The Walper is in a super old building. The character of the place is really cool, but after you get over the character it's just an old building. The rooms had an aged look (despite being recently renovated) and took forever to heat up, so we were pretty cold for a while. There is pretty much nothing to do in the area, either so go with someone you like spending time with.
The staff were really sweet. They accidentally gave us the wrong room (we were supposed to be in a suite but got put into a regular room) but corrected it right away. We also needed something printed off really desperately and they did it for us for no charge.
The attached cafe is really really great. I ate there for lunch the first day and breakfast the second day. The food at the Walper seems really over priced but at the cafe it was really reasonable and pretty delicious.
I think it was probably the best option in Kitchener, it just isn't a super great hotel. Its too old, the heating sucks (and dries you out), the bathroom was really super dated and you can hear EVERYTHING above you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1893 and renovated in 2011, and following in the footsteps of notable visitors, The Walper invites its guests to rediscover the hotel where guests have enjoyed the rich architectural details of a time gone by, blended with the attentive, warm and welcoming service only experience can deliver. Credited as the original commercial establishment in the town of Berlin, and recognized as the first to have hydropower, guests will be treated to a unique balance of history and modern comfort as they stay, dine, or celebrate in the hotel enjoyed by William Lyon Mackenzie King, Wilfrid Laurier, Pierre Trudeau and nearly every other Canadian Prime Minister. Among others, Eleanor Roosevelt enjoyed breakfast in the courtyard and Louis Armstrong played his trumpet off the King Street balcony. Guests are encouraged to explore the building that housed liquor smuggled by Al Capone and that hid Lady Gaga, the queen of display, who remained unrecognized days into her stay. Visitors will dine in the Ballroom where Lennox Lewis once fought, and relax in suites enjoyed by everyone from Royalty, to leaders in the Arts, Cultural, Technological, and Political Realms who have chosen The Walper as their preferred accommodation in the area for over 120 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walper Terrace Kitchener
- The Walper Hotel Kitchener, Ontario