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“A Lovely Respite from the Trail” 4 of 5 stars
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Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   383 Middle Head Peninsula, Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Ingonish
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“A Lovely Respite from the Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Traveling the Cabot Trail in October is stunning, without a doubt, but we like to stop and enjoy the views and vistas over a nice lunch and at this time of year many things have closed along the Trail, but not the the Keltic Lodge. Off the main lobby of the lodge, there's a large open space with lots of intimate sitting areas that make you feel like you're in your own home. We arrived late for lunch, about 1:30 p.m., and the lounge was empty with the exception of one couple in a far corner, and the bar staff, two young women who spent a very fortunate summer season working at this incredible location. The Keltic Lodge is on the Trail and over looks the ocean. The bar was comfortable so we ordered a simple lunch there looking out to the ocean - local oysters (the best we have ever had) and a spinach salad. Simple and delicious, and the room and staff were warm and friendly. This is a must for anyone who wants a good lunch in truly comfortable surroundings.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to enjoy lunch at the Keltic Lodge and for taking the time to share this review and these beautiful photos. We’re delighted that you were able to enjoy the gorgeous fall colours surrounding Cape Breton this fall. It’s a beautiful time of year to explore the Cabot Trail.

We’re glad you found our oysters and spinach salad so tasty! We hope we get the chance to welcome you back to the Keltic Lodge next season.

Until next time,
Matthew Mackenzie.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Milltown, New Jersey
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you want to see the magnificence of coastal Nova Scotia (including whale sightings and soaring bald eagles), then this is the place. The ambiance is dated though and a bit seedy, and the food is consistently average. But, the views were just beyond belief and for that alone it was worth the drive out there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
What a review, thank you for sharing these kind words with us. We’re thrilled that you had the opportunity to enjoy the remarkable views, experience whale watching and go eagle spotting during your stay.

We hope we have the chance to welcome you back to our Cape Breton resort next season.

Until then,
Matthew Mackenzie
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you are looking for a breathtaking scenic adventure with the flavor of Scotland and Ireland, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia is a great destination and the Keltic Lodge is the perfect place to stay in this paradise! The staff and the ambiance are reminicent of days gone by. From the moment we checked in until we left we were made to feel welcome in every way. We went when the colors were vibrant and the Celtic music was everywhere!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful comments with us. We’re thrilled that you enjoyed our scenic location, welcoming staff and the traditional Cape Breton hospitality we provide.

It sounds like you had a very enjoyable and memorable stay. We hope your travels bring you back to the area again soon.

Until next time,
Matthew Mackenzie
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The service we received was very good at the front desk. The room looked lovely & actually had a bit of a view, but it was very hot all night even with the windows wide open. I think it was above the kitchen.
We were told that this was "the" place to stay on the Cabot Trail, but I'm afraid it just didn't live up to our expectations.
The restaurant dinner really let us down. This is what ruined the whole experience for us. See my review of the Purple Thistle Dining room.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay at our Cape Breton resort and for sharing this review with us. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our scenic property and friendly service.

We’re sorry to hear about your less than expected experience. We strive to provide exceptional services to our guests and we want to apologize for not meeting those expectations.

I would encourage you to reach out to me directly so we can further discuss these issues via mmackenzie@kelticlodge.ca. We hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again next season.

Until next time,
Matthew Mackenzie
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for three nights at the Keltic Lodge, and were disappointed in the experience. We had stayed there several years ago, but it seems that things have changed. First, the room was very noisy. The hardwood floors are nice, but don't provide any sound insulation. During one night (approximately 1 a.m.), we were awakened by a woman outside in the hall who was arguing loudly over her cell phone. After someone complained, she moved outside, but we still heard her yelling and crying. This went on for about an hour.

The food in the main dining room was a highlight before, but only average now. The breakfast buffet was a big disappointment.

The property is beautiful, and the lounge was great. We enjoyed Cyril MacPhee's music there each night.

The hiking trail on the property is really beautiful.

All in all, it was an overpriced, disappointing experience. I doubt that we would stay there again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your Keltic Lodge experience. We want to sincerely apologize that our resort didn’t meet your expectations.

Please feel free to contact me at mmackenzie@kelticlodge.ca so we can further discuss your experience. We’d love to welcome you back to the Keltic Lodge again for the authentic experience we’re known to provide.

Until next time,
Matthew Mackenzie
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

When we arrived, they had put us in one of the buildings that was not the main hotel. The room was musty smelling, and needed quite a bit of work. After seeing another room in the same building, we were finally relocated to a room in the main hotel--problem solved! I could not have spent 1 hour, let alone 3 nights in the first building--I am not sure how anyone can stand it?!?

The hotel grounds are very nice, and the staff was generally pleasant. The location is beautiful, and the views cannot be beat. I don't think there are many other choices if you want a hotel near/practically on the Cabot Trail. The food was ok.

Prior to our stay at the Keltic Lodge, we stayed at their sister hotel, Digby Pines, and LOVED it! Everything at Digby Pines seemed nicer, the staff was friendlier, the grounds better... After being at the Digby Pines, maybe our expectations were too high...in comparison, the Keltic Lodge was a bit of a let down.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share this review with us. We’re happy to hear that we were able to assist you on property. We can promise you that we’re going to be looking into your comments in regards to the Inn at Keltic.

We’re delighted that you enjoyed our historic resort, beautiful grounds, and pleasant staff. We hope to welcome you back to the Keltic Lodge in the future.

Until then,
Matthew Mackenzie
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Camarillo
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We did a Canadian Maritime trip and went around the Cabot Trail. Stayed at the Keltic Lodge for three nights. The room was comfortable and the grounds were beautiful. Had dinner in the Sitting Room and Bar two nights and the mail restaurant the other night. The food was good and the service was excellent. The music in the bar was very very good.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Keltic Lodge during your Canadian adventure. We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed our comfortable rooms, beautiful grounds, Highland Sitting Room, and local entertainment.

We hope your future adventures will bring you back to the area again.

See you then,
Matthew Mackenzie
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Additional Information about Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

Address: 383 Middle Head Peninsula, Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Ingonish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Ingonish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic Cape Breton resort, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, is located in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Just 2 hours from Sydney, NS and a scenic 5 hour drive from Nova Scotia’s capital city Halifax, the 105 room resort has been welcoming guests to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia since July 1940. Keltic offers versatility for Cape Breton accommodations with rooms in the main lodge, spacious rooms in the Inn at Keltic and cozy two and four bedroom cottages with fireplaces and verandas. The Cape Breton resort is the perfect spot for a Nova Scotia family vacation with recreation facilities on-site or nearby that include a heated outdoor pool, Atlantic Ocean Ingonish Beach, hiking, wilderness trails, lawn games, whale watching, Aveda Spa and boat cruises. Adjacent to the resort is the Cape Breton golf icon, the 18 hole championship Highlands Links Golf Course, ranked by Score Golf Magazine as Atlantic Canada's Top Public Course in 2009. The Cape Breton golf course, rich in the Scottish tradition, has been restored to Stanley Thompson's magnificent original design. The Purple Thistle Breakfast Room and Atlantic Restaurant and Bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offer a comfortable dining experience and traditional Maritime menu. The Highland Sitting Room features a pub menu for lunch and dinner and nightly live Celtic entertainment. Nova Scotia conferences are welcome at Keltic Lodge with 13,000 sq ft of meeting space spread throughout the resort utilizing the restaurants and bars for private functions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Keltic Lodge Resort And Spa
Keltic Hotel Ingonish
Keltic Resort Ingonish
Keltic Lodge Nova Scotia
Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa Ingonish, Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Island

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