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The Gananoque Inn and Spa
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Gananoque
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great hotel”
Reviewed January 20, 2008

I have stayed one night at this hotel and I loved absolutely everything except breakfast. The building itself is very beautiful, receptionist was friendly and checked us in within 5 minutes, all corridors and rooms are very clean and warm, there was a fireplace and an air cinditioner in our room, as well, as a very nice bed, a shower and even the floor in the bathroom was warm. Carpets and walls were exceptionally clean, I will definitely stay there again. Also, it is half way to Montreal, a very nice place to sleep. During breakfast they served some fruits, that were not fresh, there was even som mold on them. But the rest of food was very good, tables are very clean. I really loved this place and I recommend it to everyone else

  • Liked — Place is very clean, Staff is friendly, Very beautiful building and nice view of the lake.
  • Disliked — Old fruits for breakfast. Closed on Christmas :-(
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2007

This is abeautiful little sleepy hollow. The Inn was clean, staff were heoful and freindly, and the breakfast was good. This is a beautiful little spot to stay in if you are travelling between Montreal and Toronto. The rooms were clean as well. Would definately recommend

Stayed October 2007
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Toronto
Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2007

I must confess – we only stayed at the Gananoque Inn because they had the only available room in town. And we weren’t too happy about being on the third floor, with no balcony, and a view of the street. Other rooms had balconies, and we were immediately jealous as the ground floor rooms were more accessible, and much more appealing. But after a friendly check inn (fresh cookies!) we tossed our bags in the room and sat by the water – where the view was lovely. Small boats were pulling inn, as larger vessels were taking tourists out on tours. On the ground there were a series of motel-like rooms, with guests milling about happily on the lawn. Our room was small, but it had plenty of lovely touches. Plush robes, complimentary water, and high quality soaps. But best of all were the beds. Oh my God – the most comfortable beds ever. So insanely comfortable that my friend and I sat up at night and talked about how comfortable we were. In the morning we were reluctant to get up – choosing our fabulous beds over the fabulous sunny day. But we did get up, just in time for the buffet breakfast, which was fresh, plentiful, and enjoyed on their lovely patio. I would highly recommend this inn, and it’s excellent restaurant. But for maximum enjoyment – choose your room wisely – and have a great sleep.

Stayed August 2007
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Whitehorse, Canada
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101 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2007

We stayed at the Gananoque Inn over the Labour Day long weekend and had a very pleasant stay. The inn is situated on a quiet street with fantastic access to the water. We opted for the cheaper room and faced the parking lot, but there was still plenty of opportunity to enjoy the waterfront.

The hotel is quaint, clean and charming. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The rooms were tidy, nicely decorated and clean; the bathrooms had new fixtures and the towels and bathrobes were soft and plush.

Some points:
- It is an old building with dated insulation, which meant that we could hear footsteps above us, when our neighbours were showering, and people talking out in the hallway.
- The airconditioning unit is quite loud and was difficult to leave on. It was right next to the bed, and using it also meant leaving the drapes open for all on the street to see. Granted, there wasn't much foot traffic, but we like our privacy. Without the air circulating, the room gets quite stuffy.
- We only found the hotel directory in the desk drawer on the last day and were disappointed that we hadn't looked at it sooner. The Inn provides some great activity suggestions (bike rentals, ATV tours) and offers other ideas which we would've liked to have tried (movie rental with bag of popcorn brought to room, packed lunches for day trips).

Overall, we would stay here again, but one trip to Gananoque is enough for us!

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Poor air circulation
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2007

We stopped in by chance on our way from Quebec City back to Toronto. The rooms are above average with really nice bathrooms and nice white fluffy bathrobes(which we didn't use as it was 90 degrees out). They have two restaurants,one a fine dining and the other a bar lounge/restaurant. We had planned to eat in the fine dining but had an afternoon snack in the bar,at which time we saw the great selection and reasonable prices, so we had our evening meal there. Both had a good size patio overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands cruise boat docks.(The cruises are well worth going on ,1 or 3 hours, I think, but we had been on them before and we had a previous appointment with a bottle of wine, so we spent the afternoon sitting on the large boat dock , watching the boats go by. The service was outstanding , friendly and courteous. The front desk fellow was amazing. I notice that they had bikes to rent if one is so inclined. We got a discount off the list price as they had a few rooms left when we called in. They had a spa there at which we tried to book massages , but they were all booked up, so I guess one should call ahead (not something that I plan to do in this lifetime as I wouldn't have stumbled on this little gem! Definitely recommend.

Stayed August 2007
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Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2007

We stayed in Gananoque Inn for two nights in August, it was booked as part of our honeymoon by our travel agents. It was just wonderful, service, food, location ( overlooking the Thousand Islands). We had stayed in five stars hotels in Toronto and Montreal and this was every bit as nice. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to go back some day! ( Ireland )

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Rooms could be updated
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2007

We spent a marvelous weekend at the Gananoque Inn, a clean, comfortable, and charming place.

We stayed in the "Prime Minister's Suite," a luxurious room located in the Annex, a small two-storey building housing ten or so rooms, adjacent to the main part of the Inn. We had stayed in the Prime Minister's Suite several years earlier, and had requested this room specifically for our most recent stay as well.

Although it won't win any awards for decorating or beauty, the room was eminently comfortable and luxuriously spacious. A huge stone fireplace forms the focal point of the room. Situated on a corner, the room has windows on two sides. Trees and shrubs growing close to one exterior wall cast a lovely greenish glow into the room when sunlight shines through them. All windows are covered with plantation shutters to control light and provide privacy. I prefer to sleep in almost total darkness,
and the shutters let in a little more light than I would have liked, so some blinds or heavy curtains to augment the shutters would have been nice.

The room has a second door at one end that leads onto a shared balcony on the upper level of the Annex. A pair of Adirondack/Muskoka chairs and a small table are placed outside each room. The balcony looks onto Gananoque's waterfront area. It's pleasant to sit on the balcony and watch the tour boats and other water craft come and go. Below the balcony is a very attractive garden with a water feature.

At the other end of the room is an enormous bathroom, as large itself as some hotel rooms I have stayed in. The room has a Jacuzzi tub big enough for two, a separate shower, a double sink and vanity, and a makeup table with mirror, all separated by enough floor space to dance should you be so inclined. Plenty of huge, comfortable towels, plus two plush bathrobes, are provided.

Inside, the room has a very comfortable king-size bed, plus a plain but comfortable couch and easy chair. A small sink and bar fridge are located in one corner of the room. The TV is also situated in that corner. Although we didn't watch TV, I suspect it would have been too far away to be clearly visible from the bed (which gives you some idea of the room's scale). A single leather reclining chair placed near the TV would have served one guest comfortably, but I'm not sure how a second guest would make do.

A minor complaint about the room itself is that the walls seemed a little thin. I could easily hear people talking in the adjacent room.

Two complimentary bottles of water, and small package of cookies, were available in the room. They are very small things, and probably cost the hotel next to nothing, but the sense of generosity one receives from these small gifts is noteworthy (conversely, it makes the meagerness of hotels that charge exorbitant prices for every little amenity all the more apparent).

Speaking of cookies, two large baskets of huge, delicious, bakery-made cookies are presented at the front desk during checkin. The staff at the Gananoque Inn are friendly and warm, and give every impression of genuine concern for the guests' comfort during their stay.

The Inn is a collection of buildings and cottages. The main building dates from the mid 19th century. The interior is quaint and well maintained. The hotel has a pub and dining room, both of which have patios overlooking the waterfront area. A breakfast buffet in the dining room (eggs, bacon, sausage, cereals, muffins, toast, etc.) was included in our room price (though not, apparently, with all rooms). We had a very nice lunch in the dining room as well, but made other arrangements for dinner (Kingston, about a 20 minute drive from Gananoque, has a wonderful collection of good restaurants).

The Inn's grounds are immaculate and beautifully landscaped. Groundskeepers were constantly in evidence, touching up the many flowerbeds and sweeping litter. The balcony at the back of our room had several lovely flower boxes and hanging baskets of flowers.

The Inn is well situated, being only a short walk away from Gananoque's pleasant main street and the waterfront area. Gananoque is a charming, laid-back town, and the Gananoque Inn suits the mood of the town perfectly. It is, quite simply, a wonderful place to stay.

  • Liked — Friendliness of the staff
  • Disliked — Transmission of sound between rooms
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Gananoque Inn and Spa
Address: 550 Stone St S | Ontario, Gananoque, Ontario K7G 2A8, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Gananoque
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Gananoque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Gananoque Inn and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Gananoque Inn & Spa occupies the original the Gananoque Carriage Works factory. Converted to a hotel in 1896, the historic and charming Inn provides two river front restaurants, private docking, waterfront accommodation, and fireplace and Jacuzzi suites. The Inn is the perfect location from which to explore the 1000 Islands, the nearby UNESCO designated Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications. Golf, fishing, island tours, kayaking, cycling, summer theatre and shopping are just a few of the nearby activities. ... more   less 
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