The bottom line: an extremely good b&b with amazing breakfasts. Comfortable, feels like home, with a lot of details that are well thought of.
The full story:
My partner and I were looking for a b&b for a relaxing weekend. We usually prefer hiking etc., but this time we just needed a place to rest. Since NOTL has so many b&bs, we decided to choose one that offers really excellent breakfasts and that would be convenient for spending some time indoors, considering we went in February.
Panache was absolutely wonderful. It is luxurious without feeling pretentious. First of all, David and Jason are excellent hosts. Very friendly and fun to chat with. David was the one we saw more of, as he is the chef, and he takes his job very seriously. He really made us and other gusts feel welcome.
The breakfasts are perfect. This is not a place that also serves breakfast, but a place you stay at for the breakfast. It's the best kind of food: fresh, high quality ingredients, and lots of attention to details. The meals were large, and had a good balance of fruits and vegetables so you didn't feel like you couldn't move after... Local cheese, local jams, fresh bread from the bakery down the street, and really good main dishes. For example, a non-greasy omlette rolled with home made pesto and served with a freshly cut salad Mediterranean style. And this comes after the baked Brie... You get the picture.
The room was wonderful. We got the suite on the lower floor, which is huge. It has a private exist to the patio (which we didn't use due to snow...) and lots of light comes in. Lots of room to sit and relax or watch a film in your own sitting area. It was great. Although it's an old house with character, it is renovated. The washroom in our suite was very modern, spacious and convenient. It was Valentine's day, and when we entered the room there were (local) chocolate and wine waiting for us.
We had privacy, but also the benefit of chatting with the hosts and finding out where to get some of the local goods they serve. We got some tips for wine tasting, and a very friendly response to any question or request we had. Also, this place is gay friendly it that's important to you. It is within walking distance to downtown NOTL ,or 2 mins driving. David and Jason have many recommendations on what to do in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panache is conveniently located on Lakeshore Road, directly on the wine route in Old Town Niagara-On-The-Lake. Upon arrival, you will surely notice the European flair of the facade as you walk under one of our corkscrew willows and make your way to the local limestone portico; a glimpse of what you can expect to find inside. As you open the door, Kelly, our beloved little Italian greyhound, will want to greet you in the foyer with all the love that you deserve, but we will allow her to say hello only if you wish. The main level includes our owner's quarters and your tastefully decorated breakfast room. In the morning, as you sit down comfortably at the wooden table, elegantly dressed in silver, you will surely meet new friends while enjoying an inspired breakfast creation that will satisfy the gourmet in you. Go up the grand staircase and discover the boudoir on the mezzanine complete with comfortable wingback chairs, fireplace, bilingual library, flat screen television with cable and an oversized chess table for your enjoyment. The Wellington and The Victoria rooms, both complete with their own ensuite bathrooms, are adjacent. The Regent is located downstairs and has its own private living room with direct access to the garden. The garden at the back of the house is a lovely place to unwind and enjoy a glass of local wine. At its centre, surrounded by Ivy covered trellises and two more corkscrew willows, the stone terrace is awaiting with a delightful musical atmosphere and complimentary homemade lemonade in the afternoon. Put yourself at ease during your stay with us and feel free to enjoy everything Panache has to offer! ... more less
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