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Bras d'Or Lakes Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 St. Peter's B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, MN
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The Best Inn in Canada!”
Reviewed 20 May 2008

Without a doubt, the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, located on the St. Peters canal on Cape Breton Island, gave us one of our best travelling experiences.

The rooms, lobby, and dining room were very comfortable, attactive, and inviting. Our rooms were large, clean, well furnished, and pleasent. We had a nice view of the St. Peters canal.

We had two meals at the inn, breakfast and dinner. Both were extraordinary! The price for breakfast was quite reasonable; although the cost of dinner was a bit more dear, it was certainly within reason, given their exceptional preparation and presentation (we were particularly impressed with the seafood entres).

As good as the facilities and meals were, the service we received was "the icing on the cake." From the moment we walked in the door to after we checked out, everyone with whom we had contact was genuinely warm and inviting. Even the dog was above average.

The Bras d'Or Lakes Inn has been given four stars... if it was up to me, I'd give it six!

We will be making the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn as manditory destination the next time we are headed to Nova Scotia.

  • Liked — Great Service
  • Disliked — A bit pricey, but worth it!
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Stratford
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Reviewed 22 January 2008

What a jewel in a very quite part of Cape Breton. We decided to go for the more scenic route on this trip. So we choice to stay away from the busier 105 and travel the more scenic 104. What a great choice. We had booked our hotel on line, so we already knew the exterior of the building was in need of a little bit of work. When we opened the door we could smell the pine walls in this lodge style building. We were greeted in usual Cape Breton style by the owner/manager Rhoda Gillet. What a warm welcome. She really hates smoking in her rooms and I don't blame her. They have been refurbished to perfection. I can easily see why this was a 4 star hotel. The view of the waterfront is breath taking and we also participated in an evening hot tub dip.The restaurant, "The Brittany" is a work of outstanding quality. Rhoda's husband Jean Pierre is the most magnificent chef. The food was beyond words. The service was superior to any I have ever found in Nova Scotia. Proper and easy to see influenced by the master Chef. A must dine experience. As for the area it offers outstanding scenery, and more quite. I love Cape Breton for it's quaint ways, and have decided I will never take the usual Baddeck route after finding all the jewels St. Peters has to offer. Beautiful Marina, 2 museums, the St. Peters Canal,(gateway to the Bras d'Or Lake) and 2 of the nicest shops on the Island, Glad Tidings (Christmas store) and MacIssac's Kilts.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2007

We stayed one night at this hotel and found it was a big disappointment. We found it hard to believe that this is a 4 star hotel. I have stayed at 3 star hotels which are much better. It was all a bit uncared for whilst being fairly clean. The reception looked as though a tornado had passed through. It was really untidy. The outside also needed a good clean up. The staff were very friendly though.
The rooms were quite nice but a bit on the small side for 4 stars. The beds however were very very comfortable. We had a terrible mess of wires outside our window and not much of a view despite expecting a lake view. We did not eat at the hotel as it was very expensive. We were led to believe that the food was excellent if you wish to pay a bit more. It was however difficult to find other restaurants in the town which overall we found a bit uninspiring. The canal was quite intersting but St Peter's is not a town I would recommend or return to and I would not return to Brass d'Or lake Inn either. There are so many other far more beautiful places to stay in Cape Breton.

  • Liked — The lake view from the rear of the property
  • Disliked — Uncared for atmosphere, small room and not having a nice view from the room.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2006

Far and away the best of a Cape Breton trip....the magic of French chef Jean-Pierre was unexpected and wonderful. Newly refurbished rooms were the best of a 10 day trip. Do not be deceived by the modest exterior. We gathered current management including Jean-Pierre is new and they have worked wonders. After much mediocre and over-priced meals elsewhere on the trip we dined on food as only a French chef prepares. Great flavours, reasonable prices. We should have discovered it sooner! Check on late season hours though...like much of Cape Breton this place tends to hibernate as winter beckons. We gave this a definite two forks up.

  • Liked — Great rooms and great food
  • Disliked — Modest exterior
  • Tips/Secrets — Beware of late season in Cape Breton...much closes and even this hotel is limited
  • Stayed September 2006
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Reviewed 5 June 2006

We stayed at Bras d'Or Lakes Inn (at the southern end of Cape Breton) for one night and it was very enjoyable. The room was very clean and comfortable. Our room had a view of the surrounding lake and we saw a blue heron during our first few moments in the room. The water pressure of the shower was a bit intense, but everything else was fine. Dinner (and breakfast) there was delicious and the dining room overlooked a lovely view of the lake. The service was exceptionally friendly and we enjoyed our stay very much.

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Additional Information about Bras d'Or Lakes Inn

Property: Bras d'Or Lakes Inn
Address: 10095 Grenville Street, St. Peter's, Nova Scotia B0E 3B0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > St. Peter's
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in St. Peter's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Bras d'Or Lakes Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cedar log waterfront Inn fronts on the shore of the world-famous Bras d'Or Lake. Rooms at the Inn are adjacent the historic St. Peter's Canal which connects this big salt water lake to the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Jean-Pierre Gillet and his talented team will tantalize you with epicurean delights. The Inn features its own waterfront recreation area with kayaks and canoes, bicycles, lakeside lounging deck, and a hot-tub overlooking the lake. PLEASE NOTE: THE RESTAURANT CLOSES OCTOBER 19, 2017 FOR THIS SEASON. A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL BE THEN BE INCLUDED WITH THE BOOKING. ... more   less 
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