My husband and I and our 21 month old daughter stayed at this hotel for one night during the Jack Frost Festival. We found the location to be ideal as we were able to park and then hop a shuttle to the waterfront area where the outdoor portion of the festival was taking place. The Confederation Mall was also just a couple of blocks down the street. Since it was Valentine's day, we thought better of taking our toddler out to possibly ruin a romantic evening for some of the other patrons. We were able to order some great take-out from a place just down the street and my husband had a short and pleasant walk to go and get it when it was ready. The location is definitely one of the top reasons to stay at this hotel. It's also a very charming hotel which is no surprise given it's history. We appreciated many of the charming touches like the grand lobby, the glass door knobs, the wood burning fireplace in the lobby, etc. A lot of other reviews complained about the size of the rooms and the bathroom but honestly, how much room do you need in a hotel? There was more than enough space for a family of three anyway. I can see what some may have meant about the bathrooms being small but again, who cares? The main thing was that the place was clean and we were well looked after. Of course, there were a few little things that irked us - the elevators are very small and very slow. When they finally arrived at our floor, it didn't take long to fill them, especially at check in and check out times when there was so much luggage. We ended up waiting for long periods of time and we took the stairs on many occasions when we didn't have a lot of luggage to carry. And the reviews are true about the food... I don't know about dinner since we only had the breakfast buffet but it wasn't the greatest. There was a lot of selection but a lot of it was very bland. On the other hand, the service was very friendly and we were greeted and offered coffee only a moment after arriving. I wouldn't rush back for breakfast but if you're pressed for time and you don't mind paying hotel breakfast prices, it won't kill you to eat here. (The coffee was decent and there was plenty of fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal anyway!) Going back to the nice stuff, the hotel also has a great rooftop from where we were able to watch the fireworks down on the waterfront which were part of the festival. The beds were also extremely comfortable and I had a great night's sleep, maybe thanks also to all of the fresh air we enjoyed earlier that day. Since it was an early night for us with a little one in tow, it would have been nice to have the option to watch some in-room movies. I was a little surprised this wasn't offered. Oh well, all in all, it was a great stay. We really appreciated the charm - and the convenience of the Rodd Charlottletown and would definitely say it's a great spot for families visiting the city. In the summer, great shopping, theatre (Confederation Centre of the Arts) and restaurants are all, quite literally, at your doorstep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you step into the grand lobby of this four and a half star hotel with its marble floors and barrel--vaulted ceilings, you will be surrounded by the historic elegance that sets Rodd Charlottetown Hotel in a class apart from all other Island hotels. Built in 1931 by CN Railways, Rodd Charlottetown features the elegance and attention to detail synonymous with the historic Canadian National Railway Hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rodd Charlottetown Hotel Charlottetown
- Rodd Hotel Charlottetown
- Rodd Charlottetown Prince Edward Island