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Side Trips from Toronto Hotels

The Charles Inn

  • 209 Queen St. Map It
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake


  • Historic details with modern touches
  • Highly lauded restaurant
  • Impeccably decorated


  • Some historic "quirks" like variable water temperature
  • Some verandas are connected (i.e. shared with neighbors)

Updated 09/12/2013

Fodor's Review

An air of old-fashioned civility permeates this 1832 Georgian gem. It has a nice location that's right on the main street but also borders North America's oldest golf club. Spend summer evenings playing board games on the outdoor patio, then dine on some of the best food in the area. Each of its 12 rooms are uniquely decorated: from the Apple room of the standard series, with an oversize painting of apples over the queen-size bed and rain shower head in the glass-enclosed

bathroom, to the Safari room of the superior series, with slanted ceilings over the king-size canopy bed, wild and tribal touches like masks and drums, and a large soaker tub in the bathroom. In the persimmon-colored restaurant, chef Steve Sperling crafts exquisite dishes inspired by locally grown ingredients like pan-roasted sable fish with braised baby fennel, fiddleheads, and fingerling potatoes in a white wine cream sauce.

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Hotel Information


209 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0, Canada

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905-468–4588; 866-556–8883

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 12 rooms
  • Rate includes Breakfast

Updated 09/12/2013

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Sep 9, 2012

Absolutely charming!

On our way to Toronto, we visited Niagara-on-the-Lake for the first time and stayed at The Charles Inn. We could not have picked a better place to stay. The inn captures the charm of the town and is located in a quiet neighborhood (perfect for light sleepers) at the very end of the main street through town so it is perfectly sited for exploring. The rooms are of a good size and quite comfortable, and the staff is very accommodating.

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