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“Five Star B & B”
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Merlot House
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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86 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Five Star B & B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2011

We have just returned from NOTL and our stay at Merlot House. This is an absolutely charming B&B with warm & friendly innkeepers who go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant and memorable as possible. There are amenities here which you don't always find at most B&B's such as fresh flowers in the room, bathrobes (big for me), bottled water, chocolates, rocking chairs on the porch, local maps and tips on where to eat. We ate at both dinner places recommended and couldn't be more pleased with our dining experiences. Breakfast was also outstanding served in a beautiful dining room. The internet picture did not do the Chardonnay Room justice; it was much prettier and nicer than expected. Thanks Mike & Shirley for a wonderful visit. We shall return!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

It does not get much better than this. Mike and Shirley's attention to detail is fabulous and they are the consummate gracious hosts. The House itself is beautiful and each room is tastefully decorated with many thoughtful touches. Our hosts helped us plan our activities and suggested wineries, shopping and restaurants. We also enjoyed a lovely (and big!) breakfast prepared by Mike including his delicious homemade raisin bread, delish! Overall a really wonderful experience and I look forward to returning to the Niagara area and Merlot House

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2011

My family and I really enjoyed our stay at Merlot house. It was clean and interestingly decorated with Japanese and American furniture. I REALLY appreciated the decor as I can't stand the prissy faux country look often associated with B&Bs.

They had a self-serve coffee and tea station which I enjoyed. I also found the bed to be comfortable. Breakfast was tasty and the entire experience was relaxing and casual. The couple who run the place also suggest a great restaurant that we would never have found on our own. I would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2011

Beautiful place, we stayed in the Chardonnay room, inviting and comfy with a great bathroom all the comforts of home. Breakfast was a sit down affair with all the guests served at the table with a gormet dining experience, refreshing and different. Internet and morning paper available.

The location of the B&B was in a quiet neighborhood relatively close to downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, easily walkable. Lovely garden and deck.

The super friendly hospitality really made the place stand out in our minds, shame we only were there for one evening.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

I agree completely with all of the other reviews thus far. My partner took me here for a birthday present and we had a wonderful weekend! As mentioned by others, the B & B was very clean, comfortable, and pretty, and the hosts were extremely kind and helpful. Everything that you could have needed was provided - bottled water, games, computer with internet, snacks, 24/7 access to tea/coffee/soft drinks, parking, etc. Shirley was very helpful with restaurant recommendations, and Mike was a terrific cook! For breakfast, we had delicious oatmeal blueberry pancakes served with an edible flower, rice pudding with fresh mint and fruit, and freshly squeezed orange juice. We also really appreciated the coupons and information about the nearby wineries. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Merlot House this past weekend and it was wonderful. We booked the King Suite which had a fireplace and double jacuzzi tub. The house and room were extremely clean and quiet. We had a great nights sleep and a fabulous breakfast. The house is in a quaint neighborhood off the beaten track but a walk away from town. We brought our bikes and cycled the niagara trails it was awesome. We also managed to get in some cross border shopping. The owners, Michael and Shirley are lovely and very accomodating we will be sure to return.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

Mike and Shirley McBride, the new owners, have made a wonderful B & B even better. The rooms are tastefully, imaginatively and comfortably furnished.
The breakfast is healthy and delicious.
There are thoughtful touches everywhere- internet access, coffee and tea always available,and friendly but unobtrusive hosts.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Merlot House
Address: 619 King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario LOS 1J0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 165 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts, Mike and Shirley McBride invite you to experience Merlot House, an up scale bed and breakfast located in historic Old Town, a short walk to Queen Street shops, restaurants, and theatres. Numerous wineries are a bike ride or short drive away. Our Georgian-style brick home offers gracious accommodation in a casually elegant atmosphere. Merlot House has all of the comforts of home, including an inviting dining room decorated with an eclectic array of antiques acquired from around the world. Guests will enjoy the romantic country atmosphere enhanced by a warm fireplace, fresh flowers, and a delicious, homemade breakfast.Adjoining the dining room is a comfortable reading room and lounge where guests can read, play games, watch TV, or just relax with friends. The attached butler’s pantry offers 24-hour self-serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. Each of our three guest suites features a fireplace, cable TV, wireless Internet and private en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. After a restful night, join us for a hearty country breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade baked goods, local preserves, egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles. With advance notice, we can accommodate any personal dietary requests. Merlot House welcomes room reservations for children over 16 years of age. The house and property are smoke-free; and sorry, we cannot accommodate pets. Merlot House is Service Excellence Certified by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce. ... more   less 

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