We are staying in the Charles Inn's Safari room and wanted to warn others who are thinking of booking here. The hotel is charming, quaint and all that but the Safari room is less than ideal. It's up on the third floor (attic really) in an historic hotel with no elevator. The door into the room opens directly onto, and I mean onto! (no landing or space to stand) a very narrow and steep flight of stairs. Once up the stairs, you are met with low, irregular and sloping ceilings that are easy for my husband and I to hit our heads on (he's 6'-0"; I'm 5'-2"). The room is big enough but you just can't use all the space because of the ceilings. It is dimly lit and the furnishings are tired. The bed pillows DESPERATELY need replacing. I wish hotels would recognize that pillows are key to a good nights' sleep and keep on top of keeping them fresh. The bed slept fine though so that's a good thing. The bathroom's square footage is ample but again the ceilings make it feel tiny. It's VERY easy to hit your head in there, especially directly in front of the sink which is where you spend the most time. There is a lovely soaking tub and small shower. I can't speak to other rooms as we've not seen them but from other reviews it seems they are small too. Our room just doesn't measure up to what I was expecting for over $300 USD/night. I guess you are paying for location mostly.
We ate in the Hob Nob restaurant our first night and had a lovely meal. The ambiance was intimate and conducive to quiet conversation. The food was very good. We are not wine drinkers per say but I did enjoy a glass of reisling with dinner.
- 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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- The Charles Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake