We stayed for four nights so we had plenty of time to enjoy this classic hotel. The place has been fully renovated and everything was clean and fresh. Perhaps some of the old world charm has been lost but you still get a feeling of luxury while staying there.
Upon our arrival the front desk staff were extremely gracious and helpful and were kind enough to upgrade our room for reasons I won't go into here.
Both the indoor and outdoor pools were beautiful and relaxing. The indoor pool has a water slide that was really fun, even for an old coot like me.
Our room had a fridge and a sink which allowed us to make our own lunches.
The town of St. Andrews was not nearly as "touristy" as I feared it would be. It was quiet and un-crowded while we were there. We enjoyed a few of the restaurants and coffee shops and did a bit of shopping.
The hotel is within walking distance of the downtown but is not right on the bay so don't expect any great views of the water. There is plenty of free parking and there are bikes you can borrow to get around town.
My only criticism of the hotel is with the service we received in the bar on the one night we went in there. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt though and conclude that our poor experience wasn't typical of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Algonquin is one of Canada's most luxurious and legendary resorts. Rich in history, meticulously restored to its original splendour, and complete with every modern comfort you could desire, this year-round destination truly offers the best of the past with contemporary amenities. The iconic building and its grounds are an oasis. Elegant guest rooms, contemporary dining, indoor and outdoor pools, waterslide, a pampering spa, private beach, manicured gardens, and cocktails on our historic veranda add up to a vacation to savour and remember. ... more less
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- The Algonquin Resort St. Andrews By-The-Sea, Autograph Collection Saint Andrews, Canada - New Brunswick