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Keltic Quay Bayfront Lodge
USA
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Place”
Reviewed August 20, 2010

The location is beautiful. The suites are upscale, spot clean and very functional. Apparently a popular spot for family reunions. Renie the host is speical...you couldn't ask for a more warm, friendly and helpful person. I didn't realize until we got there that there was a dock, kayaks, canoes and a paddle boat available for guests at no additional charge. What a nice surprise. The lake is pretty, and very relaxing. The kids enjoyed the kayak as well as the nightly marsh mellow roasting in front of the fire pit. (Just bring lots of heavy duty mosquito spray for that!)

We stayed in a 1-bedroom suite. The only reason I didn't give it a 5-star is the noise insulation isn't very good. The 1-bedrooms are on 2nd floor and the 2-bedroom units are on the 1st floor. On our last day there, people moved in the downstairs unit and we could hear them cook, talk, laugh and play cards well past mid-night, then again cook, talk, laugh very early the next morning! Still, it's rare to find an upscale lodge on/near the Cabot Trail. The few other upscale choices will cost you an arm and a leg more. Another small inconvience is that the 1-bedroom unit doesn't have a dish washer. I think that is available in the 2-bedroom units. May have made a difference in my decision to book a 2-bedroom unit had I known that. So we ended up eating out most of the time. Problem is there isn't any good place to eat nearby, except the diner across the main street. I forget its name but it is very good and you can ask Renie if you need to eat there.

As far as the location, it's a good stopping point centrally at the intersection of the Cabot trail, the Bras d'Or trail, and the Ceilidh trail. But in order to enjoy the Cabot trail at a leisurely pace, allowing time for hikes and off trail spots, you need another 1-2 nights somewhere on the west side of the Cabot trail in addition to this place.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Sydney, Canada
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83 reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

I cannot say enough about how wonderful this place is - from the accommodations - to the service - to the location - to the value - it has it all!! My fiance and I stayed here in August on the recommendation of my parents (who are regular patrons). These chalets are by far and away the most impressive I have ever stayed in - spotless, extremely well appointed and decorated, and displaying excellent workmanship in their design as well. The innkeeper, Renie, was accommodating, friendly, and attentive to any possible concern or need. She creates an atmosphere of totally encompassing hospitality - for which Cape Breton is famous. On an additional note: my parents stayed here again on August 13, 14 & 15 - a birthday present from their family, and Renie assisted with the surprise on their behalf. We are very much looking forward to our next stay in November. :0))

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed October 15, 2008

I don't get to see my brothers and their wonderful families nearly as much as I would like, so when one brother suggested a reunion at Keltic Quay over the Thanksgiving weekend 2008 we all said a resounding YES!

Keltic Quay is a hidden gem!! The location is breathtakingly beautiful, the cottages are top drawer, the lodge is everything you could ever want for this type of gathering, and Renie, the caretaker, hostess and lovely lady is wonderful!

Although this place is near a small village and busy highway you would never know it as soon as you turn into the resort. The drive is paved and the cottages are well built and each one is about 25 feet from the lake. When I stepped outside each morning I was enveloped by peace and tranquil beauty. I actually made a small gasp each time I stepped outside.

Another reviewer has written about the high end equipment in each cottage and that is true. We made some meals there and my brother had one catered by "Farmer's Daughter" a market and restaurant just up the road. It was wonderful. We all ate together in the lodge.

I can't believe this resort is already three years old, everything is so glisteningly clean!!

All weekend we had full use of the lodge as our family had booked both parts of every cottage. The use of kayaks, canoes and paddle botas is at no extra charge.

The lodge has a pool table, shuffleboard, books to read, and a huge fireplace, which was lit because of the time of year. Wonderful!

We had some little ones with us and had brought some board games of our own, but there is a deck of cards and a crib board there.

It is a wonderful place and Renie is so friendly and willing to make your stay the very best.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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suffolk
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30 reviews
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Reviewed September 25, 2007

We stayed at keltic quay for 3 nights in january. The location is amazing right on the lake and all the cabins are equppied to the highest standards. As we were there out of season we were the only guests but were made to feel so welcone by the owner. The cabins are close to the cabot trail which is well worth a drive- although be prepared that in winter most places in nova scotia are closed. however if you want some real unspoilt sceneryr and the chance to get away from it all this is the ideal place.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2007

Spotless and furnished the way you would your home (only maybe better:).

We stayed here for three nights (for the price of two through a Internet special) and throughly enjoyed our stay. The Inn Keeper, Renie, was most helpful and insisted that we use the laundry facilites at the lodge for free instead of having to go to a commercial laundramat. She also recommended caleighs to attend and restaurants to visit. On our last morning our water heater failed and she opened up another cabin just for our use.

In short, a very accomodating innkeeper and a restful place to curl up and read a book.

  • Liked — Spotless and Complete
  • Disliked — Long way from restaurants
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, BC
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2007

Wow… The very best accomodations out of all the high-quality places we stayed on our Halifax & Cape Breton trip. These duplex cottages are spacious and comfortable, with high-end finishings, and are completely stocked with dishes, utensils, and glassware for entertaining down to the last detail – including to our surprise the full-size turkey roaster in the cupboards.

One note – Keltic Quay advertises that it is a “housekeeping” location, which means that essentially there is no daily maid service (their staff cleans before and after every check in/out). However, they invite you to use their laundry machines, etc. whenever you need to and we didn’t find it troublesome at all.

The location is convenient, in a hamlet just off the main highway that has easy access to many main centres (Baddeck, Mabou, Port Hawkesbury). A perfect base camp during the Celtic Colours music festival, which is when we were there. In fact, Keltic Quay actually hosted one of the events in their sumptuous common room. The lakefront setting is tranquil and gorgeous (be sure to catch a sunrise over Bras d’Or Lake). We were compelled to spend quite a bit of time relaxing in the adirondack chairs on the porch, as well as several hours playing pool, darts, shuffleboard, and enjoying a bottle of port by the large fireplace in the common room. We later learned that the owner of Keltic Quay is a builder and he built the cottages to showcase his product to potential clients. It is definitely top-notch.

The Innkeeper, Renie, was fabulous – friendly, welcoming, helpful, but not intrusive in the least. Can’t say enough, she’s the perfect fit to the place. We also had the opportunity to meet some locals who are some of the friendliest people we’ve encountered, and found an amazing bakery down the road (Bayside Café – closed in the off-season). It’s a great “energy building” stop en route to the gorgeous day hike at Whycocomagh Provincial Park, which is walking distance from Keltic Quay.

The internet rates for Keltic Quay were a little on the expensive side for us, even with four people sharing, so we were a little bit nervous about whether it would be worth the stretch (it was). At check-out, though, imagine our surprise when Renie told us that she’d added their current promotion (at the time) to our bill, which we weren’t expecting – stay three nights for the price of two. This elevated Keltic Quay from a very nice place to stay to one of the best value-for-money destinations we have ever had the pleasure to stay at. We’d go back in an instant, even at the higher rates.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Leaving!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with friends
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3 Thank DeskTraveler
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Stirling, Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2006

Well appointed, clean and finished/furnished to a high standard. Inkeeper was friendly, accommodating and very helpful. Beautiful setting on the Bras D'Or Lakes.

  • Liked — Very comfortable accommodation
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Blueberries from Co-op and baking from Farmer's Daughter store. Both Whycocomagh
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Keltic Quay Bayfront Lodge
Address: 90 Main St, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia B0E 3M0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Whycocomagh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Whycocomagh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Keltic Quay's Cape Breton cottages are located on the northeast shore of the Bras d'Or Lakes in the village of Whycocomagh, at the entrance of the Cabot Trail an area of outstanding natural beauty and spectacular vistas. Ranked one of the top places to stay our twelve 4.5 star Canada Select one and two-bedroom Cape Breton cottages and suites include everything you need for world class accommodations and our main lodge is the ideal place for a great game of pool or darts with new friends. Whether you're here to see the Cabot Tail, conduct business or for pleasure we can help you plan what will surely be a memorable place to stay on Cape Breton Island. ... more   less 
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