My wife and I had the great pleasure of staying at the Charles Inn this past weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversry.
We stayed in the "Verandah Room". I have not seen any of the other rooms (outside of the pictures provided on the website), but it was amazing. Even the pictures on the website cannot do it justice. ~10 foot celings, double doors that open onto a private screened verandah, luxurious linens, and a quaint sitting area make this a perfect weekend getaway.
To say that the food at the Charles Inn's dining room is "extrordinary" is certainly an understatement. It is a true culinary experience. The chef was providing an "amuse bouche" while you waited for your first course - an unsolicited (and free) morsel of food. A beautifully creamy chilled asparagus soup dressed with some creme fraiche. A great conversation piece while waiting for the food! It goes without saying that the food was absolutely top-notch.
The service at the Charles Inn is what ties all of its excellent pieces together and makes a truly memorable experience. Every interaction that we had with a staff member was absolutely positive and left us with a great feeling. Our server at dinner was amazing and really transformed it from a "meal" to an "experience". The front desk staff are fantastic - never to be seen without a smile on their faces, and more than willing to help you with any request you might have. They arranged everything for us on our weekend - a carriage ride around Niagara-on-the-Lake (it was our first time in NOTL, what a beautiful town!), and spa treatments at a local spa with which they are affiliated (the spa was fantastic as well!)
The Charles Inn seems to know that it's the little things that make a great experience. Something as simple as putting a card in the room before check-in congratulating us on our first anniversary really made for a great stay.
This review may sound overly "gushy", but we only checked out yesterday and we're already trying to think of an excuse to go back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Charles Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake