5 of the most beautiful hotels in Canada

While I’d spent a lot of my life thinking that America had it all and that the notion of American Dream was something to strive towards, I didn’t give much time to the idea that Canada might be equally (if not more) exceptional. A destination I’d wanted to visit but wasn’t in any rush to do so, I was overwhelmed to find that Canada is cooler, more liberal, eco-conscious, design-led and, unsurprisingly, friendlier than the States. What’s more, it’s a travellers heaven – incredible natural landscapes, unique experiences and beautiful hotels attract travellers to Canada all year round.

If you find yourself planning a trip to the Great White North, check out our list of the country’s most beautiful hotels.

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec

Like many parts of Québec City, Auberge Saint-Antoine is captivating. The boutique hotel, which is a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux association of exceptional international luxury hotels, is centrally located in Canada’s richest historical district, where art galleries, independent shops and culture collide. Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the hotel is family owned and maintains a timeless, humble elegance, offering guests true Canadian hospitality in a space that merges contemporary design with historical artefacts. Rooms are made to feel homely, inviting guests to relax while offering them a delight to the senses with city and river views. The breakfast buffet needs an honorary mention for being nothing short of extraordinary!

 

Hôtel Nelligan, Montreal

A prime example of polished, urban living, Hôtel Nelligan gives guests everything they need for the perfect getaway. Luxurious amenities punctuate every corner while lavish rooms, suites and penthouses pair boutique comforts with classic stone walls dating back over a century. Concierge services are renowned and expertly attend to every step of your visit. Immerse yourself in Montreal’s signature joie de vivre.

The Drake Hotel, Toronto

Hailed as Toronto’s destination for unbeatable hospitality experiences fused with art, culture and community, The Drake Hotel has had open doors for locals + travellers alike since 2004, becoming a community hub for foodies and creatives. The bedrooms are individual and quirky, splashed with colourful art while the restaurant and bar menus, made entirely from scratch, showcase their values for local ingredients and respect for quality in every dish. And with Drake Art and the Drake Underground at the helm of the hotel’s vibrant cultural program, their walls do talk and the basement never sleeps. So, tuck into a Crash Pad and enjoy our hot bed for culture.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff

Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognised globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury mountain resort offering guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking and canoe activities in the summer, kid’s camp, a luxury spa, and exceptional dining experiences. 

 

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the Earth. Every one of their 29 one-of-a-kind guest rooms and suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet. A stimulating relief from the numbing uniformity of modern times, the award-winning Inn is built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture. The Inn is a community asset, and 100% of operating surpluses are reinvested into the community to help secure a sustainable and resilient future for Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

 

Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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