At the end of my short trip to Ontario, Canada, I stayed the night in this BnB. A self-declared gem in Kingston, on the east end of Lake Ontario, and a gem it is. The BnB occupies all of a beautiful Victorian townhouse, the owners living i what from the outside looks like the attached garage portion of the house. No pity with the owners though: I would be surprised if they had not decorated their living quarters as lavishly as they have the guest part of the house. The interior of the townhouse has been decorated strictly, even to the extreme, in the Victorian style that befits the house. Very impressive, very well done and maintained. Had it been a museum I could even have visited it. But now, would I want to live in it?
In my opinion my home is there for me to enjoy. As a rule, my home adapts itself (or is adapted) to my lifestyle, to my way of living. In a museum or a museum-like home this is different. There, out of respect for what the museum and its treasures represent, I should make concessions and adapt myself. With the consequence that, no matter how much I admire the place, I cannot make myself feel really at home.
In a place like this I am inclined, therefore, to look at the small but inevitable imperfections. In fact I only came across two. The carpet in my room was ratheir stained, something which at first seemed due to its structure, but upon closer inspection appeared rather annoying stains near the bathroom section. Rather out of harmony with the otherwise spotlessly clean guesthouse. The other imperfection is the price. All inclused (even sales tax, which in Canada often is not quoted in or with the price) I payed Can $ 188 for one night, which is hefty for a place like this. In a town like this ...
Good that for these $ 188 I got some much appreciated bests. One of the best (if not THE best) guesthouse beds I have ever enjoyed. Very comfortable mattress, plenty of pillows in enough different shapes, sizes and grades of softness to make it oneself totally comfortable. And (wish I found that more often) with exactly the right choice of bedcovers, again allowing one to choose exactly the individually preferred weight and (cold or warm) temperature coverage.
This BnB is seemingly renowned for its breakfast. My high expectations were totally satisfied. A superb breakfast was served, with a well balanced set of components, and ample refills upon request. In general I found breakfasts in Canadian BnB's of a higher and more refined standard, incorporating a more imaginative view on the meal, than their European counterparts.
While writing this, I has come to my mind whay, despite all the objective praise for the place, I was not completely satisfied after all. What I missed was true emotion, I missed the soul of the place. Owners that were friendly, with some cosmetic dimension attached. Decorations that were impressive, giving me the feeling of restricted movement and making me to look for imperfections. Only the breakfast and the quality of the bed really convinced me: they were of outstanding quality. But that is what I wanted: an outstanding bed & breakfast, that is what I got. With a lot of impressive and to some extent cosmetic extra's ...
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.