Review of Hotel Fairmont Le Manor Richelieu, La Malbaie

Impressive state and nice setting

Le Manoir Richelieu is really one hell of a estate, it is majestically located above the St. Lawrence river and surrounded by lots of gardens with walking trails, very beautiful!

It offers all the features one can expect of a hotel of this class although it leaves a somewhat strange impression. The employees are very kind, they treat you friendly and talks to you a lot, this can’t be reason for this impression. But maybe it can be found in the clientele? First, the majority of the guests are elderly people, I don’t mind them of course but when you have the impression being in a home for the aged then it doesn’t feel like vacation. Second, there are quite a lot of people you wouldn’t expect in such a hotel meaning simple folks. I suppose this has something to do with the adjacent casino, maybe some special offers for visitors of this establishment?

Our room, a Richelieu Deluxe St. Laurent, was okay, recently refurbished but nothing fancy. We didn’t have dinner here so I can’t comment on the food. We had breakfast included but would’t recommend it because it wasn’t a great experience (unpleasant restaurant, crowded, very noisy).

Albeit we would return to this hotel when visiting Charlevoix again as there are not many adequate alternatives.

Date of stay: July 2009

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