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10 Cool Kid-Friendly Hotels Across Canada

By LIZ BRUCKNER

FantasyLand Hotel at the West Edmonton Mall

Complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi aside, when visiting a hotel with the shorter set, it’s the kid-specific perks that garner real praise with parents. From kid concierges to in-hotel scavenger hunts, these nationwide homes-away-from-home earn serious child-friendly clout. (more…)

Canada's Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

Owner's Suite terrace at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Want to live the life of an A-lister in Canada? In addition to the de rigueur European vehicle and the haute couture clothing labels, those who live well travel well, too.

A night's stay in one of these exclusive hotel suites may cost more than a monthly mortgage payment.

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Hotel of the Week: Abigail’s Hotel—Victoria, British Columbia

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

A peaceful retreat from the busy streets of Victoria, this Tudor-revival-style bed-and-breakfast is three blocks from the Inner Harbour area, close enough to walk from where the seaplanes land.

The main portion of the 23-room Abigail’s Hotel was built in the 1930s as the Bessborough Apartments, named after the Governor General of Canada at the time, the Earl of Bessborough. In 1985 the building was converted to a bed-and-breakfast inn, undergoing a careful restoration, and was listed on the Historic Registry of the City of Victoria. The property has received awards many times over: it was on the TripAdvisor Best Hotels list of 2012 and was named one of the 10 most romantic B&Bs for 2012 by BedandBreakfast.com. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Skoki Lodge—Lake Louise, Alberta

By SHANNON KELLY

Opened in 1931, Skoki Lodge was Canada’s first commercial ski lodge. The National Historic Site in the Canadian Rockies‘ Banff National Park still retains an early 20th-century charm, due in no small part to its remote location. No roads lead to the log-cabin lodge, which is an 11-kilometre (three- to five-hour) steady, gradual uphill hike or ski from Lake Louise Ski Area, and you’ll have to trek in with all your gear—the lodge doesn’t provide any transport. (more…)

Hotel of the Week: Harbour House Hotel—Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

By SHANNON KELLY

The pretty Victorian-era town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has no shortage of impeccably designed accommodations, but the Harbour House Hotel has something just a bit special. A boutique hotel with 31 rooms and suites, it is an excellent option if you’re seeking the coziness of a B&B—where staff go above and beyond and often greet you by name—without intimate breakfast-with-the-owner chats. (more…)

12 of Canada’s Most Unusual Hotels

By MIMI SZETO

Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, BC (Photo: TJ Watt)

These twelve unique hotels, from icy igloos to luxury yurts, range from the strange and adventurous to the fabulously one-of-a-kind and luxurious. For travellers seeking fun, nontraditional romance, the most remote of nature retreats or get-away-from-it-all relaxation, any of these hotels will earn ultimate bragging rights back home. (more…)

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…)

Canada’s Tallest Hotel To Open in Niagara Falls

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Screengrab, NiagaraFallsReview.ca

Preliminary plans for a 60- and 61-story, two-tower hotel—the tallest hotel in Canada—have been approved for Niagara Falls. (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…)

Hotel of the Week: Stewart House Inn—Stratford, Ontario

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

By Sanam Islam

Photo: Irene Miller

Built in 1870, the Stewart House Inn combines old-world elegance with modern-day comforts. Surrounded by century-old black walnut and pine trees, the inn is on an acre of woodlands overlooking the Avon River parklands, yet is just two blocks from downtown Stratford. Owners Marc Armstrong and his wife Lynn Logie aim to create a high-end, five-star experience for guests, who have included veteran Stratford Shakespeare Festival thespian Christopher Plummer. Each day starts with a homemade gourmet, locally sourced breakfast and in-room silver coffee or tea service and ends with a personalized note and evening treat like cookies or fresh fruit. (more…)

The Most Extravagant Hotel Perks in Canada and Around the World

By SHANNON KELLY

Silver Screening Room at the Hazelton Hotel, Toronto (Photo: courtesy Hazelton Hotel)

You’ve probably heard of—or even experienced—hotels with luxury perks like pillow menus, elegant spas and golf pros, but what about a soap concierge, in-room mixologist or (for the morning after) a hangover recovery concierge? Departures magazine has a list of some of the world’s most outrageous hotel amenities.

We also found some serious luxury perks at Canadian hotels: (more…)