Last summer we had friends staying in PEI so we decided to go too. After looking into cottage rentals I decided to book at Shaw's because for almost the same price as renting a cottage we could stay at Shaw's and have someone else do the cooking.
We were delighted with the property but have realistic expectations. Shaw's is a family-run hotel that has been in operation for years. It is not a Ritz Carleton and the facilities are rustic. Our cottage was one of the oldest on the property but my children adored it from the minute we arrived. It was called a 4 bedroom cottage but there seemed to be beds everywhere which thrilled my daughters who had thought they would have to share.
The beach is a fair bit of a walk and the mosquitoes can be fierce getting there, but it is beautiful and the walk made it feel like more of an adventure.
We met so many other families while we were there and most of them have been coming for years. I even ran into parents of a friend of mine who said that they started going there when they were children.
The playground is really basic, in fact I know a lot of people who have better ones in their backyards. That being said, it didn't deter my children from wanting to go there all the time and they always had fun. There were always children to play with there. They also have bales of hay that the children spent hours running around. Sometimes I think we spend so much time trying to give our kids the latest and greatest that we forget how much fun they can have if they're given time to use their imaginations.
I saved the dining for last because it was the most wonderful surprise. We've stayed at family hotels in the Maritimes before so I expected that it would be a lot of Turkey dinners. Not even close! The food was amazing and there was such a huge selection that we didn't eat the same thing twice for the 5 nights we were there (except for the fudge cake which I couldn't resist). They offer the freshest seafood but also a great variety of appetizers, salads and main dishes. We had originally planned to try some of the other restaurants in PEI but couldn't stand the idea of missing dinner at Shaw's. Three nights a week they even offer a program for the children so that the adults can eat in peace and my children actually participated. Given that we had just been on the Disney cruise and my children wouldn't do any of the activities on their own, this is a big deal in our house!
The breakfast was less interesting, but still had a good variety and no one complained of hunger. We ordered boxed lunches one day and had enough for 2 meals- and it was delicious as well.
All this goes to say that if you are looking for a relaxing, easy vacation Shaw's is a great hotel. If you are looking for the Ritz or non-stop entertainment it won't be for you.
We booked for this year when we checked out. I think it will become our annual summer trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shaw's Hotel is a charming historic inn and cottages property with a large property and great location. It's adjacent to Brackley Beach --- one of PEI's best beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shaws Hotel Charlottetown
- Shaw's Hotel And Cottages Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada