Restigouche Hotel, about 1960
Les Amis des Jardins de Métis Collection
One of the best-known hotels in the entire region was the Restigouche Hotel in Matapédia. Located where the Restigouche and Matapédia rivers meet, the Restigouche Hotel was famous for anglers. But it was also a favorite of tourists, travelling salesmen and government workers in need of a bed and a good meal.
The Restigouche Hotel was one of the largest in the Gaspé. Already in 1929, it had 50 rooms, each with its own window. The daily room rate started at $3.50 a day. A premium was charged for one of the twelve rooms that had a private bath with hot and cold running water, a luxury for the time. The hotel also had a license to sell wine and beer with meals, adding to its popularity. An air-conditioned cocktail lounge was added for the comfort of visitors. The hotel closed in 2015 after more than a century in operation.