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Bentley's Inn
Ranked #28 of 89 Stratford B&B and Inns
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“A great find!”
Reviewed April 22, 2010

As part of a group of women in Stratford for the weekend, the Lofts were a perfect place to stay, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others! The accommodations were great value ($125/night + taxes in the off season), in a location that can't be beat, and with clean and modern rooms.

Location & Parking:
Right in the heart of downtown Stratford, the Lofts are located above Bentley's restaurant on Ontario St. To access the rooms, you go up a flight of stairs either directly behind, or in front of the restaurant (not sure if there is an elevator for those less mobile). The reception is at a desk just inside Bentley’s.

Free parking is included in a clean, covered lot about two blocks away (5 min walk) on Cobourg St. The walk was not an issue for us, especially since we did not drive the entire weekend --- however wanted to highlight the off site location for those of you who might find this inconvenient. There is a parking lot behind Bentley’s that was handy for loading/unloading the car and checking in (entrance off Albert St).

Accommodations:
We stayed in loft 109, which had a king bed on the lower level, and two single beds on the upper floor. The unit was very large, spacious and clean, decorated in a tasteful modern style. The main floor had a small kitchen area (including a microwave, kettle, tea pot, ice bucket, with milk, creamers and bottled water in the fridge), a desk, dresser, dining table and chairs, and armchair in front of the huge flat screen TV.

In addition to the single beds, the upper level had a smaller flat screen TV, an armchair, armoire, and is where the bathroom is located. The bathroom was very spacious and clean, with a ceiling fan, and large walk-in shower. Toiletries included shampoo, conditioner and lotion. There was a wall-mounted hair dryer (in other words, not a great one!).

There were individually controlled heaters downstairs, upstairs and in the bathroom which were really effective in warming up the rooms in the evenings. For those who are particular about your bed, note that the mattresses are not spring mattresses (they are tempurpedic – which I found quite comfortable).

Our loft had a huge skylight to make up for the lack of windows (109 being an interior unit) that let in a lot of sun in the morning. If you are at all sensitive to light and want a dark room to sleep in, or might feel claustrophobic without windows, make sure you choose an exterior room. Note that the hotel website has floor plans for every single unit, so you can easily identify which room you would prefer to stay in.

Remember that since this is a loft, everything is very open which means quiet/privacy might be an issue for some. To access the bathroom, you need to pass directly through the sleeping area upstairs. If you are watching TV downstairs, this could disturb anyone sleeping on the upper level. Just a watch-out in case this might be an issue for you!

We took advantage of the free wi-fi which had a pretty good connection.

Service:
I don’t imagine you can expect the same, instantaneous service you would get at a standard hotel; remember that this hotel is run by the same people who manage the restaurant below and don’t necessarily have staff on call. For instance, upon checking in we noticed that the TV was not working, and while they said they would have someone look into it, the issue was not addressed the entire weekend (not a big deal for us as we were mostly away from the hotel). If you’re used to having super attentive, top-notch service, while the front desk staff were certainly friendly enough, this probably isn’t the place for you!

Overall, this was a great find, and I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again in the future. Any questions? Feel free to send me a message.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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Sarnia
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

Stayed with our older kids who loved the upstairs beds. Great having 2 TV's. Loved the decor, wonderful beds, great radio, fireplace & we had a large skylite in our room (102). Having the kitchenette was handy as well. Staff was friendly, great restaurant downstairs, could not hear any noise from there even on weekend. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed April 3, 2010

-nice and comforting, friendly atmosphere.. Bentley's realy made my trip to Stratford outstanding! I deffinltey would reccomend this, for families with children or a couple it is great for both.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Western New York
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Reviewed September 4, 2009

The pros: newly renovated rooms (last two years); You are in the center of downtown and can walk to everything which we loved; Food in the restaurant was good and the entire place was very clean and modern; Staff were friendly.
The cons: A bit pricy; Steep stairs. If they ask you if you need help with your bags take them up on the offer!
We had a great time and would recommend this place for your first trip to Stratford, once you get a lay of the land you could probably find a cheaper hotel on the outskirts of downtown.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
1 review
Reviewed September 10, 2008

We atayed in a "Bentley Loft" a few weeks ago and loved it.
Superb location. It was like having our own apartment. Our loft(112) overlooked the main street. I would recommend asking where your room would be located in the building as I wouldn't have enjoyed overlooking the parking lot and dumpster as much!
It was great having the option of staying in our "loft" to eat (microwave and fridge in the room), or running downstairs to Bentley's restaurant (reasonable and good food) to grab a sandwich, dessert, whatever and take it up to our room.
No elevator, but we had very fast service when we asked if someone could carry our bags for us.

  • Liked — location and size of loft
  • Disliked — no elevator
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 27, 2008

My husband and I stayed in this inn and had a comfortable and pleasant stay. Rooms are very modern and we liked the easy going atmosphere at check in - made us feel welcome. Easy parking and very close to eveything in Stratford, including Avon Theatre.
Interesting layout with 2 storey loft. May be good for families with older children, as it had 2 distinct areas, both with tv's.
Would recommend.

Stayed April 2008
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed November 15, 2007

My husband and I stayed at Bentley's for three nights in October, during the closing weekend of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The two-story suite was affordable but felt like an indulgence. We especially enjoyed the Tempurpedic mattress, free wireless Internet access and convenient kitchenette.

The hotel's location couldn't be better. It's in the middle of its block on Ontario Street, located just steps from excellent restaurants, interesting shops and several of the theaters. Parking on the street is hard to find, but you won't need it. Rooms come with a free garage parking space across the street.

Because the rooms are located on the second floor of Bentley's restaurant, we were concerned that the room would be noisy. But, fortunately, we couldn't hear anything from downstairs. Our only minor annoyance was that the bedroom was on the first floor of the suite, and the bathroom was on the second floor -- a tricky situation in the middle of the night.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bentley's Inn
Address: 99 Ontario St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3H1, Canada (Formerly Bentley's Lofts at 99)
Location: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bentley's Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a Night of Modern Luxury Treat yourself to one of our luxurious bi-level loft suites in the heart of downtown Stratford. Pamper yourself in our ensuite, modern, bath facilities. Relax in a famous tempurpedic mattress with high-end linens or resting beside your in-room fireplace. Decorated throughout with fine art decor, plasma flat screen T.V, state of the art radio sound systems, and free wireless internet, these overnight accommodations in Stratford will be a night you won´t forget. ... more   less 
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