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The Blue Spruce B&B
Ranked #9 of 88 Stratford B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Blue Spruce B&B is by far one of the most amazing Bed & Breakfasts I have been lucky enough to stay in. Where to begin?

The food is absolutely fantastic! The owners also accommodated for the fact that I was vegetarian, which was great! We're talking about delicious fruit cups, and large delectable eggs benedict and omelettes, homemade breads and hashbrowns/potatoes, orange juice, coffee, tea etc. It's more like a brunch than a breakfast and I found it MUCH better than quite a few restaurants breakfasts I've had. They also put out fresh flowers from the garden each morning on my table.

I stayed in the Writer's Room myself, but all the rooms are quite simply beautiful. The decor is great and everything is meticulously clean. I also found small things that made it worthwhile (they have q-tips/makeup remover pads etc in the bathroom, and even a small towelette with a small sign that states to use it). Everything down to the smallest details are well done. All electrical outlets work, and there are TV's and radios in the room, and even a binder that gives you a rundown on the closest shops, wireless internet access, etc. The bed was also one of the warmest and comfiest I'd ever slept on. There's also a coffee machine in the room with coffee, waters and tea for your convenience too!

Common areas are filled with books and old albums that you could spend hours in. There's also a small chess set up in the sitting room, and they have a communal computer and printer in case you want to print out your tickets alone. Tons of interesting photos and pictures and autographed books in every nook and cranny Upstairs where the rooms are, there's a mini fridge with drinks and milk for your coffees and a small plate with snacks like granola bars and fruit. There's also a gorgeous wrap around porch with numerous seating areas, and even though the gardens in the back weren't in their prime, you could tell how beautiful they were!

The owners themselves are fantastic! Absolutely great people that are friendly, easygoing and very knowledgeable about Stafford. As a young solo traveler who had never been to Stratford, they recommended great restaurants, such as Mercer Hall and Pazzo, and also various bookstores, and shops that were must-sees. Since I had arrived by train, I was picked up at the station by one of the owners and had a short tour of the town, which included showing me where the theaters were. These people love owning the bed and breakfast, and it shows through their welcoming attitudes. You feel instantly at home.

Location-wise, the Blue Spruce is very close by the downtown core (a 10 min walk), so I was able to walk downtown and to the Avon Theatre in about 10 minutes (20 if you walk to Festival Theatre).

The Blue Spruce in total made my experience to Stratford absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to anyone of any age, whether you're a family, couple or just by yourself.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Elizabeth... Thank you so much for your kind and generous review. We truly enjoyed your visit and are absolutely delighted we were able to exceed your expectations. You're right... we really do love running our little bed and breakfast, due mostly to the fact that we get to meet and spend time with so many wonderful people. We look forward to seeing you again in the hopefully not-too-distant future on your next visit to Stratford, which is such a great city to visit.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We spent three delightful nights with Mike and Helene in early October 2012. The wonderful breakfasts were something to look forward to every morning, The rooms are beautifully appointed and the framed celebrity autographs on the walls were a lot of fun to check out. And Mike has a story about every one! We have stayed in B&Bs in Stratford every year over the course of about 30 years---and Blue Spruce B&B is our new favorite B&B. See you next year, Mike and Helene! We look forward to more great conversations after breakfast.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Bob & Arlene... It was such a pleasure meeting you! We truly enjoyed hosting you at our B&B and we are delighted you liked the breakfasts so much. We look forward to your next visit, where I will debut some new breakfast tricks! Thank you so much for taking the time out to write your review.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We had a very pleasant two night stay at the Blue Spruce B&B while attending three performances at the Stratford festival. The room was small but comfortable with the new mattress being especially comfortable.Our private bathroom was not attached being located down the hall. We enjoyed the breakfast ( my wife is gluten intolerent and was well looked after)and especially the chat around the table with the other guests. The grounds were very well maintained although we did not have an opportunity to sit out and enjoy them

We would stay there again but probably would request another room with an attached bathroon (although the new mattress was most comfortable). We had a small problem with the bill but when discussed with Mike, it was corrected immediatley.

Both Mike and Helene are very hospitable and enjoy showing guests around the house and their collection of interesting and famous signatures.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2012

Cathy... Thank you so much for your review of our B&B. It was our pleasure hosting you. We are delighted you found the bed so comfortable and the breakfasts so good. It was no trouble whatsoever meeting your dietary requirements. The room you booked is the only room that has a washroom not located inside the room, although it is a private washroom not shared with any other guests. I can understand, however, why you might prefer an en-suite like those found in our other guest rooms. I also noticed you booked your stay through booking.com, a booking site we no longer deal with. One of the reasons we no longer deal with them is because they indicated to us that all of our rooms could only be listed as "private washroom" - in other words, there was no way for someone to tell if the room they were booking through booking.com had an en-suite or a private washroom not located in the room. We found this to be confusing for guests, especially when someone assumed they were getting an en-suite and found out upon check-in that it was not the case. We would be delighted to situate you in a different room on a return visit to Stratford.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Mike and Helene are great hosts who provide for a terrific stay in Stratford. They are very welcoming, attentive and accommodating. They arranged dinner reservations for us and their recommendation was excellent. They will also provide help in booking last-minute rush tickets at a discount. They offer wine or local beer on the back patio in fine weather. Breakfast was good (we've had better, but it was more than adequate) with excellent Italian coffee. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The common rooms are charming with numerous collector autographs (Mark Twain, BB King, et al). The Inn is walking distance to downtown (4 long blocks or so). We had a very pleasant stay at The Blue Spruce.

Room Tip: The front room (Violet Penny) does pick up street noise from Erie, which is a main road leading into...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2012

Greg... It was very nice to meet and host you in our B&B. Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

It was a pleasure staying with Mike & Helene! The stories they share and hospitality they provide are what make traveling through Ontario's historic towns so unique and special. One note: they two have two lovely, amazingly adorable puppies you simply must meet!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thanks for your review Agatha. I am not sure I understand it, however, as you told us how much you enjoyed staying with us but then only assigned us half marks. Regardless, we enjoyed meeting you and your boyfriend and hope the rest of your Stratford visit was as much fun as the first night.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Fine B&B experience here. The hosts are warm, friendly and solicitous---clearly they dote on their guests! They serve as chauffeurs, travel agents, and delicious breakfast providers. The rooms are lovely and comfortable, offering great fun with the special rock and roll memorabilia. The yard is lovely and serves as a pleasant oasis between plays. I was extremely well taken care of when some of my travel plans went awry. I Certainly plan to go back! Margo

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

Margo... It was great to finally meet you and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We noticed you scored us a 4/5 for "Sleep Quality". We thought about it and decided it was probably due to the plastic mattress protectors under the sheets. So we added a 3" layer of memory foam to all of our mattresses and that seems to have done the trick. So thanks for the tip! We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Stratford!

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Of all the B&B I have been to, this one tops them all. Extraordinary food, outstanding room and the best hosts one can meet. Check in but make sre you leave a space open for my next visit.
Eileen and (George) Antoine from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2012

Antoine... thank you so much for your kind review of our bed and breakfast. We are absolutely delighted that we were able to exceed your expectations! It was our genuine pleasure meeting and hosting you and we look forward to your next visit to Stratford.

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Additional Information about The Blue Spruce B&B

Address: 297 Erie St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2N1, Canada (Formerly Erie Street Bed & Breakfast)
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
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Ranked #9 of 88 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, fully renovated heritage mansion featuring new pillow-top mattresses, HD satellite TVs, iPod stereos and Tassimo coffee makers in each guest room. Three rooms have en-suites, one has a private washroom. All showers have massage shower heads and quality soaps and lotions. Beautifully appointed formal dining room and Library on main floor. ... more   less 
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