My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a romantic weekend getaway in Niagara-on-the-Lake for our anniversary. We booked the Sunflower Room at the Charles Inn and chose their Candlelight and Romance Package. We have stayed at many historic inns and bed and breakfasts over the years and had high expectations after viewing the photos of the inn online. Unfortunately, the inn and the room fell short of those expectations. The inn felt tired and in need of some updating. There were large water stains on the ceiling in the hall outside our room -- not a great first impression. The Sunflower Room was small, but we knew that from the online description. At $245 per night, we were expecting a well-appointed room. The furniture wasn't particularly historic. There was a cheap melamine coffee bar trolley and an IKEA-type bedside table (melamine wood grain). The room just felt like it had been furnished with garage sale finds. The bathroom had been renovated with some nice touches (chic shower stall, new sink and taps). Unfortunately, they missed the mark when they decided to save money by keeping the old, painted wooden vanity which was badly damaged at the bottom. We had dinner at the Inn and the food and service was excellent. The continental breakfast was good, although I'm not a fan of smoked salmon and cheese first thing in the morning. The breakfast wasn't particularly filling (a small bowl of yogourt with granola and berries and two tiny croissants). We ended up buying some muffins in town later on to tide us over until lunch time. If we decide to stay in Niagara on the Lake again, we wouldn't likely stay at the Charles Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment that you walk through the door, you will know that this 1832 Inn is truly a special place. This luxurious Manor House offers 4-diamond accommodation and dining. Many of the rooms have wood burning or gas fireplaces; glass enclosed rain-head showers or jet-air tubs and private verandahs to enjoy the view of the golf course, main street or Lake Ontario. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Charles Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake