The Ryan Mansion presents itself as the premier inn in St. John's and charges rates which would reflect that status. Overall we were disappointed with our four night stay. We left wondering if they are squeezed financially since we did not find the level of frills and luxury one would expect for the price we were paying.
The many pictures showing Prince Phillip and Camila having stayed there in the past did not suffice to convince us this was an exceptional place. More attention needs to be paid to the non-royal present guests.
Our room was adequate and had some nice antique style furniture and a TV but there were no bells or whistles that one might expect in a top Inn - like a fruit basket for instance (we were there for 4 nights) or even interesting reading material.
The breakfast was disappointing. It grew comical in its meagre sameness. Each breakfast started off with a fruit ration. I have never seen so little fruit presented on a plate for breakfast (1 very small chunk of Cantelope, two small slices of Kiwi, three cherries and half a strawberry on a fairly large plate). The rest of the breakfast was always an egg dish which the chef insisted on covering with a strong balsamic drizzle (that overpowered the food) and a couple of pieces of toast. No choice, no grains, no small buffet. Very disappointing for what was supposedly a top establishment.
The garden in the back is sad, with weeds in the gardens and weeds in the window boxes on the windows. The front door is unwelcoming and difficult to open and locked so you have to have your key (after you check in) or ring the bell for quite some time (as we did on arrival).
Staff was friendly and helpful in providing directions and commentary on things to do when asked.
All in all, it was just okay without any wow factor and quite expensive for what we received relative to the many other places we stayed in Nfld on this trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Heritage Bed & Breakfast located across from Bannerman Park, the heritage area, in the heart of downtown St. John's. Within walking distance are many sightseeing attractions, parks, restaurants, shopping and clubs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel And Spa
- Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel St. John`s
- Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel Newfoundland, Canada