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Fogo Island Inn

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Travelers' Choice 2019 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Fogo Island Inn sits on an Island, off an Island, at one of the four corners of the Earth. Every one of our 29 one-of-a-kind guest rooms and suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet, located less than 100 feet from your organic natural-fibre dream bed. Most rooms have a wood burning fireplace stove; all are furnished with quiet luxuries and handmade furniture and quilts - a stimulating relief from the numbing uniformity of modern times. Built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture, the Inn belongs to the community. And all surpluses from the operation are reinvested in the community to help secure a long-lasting resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Recent recognitions: Travel + Leisure’s Best Resort Hotel, Canada 2017 & 2018; TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award, 2015-2018; Travel + Leisure's 100 Best Hotels in the World, 2016-2018; Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, 2015 & 2016.
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For some, Fogo Island is one of the four corners of the flat Earth; for others, it is a bit of heaven on Earth. It takes effort and some serious cash to get to the Inn but it is well worth it, at least for the two of us. The Inn was every bit as spectacular up close as it is in photographs. It is well-maintained and staffed with people who seem authentically happy to work there and assist you. It truly is all inclusive. We were told if we decided to dine outside the Inn, we would not have to pay as the meal is included in the room fee. This is one of the efforts of the Inn to boost the local economy. Our room had an unobstructed view of the ocean and so many unexpected conveniences. My husband had to take videos of the toilet that was FULLY automatic - seat that lifted for male and female use, heated seat, bidet. The morning began with tea/coffee and snack at the door, then breakfast, etc. We hated to come home. It wasn't all perfect, but pretty near!!!
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My husband I and spent the first three days of June at the Fogo Island Inn. My main goal, on this, our second trip to Newfoundland, was to see icebergs, but I got so much more.... Every other reviewer has written about the architecture, the food (we'd had Gushue's creations closer to home at Langdon Hall in Ontario, so I knew how unique the dishes would be), the rooms with their gorgeous views, and the wonderful, friendly service. The latter is what I want to focus on here. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, and I only wish I could remember the names of every person who worked at the inn, because they were all cheerful, kind, polite, professional, and warmly welcoming. The names I do remember: Rose-Marie, the untiring and always smiling Community Host Coordinator; Al Dwyer, who took us on a wonderful hike of Lion's Den; his brother, Roy, who drove us around the island on a rainy day and treated us to local stories, poetry, and a meeting with a local artist; Aubrey and Marie Payne, who hosted the first crab-boil of the season at the "shed"; Carol Penton, who played her guitar and sang from the heart; and Marlene, Samantha, Sonya and Emily who, along with other front-desk staff and servers whose names I can't recall, always did their best to answer every question and request and make our days utterly fantastic. I believe most of the names of I've mentioned -- if not all -- are Fogo Island natives, or at least Newfoundlanders, and it's clear they love their home and are happy to welcome us "come from aways." You cannot find a more wonderful group. THANK YOU, each of you, for making this 60th-birthday trip of mine absolutely perfect!
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Our stay was for 3 nights. We truly admire the philosophy behind the Inn and the passion from those that created it. All staff are kind and genuine. The architecture and setting are impressive. The food is done to a very high standard; no complaints there. Our general exception is with the communication. Examples (not exhaustive): Getting to the Inn from the airport and back via the Inn-arranged driver and ferry took considerably longer than expected, and together took up more than a day; if we had known, then we would have seriously considered the helicopter transfer option, at least one way. e.g. to make our 4:30 PM return flight meant leaving the Inn at 8:45 AM We had great difficulties getting on the boat trip to see the iceberg. We thought this was pre-arranged for our first full day (weather permitting) and was our primary reason for coming. When checking in our query was dismissed as a non-issue, but our experience was otherwise. Prior weather created a backlog of guests waiting for the same, and we were bumped - I suggest additional boats should have been arranged to allow everyone’s expectations to be met when the weather allowed. We effectively wasted a day wandering around wondering if we would make the add-on evening trip (the boat having made 2 trips earlier the same day) but it was cancelled last minute due to wind. The stress from being bumped and wondering if our opportunity was lost put a dark cloud over that day. Fortunately, the weather improved again allowing us to join the next day cruise and we had a wonderful experience. Do not expect that all activities will be available to you - space is limited for some. There is apparently lounge menu, but we were never made aware. Given the considerable expense and lofty expectations generated by the Inn and other reviewers, the experience fell short for us.
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Response from Innkeeper C, Director of Guest Experience at Fogo Island Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank You CanadaArmando for your review. I am very happy to know that you enjoyed many aspects of our inn such as our philosophy, genuine staff, food and impressive setting. It sounds like our communication fell short in a few areas of your experience. We try and communicate as much as possible prior to our guests arrival and during their stay. Being situated, as we are, on the North Atlantic in the Labrador current leaves us at the mercy of the winds and waves especially when it comes to ocean experiences. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with us. We value our guests feedback so much and I am super happy to know that you did get out to enjoy the boat tour. All the best, Amanda
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It is difficult to describe not just the Inn but the place. The architecture by Todd Saunders is reminiscent of the "stages" dotting the shorelines where fisherman for hundreds of years caught and prepared their fish. Magically thoughtful from the building design to the crafting of the furniture and textiles by local artists, there is nothing quite like it. Farm to table menus were exceptional. Meeting guests from around the world, with only 29 rooms all with incredible views, was easy. You are welcomed and made to feel like family because that is the culture, the place and the people. Make sure you take in hikes like Lion's Den, Joe Blatt's arm to the Great Auk, berry picking in the Fall, crab and lobster evenings in the "shed" with 20 new friends or relaxing in the wood burning sauna or hot tub. There are very few places in the world, so far, that can compare to Fogo Inn. You must go.
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Response from Innkeeper C, Director of Guest Experience at Fogo Island Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Roving29070725818 thank you so much for the beautiful heartfelt review. You have captured, so well, the essence of the inn and its beautiful meaning and presence in the world. We try in all ways to put immense thought and love into every decision we make and every detail we expose our guests to. I am so happy to read the words that you feel like family... that tells me we are doing the right things. Looking forward to next time, Amanda
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My husband and I just returned from 5 days at the Fogo Island Inn and we are just ecstatic about our stay..From the first moment we arrived there was such attention from every Staff Member to creating a superior guest experience. Nothing that we asked for was any trouble. Our greatest delight was the magical meals prepared by Chef Jonathan Gushue. I am a dedicated Foodie and I have never been treated to such creative combinations of flavours and textures in every dish. I have travelled and eaten around the world for 40 plus years and this restaurant is in my top 5. The first of the season Crab Boil was also not to be missed. And the Inn's Community Host Concept is very special and a most authentic way to experience local culture. You have raised the bar on creating travel memories to last a lifetime, Fogo island Inn!
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Response from Innkeeper C, Director of Guest Experience at Fogo Island Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Hello loriWyson and thank you for the 5 Star review. Having you with us for 5 days was a pleasure in itself. I am so pleased to hear that you found yourself looked after in every way. True and genuine care of our guests is our priority one. I also must say that I so agree that the crab boil is not to be missed. Take Care of yourselves and I am looking forward to when our paths cross again already. Until Soon, Amanda
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$1,704 - $1,967 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CanadaNewfoundland and LabradorNewfoundlandFogo IslandJoe Batt's Arm
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