurship. The provision of an electric car charging station in the parking lot makes recharging convenient after the drive from Québec. The hotel’s restaurants, such as the gourmet burger bar “Rouge,” offer locally sourced meat selections including lamb, beef, and “cerf rouge” (red deer) burgers, a “tartare de saumon” that is second to none, and a plethora of local micro-brewed beers.
Located in downtown Chicoutimi at 460, Rue Racine Est, the hotel is a two-hour drive north from Québec, with flight options via Air Canada to Bagotville Airport. Cruises of Saguenay Fjord can be arranged through www.croisieresdufjord.com, and patrons are recommended to visit www.saguenaylacsaintjean.ca for information about the Saguenay Fjord National Park. Hotel features: two restaurants, concierge, parking, and electric car charging station. Rooms include hardwood floors to combat allergens, full breakfast, in-room Keurig coffee and Wi-Fi. Preferred tip: Ask for 4th floor corner king suite!