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Fairholm National Historic Inn
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Charlottetown
Certificate of Excellence
Bridgewater NS
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5 reviews
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“Very pleasant honeymoon”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Our stay at the Fairholm Historic Inn was near perfect. They could not have done a better job of restoring this inn...the rooms were grand and just beautiful. The hot breakfasts prepared for guests each morning were very good and the staff was very friendly and helpful with questions abut the area. Unfortunately, the one thing that would keep us from returning would be the mattress in our room, the Lucietia Starr Suite. It was probably the hardest mattress we've ever slept on and wasn't very easy on our backs. I didn't see the point in complaining as I assumed all the rooms would have had the same mattress, and as we were only staying 3 nights we just decided to tough it out. Other than that, it was probably the nicest place we've ever stayed, and the air conditioner in our room was a godsend as it was extremely hot and humid during our stay! I'm not sure if the inn takes guests' suggestions but we would like to offer just two...it's such a nice gesture to set out fresh baked goods for guests later in the day, but this time of year it's impossible to keep fruit flies at bay...a clear glass or plastic dome should really be put over the baked goodies to eliminate the problem as we noticed a fruit fly on the cookies in the front foyer one day. I mentioned it to the owner who happened by but nothing changed in their display. Also, mentioning the very hot and humid weather during our stay, leaving tea and coffee out for guests throughout the day is a lovely idea, but the coffee cream really can't sit out all day without refrigeration....my husband added some to his coffee one evening and it had curdled. It was also curdled the next morning at breakfast. Apologies for sounding like nitpickers but we both work in the food service industry and it's hard not to notice things like this that are easy fixes. The Fairholm is such a beautiful spot that it would be a shame for anyone not to have a perfect experience there. Just as an afterthought to future guests who are interested, we were happy to see that free Wifi was offered but were disappointed to find that the signal strength in our room was only strong by the suite's entrance, and was too weak elsewhere in the room to use our tablet.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
We're sorry to hear about your mattress in the Lucieta, all of our rooms have different mattresses but we will most certainly be looking into that! It's great to hear that you loved all of the other aspects of your stay, the restoration process of Fairholm was a long one but it was most certainly worth it. Your lengthy review is greatly appreciated, we have since covered all of our fresh pastries and kept our milk and cream refrigerated to avoid being spoiled by the heat. Hopefully we will see you back for another stay in the future!

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San Diego, California
1 review
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We stayed in the new, very contemporary units on the property. Living room, kitchen, bedroom and large bath. Smart tv in living and bedrooms. Stainless steel appliances and glass tiles in kitchen. Gorgeous stone shower with rain and regular shower heads. Very impressive. Manager and staff were great. Yummy breakfasts and snacks. Would recommend this property to couples, families and singles. They have something for everybody.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Bill and Barbara,

It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay in the new Clark House, a lot of work went into finishing the Clark House so it's very rewarding knowing that people have a great experience! Thanks for the great review, hopefully we will see you for a future visit!


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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights ... and it was absolutely delightful! The Inn itself is beautiful. Breakfast is served in a lovely dining room. Accommodations vary ... the inn itself has the historic rooms and the converted carriage house has been renovated with modern accommodations. Stayed in this new modern part ... very sleek design, fully equipped kitchen, living room seating area and separate bedroom. Top floor rooms have their own veranda which is an added bonus for sitting out in the evening. The service is exceptional ... they really take care of you. Location is perfect ... right in the heart of the historic district and a very easy walk down to the boardwalk. Look forward to returning!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
We really appreciate you reviewing your stay. The verandas in the Clark House are great for these nice summer nights! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, its great that you had an opportunity to check out the modern Clark House but also see all of the history in Fairholm as well. We look forward to your return!


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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Upon arriving late on PEI, we called Fairholm Inn and luckily someone had canceled at last minute. We were greeted with a warm welcome, got a fabulous room for a great rate...a jacuzzi tub, king bed and a lovely breakfast. If ever in PEI again, we'll definitely make advanced reservations at Fairholm Inn!

  • Stayed July 2014
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Thanks for the review Ciana! The timing was almost perfect whenever you called us, we're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back some time in the future!

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed only for 1 night but wish we could have stayed longer. The staff and owners were fantastic. There are 2 options at the Inn one is the Historic side of the Inn and the other is the
new modern Clark House that just opened this year.
We stayed in the Clark House and it was top of the line with every detail included. AC, full kitchen with stainless appliances, walk in showers and separate large tub, full living area with smart TV.
Breakfast was in the Historic Inn with a full hot and cold breakfast selection.
Outdoor sitting area with a gas fireplace was a wonderful way to finish up the evening out.
I give this Inn top marks for excellent service and hospitality and recommend it to everyone we know.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hi Anthony, it means a lot to us that you took the time for such a detailed review! A lot of work was put into the Clark House so its really rewarding to see and hear how much our guests enjoy it. Glad to hear you found some time to sit under the pergola and enjoy the fire pit! Hope to see you and your wife Heather next time you visit the island!
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

A great change from modern hotels. The old Victorian Mansion was very peaceful and relaxing and the period furniture and decoration gave you a feel for the time period. The staff goes out of their way to accommodate you. Breakfast was great and varied from day to day. Breakfast is 8 to 10, but you can still get yourself a coffee or tea earlier in the dining room. That was nice, especially if you are an early riser. Many eating places just blocks away for lunch or dinner. It is located just a few blocks from the harbour, walking distance from most everything you want to see. You must try this unique experience, you will glad you did.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
We're very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay Mark! It was our pleasure having you and we hope to see you back in the future!
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Warner, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

A very nice old Victorian mansion reworked into a nice B&B. We had a room on the first floor. In room AC and very nicely remodeled en suite bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. They were in the process of some grounds keeping but everything was very well maintained inside and out. The only downside is that it is an old house, so it is not as quiet as the typical "chain" hotel. This did not bother us and didn't affect our sleep, but if you are one of those very light sleepers you may here people walking about at night.
The breakfast was fantastic and we had a few options every morning of our stay. Everything is prepared to order. This was not your typical free hotel continental breakfast!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for something with character, history and excellent service. Breakfast was a bonus.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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fairholminnkeeper, Manager at Fairholm National Historic Inn, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Thanks for the review Ryan, we really appreciate it! You happened to stay with us right at the very end of our Clark House construction, we're glad to hear that the ongoing work did not affect your stay here at Fairholm. We will be sure to send your regards to the chef, having some choices at breakfast is something that we are trying out so it's great to hear that was an aspect that you enjoyed. Hope to see you again in the future!
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Property: Fairholm National Historic Inn
Address: 230 Prince St, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4S1, Canada
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Region: Canada > Prince Edward Island > Charlottetown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Charlottetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairholm National Historic Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 5 Star Inn and National Historic Site, Fairholm is a 1838 Mansion restored to its original splendor. Spacious and unique rooms with superb architectural detail all feature private baths, fireplaces, original antiques and hardwood floors. A short walk away from the waterfont, theatre and downtown shops and restaurants. Free wi-fi and parking. Delicious full hot breakfast for two is included. ... more   less 
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