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Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed October 16, 2016

This hotel is a hidden gem with a remarkable history and many eminent past guests. The idyllic setting is beautiful and serene, but centrally located, with many of Cape Breton's major attractions accessible within a maximum hour and a quarter drive. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with high ceilings and wood floors. Our bathroom was enormous, with a claw foot...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed August 22, 2016

We arrived when the staff were in town so found the nice note they left for us that said to make ourselves at home. We went for dinner and when we returned (around 8 pm) still there was no one at the desk or in the back. We left our own note that said we would be awake so if...

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Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed August 15, 2016

A beautiful historic building in beautiful spot. Charming folk architecture in the original, restored with great care. Elaine and Terry are wonderful, knowledgeable, cordial hosts. Possibly the best front porch in all of Cape Breton to watch the sunset.

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Toronto
Reviewed August 11, 2016

After my daughter's wedding week in Halifax, my husband and I were looking for a quiet spot for some R&R and from which we could explore Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail. The Grand Narrow Hotel was perfect. After a rough time finding it in the dark, we arrived at the lovingly restored grandeur of this historic property in the...

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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Stunning location with stunning views. Rooms are carefully restored, spacious but still rustic in some ways. Perfect for the setting. Our room overlooked the water and was light filled, but back rooms appeared to be smaller and dark. The owner was pleasant but not overly friendly. Breakfast was cold cereal and cold scones and biscuits. French toast was on offer...

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Reidsville, Georgia
Reviewed July 13, 2016

We had booked this on line after reading the reviews especially the one that said the yummy breakfast... The room that we paid the extra for overlooked the Barra Strait. The only thing I didn't like was the old claw foot tub with the linen draped tub surround while having a shower. The room was large and so was the...

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New Glasgow, Canada
Reviewed August 26, 2015

The Grand Narrows Hotel is a place where you can instantly feel connected to history. Having spent two days there helped us disconnect from the technology driven world and reconnect with the natural world in a serene, peaceful environment. We stayed in the large Bell Room facing the Barra Strait. The larger rooms act as sitting rooms where you can...

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Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 28, 2015

A building from the era of railway hotels - high ceilings, large rooms, wide corridors - in a most tranquil location - being run as a great B&B by enthusiasts who are restoring the building to its full glory while providing every modern comfort

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed September 1, 2014

We did not have the opportunity to stay overnight, but we did spend the afternoon here with a group of Gaelic enthusiasts. What a magnificent place! The owners have done a fabulous job decorating and upgrading and would have loved to have seen the rooms! We had afternoon tea with our group which was out of this world! Ceud mìle...

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Paisley, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 1, 2014

We chose the Grand Narrows hotel for a few nights in the middle of a self drive trip around Nova Scotia. The hope was to have quiet couple of nights to recharge the batteries. We could not have chosen a better place to stay, the hotel is indeed in a quiet, scenic, location away from the crowds. The rooms were...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Standing prominently on the eastern shores of the Barra Strait on the Bras d'Or Lakes, this grand three storey structure (Second Empire) was built as an elegant 15 bedroom hotel in 1887. With large gathering rooms, two full-length verandas, spacious bedrooms, and a grand winding staircase. It features the privacy and space of a hotel with the added touch of a friendly rural B&B. Our location on a large beachfront property ensures that guests can enjoy swimming in the clean, crystal waters of Bras d'Or, the largest and most beautiful salt-water lake in the world. Stroll down a quiet country road that hugs the shoreline where two natural marshes provide shelter to an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Watch the eagles soar overhead, and enjoy still summer evenings on the front veranda with breathtaking sunsets over the hills of Iona. The Barra Strait Marina and Wheelhouse Café are only a few steps away, which adds to the charm of Grand Narrows. The Grand Narrows Hotel B&B is conveniently located in Central Cape Breton, making it the ideal base for travelling to many of the island's destinations, such as the Highland Village Museum, The Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisbourg, numerous golf courses, and more. The Grand Narrows Hotel B&B was built to coincide with the new Inter-colonial Railway and accommodated passengers from both rail and ferry. The hotel's historic guest registers boast the names of many prosperous and distinguished people, including: Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Charles Tupper, U.S. Presidents Cleveland, Roosevelt and Taft, and many other leaders of industry. Our accommodations include four renovated rooms with private baths, three with queen bed and one with a double. The hotel still offers the same enchanting setting that it once did more than 100 years ago. Breakfast is included. Available for weddings, rehearsal parties, family reunions, and special events. Hotel guests included Alexander Graham Bell, King George VI, Sir Charles Tupper, Lord Stanley,Teddy Roosevelt, William H. Taft and Grover Cleveland and many others. Only 4hrs. from Halifax. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Grand Narrows Hotel

Address: 11 Derby Point Rd, Grand Narrows, Nova Scotia B1T 1E1, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Grand Narrows
Price Range: $53 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Narrows Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Front rooms have fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding hills.”
 of 5 bubbles Jplusg, Oct 16, 2016 | Read review
“iwould think all rooms would be a good room but spend the extra and get a water view”
 of 5 bubbles MrBean30453, Jul 13, 2016 | Read review
“There is at least one room with a walk in shower, rather than a tub, for those who may require it...be sure to ask.”
 of 5 bubbles PatM971, Aug 26, 2015 | Read review
“We had a room at the front with views across the lake which are beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles danusia3591, Jul 28, 2015 | Read review
“Try for a lake view room.”
 of 5 bubbles ICMPaisley, Sep 1, 2014 | Read review
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