This is a giant, sprawling, interesting old property, with, yes, cool views. It was also a bit on the odd side. (And I've probably stayed in 40 or 50 inns or B and B's over the years, so I have plenty of other places to compare it to.) Weirdest of all: there was no door separating our bathroom from our bedroom; strange. It was a nice, big bathroom with classic white tiles and a nice tub -- but who wants to sit on the, err, john within earshot of your traveling companion? The neighborhood was also a bit depressing: We walked out to find a place for dinner, and it wasn't exactly scenic strolling. (Down-at-heels storefronts, a "nowheresville" feeling.) The decor was a mix of real antiques and a bit of (unintentional) kitschy tchotckes and statuary. Overall, I think I would give it a more enthusiastic review -- for "eccentric charm," say -- if the price were considerably less. My companion and I agreed that the price was much too high for the property. Nice folks, tho! Wish I could be more enthusiastic, for their sake!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858 Saint John, New Brunswick