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“A classic!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Ingonish
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“A classic!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

When you come around an amazing curve on the Cabot Trail and see Keltic Lodge far off on a ridge, you can't help but feel excited. It is a classic resort in a spectacular location. Yes, the place is a little over priced and outdated, but it has atmosphere and charm. Make sure you do not get a room over the kitchen unless you like smelling like a french fry. We asked to be moved and they were happy to. Our second room was great but it is time to update the bathrooms. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would go back for sure.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Quispamsis, Canada
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed in a room in the cottages. Very nice and clean and laid out, shared with friends from our bicycle trip. Our AC did not work and it was a very warm and humid night, which is likely rare in this location. When we brought this to the attention of the front desk manager/clerk the response was less than adequate. If I were paying for a low to mid range hotel this might be expected. But not when you are paying over $250/night.
Other than not getting a good night sleep (Which is what you are paying for) and embarking on the last 90 km of our 300 km cycle trip, I have no other complaints. The location was spectacular, restaurant food and service in the pub and entertainment top notch. The SPA was excellent! They were able to get us into our rooms before 3:00 pm. This was much appreciated after a long day of cycling. As mentioned above, not getting a good night sleep due to lack of AC and the response from the front desk put a negative spin on the experience.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 23Rick
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
We are so happy that you chose to stay with us during your bike trip. It’s good to hear that you enjoyed our spectacular views, welcoming service, and delicious food. The spa must have been an amazing treat after a long ride. We are sincerely sorry about the problems with your air conditioning. I would like to speak with you in greater detail about your experience. I can be reached at jbrown@kelticlodge.ca. I hope to hear from you.

Kind regards,
Jason Brown
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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Great location on the Cabot Trail. Main lodge was very nice. Great breakfast. Wonderful entertainment in the Highland room the night we were there. We were in the Inn. Our room was very large but seemed older. I thought the cost was very high for the room but I guess you are paying for the location and views.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Steve H
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Callander, Canada
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35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Let's be frank. Location, location, location. That's mostly what you're paying for.
Beautiful spot, convenient, historic with great staff at restaurant and inn.
However, our room was dated, not luxurious and small considering each night was $260 ($220 if you take out the breakfast cost). We were in the "Inn" section and maybe that's why. Our room was ground level and there were alot of earwigs!!!
Dinner at the purple thistle was solid but things are overpriced.
Breakfast was great!!!
There was a wedding reception on one of the nights and thought it was going to be a noisy night. But things shut down by 11pm and there were no issues with noisy party goers

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank T L
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POMFRET CENTER
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56 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stop here for one night, on our trip around Nova Scotia, what a beautiful spot! We enjoyed our room, dinner and breakfast very much! We had a chance to swim at the beautiful beach and in the pool. But the highlight of the stay here was the hike to the end of the point! The hike was very beautiful, peaceful and very enjoyable!

Room Tip: I am not sure there is a bad room here!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BETHANY D
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NCHR, General Manager at Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for sharing your Keltic experience! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our scenic location, great hiking and delicious breakfast. We hope that you will visit us again next time you’re in the area!

Kind regards,
Jason Brown
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Calabasas
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38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

My wife and I drove from Halifax to Cape Breton. The further into Cape Breton we traveled, the more incredible the scenery became. When we finally arrived at the Keltic Lodge, it was as if we had arrived in paradise. The location is absolutely magnificent. The Lodge itself has a few choices for accommodations. We stayed at the Inn, which didn't have necessarily the most charming of the rooms on property, but we chose it because it had more modern conveniences which included air conditioning. The Lodge itself does not, and in July, with humidity, that would have been tough. I understand why some people might be a little underwhelmed by the accommodations, it is a little rustic, but very clean. One look from your window and I am not sure how you can not feel uplifted. Our room looked out over North Bay, with Gibraltar type cliffs a mile away. The dining was great in the evening, we had some delicious meals and wine. Breakfast was a buffet style, and probably not as extensive as most upscale buffets. But there was no extra charge for the breakfast. We hiked and went Zodiac rafting. Regarding the Cabot Trail, the roads were fine. Yes, they were winding. With scenic overlooks to die for. Anyone that was scared by these very well maintained roads probably shouldn't be driving in the first place, or slow down.

Room Tip: Absolutely require a view room. You are in paradise, you must see it. The Lodge does not have air...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pgpbro
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Ottawa, Canada
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140 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the lodge for two nights after cycling the trail. Had also stayed here in 2008 and this experience was even better. Breakfast buffet was excellent. Supper was included in my stay as well and the choices were many and wonderful. The wine selection was quite reasonable as well. I stayed in a cottage with 4 rooms and a central common area. The beds were a little soft but the bathroom and room layout was good. Great pressure in the shower and lots of hot water. Outdoor pool is in a very nice location. Definitely a treat after riding the trail.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

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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Keltic Hotel Ingonish
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