We chose to stay at the Keltic Lodge, as we considered this an iconic place on Cape Breton. There weren't many other hotels or lodges that visually appealed to us, so it seemed like the only place to stay that fit our needs. I see that others have noted that it is outdated and expensive. I too found it outdated, but it certainly didn't seem overly expensive to me, given that breakfast was included in the room rate.
We would have liked to have stayed in the lodge, but had perhaps booked the inn in error. At first, I was disappointed but in the end I suspect the rooms better fit our needs. The inn definitely needs some kind of better air conditioning and the rooms there were musty. We did have in-room air conditioner units that worked well enough. The views from the room were quite good, but for sure they could have taken more advantage of the location with bigger windows and adding balconies. Perhaps when they renovate they'll keep that in mind? The staff were extremely accommodating and lovely. Everyone was helpful. Servers were a bit slow, but I would come here again. The outdoor pool was a hit too.
We were lucky enough to be guests during KitchenFest and enjoyed flatbreads and beer in the pub while listening to some pretty incredible music. Even the staff couldn't resist tapping their feet while waiting for drinks from the bartender.
If you are expecting a super luxurious stay, perhaps Cape Breton is not the place to stay at all. The Keltic Lodge appears to be the highest end thing around. If you are looking for Cape Breton charm and an iconic space, then choose here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic Cape Breton resort, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, is located in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Just 2 hours from Sydney, NS and a scenic 5 hour drive from Nova Scotia's capital city Halifax, the 100 room resort has been welcoming guests to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia since July 1940. Keltic offers versatility for Cape Breton accommodations with rooms in the Main Lodge, spacious rooms in the Inn at Keltic and cozy two and four bedroom cottages with fireplaces and verandas. The Cape Breton resort is the perfect spot for a Nova Scotia family vacation with recreation facilities on-site or nearby that include a heated outdoor pool, Atlantic Ocean Ingonish Beach, hiking, wilderness trails, lawn games, whale watching, Eminence Spa and boat cruises. Adjacent to the resort is the Cape Breton golf icon, the 18 hole championship Highlands Links Golf Course. The Cape Breton golf course, rich in the Scottish tradition, has been restored to Stanley Thompson's magnificent original design. The Purple Thistle Dining Room and Atlantic Restaurant and Bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offer a comfortable dining experience and traditional Maritime menu. The Highland Sitting Room features a pub menu for lunch and dinner and nightly live Celtic entertainment. Nova Scotia conferences are welcome at Keltic Lodge with 13,000 sq ft of meeting space spread throughout the resort utilizing the restaurants and bars for private functions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keltic Lodge Resort And Spa
- Keltic Hotel Ingonish
- Keltic Resort Ingonish
- Keltic Lodge Nova Scotia
- Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa Ingonish, Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Island