My husband and I stayed at the Charles Inn in early June for our wedding anniversary. We loved it – very charming. One has to remember that this house was built in 1832 so yes there are some imperfections, such as, the parlour doors hanging askew in the dining room but that just adds to its character and charm.
We booked the Richardson room which is the original master bedroom in the house. The room was wonderful and very clean. I was surprised to discover that the picture on the website was incorrect because the room has been recently renovated and it looks nothing like the web picture. The redecorated room was very modern looking and I’ve posted a picture. The weekend we choose was cool at night so the fireplace was a welcome addition. The bathroom was adequate in size and also very clean. There was a large flat screen TV above the fireplace. The private balcony off the room was very large and a lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine or a morning cup a coffee.
Previous reviews have mentioned that you can hear the kitchen and dining room noise from the rooms –and if you retire early - yes you can. We enjoyed a night at the theatre and then a late night drink so we didn’t find it too noisy. One has to remember that this is a house not a large hotel, so you can hear noise on the first floor. Also I found that the kitchen smells permeated the entire inn as it would in any house when someone is cooking in the kitchen.
We ate in the dining room and found the food delicious. We were very full by the end of the meal and could barely get through dessert. The waiter was wonderful, funny and very courteous. My only complaint was that with the amount of money that people pay to stay here, one would think that the armchairs at your dining table would not have large tears in them. It’s a minor complaint that didn’t affect our evening or stay there. Breakfast was included and from the reviews I thought it would be meagre however, I found it to be more than adequate (see picture).
It was a little expensive for us but worth it for our anniversary and we loved that we could walk everywhere since it was close to the main areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment that you walk through the door, you will know that this 1832 Inn is truly a special place. This luxurious Manor House offers 4-diamond accommodation and dining. Many of the rooms have wood burning or gas fireplaces; glass enclosed rain-head showers or jet-air tubs and private verandahs to enjoy the view of the golf course, main street or Lake Ontario. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Charles Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake