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“Absolutely perfect place to stay in Kingston 15 out of 10!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   73 Sydenham Street South, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3H3, Canada   |  
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Ranked #5 of 24 Kingston B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Absolutely perfect place to stay in Kingston 15 out of 10!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed in the Theresa room which had a king size 4 poster bed and a fireplace and was quite spacious. Overall the room was exquisite - beautifully appointed, wonderful antique furniture and a really comfortable mattress. The room, and overall B & B was extremely clean and well kept and situated in an ideal location. The owner was very welcoming and made wonderful breakfasts.

We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back - highly recommend!!

P and L from Ottawa

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice - we loved the Theresa room
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Kathy D, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. Theresa's is a very lovely room! I hope you can stay again soon.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Port Hope, Canada
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This was our third stay at this lovely inn and we enjoyed it every bit as much as the previous two visits. Our first visit was a weekend stay. Our second visit was a family vacation for three nights during March break and this last time we stayed for 5 nights. We stayed in the "Retreat" room which is the only room in the inn with no bathroom attached. The size of the room and the beautifully appointed bathroom more than make up for the minor inconvenience of having to walk a few steps down the hall to go to the loo. Breakfasts prepared in this place are a work of art and more than ample food to keep you going to dinner time without needing to eat again. The side garden has now been opened up by the new owner and provides a quiet and gentle place to perform morning T'ai Chi. Coffee and hot water are provided from 7 a.m. along with two papers. We spent a fair bit of time just enjoying the front porch and prize winning gardens along with the very thoughtful offering of homemade cookies and lemonade at 4 p.m. every day. Kathy, the gentle woman who owns the place and her darling helper (chamber maid, housekeeper, cook) Shirley, could not have been more welcoming or kind. After only two visits, we felt like we were going to visit dear, old friends and they made us feel very special and happy to be there. We have made so many nice memories on our last few holidays to Kingston and it is due in no small amount to the pleasantness of this beautiful house and its lovely people. The location allows us to park the car and walk to just about everything we want to see and do in Kingston. The beds are comfy and smell so very good. Everything is lovely and clean. Nothing is too much trouble. I am sticking with my goal of returning to this lovely place until I have slept in every room and look forward very much to our next visit. I highly, highly recommend it. Our sincere thanks to Kathy and Shirley for making such a lovely stay for us.

Room Tip: "Theresa's room" is our favourite room so far. "The Turret" room has a lovel...
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Kathy D, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
It was wonderful to see you both again and have you enjoy all that Kingston has to offer. We look forward to your next stay. Have a lovely rest of summer!
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Guilford
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6 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed five nights in order to explore Kingston and surrounding countryside. The inn is beautiful and the service wonderful. Breakfast varied each day and was always a delight. Afternoon treats on the front porch were a special touch. Kathy helped with local attractions and directions. Downtown Kingston and the university are within walking distance, yet getting out of the city is easy. We highly recommend the Secret Garden.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kathy D, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
I am so glad you enjoyed your extended stay in Kingston and at The Secret Garden. I hope you will visit again!
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here in June in the Victoria Rose room during our recent visit to Canada.
It is a lovely old building, full of period detail, in a good location within walking distance to downtown.The room was very clean and comfy with a 4 poster bed, but the tv was very small .
The bathroom had a slipper bath, which is a bit difficult to get into and out of, and the shower over the bath is a little difficult to operate. Breakfast was very nicely cooked and presented. Cathy, the owner was happy to give advice and recommendations about where to eat, etc. Overall a very good stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. It's a treat to host people from all over the world. I hope you can come back sometime!
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Lakewood, Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

This is a wonderful place to stay. Theresa's room, where we stayed, is large with a sitting area. Breakfast is a gourmet treat! Easy walking to Princess Street and Queen's University.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Kathy D, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, April 8, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. I hope you come again!
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Port Hope, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Well I had a few worries about the Inn changing hands but they were quickly put to rest when I took my family on a recent mini-vacation. Kathy, the new owner has been trained in the ways of the force by Warren and Gary, the previous owners. Her breakfasts are delicious and beautifully served. The rooms are wonderfully clean and amazingly decorated. Afternoon tea is a thoughtful and welcome addition to the day. She knows every inch of Kingston and is happy to share her knowledge be it directions to a place or the history of the area. Loved staying there and plan to go back in the summer. Thanks Kathy!

Room Tip: So far we have stayed in Theresa's room and Angel's Watch. Our girls stayed in the Turret ro...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kathy D, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, March 18, 2012
So glad you enjoyed your family time. Looking forward to seeing you this summer when the garden is in bloom!
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Toronto
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We recently had a lovely visit at the Secret Garden. The house is a delightful explore of antique furniture, stained glass, good books, and poster beds. The innkeeper, Kathy, is engaging and knowledgeable, giving us the grand tour of the house along with its history. The rooms are beautifully decorated in the period and, as noted in earlier reviews, the parlor is a relaxing spot to decompress. Breakfast was delicious and the servings generous. We are looking forward to coming back in warmer weather to sit out on the verandah!

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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morkx1, Owner at Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, March 16, 2012
I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your interest and delight in the house! I look forward to welcoming you again.
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Address: 73 Sydenham Street South, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3H3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Kingston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Kingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Secret Garden Inn is fully restored and historically designated, was built in 1888 in the Queen Anne Victorian style, and is located in the heart of Kingston's historic district next to downtown. Features gorgeous principal rooms, 7 exquisite guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, queen or king beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, onsite parking, and award winning gardens. Enjoy our complimentary gourmet style breakfast that has made us famous! ... more   less 
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