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The Gananoque Inn and Spa
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights while touring in Ontario & Quebec, and got a great package deal. (Breakfast & Dinner included). The location is SO beautiful - if you can, then go for the riverside rooms! The only slight disadvantage with these rooms is that while you are enjoying the river view, people are able to walk past and look straight in the room/s as they are on the ground floor. A cheese platter and sparkling wine waiting in our rooms on arrival was a lovely touch.

The restaurant was excellent. Make sure you eat in the fine dining restaurant, rather than in the pub (Muskie Jakes) part of the hotel! We ended up in the pub on our first night (jet lag), and the staff did not set us straight until it was too late and we had ordered. The pub was OK, but not what we came for. In fairness, however, the reception staff did credit our account with our "missed" restaurant meal when we left.

And do make sure you do a cruise around the 1000 islands - it was well worth it!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank gulliver63
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Reviewed 29 March 2009

Like one of the other reviews, the Gananoque Inn was chosen as a good place to bring together folks from Ottawa, Montréal and Toronto for dinner and an overnight stay. We had a beautiful late March day and spent the late afternoon and early evening outside on our common veranda. The Inn was very accommodating of our Spring "Christmas Dinner" and dressed our table with Christmas-sy center piece and the dinner was very nice.

Another treat for us was the quality of the bed and the well appointed room. It's too bad that we got in in the late afternoon because I would have liked to have tried out the large in room Jacuzzi tub. As for the bed, it was King size (nice) and also was a *not* worn out pillow top type mattress. The was a welcome change over the bed we spent 5-days in elsewhere in the same week.

Our impressions are definitely coloured by the terrific weather and the enjoyable time we had with our friends. As for downsides, I can think of two: sound proofing and the breakfast.

We were on a package including both our dinner and our breakfast. As mentioned, dinner was quite good including well prepared appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee. Decaf Expresso was available and something a little more upscale than refined white sugar would have been perfect. Breakfast was buffet style with choice of three cereals, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs (steam table), side bacon/sausages/ham (steam table), fried potatoes (steam table), toast & mini-muffins. Competent but ordinary, the morning coffee was also standard hotel grade coffee i.e., also competent but ordinary. Overall, the choices seemed limited and a bit of a step down from dinner.

Soundproofing was OK but we did hear footfalls from the room overhead as well as some other party firing up their Jacuzzi. It didn't disturb my sleep but that may be a case of good timing and/or good luck.

One last thing, we were in a set of rooms separate from the main Inn, high speed wireless Internet was available but the signal was a bit on the low side. OK for checking e-mail, a bit spotty for use with a web-cam.

Overall, I'd be happy to return to the Gananoque Inn for our next dinner with the same group.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Olde_biL
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Reviewed 18 March 2009

Background: My girlfriend and I (in our 20’s) were looking to get away for a few days during the Christmas break. We came across the website for the Gananoque Inn via a travel Ontario site. We checked out the reviews on Trip Advisor and figured this would be a good place to stay for 3 days/2 nights. We used the Gananoque Inn’s website to book our room. We went with two different packages because there was a special on the dinner package for the one night. The package for the second night included a bottle of sparkling wine along with the dinner.

The Inn: The Gananoque Inn is a very nice Inn. It is located right beside the river. The main lobby was nicely decorated for Christmas when we were there. There is a spa if you want to book a massage or whatnot. We did not use the spa. There are two restaurants. Only the main restaurant is open during the off-season. It is a pub style restaurant. The food was great! Our package included dinner, which was a full dinner with soft drinks, appetizers, main course and desert. They make sure you don’t leave hungry! Be sure to make reservations though.

The Room: We booked room #114. Our room was right at the water in a 6 unit building. Our room had a slight view (because of the angle of the window) of the river. It had a king size bed and a very nice Jacuzzi tub in the room. If we go back I’d book room #115, an end unit, which had two windows, one directly looking over the river. This room, however, had two double beds. All rooms in “Waterfront” building looked amazing! With these rooms you get prime parking (regular parking is another few metres across the street).

Off-Season: If you are looking to go in the off-season, like we did, look for package specials, I feel like we got an excellent deal for the two nights with dinner. There is not as much to do there in the off-season, but that was ok with us. There is shopping in the downtown area, which is a 5min walk from the Inn. You can also drive along the Parkway and stop along the way to enjoy some scenic points. Other than that, there is not much else to do in the immediate area. Kingston and Brockville are near-by as well as the US.

Overall: Nice Inn with great Jacuzzi rooms, tasty pub restaurant and an excellent location. The employees were very accommodating. Thanks to the receptionists and especially to the bartender/host/receptionist guy. So, if you are looking for a lazy slow-paced romantic winter getaway, why not try the Gananoque Inn?!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mike_em1
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Reviewed 4 December 2008

We have just returned from the Gananoque Inn. This is our sixth visit and possibly our last. A group of friends have been meeting at the Inn in late November for several years. The location is convenient and quite central for people from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal to meet up. We were on the overnight package which included dinner and breakfast. In past years we were impressed with the service and atmosphere. Dinner was a gastronomic experience, and the dining room often employed a pianist. Breakfast was an elegant buffet with lots of choices and plenty of food. Perhaps because of the looming recession, this hotel was less than half full. The dinner was disappointing to many, and though it is included in the package, the dining room provides inflated invoices to influence the gratuities to the wait staff. The breakfast was a choice of four simple breakfasts with tea or coffee. Even juice was supplementary. Given our expectations based on past experiences, this year was a disappointment.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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6  Thank MrsSweetPea
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Reviewed 23 October 2008

My husband and I spent a weekend at the inn for our first anniversary. Our accommodations were a small 1 bedroom cottage detached from the main building.

We enjoyed everything about this little get-away. The food was wonderful, the town quaint and everything within walking distance of the inn. We purchased a package that included our meals, a play at the local theatre and the 1000 Islands boat cruise.

We enjoyed the fact that we could walk everywhere, had private accommodations and love the friendliness of the locals at both the inn and the nearby pub.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LoveToGetAway-TOGal
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