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Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858
Ranked #4 of 16 Saint John B&B and Inns
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The Villages, Florida
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Ralph was a terrific host. What a unique B&B they created by joining the 2 houses. Very spacious and inviting. Their breakfast was superb, and their local advice was right on. Even their 2 dogs were welcoming. Our room was quiet and spacious, and very comfortable. Ralph had to tighten one of the beds, but he was quick and very helpful. Would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Hi and Thanks for the review. sorry about the squeaky bed. An easy fix and done within the hour and i checked the other bed of the same vintage and did pre-emptive fix on it also. the damp summer did number on many of our pieces of furniture, doors and cupboards. everything was sticking. Lets hope for a dryer summer in 2014.
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We spent a night at the Homeport before we boarded the ferry for Nova Scotia. As others have said, it is two houses that have been converted into one huge house. We stayed in the Veranda room, overlooking the bay. Our room was very comfortable with nautical decor, however, with the dark furnishings and woodwork, the room did not present a warm feeling. You have to walk up a step to get to the bathroom, which might be inconvenient for some people. The have a large parlor area between the two houses. We had eggs benedict for breakfast, which was very good. Ralph and Karen, the innkeepers, were very friendly and helpful. And.....Digby and Nova were very welcoming.

Room Tip: Veranda room had an excellent view of the Bay of Fundy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Quebec, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

This is more a small inn than a B&B, but this is not negative. In fact it is two houses joined together a few years ago. Nice view of the bay from the hill. Hosts nice and helpful. Excellent scones for breakfast. Big room and confortable bed. Two small glitches, the room is carpeted ( i love hardfloor or tiles, think it is more hygienic but this is my personnal preference) and wifi doesn t work in all rooms ( didn t work in ours) but work in common areas.

Room Tip: If you need wifi ask a room where it works all time.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Hello Thanks for the comments With 10 rooms we are larger that most "Mom and Pop" B&Bs but we still try to offer the same personalized service and experience. As to the carpets they are vaccumed daily and cleaned often. It is a nessesary evil as so many of our original hardwood floors were destroyed in the 60's and 70's when carpet was installed. we are slowly going back to hardwood (7 of 10 rooms have all or partial wood floors)

WIFI- we had coverage for the whole house when we set up the system but with so many devices in the property (10 rooms = 20 people = 35 to 40 iphones ipads blackberry etc etc) on any given evening our bandwidth is severely drained even when the are not being used. But we have, like most properties, provided strong , free wifi in the meeting and parlor spaces
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed at Homeport Historic Inn B&B recently. What a fabulous place ! I would have stayed on for a week... instead of just one night. The inn keepers were wonderful people - we got the grand tour of this most extraordinary historic property. The room was most comfortable - decor to fit the house, wonderful sheets on a comnfy bed, clean renovated bathroom and to start off the day, an extravagant and delicious breakfast. I would return anytime.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Thanks for the kind comments really appreciated and hope to have you back soon.
Ralph
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

I would have to agree with everyone's review on this B&B!

Ralph & Karen are great hosts & are very hospitable!

We arrived later in the day & were the last ones to check-in. Ralph & Karen upgraded our room free of charge! This is a very nice gesture and was very much appreciated! We had a room with a view of the Bay of Fundy!

The B&B is two houses connected by a great room! The grounds are nicely landscaped. The B&B itself is full of period charm!
The bathroom in our room was installed in 1937 and was decorated to match its era. Our bed was very comfortable!

Breakfast had a good assortment, including fresh fruit salad, freshly baked banana & chocolate chip muffins, cereal, yogurt, coffee, juice, blueberry pancakes, and sausage!

The "homey" feel of this B&B added to its charm!

Definitely recommended!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
SHHHH QUIET Don't tell the folks about free upgrades When we can and if rooms are still open we will often provide a room upgrade to make sure that your visit with us is the best we can provide. But hey don't count on it as we are often fully booked :)

Ralph
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

My wife and I stayed with Ralph and the crew at Homeport at the beginning of our trip to Nova Scotia. He was brilliant. Met us at the door - showed us around the two houses that comprise the B and B and was happy to chat with us or leave us to our own devices. His dinner recommendations were spot on and his suggestion that we call ahead for reservations with the car ferry (instead of using the website) was really, really useful.

Our room was delightful. My wife has very long legs and hasn't had a proper soak in a tub for a very long time - the tub in our room was cavernous and perfect for a bit of relaxation. The bed was very comfortable and the discussions around the breakfast table were wonderful. Recommended very highly.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
So happy your stay with us was so delightful. All the rooms are a bit different and I am glad you had the one with the Olympic size cast iron tub. I remember the reaction from your wife when she saw the tub. I think she had the taps running before I back downstairs.

Hope to have you back Rlalph
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We loved this place. The setting is grand - an elegant old mansion, which you really don't fully appreciated until you go inside. Nice location on top of the hill overlooking the river and a short hike into town. The hosts were super personable and we could have talked to them for hours.... justt really nice people. Our room (the Adriana) was huge and a great value at $135 (I think it was around $150 with tax). Ralph made a great eggs benny and eveything was fresh. Thanks Karen and Ralph!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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globetrotter3545, Owner at Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Hi Glad your stay was perfect. And really glad you liked my Eggs Benidict. One of our favorite breakfasts because it is not something most people make at home everyday. Toss in some fresh homemade muffins or my famous "Sin"immon buns and fresh fruit and you got a meal to keep you going all day. we do mix it up every day so even if your with us for a week it is always something different. Yumm

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Property: Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858
Address: 80 Douglas Ave, Saint John, New Brunswick E2K 1E4, Canada
Region: Canada > New Brunswick > Saint John
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Saint John
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set high on a hill with a commanding view of the Bay of Fundy, and the Historic Port and Skyline of Saint John the Homeport Historic B&B/Inn c1858 provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the gracious ambiance of Canada's oldest incorporated city. The twin homes were built in 1858,and were constructed for a prominent shipbuilding family whose boat yard was located a few hundred yards below on the harbor tidal flats. Its unique Italianate architecture reflects the opulence of the time with very large bright windows and rooms, 10 foot ceilings, free standing spiral stair cases, and detailed wood work rosettes, finials and columns. Of particular interest is a pair of carved figure heads that have stood sentinel in the formal twin parlors for nearly 150 years. Come stop for a while and enjoy these magnificently restored Mansions and be pampered in Five Star luxury. ... more   less 
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