A Stay at the Domaine du Vieux Couvent, Magdalen Islands
The Domaine du Vieux Couvent on the Magdalen Islands is one of the loveliest places I have ever had the privilege to stay in. It had been recommended by a friend whose judgement I now hold in very high esteem.
Mural on the wall as you enter the Domaine du Vieux Couvent
The 10 room hotel was built between 1914 and 1918, originally as a convent. It was used for training young teachers by the nuns of the Notre Dame Congregation. Since 1969 it has been used as a small hotel though there are reminders of its original purpose – former confessionals are now bathrooms.
Our room was wonderful. Well chosen, simple pieces of furniture only enhanced the ocean views. A large bathroom with a glassed in shower provided two options for showering – the traditional showerhead or the rain shower. Locally produced shampoos and creams are provided as are thick towels and crisp linens. WiFi is available in the rooms though TV’s are not – and who needs one on these islands anyway?
Our room at the Domaine du Vieux Couvent
We’ve stayed in many hotels over the years that have lovely views, nice amenities and great layouts. But few compare to the feeling one gets in this hotel. There is a serenity here that you don’t find often. Combine that with extraordinarily friendly staff – people who laugh often and seem very genuine. Everyone is helpful but don’t expect the cloying service you find at some hotels- the ones where your bags are whisked away and you feel like you have to tip three times before you reach your room.
The restaurant is always busy. Many of the tables enjoy terrific views over the ocean and hayfields. Better food is available on the island but the ambience here is second to none. There is a great vibe in the dining room and again waitpersons have some personality – all of it positive.
Part of the view from the restaurant
Rooms are not inexpensive. In high season (July 18th – August 14th) rooms are $200 to $275 per night though in low season they’ re $125 to $175 per night. Breakfast is included with the room. The hotel is only 5 kilometers from both the ferry and the airport.
This is a boutique hotel with personality on islands that I would happily visit again. Do try to visit the Magdalen Islands once in your lifetime and when you go, endulge your senses with a wonderful stay at the Domaine du Vieux Couvent.
PS. I did not receive any discount or free products during my stay.
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