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“An Easy Place to Return To”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Kenney

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Hotel Kenney
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Elgin
Manotick
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139 reviews
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“An Easy Place to Return To”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

This marks the third summer we have ended our summer boat trip at the Kenney Hotel. The hotel has a charming history - I am sure that "Dirty Dancing" could have been filmed there! The hotel caters to those arriving by automobile as well as boaters with everything from cabin cruisers to smaller open boats like ours. We leave our boat trailer and SUV at the Hotel Kenney, drive home in another car and then boat from near Ottawa. We then pull the boat out at the convenient hotel boat ramp to drive home.) The rooms are clean, and the ones in which we have recently stayed have been modernized, are bright and large with seating areas for cards or conversation right in the room. The meals offer an interesting choice, are well-prepared, and for the most part are served by charming, vivacious university students from the surrounding villages. The common areas feature comfortable conversation areas, a nice little bar, and in another building an ice-cream bar with generous scoops. The new owner, an American businessman, came to the hotel as a teenager - and liked the place so much he bought it when the Kenney family wanted to sell. He has retained the character with a number of modern touches - such as more TV channels than one could ever watch! The local management and staff really seem to want to offer good service...and it shows. An added bonus is the fact that the Jones Falls Locks of the Rideau Canal are within a short walk. In addition to seeing a World Heritage Site in operation, there are interesting exhibits with a blacksmith (and his helper) and guides to explain the colorful history of the area all while dressed in period costumes. In conclusion the hotel is well worth a visit for lunch, supper, or overnight - even if you have a cabin cruiser with all of the amenities!

Room Tip: The motel-like facility furthest from the main building seem to be the best.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kingston, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

The location is perfect and the food was good but they bungled our reservation for two rooms together. We were promised (on the phone over 2 months in advance) 2 rooms in the Bayside part of the lodge with a shared screened in porch but only one couple got a very nice room there and the other couple got a motel-like room on the opposite side of the property (still with a nice view but very inconvenient). They apologized by offering us each a complimentary glass of wine but both rooms cost the same and no reduction in price was forthcoming. This is the most expensive accommodation we stayed at on our trip up the Rideau Waterway but certainly not the nicest experience and I would have liked some incentive to return offered. New management seem to be still finding their feet. They assured me this almost never happens to others but I would suggest getting a detailed confirmation in writing. The office assistant was very nice and did get back to me but said the reservation person had no memory of it!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

I stayed for five days once for a retreat to get some work done and I have now been back 4 times in one year, staying for five days each time. The people are wonderful and take the time to get to know you. The little touches like knowing your name and responding to specific food needs make Hotel Kenney a friendly and accommodating place to get away from the hustle and bustle of normal every day life in order to read a book, take walks along scenic trails, take pictures of wildlife, and focus on yourself. It is a great location for a group of writers, artists or any group wanting the time and service to do what you need to do. Absolutely a wonderful time and I'm already planning another visit in the Fall.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

We celebrated 2 birthdays this spring in the Hotel Kenney dining room and will be back for more! The food was excellent and unique. The desserts are not to be missed - home baked cheese cakes and carrot cake among others. We loved our waitress - really personable and focussed on making our evening a success. Well done! Looking forward to our next meal at Hotel Kenney.

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Picton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

Ancient and a little worn this place is a ge
Service and food were spectacular when you think this is a small rather remote summer facility.
You have to leave the main road to find it.
Supper was venison with well prepared fresh veggies and FABULOUS carrot cake my server baked.
Breakfast was fantastic Welsh rarebit .
Don't find that on every menu.
After breakfast I walked across the bay an old stagecoach bridge to the series of hand operated locks installed in the 1800s and toured the free museum and blacksmith shop.
Hotel Kenney is the real deal .
No Disneyland this.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

Amazing site, food is excellent and the staff are wonderful! Would recommend it to any one looking for an beautiful location on the Rideau Canal system. Dinner was incredible, the staff or friendly and eager to please.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Walla Walla, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

After reading some of the previous reviews, I was leery about staying there. I am so glad we did.
The staff was terrific, the food was unusual and good. The setting is wonderful and the locks are amazing. The rooms aren't very modern but that is the charm. Choose a room facing the canal with big sliding glass doors to view it! It was very reasonable...room charge included 2 dinners & 2 breakfasts.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Kenney
Address: 59 Kenney Road | Jones Falls, Elgin, Rideau Lakes, Ontario K0G 1E0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Rideau Lakes > Elgin
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Elgin
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Kenney 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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