Hidden in a non-descript brick building at the end of Duckworth, this bed and breakfast was a total gem! It doesn't look like much from the outside, but from the moment you walk in, it is obvious that the owners have really put lots of care and effort into creating a charming oasis.
However, it's not really set up like a traditional B & B in the sense there isn't a lot of interaction with the owners. You make a reservation online, and get a confirmation with a key code to the building. Once you're in, you find directions to your room taped to the screen door, and your room key taped on your room door. We never saw the owners at all (they are very hands off and busy running their restaurant). There is a housekeeper in the mornings and afternoons to make sure everything runs smoothly. Once we got used to this more independent approach, we actually enjoyed just being on our own.
We stayed in a queen room with an ensuite bathroom for $89/night - what a steal! The bedroom and bathroom were spacious and clean, with modern decor. The bed was very comfy, although it did tend to creak quite a bit. There was also a variety of in-room amenities, e.g., wireless internet (very fast, and best of all, free!), coffee maker, mini-fridge, TV etc. Although the owners cautioned that we might hear some noise, we actually found the room very quiet. We could hear the footsteps of guests using the stairs, and also some noise from the nearby pub, but not enough to really notice. Oh and the room does get a little stuffy, but there is a little table fan supplied to help with circulation. The view was really crappy (all you see are rooftops), but hey, we weren't really there to stare out the window. :)
The dining room was similarly quite elegant. Our rate included breakfast, and it was soooo nice to get some hot food early in the morning. We had pancakes one morning, french toast the next, and bacon and eggs on our last day. There was coffee, tea, croissants, cereal, fruit salad available as well.
I think the best part of the Duckworth Bed and Breakfast is it's location. It's a couple of blocks from some pretty nice restaurants on Duckworth, and superclose to Water Street, where there is some really great shopping and food. So nice to be able to stroll down and just enjoy the sights of downtown St. John's. There's also street parking right outside the building (free during evenings and weekends).
BTW, the best restaurant in NFLD is Atlantica in Portugal Cove (about a 30 min drive from downtown). The food is GLORIOUS! Fresh, creative and simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We also like Basho (Japanese fusion) and Aqua.
In summary, we had a wonderful stay and would definitely be back. Highly recommended ... you won't be disappointed.
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