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Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ingonish
Portola Valley, California
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“Among the most spectacular locations for a hotel anywhere in the world”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Keltic Lodge and Resort is an absolutely spectacular location. As you drive in, it is hard to believe that a hotel is located in the heart of Cape Breton and virtually a part of the remarkable National Park that exists. The lodge could be one of the top hotels in the world with more investments in upkeep and service but it is a very comfortable, friendly place with views and a setting you will never forget. It was surprisingly quiet while we were there. The hotel rooms and some of the common areas could use some updating but the main entry and bar have been very nicely updated and there was live music every night of our stay. It feels like staying in a community and all of the guests were happy to be there and enjoying the environment and proximity to nature. The Middlehead Trail is a remarkable place to take a morning or late afternoon run or hike. Just a spectacular setting!

Room Tip: We enjoyed our ocean view room in the Lodge. It was quite spacious.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We had been told about the Keltic lodge when planning our trip through the Maritimes . The hotel is a classic with an absolutely amazing location on a peninsula with wonderful views. The common areas were lovely but the room in the main lodge that we stayed in needs some improvement. We were on the second floor with a great view of the lake, although no balcony. The room was spacious with a comfortable king size bed and furnishings. However, there is no air conditioning but the ceiling fan was a help. The fittings were dated (haven't seen hot water steam radiators in awhile), some of the clips on the full length mirror on the back of the closet were broken so we left the door open for fear of having the mirror come off, floor tiles in the bathroom were cracked and chipped. We had a lovely light dinner in the bar/lounge area with a great guitarist singing traditional Maritime favourites. At 10:00 am there was a guided 2-3 hr Parks Canada walk through the Middlehead trail which starts just behind the hotel and should not be missed. The place really has a lot of potential and if updated would be worth the close to $300 nightly rate which included a fine buffet breakfast.

Room Tip: The musician stops playing at 11:00 so if you want to get to bed before then don't stay on the s...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thornhill, Canada
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The location of this lodge is what makes it worth a night's stay if you are touring through the Cape Breton Trail. The property is beautifully maintained and the views from the property grounds are superb. Also, the Middle Ground trail, which is located on the property is a an easily navigated trail that leads to wonderful scenic vistas. The accommodations themselves are a bit spartan, more like motel style accommodations rather than resort style accommodations. Front desk staff, mainly young, possibly students, were not particularly helpful. The main restaurant served up a great meal on the day we dined there. The chowders and soups were home made and excellent. The seafood chowder is their specialty. I had the daily pasta which was also very good. Daily breakfast is included with the room. Also, there is nightly entertainment in the lounge, often local Keltic music. The lodge is pretty pricey considering the outdated accommodations but the facilities on site and its strategic location within the Cabot Trail help to justify the bill.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Queensbury, New York
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We stayed in "K" Cottage which had 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Upstairs bathroom shower water would not drain, had no tissue, and no waste basket. One upstairs bedroom had no air conditioning, and both had no tissue or waste baskets. We were not given enough towels. Many turn dowels on window blinds were broken; so we could not close blinds. So far away from main lodge, we had to request a shuttle each time we wanted to have a meal. Front screen door did not latch and one of our dogs was able to get out and slip under fenced in yard, because the fencing had large gaps where it did not even come close to the ground. Dinner was not good and took forever. Breakfast buffet was good. Views are incredible!!! Grounds are in need of more decorative flowers.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your breakfast and the beautiful views. We are very sorry about the problems you encountered with your cottage. In the future, please do not hesitate to contact the front desk during your stay, as they may be able to make your visit more comfortable. Please be assured that we take our guest complaints very seriously and that we are currently working to fix the problems you mentioned. If you would like to further discuss your stay, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at, jbrown@kelticlodge.ca.

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Jason Brown
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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay, our room in a cabin was cute and comfortable, updated but not too modern. Wouldn't expect anything more from a "classic" lodge. Service was nondescript, but it was the beginning of the season so maybe the staff were still getting acquainted. After staying in some fantastic b&b's before arriving at the Lodge, it's hard to compare.
We wanted to golf but it was raining and foggy, so we went to the spa and had a couples massage which was absolutely fantastic! Breakfast was included (good thing because it's pricey!) and it was good, nothing to write home about.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your couples massages and comfortable cabin. You will have to visit us again when it isn’t raining, so you can enjoy the fantastic views and beautiful golf course.We hope to welcome you back soon!

Until then,
Jason Brown
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Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We chose to stay at the Keltic Lodge, as we considered this an iconic place on Cape Breton. There weren't many other hotels or lodges that visually appealed to us, so it seemed like the only place to stay that fit our needs. I see that others have noted that it is outdated and expensive. I too found it outdated, but it certainly didn't seem overly expensive to me, given that breakfast was included in the room rate.

We would have liked to have stayed in the lodge, but had perhaps booked the inn in error. At first, I was disappointed but in the end I suspect the rooms better fit our needs. The inn definitely needs some kind of better air conditioning and the rooms there were musty. We did have in-room air conditioner units that worked well enough. The views from the room were quite good, but for sure they could have taken more advantage of the location with bigger windows and adding balconies. Perhaps when they renovate they'll keep that in mind? The staff were extremely accommodating and lovely. Everyone was helpful. Servers were a bit slow, but I would come here again. The outdoor pool was a hit too.

We were lucky enough to be guests during KitchenFest and enjoyed flatbreads and beer in the pub while listening to some pretty incredible music. Even the staff couldn't resist tapping their feet while waiting for drinks from the bartender.

If you are expecting a super luxurious stay, perhaps Cape Breton is not the place to stay at all. The Keltic Lodge appears to be the highest end thing around. If you are looking for Cape Breton charm and an iconic space, then choose here.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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ansonia
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239 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

This hotel is 70 years old so it is considered a classic. We didn't stay in the main building but in one of the other buildings. The price was less. Had a view of the water but it was foggy and rainy for the couple of days we were there. Drove the cabot trail and the fog lifted, and the views were amazing. Breakfast was included in the price and was served in the Main dining room which was lovely. First day we ordered off the menu (very pricey if not included with your room), second morning it was a buffet breakfast. The grounds are nice to walk and see the views of the water.

Room Tip: This is on the Cabot trail and is convenient from both sides of the trail.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Address: 383 Middle Head Peninsula, Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Ingonish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ingonish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic Cape Breton resort, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, is located in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Just 2 hours from Sydney, NS and a scenic 5 hour drive from Nova Scotia's capital city Halifax, the 100 room resort has been welcoming guests to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia since July 1940. Keltic offers versatility for Cape Breton accommodations with rooms in the Main Lodge, spacious rooms in the Inn at Keltic and cozy two and four bedroom cottages with fireplaces and verandas. The Cape Breton resort is the perfect spot for a Nova Scotia family vacation with recreation facilities on-site or nearby that include a heated outdoor pool, Atlantic Ocean Ingonish Beach, hiking, wilderness trails, lawn games, whale watching, Eminence Spa and boat cruises. Adjacent to the resort is the Cape Breton golf icon, the 18 hole championship Highlands Links Golf Course. The Cape Breton golf course, rich in the Scottish tradition, has been restored to Stanley Thompson's magnificent original design. The Purple Thistle Dining Room and Atlantic Restaurant and Bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offer a comfortable dining experience and traditional Maritime menu. The Highland Sitting Room features a pub menu for lunch and dinner and nightly live Celtic entertainment. Nova Scotia conferences are welcome at Keltic Lodge with 13,000 sq ft of meeting space spread throughout the resort utilizing the restaurants and bars for private functions. ... more   less 
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