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Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858
Ranked #4 of 14 Saint John B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 27, 2011

This was the first stop on our honeymoon, and we were very pleasantly surprised. The location is nice, and the house is really really lovely. Since we were honeymooners, we admit that we did not exactly hang out so much in the common areas, but we really enjoyed our room. It was spacious and pretty, with a very comfortable bed. I'll admit I was surprised with the view - the harbor that we could see was very industrial and there's a major highway that goes over it. So, it wasn't exactly the country idyll that I would have preferred, but honestly, it wasn't that big of a deal. The hosts were really sweet, and their dogs are precious, but they only let them out because I asked to see and pet them (I'm a huge animal lover) - so don't worry if you're not big on animals.
The breakfasts are delicious and the kitchen/dining area is so pretty!
I have nothing bad to say about the place at all, but we just weren't that crazy about Saint John. Honestly, I didn't find a whole lot about it that was worth staying for very long. I could have made this more of a day-trip site than a stay. But this isn't anything against Homeport, which was lovely.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2011

Hi

Thanks for the review but sorry we did not fit the fishing village setting you where hoping for. Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick with a population of around 150,000 in the greater Saint John area and as such does have highways and a large working port with seagoing vessels that make calls here. It is also the fourth largest and fastest growing cruise destination in Canada with 12 different cruise lines and around 80 boat visits a season. It is a large working port. But the citys size also allows us a vibrant urban centre with shopping, wine bars and pubs, fine dining, shows and entertainment. and our setting overlooking the Bay of Fundy is ideal for day trips to the surrounding smaller villages and harbours.

Ralph

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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We stayed at Homeport for 3 nights. We were welcomed warmly & were shown around this beautiful old home. Our hosts were friendly and very knowledgable about their city & its restaurants. Our room was very comfortable & decorated with lovely period furniture.
Breakfasts were very good & nicely presented.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

If you ever visit Saint John, New Brunswick, you would make a big mistake if you do not stay at Homeport Historic B&B. Ralph & Karen are terrific hosts and their professionalism and quality of service will exceed any expectation that you could imagine. Every effort is made to make your stay as comfortable as possible. I am a proud Canadian and truly appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality that Ralph and Karen provided not only to my Wife and myself, but to their guests from the United States and from around the world. Their wealth of knowledge as it relates to the history of Saint John, the Province of New Brunswick and The Maritimes is a tremendous bonus as we took their advice, made adjustments to our travel plans and enjoyed our first visit to The Maritimes that much more. Homeport Historic B&B is truly a special treat that must be experienced as part of your next visit to Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Reviewed July 21, 2011

My husband and I recently stayed at the Homeport B&B and loved it. We have stayed at a lot of B&B's over the years and this one surpassed the others by far. The owners are very welcoming and attentive to your every need, making you feel like you're visiting old friends, not staying in a sterile hotel environment. Little things like when I inquired about a flower grown in their garden, the owner came back with a book marked with the page showing the info. They're available to provide suggestions for restaurants, etc. If you like old homes, these are two old homes that have been restored and joined together. Great view of the harbor from it's site on a hill. Breakfast was superb, with a hot item and wonderful fresh fruit, homemade muffins one morning, cinammon buns the next, plus great coffee. Tried two different rooms (two stays) and both were quiet and comfortable with a wonderful huge bathtub in the last room. Can't say enough!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

My wife and stayed here as the first B&B stop on Camping/B&B tour of the Maritimes. We are riding motorcycles through the Maritimes, and the very first plus for this inn was that the owner mentioned on the phone that he would try keep their personal garage clear for us to store our bikes in. We did not end up using the garage but the offer was a first glimpse at the graciousness of Ralph and Karen.

We are not veterans at the B&B thing so our expectations were neither high nor low but we were quite pleased with our stay. The Inn is spectacularly large, it is in fact two large houses which have been joined by a recent Great Room addition, which works perfectly in creating a central space that does not interrupt the historic feel of the buildings.

We stayed in the rose room, one of the most affordable of the room options and found the space to be more than adequate. The washroom had plenty of space. and the room itself had enough room to hold the bed, dressing area and small sitting area at the foot of the bed. We unloaded all of our gear from our bikes and brought it into the room, there was more than enough space to unpack and repack 2 weeks worth of camping gear and laundry without being cramped.

We were the first to check in for the night which gave us the chance to peak at the other rooms, some of them are very large and we weren't in the area with the biggest suites. We did contemplate moving to the Veranda room on Ralph's offer (for a slight bit of rate increase). The Veranda room is beautiful and would certainly be my choice if we were staying longer, but for one night the Rose Room was perfect.

Why not 5 out of 5? We had two small complaints with our stay, which were never presented to the innkeepers so they were never really given an opportunity to rectify (nor could they really).

1) The location is prime for seeing both the city and venturing out of the city, the reversing falls are a medium to long walk away. However the neighborhood has clearly seen better days. Homeport is set away from the street and is one of the jewels of a neighborhood which offers magnificent architecture. Unfortunately many of the older homes have become apartment complexes which are not given the care they deserve, the drive into the inn gave us pause until we reached the actual inn itself. We chose to walk everywhere on the night of our stay, and found that the city center is a bit of a hike over an overpass (Very short in a car).

2) The bed--It was comfortable - Very comfortable, but noisy. Likely as the antique setting is given over to bed frame as well, unfortunately it was a little bit annoying at times when trying to settle in for sleep.

I am sorry that the bad take up so much of this review when really it was such a good experience. These were not things that made the experience bad, just a reason for not giving 5 points. It seems that when EVERYTHING goes so right, it is easier to talk about what didn't. I would definitely recommend Homeport to anyone who is looking to stay in St. John we had a fantastic time, and likely will return on our next East Coast trip....

To Ralph and Karen...Thank you for a wonderful stay, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Our brief stay at Homeport Historic Bed & Breakfast/Inn was delightful. The house and particularly our room was very nicely decorated in period appropriate furnishings; the owners were very helpful and friendly; and the breakfast was well conceived and well presented. The location is perfect for visiting downtown and the reversing falls. We highly recommend it.

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Reviewed July 8, 2011

We spent a great night at this Historic B&B! Our room, the Rose Room was very spacious and comfortable. The owners were very friendly and made us feel right at home. The location was a short, three minute drive to downtown and the house was beautiful. We especially loved going up to Widow's Walk upstairs with a 360 degree view of the city. We enjoyed this B&B and would gladly reccomend it.

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Address: 80 Douglas Ave, Saint John, New Brunswick E2K 1E4, Canada
Location: Canada > New Brunswick > Saint John
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Saint John
Price Range: $101 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set high on a hill with a commanding view of the Bay of Fundy, and the Historic Port and Skyline of Saint John the Homeport Historic B&B/Inn c1858 provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the gracious ambiance of Canada's oldest incorporated city. The twin homes were built in 1858,and were constructed for a prominent shipbuilding family whose boat yard was located a few hundred yards below on the harbor tidal flats. Its unique Italianate architecture reflects the opulence of the time with very large bright windows and rooms, 10 foot ceilings, free standing spiral stair cases, and detailed wood work rosettes, finials and columns. Of particular interest is a pair of carved figure heads that have stood sentinel in the formal twin parlors for nearly 150 years. Come stop for a while and enjoy these magnificently restored Mansions and be pampered in Five Star luxury. ... more   less 
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