On our recent trip to Niagara Falls continuing with a drive around Lake Ontario, we spent one very enjoyable night at the Waddell. Located in a restored 19th century building on the banks of the Ganaraska River in downtown Port Hope, it offers large guest rooms on the second and third floors with a lobby and a charming Italian restaurant on the first. The hotel has an elevator for convenient transport of luggage to the upper floors. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Our air conditioned room had high ceilings, two beds, an armoire, 2 wing chairs, 2 other chairs, a desk and chair, TV, and a pot for heating water for the instant coffee provided that was surprisingly good. And with all that, the room was not crowded. The bath, though a bit small, was entirely adequate. The only downside was that the hotel is right on the street, and our corner room was rather noisy. Either one motorcycle chose to drive round and round much of the night or multiple bikes rode through town, but either way, this made for a noisy evening! Others in our party had rooms which faced the river and they did not have this problem.
The small town of Port Hope is attractive, and a short walk will take you either into the quaint downtown area or to the shores of Lake Ontario with the Canadian Firefighters Museum near the harbor. Though there are other options, the Waddell, while slightly more expensive, seems to be by far the best choice for lodging in the Port Hope area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Port Hope's Ganaraska River and park, The Waddell anchors Historic Port Hope's Heritage Business District. Only an hour east of Toronto on the shoreline of Lake Ontario, the picturesque town of Port Hope nestles in the valley of the Ganaraska River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Waddell Port Hope, Ontario