Hotel Kenney has a long history - originally with one family, the Kenneys, now with an American owner who bought it primarily because of his affection for the place and his family visits when young. During our two days there we found out that there are a number of American families who have visited year after year. In some ads I have seen the Kenney call itself a luxurious hotel - which it is not. However, it is a wonderfully comfortable place in a pleasant old-fashioned sort of way. The common areas seem to have been updated under the new ownership and are a wonderful amalgam of comfortable seating with quirky country décor. We stayed in the lakeside section, old-fashioned motel rooms which are large and have a magnificent view of the lake and three steps of the Rideau Canal lock system. The rooms have what I think is seventies décor and are in pretty good shape although there is the odd nick in the doors. What I suspect is the new management has provided flat-screen TVs (although a bit smaller than I would have liked) and plenty of white fluffy towels and good plump pillows, much appreciated. Outside the screen door there is a gravity chair, perfect for an afternoon nap and watching the boats manoeuvre into the locks. There are no in-room coffee or tea-making facilities although the hotel staff were happy to provide afternoon tea and cookies to take back to our room, at no charge. The cooking is generally competent, and homemade soups seem to be a speciality - we had some excellent ones. Although the lunch is fixed price the soup can be combined with sandwiches made to order. As others have said, the Rideau Canal was an amazing project for the 1830s and well worth exploring. And what can be better than waking up to the call of the loon at dawn? The service from all members of staff was excellent.
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