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“The Best Location on Cape Breton”
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Water's Edge Inn
Ranked #8 of 17 Baddeck B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bridgehampton
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“The Best Location on Cape Breton”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

There's a well kept secret about Cape Breton - the best place to stay is the Water's Edge Inn in Baddeck. What makes it the best? Location, location, location: It's in the center of Cape Breton, it's in a town, AND it's on the water with a wonderful view of the harbor and it's lighthouse.

Only a few miles from the entrance to the Cabot Trail, Baddeck is a lovely town with restaurants, shops, sailing, and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. The important word in that sentence is "town" because there are not many towns around the Cabot Trail and those that do exist tend to close down around the end of the season. If it's cloudy or rainy one day, being in Baddeck, provides you with options - to drive around the Bras d'Or Lake, visit the Louisbourg Fort, wander around a real Highland Village, amble through the Bell museum, or simply stay in town and enjoy a long leisurely lunch. Baddeck has easy access to it all, and is home to the little gem called the Water's Edge Inn.

Water's Edge is comprised of multiple buildings, a new building that has several rooms, an art gallery and a dining room for the Inn's guests, and a building next door (green) that has a studio apartment on the top floor. That is where we stayed for four wonderful nights. The sunrises we saw from our water-front window were very simply breath-taking, casting the Baddeck Lighthouse in a perfect silhouette. The apartment gave us lots of room for all our gear (this is a 30-day photography trip), the full kitchen allowed us to eat at home for a couple of meals, and the brand new flat-screen TV enabled us to view our photos after each day's shoot. Simple, clean, convenient, and comfortable - we were very happy here.

Breakfast every day was home made muffins, breads and waffles, fresh fruit and yogurt, juice and coffee, and you are greeted by one of the family of Innkeepers. Camilla, Michael and their daughter Mairi run the Inn and are the most genuinely friendly people we've ever met traveling. They are full of suggestions on where to go, what to see, and which way to travel the Trail (counter-clockwise), and they seem genuinely interested in hearing what you think of what you saw in their little corner of heaven.

Room Tip: Make sure to request "a room with a view" ... of the harbor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, AZ
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

A great location by the water and convenient for driving the Cabot trail. Enjoyed the gallery -a nice selection of artists. The room was fine, but nothing special. Breakfast was a disappointment -stale breads (maybe a few days old?), waffles and a fruit cup. We expected more for the price. The hosts were pleasant, but we wouldn't stay there again.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at the Water's Edge Inn. The rooms were sufficient but rather spartan. The Manager was not there and she had left 2 young women in charge who were not helpful and did not have the ability to make decisions. We knew we were going to have to move rooms after the second night due to earlier reservations but were moved the second day to the new room which had not been vacuumed. There were a few other problems but, since the manager was not on site, we were not able to speak with the her. We wanted to check out the afternoon of our last night and the young woman did not know what to do. She called the Manager, who came in to meet with us. We told her we wanted to leave early the next morning as we had a long drive to Annapolis Royal. She told us she would be there at 7:30 am the next morning to prepare coffee for us. We waited until 7:35 and then decided to leave rather than wait.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
73 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Inn has fairly large gallery with a friendly owner who was willing to answer questions about art etc and point tourists in direction of good food when requested. Inn was booked so I didn't get to enjoy a stay but it was in great location in town. I really enjoyed the gallery. Owner is a very good photographer and he sells paintings and crafts from other artists too. Young lady working there was knowledgeable and helpful when I asked her questions about art. There was no slot to just comment on great gallery so please excuse that I didn't stay there.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in room 5 for 7 days. It was an amazing stay for us, both because of the area of cape Breton, but also because of the owners and the views. Camilla and Michael were so welcoming. They made us feel at home and we could have happily stayed longer. Great advice on the area and always willing to make phone calls / book tours etc. Breakfast included in the price, located in the gallery at the bottom of the inn- fantastic homemade cakes, breads and delicious waffles made there and then for you. This is a wonderful place to stay and we would happily return time and time again. It is so peaceful. Having
been in Baddeck for the start if the regatta we had great views from the balcony of fireworks too which is an added bonus. The inn has reserved parking spaces too- either at the side of on front of the rooms at the front. The inn is clean and has very comfortable rooms.












  • Stayed August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My husband and I had an opportunity to spend an evening at the Water's Edge in Baddeck recently. We were booked into room 2 which overlooks the harbour. Absolutely lovely sitting on the balcony enjoying a glass of wine while watching the harbour activity. The room was spacious, clean and it really did have everything you could ask for including a lovely gallery below. The breakfast was perfect. We both had the cereal, fruit and some of the homemade bread (toast). Just enough food. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Room 2 is lovely with a balcony overlooking the harbour.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford
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70 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Room was large a spacious, fridge TV coffee etc all you needed. Bed was really comfortable and location perfect with view from the deck across the bay. Breakfast was good and waffles superb. Booked for two nights stayed four !

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Water's Edge Inn
Address: 22 Water St | P. O Box 829, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Baddeck
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Baddeck
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Water's Edge Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small charming Inn on the waterfront at Baddeck with it's own famous art and craft gallery. Complimentary breakfast with an outstanding menu of home-baked, natural selection. An Inn, small enough to take your needs seriously. ... more   less 
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