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“Obsessively hospitable without hinder” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fogo Island Inn

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Fogo Island Inn
210 Main Road, Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 2X0, Canada   |  
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“Obsessively hospitable without hinder”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were called "crazy" by our friends and family for going to Newfoundland in December. After a 5 night stay in the dazzlingly beautiful Fogo Island Inn, we think you are crazy if you don't go in the winter! Every turn, inside and outside of the Inn, had a refined wonderment to it. Each moment, from beginning to end, was spectacular. From the first glimpse of the surreal visual of the Inn that overlooks the North Atlantic, to the super warm reception of the staff upon arrival, to the interior of the elevator and then, to settle into a warm, immaculate, cozy room, confirmed that our decision to come all this way was correct. My wife and I amused ourselves by pointing out the obvious and sometimes not so obvious sensitivity to the detail that imbued the inn, the staff, the decor. We loved the mouth watering menu by Murray McDonald, the chef, who takes great pride in describing to you, in wonderful detail, what part of the island the food is from and how it is prepared. There is a gem of an art gallery inside the Inn that had on display a challenging exhibition for even this NYC gallery goer. The waves crashing on the rocks just outside the Inn, the scurrying red fox, the bald eagle hovering outside our window and the caribou crossing in front of us seemed typical for this place. Our Christmas week stay included a few feasts, a few live musicians, mixing with the locals, drinking some strong eggnog, Christmas morning breakfast in bed, individualized hand made stockings over the fireplace filled with gifts from the island and voluntary participation in a fun, traditional and social event called Mummering. The Fogo Island Inn is an experiment in civility and celebration. A unique concoction of old and new. It has set an unknown course for itself into the future. It would be wise for travelers looking for an Earth experience to jump aboard.
See you in another season Fogo!
PS I highly recommend taking a tour (free of course) to see the extreme architectural artist studios around the island.

Room Tip: Room 9 and 22(?) have views on three sides. All the rooms look over the North Atlantic.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Hello Lawrence,
We appreciate you taking the time to share your Christmas week experience with other travelers on TripAdvisor. Thank you!
I'm so pleased you were able to enjoy so much of what we have to offer. The holiday and winter season are a special time here and we, too, think one is crazy not to visit us in the winter, but we are so glad you're thinking to visit us again in another season. In the meantime....safe travels....
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

What an absolutely spectacular jaw-dropping spot!! Have you been? If not, get on it!!...This is an experience all lives-well-lived need to make happen!

For those of you who travel with; a love of fine aesthetics both indoor and out; a desire to tap into local communities to get a flavour of "real-life"; to eat local cuisine; to try new foods (newfoundland cuisine - to live for!); to meet local woman, men and families who are willing to share their memorable life stories wrapped in a big warm smile; to connect with fellow travellers/new friends from all over the globe; to touch different weather patterns all within the same day; to meet artists steeped in their craft, and to do this without compromising an ounce of luxury - wow, Fogo Island Inn is a destination to put on the bucket list and to visit over and over again.

Congratulations to all of you who have created this incredible spot. Bravo!

Room Tip: I had an opportunity to view a number of rooms and will say that all are unique and spectacular! I d...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Dear Safrata,
Thanks for your review. So glad you appreciated our "Jaw Dropping" location, "the fine aesthetics" and the "ability to tap into the local communities". We agree you'll want to visit over and over again, and at least experience more of our seven seasons.
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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

The Fogo Island Inn is nothing short of magical! From being greeted by Make 'n Brake, the resident Newfoundland dogs, to the most sublime view on the planet, not to mention the amazing staff whose humour and hospitality are outdone only by their generosity and charm. My stay was truly fantastic and I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Dear Aurora552013,
Thanks for your review. So glad to hear your experience was magical. What you felt is similar to what many guests have enjoyed during and after their visit. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I stayed with friends in November for three nights during gale-force winds and driving rain. The weather was challenging but exuberant, more than compensated for by absolutely outstanding, friendly service, where just about every need was anticipated and more than met. Intriguing world class meals with local ingredients; calming, inspiring interiors with pops of colour from beautifully locally made mats, cushions, quilts, and more; knowledgable and welcoming staff -- the best you will find anywhere. A lovely treat of a stay in the midst of the darker days of autumn, well described by other reviewers. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms have outstanding views of the ocean, with waves crashing not far from the floor to ceiling...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, December 21, 2013
Dear LRR_11,
Our location on the Labrador Current in the North Atlantic does provide for some exciting and exuberant weather during the fall season. We're so pleased you found great comfort inside with our service, architecture and "calming and inspiring" decor. Thanks so much your visit and review. Come back again in one of the other seven seasons here on Fogo Island.
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Fort McMurray
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently spent 3 nights at The Fogo Island Inn for our 31 st anniversary, and might I say our stay was awesome!From the cozy room with fabulous ocean view, the friendly staff, the hiking, and the delicious dining! Especially the tart no tart with the partridgeberry sorbet, we are still salivating when we think about it! We will definitely return! Thank you to everyone for making our anniversary a memorable one!cheers to u all! Allan /Doreen Wells, Fort McMurray,AB

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Doreen W, Thank you for you review. We were so pleased you chose the Inn for your special celebration. And very happy to hear that your stay was "awesome and memorable" We look forward to having you return to experience one of the other seven seasons here on Fogo Island.
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We recently visited the Fogo Island Inn for 2 days in November and it was absolutely outstanding. The staff was exceptionally friendly and made the experience memorable. The Inn is a sublime retreat from the stressors of everyday. The striking contemporary design of Todd Saunders complements the Island’s stark natural beauty. Chef McDonald created inspired cuisine & worked around a dietary restriction with creativity and ease. The gym was pristine and the entire Inn was well kept. The ocean view was extraordinary from our room and the fresh sea air refreshing. We recommend the Inn to anyone who loves contemporary design, appreciates breathtaking seaside vistas and desires some quiet time. Fogo Island is a very special place. After visiting you will be thankful to have experienced such hospitality and warmth.

~No matter how far away you are, visiting the inn is worth the trip~

Room Tip: Every room is a good room; all rooms face the water.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Dear NH,
We appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience at the Inn. So glad to know your stay was "absolutely outstanding", and that Chef Mcdonald's worked with your dietary restrictions and inspired you with his cuisine. We'd love to have you come back again in the near future.
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9 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Our group of 5 planned a two night visit but were so full of amazement, we stayed for three. If you want to see the most stunning, shocking landscapes, this is the place for you. What has been created here feels magical and while visiting you truly feel like you have been invited into a wonderful dream. The best food you can imagine, cozy beds and the comforts of the most welcoming, inviting home await. It is hands down my favourite destination on my travels thus far and I can't wait to come back again. The staff here are absolutely amazing. In fact, it doesn't feel like they "work" here as much as it feels as though they, too, enjoy being here. The people who do work here are proud of their island and home and you truly feel welcomed. Everything here was just right.

Room Tip: Every room is wonderful and each has an amazing ocean view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innkeeper C, General Manager at Fogo Island Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Dear Rosegoes,
Thank you for your visit and review. Glad to know that you were so full of amazement that you extended you stay another night. I have to admit, guests find it hard to part from here, and I know the team are truly proud to be here, and honoured to welcome guests to our home.
Look forward to seeing you again.
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Address: 210 Main Road, Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 2X0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Fogo Island > Joe Batt's Arm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Joe Batt's Arm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fogo Island Inn sits on an Island, off an Island, off one of the four corners of the Earth. Every one of our 29 one-of-a-kind guest suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet, located less than 100 feet from your organic natural-fibre dream bed. Most suites have a wood burning fireplace stove; all are furnished with quiet luxuries and handmade furniture and quilts - a stimulating relief from the numbing uniformity of modern times. Built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture, the award-winning Inn belongs to the community. And all surpluses from the operation are reinvested in the community to help secure a long-lasting resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland.Accolades: Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award, Culture, 2013.EnRoute Magazine Canada's Best New Restaurants, 2013.TIAC National Cultural Tourism Award, 2013. Tatler Travel Style with Soul Award, 2013.Architectural Digest Ten Daring New Buildings Around the World, 2013.Travel + Leisure It List, 2014. ... more   less 

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