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boutique hotels

Hotel of the Week: Nita Lake Lodge—Whistler BC

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

 

Nestled among the pine trees on the shores of Nita Lake, the cozy 77-room Nita Lake Lodge is a picture-perfect hideaway with large wood beams, grey slate floors, an oversize wood-burning fireplace in the lobby, a spacious outdoor stone patio and views of mountain, lake or forest from every room. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Auberge Le Baluchon—Mauricie, Quebec

New, unique, iconic or just plain fabulous Canadian hotels we love, profiled every week.

Photo: courtesy of Auberge Le Baluchon

By KAT TANCOCK

The first thing you notice as you approach Auberge Le Baluchon is the lack of cell phone service—and that’s kind of the point. (Rest assured, however, that it does have Wi-Fi.) About a two-hour drive from either Montreal or Quebec City’s airports, the property’s raison d’être is its beautiful natural setting: eight islands, forest and plains and the winding, rocky Rivière du Loup, all criss-crossed with 22 km of trails that pass waterfalls, bird sanctuaries and even a beaver dam. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: The Great George—Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

New, unique, iconic or just plain fabulous Canadian hotels we love, profiled every week!

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

The Great George hotel has laid claim to a whole city block in downtown Charlottetown by annexing 15 buildings in total, each carefully restored to create a unique accommodation option in this historic Maritime city. First opened as the Regent Hotel in 1846, the inn hosted politicians during the Canadian Confederation’s Charlotte Conference in 1864. It has gone through several owners since, and in 1996 was revealed in its current state—a series of neat-and-trim painted row houses—in the largest private heritage development project in the province. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hotel Le St-James, Montreal

Photo courtesy of Hotel Le St-James

By Kat Tancock

Hotel Le St-James, in the heart of Old Montreal, is no slouch when it comes to amenities: you can enjoy everything from complimentary shoe shines and valet service to loaner iPads and three meals a day in the on-site XO Le Restaurant. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hôtel Le Germain Montréal

By Kat Tancock

For a hotel visit that’s truly special, it’s the little things that count. And Hôtel Le Germain in downtown Montreal has made a business out of the little things, like spacious walk-in showers, a complimentary and deliciously carb-rich continental breakfast that puts others to shame—think warm pain doré au chocolat (chocolate French toast), quality breads and bagels and chocolate or plain croissants—and iPod docks on clock radios so you can listen to your own tunes as you work or play. (more…)