We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“great weekend getaway spot”
Review of Frontenac Club Inn

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Kingston
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Frontenac Club Inn
Ranked #1 of 22 Kingston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Los Altos, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“great weekend getaway spot”
Reviewed 12 October 2007

I find that the word "charming" is used far too often when describing a hotel or inn. This is a property that personifies what "charming" truly is. We were in town for a wedding, and found the town to be nice if not overly impressive. We tend to stay in hotels and rarely in B&B's, but I'd be hard-pressed to believe it if anyone tried to convince me that this isn't the nicest place to stay in Kingston. The exterior of the building is somewhat nondescript, but the interior is beautiful, from the common rooms to the suite we were staying in. We stayed in the Sandburg Suite, Room 4. The suite was spacious and lovely. The design features were gorgeous, from the high ceilings to the wood floors in the bathroom to the moldings to the window shutters. The jacuzzi tub was a nice plus.

Service was excellent. Breakfast was good. The rear gardens were nice. The location is good, still close to the main downtown area, yet not right in the middle of it.

This place is highly recommended.

  • Liked — design/architectural charm
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank ParisDreamin'
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

224 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    176
    38
    7
    2
    1
See reviews for
21
156
5
27
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (50)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Guelph
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2007

My girlfriend and I spent a romantic evening at the Frontenac Club Inn over Thanksgiving. The building itself has some wonderful history as an old bank (including authentic walk-in safe), and is elegantly decorated with a comfortable common area and large patio in back. Our room was one of the smaller ones, but had all the amenities including fireplace, Internet access and full bathroom. The photos on their website did not do it justice.
The Inn's hostess was friendly and helpful in recommending dinner downtown, just a block away. Kingston itself has a lot of interesting Canadian history and sites to see, plus is close to Prince Edward County where we finished off our trip with a short wine tour.
Highly recommended, will be back in the future to try another room.

  • Liked — The spacious livingroom
  • Disliked — Minor annoyances
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank Guelphtrips
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Guelph, Canada
Level Contributor
270 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2007

We have stayed at Frontenac Club Inn at least three times since they opened. Our experiences are always positive. We rave about this place to everyone we know.

Centrally located, the Frontenac Club Inn is a great romantic destination, with marvelous owners, beautiful building/common areas, and remarkably comfortable rooms. We've chosen different rooms/suites each time, and they've all been spectacular.

Breakfast (included in your stay) is fantastic, with many little touches to make it gourmet. And we've asked for and received herbal teas at night, without any hesitation or charges to our final bill.

Any issues we've ever had - things caused by ourselves or just run of the mill hotel stuff - have been resolved quickly and politely.

Unfortunately, now that people know about how great the inn is, we can never get a room! Glad they've expanded recently, but I'll have to try booking earlier and earlier from now on.

Susan and Beare, the owners, have done so well to make this inn a great place. The other hotels in Kingston could learn from their success.

  • Liked — Luxury in historic building
  • Disliked — Hard to successfully book a room, since it's gotten so popular!
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank McMarshal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2007

WOW!! This place is absolutely beautiful. From the moment you walk into the lobby you know you're staying somewhere special. The decor is tasteful and very in keeping with the building. We stayed in the Stone Room and it was amazing. The size of the room is very big and the bed was so comfortable. However, the best thing about this room was the size of the walk in shower - I've stayed in places where the bathroom is the size of this shower. It was the best shower I've have in my life! I had wanted the garden room but it was already booked - it sounded even better than our room. Another huge plus was the breakfast, it was YUMMY. I've never had a 3 course breakfast before and each bit was delicious.
It is in a great spot in Kingston and in walking distance to all the great restaurants and bars. I'd definitely recommend the Toucan - it had a live band on a monday night and was very busy. I would recommend that if you stay in Kingston that you take a day trip to Wolfe Island which is a free ferry ride. It is a great place to cycle, swim in the lake or canoe.

  • Liked — The Walk-in Shower in Stone Room
  • Disliked — Nothing, it was all amazing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Ellaweeze
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Aberdour, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2007

We arrived in Kingston with nowhere to stay and not wanting to check in to a dull faceless corporate hotel, we stumbled upon this little oasis. Being budget travellers were unsure if we could afford to stay in such a spectacular building but from speaking to the wonderful owners not only did we get a free upgrade to a suite you could not have asked for a more incredible place to stay.

The owners were the nicest people, having spent a lot of time and effort building the old bank/ working men's club in to it's former glory. The rooms are like being back in time, but obviously with all modern luxuries!

You really HAVE to stay here if you go to Kingston, great location, great rooms, great owners and a fab breakfast the next day. It really couldn't be more perfect!

  • Liked — Everything - it really couldn't have been better
  • Disliked — There's a lot of stairs so not sure if suitable for those who have difficulty with stairs.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank bbcreations
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Toronto
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2007

My husband and I have stayed in a lot of B&B's and inns, and this is as good as it gets. We are both Queen's graduates so we know Kingston well and visit often. I can't tell you what a great addition to K-Town the Frontenac Club Inn is. First, the rooms are absolutely gorgeous. My favorite is the Garden Room on the first floor - the bath tub is heaven and the decor is just amazing. Second, the service is wonderful. Susan and Bear are a delight. Susan is gregarious, Bear quite reserved, but both are very kind and will do everything they can to ensure a good stay. I once stayed at the inn for business and was famished during an afternoon meeting - they whipped me up a snack of fresh homemade bread, jam, and fruit like I was their daughter! Third, the breakfast is amazing. We had cranberry waffles last time that were to die for. And chatting with Susan while she fills our coffee cups is always so fun - she remembers me every time. Love this place - you will too!

  • Liked — Impeccale decor, great service, lovely breakfast, 'homey' feel
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank enroute123
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2007

One of the pleasures of haphazard travelling is picking a place on the Internet, booking it and seeing how it pans out.

Generally you'll be booking somewhere close to where you ought to be at that stage of the holiday. And generally, you won't have visited it before.

The Frontenac Club is just such a pleasant surprise. Of course, if you sneak a look at the website, you will already be reasonablty aware that it is not a shack.

However, getting there and seeing it for real is even better. The whole sense of solidity and, I suppose "European-ness" that you'd expect from a Bank is there in spades.

The hosts were very friendly, and gave us a quick tour of the place, of which they are rightly proud. They still have the Safes...

The Frontenac is in two parts - the main building, and an annexe right bext door.

Having selected, and booked a room in the main place, owing to operational exigencies, when we turned up, we found that we had rather high-handedly been relocated into the annexe.

Into a suite in the annexe, no less... This is the kind of thing I am willing to tolerate only...er...on every day for the rest of my life... What an absolute treat. I would recommend this place to anyone anyway, but that extra touch really topped it off.

The decor is very low-key. Sort of minimalist Victorian, and all the better for it.

The surroundings are quite odd, if you've been travelling in America beforehand. The location, down by the river is like a French or German town, and fairly genteel.

If you want a more Mad Max kind of ambience, you can go North, of course...

  • Liked — Quiet solidity. Understated decor.
  • Disliked — Nothing at all.
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't visit the North side of Kingston.
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
8 Thank LeftHandDownABit
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Kingston hotels
0.1 mi away
Residence Inn Kingston Water's Edge
0.2 mi away
Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront
0.3 mi away
Holiday Inn Kingston - Waterfront
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Four Points Hotel and Suites Kingston
2.4 mi away
Best Western Fireside Inn
Best Western Fireside Inn
#2 of 37 in Kingston
897 reviews
0.3 mi away
Confederation Place Hotel
Confederation Place Hotel
#29 of 37 in Kingston
315 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Frontenac Club Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Frontenac Club Inn

Property: Frontenac Club Inn
Address: 225 King Street East | Kingston, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3A7, Canada
Phone Number:
Region: Canada > Ontario > Kingston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Kingston
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Frontenac Club Inn, located in the heart of Kingston's historic downtown, is a block from Lake Ontario and close to Queen's University. It's a short walk to boat tours, theaters, restaurants (from informal to gourmet), great independent shops, art galleries, museums and the K-ROCK Centre. In a city known for its historic charm, beautiful waterfront and architectural treasures, the Frontenac Club Inn provides a special place to stay and enjoy all that Kingston, Prince Edward County and the 1000 Islands have to offer. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Frontenac Club Hotel Kingston
Frontenac Club Inn Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing