This establishment is a combination motel and restaurant located just off the Transcanada highway. We had read the reviews and it sounded like a good deal, plus we like to eat at the same place we stay to avoid fast food boredom. John Gyles and the attached Heino's German Cuisine were a fine example of getting away from the same old routine of chain motels and mcburgers. It is set on a hill overlooking the St John River and just outside the small town of Woodstock New Brunswick. The staff could not have been more pleasant and the ambiance was quaint in that the rooms and restaurant had an old European flavour. The restaurant reminded me of the older Hungarian restaurants in Toronto. There were no stuffed pheasants on the wall but there could have been. Our room was small with a comfortable double bed and an enormous "easychair" that was fun to try to escape from. The motel was full with a tour bus crowd, but our room was quiet, no highway noise or revelry noise from the bird dog group on the bus (they didn't bring their dogs). The sunset was beautiful, but nothing compared to the sun rising over the river valley the next day. Fall colours helped to encourage me to take several dozen photos. The bed was sweet, but if you don't like plastic pillow covers, bring your own pillows as we did. The restaurant was wonderful. Not only travelers, but many locals, who were friendly, and many German speaking which increased the ethnic flavour. Food was robust, tasty and meaty. I ordered the "small" Heino's platter. It had 5, count em, 5 slabs of meat of various species of farm beasts and piles of potatoes and veggies. I could not finish, and I eat a lot. I thought I received the "large" platter in error, but the waitress assured me with an understanding smile that "large" meant large and pointed one out at another table. Huge would be a better descriptor, and I had an instant respect for the fellow tucking in. Regardless, our meals were delicious. The wine was good and at a perfect temperature. We did not try the famous breakfast, being still too replete from the night's repast. All in all, a good experience and we would return. Oh, and the price was right, very reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come enjoy the breathtaking views of the Saint John River. Maliseet hiking trail is only minutes away. Come explore the history of John Gyles. Our rooms our cozy but modest and clean with all the amneties. Our restaurant offers food and spirits with live music on the weekends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- John Gyles Music Room & Inn Woodstock, Canada - New Brunswick