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Reviewed 8 September 2014

My husband and I stayed in the King Suite of this unusual "hotel" in early September for 3 nights. The Newsroom Suites building is set back from the road about 40' and the building looks a little run down from the outside and is easy to miss. There is a 3-car angled gravel parking lot at the front left side, and a small, very wild and beautiful garden is at the front right side. The 2-story "duplex" building has two entrances: the left entrance goes to a still-functional newsroom and a staircase to the suites on the upper level; the right entrance goes to a main-floor suite. A front porch runs across the front of the building, with comfortable patio chairs, benches and tables.

The magic is inside. The King Suite is on the main floor facing the Main Street of Wellington; nevertheless, we could hear almost no noise from the street (soundproof windows). The suite is spacious and very, very clean and well-designed: dark wood floors, a nice entrance with a table and huge closet, small and well-appointed kitchenette (fridge, microwave, sink + coffee maker and kettle; cutlery and dishes), and a super-clean and spacious bathroom with a soaker tub and stone tiles on the floor and in the bathtub surround. The bed is the most comfortable I've slept in away from home. Well, actually ... it's more comfortable than my bed at home.

Everything has been thought of in advance by the owners and/or managers (a good thing, since one never sees them): iron and ironing board, many spare pillows and duvets, milk and cream in the fridge (and coffee/tea), kitchen towels and wash cloths, DVDs to use in case it rains and there's nothing on tv, cushions for the front porch chairs and benches, choice of french press and regular brewing coffee makers, beach towels ...

Restaurant East and Main is directly across the road, and there are two breakfast places across the road, each less than a 5 minutes' walk away. A food store is adjacent to the Newsroom Suites building (not open late though) and there is a convenience store across the road. The lake is less than a minute's walk behind the building.

Surprisingly, housekeeping was not done daily; we had to ask for housekeeping to be done on our 3rd day (and it was done after we asked, albeit without apologies). Given its designation as a hotel and the per night cost, the fact that we had to ask for housekeeping makes me hesitate slightly on an "excellent" rating overall, but I've reflected this is the individual "value" and "service" ratings. If you're on a romantic get-away and don't want to make your bed or clean your own bathroom after you return from touring the vineyards, be sure to ask whether housekeeping will be done.

Some minor things to watch out for: 1) the main door to the King Suite is very sticky and difficult to open (even for my husband, who is quite strong); 2) there are no controls for the temperature inside the suite itself: you'll need to telephone the owners to have it adjusted).

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SusanGH
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Better than expected. Lovely and clean, big TVs, fridge with milk and cream, good location; across the street from restaurants and next to a grocery store, and a lovely bathroom...I wanted to take the bath home with me!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank holidayrowed
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We stayed for two nights in suite #3 which was one the main floor. It was a great room, very clean, large bathroom, king bed with a very comfortable mattress and the small fridge and eating area was handy. Located next to a grocery store and across the street from East & Main and Pomodero, you can park your car for the night!

We paid $210/night through www.booking.com. A little pricey but that seems to be the average for the county, the only difference being you often get breakfast with an Inn or B&B. Having said that, we thought it was worth it for the convenience and the quality.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ruttegger
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I love staying at the Newsroom Suites. I return every year and always have had a wonderful stay. They are so accommodating and friendly and we always enjoy our time there. The beds are so comfortable and I love the hand crafted local soaps!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank popfizzclinksip
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

We stayed for two nights in suite one. The purpose of our trip was to visit people who live in nearby Belleville. My overall rating takes into account the room and service in relation to the price. Our suite was expensive: $195 per night. For comparison purposes, we have stayed several times in Belleville's Fairfield Inn & Suites (a Marriott hotel). An Extended King Suite currently is $154 per night. Keep in mind that the the Fairfield is located by a freeway in a strip mall environment. The Newsroom is in the semi-quaint village of Wellington on the shore of Lake Ontario. Wellington is in the heart of Prince Edward County near wineries and other attractions; Belleville is on the edge of the county. From the Newsroom, one can easily walk around the quiet village, including a stroll along the Lake Ontario shore. From the Fairfield, one would think twice about walking anywhere except to one's car. What are some other differences? Breakfast is included in the Fairfield's rate; breakfast is not available at the Newsroom. Daily housekeeping service is provided at the Fairfield; no housekeeping service was provided at the Newsroom during our stay. Parking is available at the Fairfield. At the Newsroom, we had to park on the street one night -- not a big problem but something to keep in mind. Is it worth an extra $40 per night plus the cost of breakfast to stay at the Newsroom rather than at the Fairfield? Perhaps, depending on the experience one is seeking.Turning now to our room. As others have noted, the exterior of the Newsroom is shabby. However, as others have also noted, our suite was tasteful and clean. The suites are located above the local newspaper's offices; they face the main street. We were there on the weekend so there was no noise from the offices. Street noise was minimal at the time of our visit in May. We noted a couple of oddities. First, there is no mirror in the bedroom. (The only mirror is in the bathroom.) Second, there is no coffee table in the sitting area (which is a separate room). The suite includes a very small table in the kitchen area. The suite was in good repair although one of the pot lights in the sitting area did not work. Still can't decide between the Fairfield and the Newsroom? The Fairfield has a swimming pool -- but hang on, the Newsroom comes with beach towels and you can wander down to the beach and swim in a big lake. The Fairfield has fancy coffee makers in its suites -- but hang on again, the Newsroom suite has a french press, coffee beans and a grinder. It all comes down to your tipping point.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank BushPiggy
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