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The Guv'nor Inn
Ranked #19 of 23 Hotels in St. John's
Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stayed here for five nights in August. The room was very small, crowded and with a small window. The long time employee of the hotel working the front desk was very friendly and helpful. The other employee was friendly but had limited knowledge - did not even know the routes of the buses that stopped in front of the hotel. She also sent me to the MUN for botanical gardens that are not on the campus but some distance away from MUN. My biggest criticism is of the restaurant/pub. The food is mostly deep fried, fatty and unhealthy. For breakfast they serve either fried ham, bacon or baloney; eggs, toast and a huge mound of hash browns. The next morning I asked for yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese. They said they don't have those items on the menu. The following days I ordered only boiled eggs and toast. We went to a grocery store and bought fruit and yogurt to supplement a breakfast that can only be described as a heart attack on a plate. The entire Inn is in desperate need of a makeover.

Room Tip: Stay away from this place.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

In all our years of travel we have never,ever expierienced such front desk staff. We Booked two months in advance and never got into our rooms until 5.30 at night.Had to be ready for an evening engagement and had to use one room we had booked out of three between six people.The more we asked when our room would be ready the longer they made us wait.The rooms are in major need of updating and the restaurant for breakfast wasn't much different.Waited for 10 minutes for staff to come out of the kitchen to wait on us.I have never written about a hotel before but this one deserves it.There are so many wonderful places to stay in St. Johns.Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Deb S
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

the Guv'nor is a ten minute ride to downtown St. John's and is close to the Memorial University. The rooms are clean and comfortable and very reasonably priced. In fact the rates are among the lowest in St. John's. The hotel also has a full service bar-restaurant on premises.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed at the Guv'nor the weekend I had an interview for med school and the friendly staff at the inn and attached restaurant made my weekend basically stress free! We were only a few minutes drive from the mall and from George street so the location was perfect! Heard another visitor say their air conditioner was way too loud, ours was a little loud but worked fine and it wasn't a problem at all. There was a note in the room saying they would soon be doing renos on some aspects but everything looked fine and very clean to me. Overall a great stay and lots of good good at the pub!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The Guv'nor Inn is perfectly located for shopping. It was easy to find and parking next door to my room was a bonus. Avalon Mall is just minutes away. The rooms were extremely clean, and the beds seem to have brand new mattress with pillow tops. The food in the pub was great.

Room Tip: The rooms in the court yard are perfect if you have done lots of shopping and want to carry your pac...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed at this hotel arriving very late. Check-in was super friendly and breakfast was included in the rate we paid. The hotel is older but well maintained and very clean. The bed was so comfortable we did not want to get up and the breakfast was delicious. We would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a lower unit with the entrance to the courtyard, was very nice as the car was right out...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We were extremely disappointed! Small, dingy room, loud air conditioner and windows wouldn't open. The pub was supposed to be open until midnight but was closed an hour early and the desk staff didn't know. Desk staff very unhelpful, keys didn't work, directions unclear. We recommend that you avoid it. Not even close to being worth the money.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Guv'nor Inn

Address: 389 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 1V1, Canada
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 23 Hotels in St. John's
Price Range: $92 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Guv'nor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We’ve been expecting you! The Guv'nor Inn celebrates rich English tradition with our Old-world inspired property in St. John's, NL. Stay with us and experience our distinctive character and our award-winning presentation. We proudly offer 37 guest rooms with a considerate array of abundant amenities - Wi Fi, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Iron/Ironing Boards, Hair Dryers, Personal Coffee, 32" flat screen TVs, Drive-Up accommodations, A/C, duvets, Luxury Suite with fireplace & Jacuzzi and on-site Guv'nor Pub and Eatery. Our Guv’nor Pub & Eatery provides an ideal setting for all occasions and a marvelous feast for every palate. Find your preferred pint on tap, enthusiastic service and a delightful English ambiance. The Guv'nor is known for its local fare such as moose burgers and cod tongues. Looking to put some ‘wow factor’ behind your next business or social gathering? Make your next booking at the Guv’nor Function Rooms. The stately ambiance of The Study and Drawing Room provides the perfect balance of comfort and etiquette. The Guv'nor is centrally situated near Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Health Science Centre, Arts and Culture Center, the Confederation Building and historic downtown St. John’s (a short $10 taxi fare). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Guv`Nor Inn & Pub Hotel St. John`s
Guv`Nor Inn And Pub
The Guv'Nor Inn Newfoundland, Canada

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