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Hotel Tour: Titanic-Era Luxury at Ryan Mansion

By Candice Walsh

One of the most (if not the most) posh, luxurious accommodations in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Queen Anne–style Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel & Spa was completed in 1911—a marvel of its time, equipped with the island’s first telephone switchboard system and a carriage house to harbour the city’s first motor vehicle.

The home, built for fishing magnate James Ryan—probably the wealthiest man in Newfoundland at the turn of the twentieth century—is a finely crafted masterpiece of Italian marble, decorative Waterford glass and carved hardwood furnishings.

In the heritage district of downtown St. John’s, this place has everything you need to bask in pure extravagance. Luxury is evident even in the bathrooms, each with heated marble floors, glass and marble shower and a plasma TV you can watch from the deep tub (with a side faucet) built for two.

In the North Wing, you’ll find superior suites with claw-foot or granite tubs, parlour rooms and adjoining bedrooms. To really indulge, book at the spa day for a massage, facial or body wrap and scrub. (Ask for Cheryl.)

The Grand Staircase in the reception hall was built in the exact same style and by the very same craftsmen who fitted the Grand Staircase on the Titanic. How cool is that?

Elaborating on its connection to the vessel that sank 350 miles off St. John’s shores, Ryan Mansion serves a dinner based on the last meal served on the Titanic, using replica place settings from the ship’s dining saloon.

Expect salmon in a mousseline sauce, beef sirloin with chateau potatoes and Waldorf pudding among the six courses—reduced from the historic ship’s original ten courses.

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