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November 29, 2021
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Sleep like a celeb

Our list of Canada’s most memorable hotels and inns

Hotels have long fallen victim to predictably bland design. But if you’re like us, choosing a hotel room isn’t always about what you need. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of what you want. And what we want for a weekend getaway is something memorable and a little extraordinary.

Storied stays

These properties are a revelation, a wistful trip back through time.

Tuck in with a chapter of alpine history at British Columbia’s Emerald Lake Lodge (tel: 800-663-6336;; low-season lodge doubles from $180) near Field. The lake was “discovered” by legendary explorer Tom Wilson during construction of the railway, and Canadian Pacific built a hotel on the lake in 1902.

Discover why the Fairmont Château Laurier (tel: 866-540-4410;; low season rates from $188) stalled its grand opening in 1912. Plaques in this Ottawa, ON, hotel link the delay to the sinking of the Titanic, for onboard the vessel was the mastermind behind the elegant resort, Charles Melville Hays, who perished en route to the gala.

Plenty of historic buildings in Old Montreal have been renovated as hotels, but none is older than the Hostellerie Pierre du Calvet (tel: 866 544-1725;; doubles from $295) . This limestone house near Bonsecours Market was built in 1725 and has an opulent interior fit for a travelling seigneur.

For the ultimate historical stay, book a room at The Lennox Inn (tel: 888-379-7605;; double with shared bath $95, with private bath $120), a 218-year-old Georgian charmer in historic Lunenburg, NS, which claims to be the oldest continuously operated inn in Canada.

For luxury that spans almost a century, relax at The Ryan Mansion (tel: 709-753-7926;; rates from $155) in St. John’s, NL. Legend says the grand staircase in the house and the grand staircase on the Titanic were crafted by the same man.

Star gazing

Celebrities love luxury — well, who doesn’t, really? So get treated like a VIP and maybe spot a few celebs in the process.

In Vancouver, top celeb magnets include the posh penthouse at Opus (tel: 866-642-6787;; doubles from $199), the Four Seasons (tel: 800-819-5053;; doubles from $210) Royal Suite and the new instant fave of hipsters, the Shangri-La (tel: 604-689-1120;; doubles from $290). Check-in at the Shangri-La makes everyone feel like a VIP: each guest is whisked immediately from the lobby to his room, where a private exchange occurs over a relaxing cup of tea.

Hungry? Swagger into Voya Restaurant & Lounge at the new Loden Hotel (tel: 877-563-3622;; doubles from $260) just like the celebs do. The kitchen is run by “Iron Chef” team member Marc-André Choquette. After dinner, enjoy the contemporary rooms with a sliding wall between the living room and bathroom that lets natural light in.

When shooting Chicago in Toronto, Queen Latifah swept in and took over SoHo Metropolitan Hotel’s (tel: 800-668-6600;; doubles from $235) three-storey, penthouse suite — complete with outdoor hot tub, rooftop terrace and in-suite glass elevator.

Dame Julie Andrews’ loyalty never strays from TO’s Sutton Place Hotel (tel: 866-378-8866;; doubles from $130). In fact, she stays so often that when the hotel renovated the penthouse suites in 2003, they let her decorate one. It’s all white, very elegant and very Malibu.

In Montreal, the Rolling Stones and Madonna head to Le St-James (tel: 866-841-3111;; doubles from $275 in bed-and-breakfast package) in Old Montreal. It’s ornate enough to satisfy Marie-Antoinette, and hip enough to have an executive suite with a leopard-print rug and upholstery.

Rooms with a view

For flat-out, jaw-dropping views, it’s tough to beat Vancouver Island’s Wickaninnish Inn (tel: 250-725-3100;; low-season rates start at $280), built so close to the Pacific Ocean that the windows in the dining room get lashed with salt water.

For more freshwater views, this time rimmed with the long granite fingers of the Canadian Shield, stay at the ultra-exclusive The Rosseau (tel: 888-236-2427;; doubles from $160). This hotel at Red Leaves Resort on Lake Rosseau in Ontario’s Muskoka region is nothing if not a balm to our frenetic lives.

Pull up an Adirondack chair and overlook the hills and lakes of the Mastigouche wildlife reserve from the Hotel Sacacomie (tel: 888-265-4414;; doubles from $215 including breakfast for two), in Quebec’s Lanaudière region.

Catch some sea air at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB, where the Rossmount Inn (tel: 877-529-3351;; doubles from $75) has chic country style and stunning views of Passamaquody Bay.

Or get riverside at the Ralph Lauren-like Trout Point Lodge (tel: 902-761-2142;; all inclusive rates are $434 per person per night, two-night minimum) near Kemptville, NS. This small luxury hotel offers haute dining and a gourmet cooking school.

Watch another of Canada’s oceans, the Atlantic, hiss and bubble up to your toes at Dalvay By The Sea (tel: 888-366-2955;; doubles start at $304 with dinner and breakfast for two), in Prince Edward Island National Park.


Courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission. The text has been modified from the original.

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