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Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ingonish
Gloucester, UK
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111 reviews
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“Possibly my favourite hotel on a 3 week trip in Eastern Canada”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Spent 2 nights here in June 2014. Great location (right next to start of Middle Head Trail) on the Ingonish peninsula. Superb sea views all round.

Room was good (double with bath). We didn't have great ocean views (some partial glimpses). Choice of restaurants in this hotel and the associated complex. Food in the Atlantic was okay (family restaurant - nothing special) but the food in the Purple Thistle in the main lodge was excellent. Very friendly helpful staff in the hotel and the restaurants. Bar is excellent. Good beers, nice ambiance and live music. Very enjoyable. Would have liked a longer stay and I hope I have the opportunity to return another day.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had to make a change in our plans and booked at Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa. It felt like discovering a hidden treasure! We were upgraded to a suite in the main lodge and it was beautiful. The location is stunning. We enjoyed a relaxing evening of entertainment in the Highland Sitting Room. The complimentary breakfast in The Thistle Room was delicious and the staff were attentive and friendly.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for choosing to stay with us! We are so happy that you enjoyed our relaxing location and delicious breakfast. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards,
Jason Brown
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Portland, ME
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed two nights this August. The setting is phenomenal. Cannot say enough good things about the location. Breathtaking

The lodge hotel itself not bad at all but not luxurious. Older style rooms with a few drawbacks. Ours had a window over a newer outdoor restaurant dining deck, so we had noise and chatter from that below. Room totally adequate and bed very nice. Cool walk in closet space. Just all a bit dated and uninspiring.

The fine dining restaurant we didn't try. We did the bar twice. Very good mussels and fish and chips. Best beer choice was vicar double IPA bottle ($9 for a huge).

We had hoped for some Celtic music. Instead we got a billy Joel keyboard show, Accompanied by a bad trombonist. Ouch.

Walk or run the trail out to the point. It is awesome.

It's nice being. At this place but not nice paying $300 per night for what seems like it should be half that. Then again the bad motels are $100+ and this location is worth the money if you can afford.

We give it a mixed review. Would return but for one night not two.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Beautiful resort. We stayed at the Keltic Ldge for 7 nights from July 27 to Aug 3, 2014 and had a great stay. The rooms are great and the staff are very helpful. The evening entertainment in the sitting room is a relazing and enjoyable way to end the day. The pool is very nice to and convenient when we wanted a break form the beaiutiful near by beaches. The weather was ideal so that helped make the trip so enjoyable. I highly recommend the Keltic Lodge!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Great location, overall lovely stay but service needs improving. Room
Key fobs repeatedly kept failing meaning a walk back to the main lodge to resolve. Issues on check in and again when we were checked into an already occupied room. Over priced but perfect location, spa is well worth a visit. Treatments in spa excellent although a tad expensive. Must say though setting was wonderful, staff friendly. Would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2014
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. I am very happy to hear that you had a relaxing spa visit, and that you enjoyed our pristine location. I am sincerely sorry for the problems you encountered during your time with us, and I would like to speak with in further detail about your experience. Please feel free to email me directly at jbrown@kelticlodge.ca .

I hope to hear from you.
Jason Brown
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were repeated told by people we met on our drive through Cabot trail that we must spend some time in the Historic lodge. We decided to stop by for dinner. The service was great and the look out from the patio was absolutely stunning. There was live celedih music which made it all the more interesting.

Will highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Keltic Lodge last month (July). The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfasts are terrific. The entertainment in the Highland Sitting Room (pub/restaurant fare) was spot on for the locale, well performed and very enjoyable. The adjacent Middle Head trail hike was scenic and challenging enough to provide good exercise along with great views (and the chance to see moose, bear or coyote up closer than you might like). We had an excellent dinner at the Purple Thistle Dining Room. We golfed at the iconic Highland Links. As other reviewers have noted, the Lodge is dated, lacks some amenities (an elevator would be nice) and is pricey. But that seems insignificant against the fine experience the Keltic Lodge can provide.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Address: 383 Middle Head Peninsula, Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Ingonish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ingonish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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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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

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