Stayed here for 2 nights over Canada Day weekend. My husband surprised me with a stay here-- so I did not pick this one myself!
The outside of the Inn is very charming and pretty as is the lobby. Lots of pretty flowers and nice architecture. But our room (on the second floor) was a bit too... quaint for me. It is an old building, so I guess I had unreasonable expectations. For instance, the shower to the room was not even in the bathroom... it was stuck in what I guess used to be a clothing closet. To access the shower, you opened a closet door, and then stepped right into the shower. The bathroom was clean enough, but the tile floor and walls were cracked and the sink was very small and low to the ground. The toilet was about a foot and a half off from the ground. Another thing I did not understand was why the door knobs were only 2 feet off from the ground. They were excessively low. I had to bend my knees every time to open the door. Again, I undestand this is an old place but this seemed a bit odd to me.
The breakfast was just ok but nothing satisfying... little boxes of cereal and some kind of big pastries. One positive is that coffee was available all day long, so we took advantage of that while we sat and read novels on the front porch for several hours each day. While sitting on the porch we saw the Kingston Walking Ghost Tour stop in front of the Inn and describe how the Hochelaga is haunted... they described how guests have seen a blond haired boy ghost. This is not something we wanted to hear, since we were guests there and had one night left! Perhaps the Ghost Tour could move across the street to tell this tale so guests do not hear it.
The architecture around the Inn is pretty impressive, so we enjoyed taking walks in the neighborhood. But each night I was disappointed to return to the Inn. I guess it was just too rustic for me. Everything was just OLD but not in a good way.... it was OLD in an outdated kind of way. And for $200/night... it was overpriced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful three story French-Victorian mansion built in 1879 for Kingston lawyer John MacIntyre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hochelaga Hotel Kingston
- Hochelaga Inn Kingston, Ontario