B+B in STRATFORD, ONT

Old Oct 23rd, 2005, 07:46 AM
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B+B in STRATFORD, ONT

I thought I just posted this question and it isn't showing up on my computer. My apologies if I am posting this twice.

I have checked out the STRATFORD threads and also the SABBA website. I am looking for a B+B with a QUEEN or KING bed that backs on to the river or is very close to the FESTIVAL THEATRE.

Thanks for your assistance.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2005, 02:19 PM
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Check out stratfordfestival.ca for an extensive listing of accomodations close to the Festival Theatre.

Most B&B's have their own websites, and there's also a map of Stratford on the the Festival website to help you locate any properties you might be interested in.

The one I noticed that looked wonderful was the Alexandra Inn, though I've never stayed there.

Hope that helps with your search.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2005, 08:06 PM
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I stayed at the Arden Park Hotel which was nice.

Maybe someone will respond to this post that has actually stayed at a B+B in Stratford.

Maybe you are like me and prefer 1st hand recommendations.
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Old Oct 24th, 2005, 08:52 AM
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As a B&B owner in Stratford, it isn't appropriate for me to make recommendations, but thought I'd pose a few questions that might help other Fodorites help you.

Are you looking for a specific price range?

Other than king/queen bed (which most B&Bs have) do you have any other requirements? I.E. A full breakfast, or is continental O.K? Do you insist on an ensuite bathroom, or is private O.K? What about a shared bathroom?

Are you looking for just a place to lay your head, someplace charming but simple, or somthing truly luxurious? (Stratford has B&Bs in all categories, though most would classify in the charming but simple category.)
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Old Oct 24th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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For those of us who have lived near areas that people have addressed questions about, even though we've personally never needed accomodations, I think our contribution can still be somewhat helpful. That applies to Toronto or Rome as far as I can see. Certainly firsthand experience is more valuable, if it's available.

Sometimes it's all about knowing where to look, and as goldilox has pointed out, narrowing your search.

Going strictly on WhyNot's factors of location, it seemed like a fine idea to give them a website with a map and a list with addresses. Sometimes having a person do a little of their own research is alright, and any information, even indirect, can still be worthwhile.

There seem to be so few responses to many inquiries on the Canada forum, that I'd really hate anyone to feel their contribution isn't welcome.
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Old Oct 24th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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Thanks you are all so helpful.

Goldilox, I would like to find a place that is a mixture of charming and luxurious, with an ensuite... a jacuzzi would be nice, BUT not essential. As for breakfast, just yummmmmmy food. Let me twist your arm. What is the name of your B+B..........how about a clue?

Actually Why Not is right on. I love to hear about people's 'great finds'....fav places.
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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I don't know how close you want to be to the Festival Theatre, but we enjoyed our stay at Amadeus Haus on Elizabeth Street, which was a short stroll along the river from the Festival. Perhaps a half mile or a little less. Very quiet and great breakfast. While there, try to eat at the Bijou.
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Thanks for the thumbs up.......will check out the B+B and Bijou.

Still waiting for Goldilox ........
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Sorry, no hints... although I will say that I have been in this business for almost a decade... so I know the city pretty well... And, my beds are not too hard and not too soft- but just right!

I would recommend Bijou as well, although I do forwarn my guests that it is not for everyone. It is not the place to go if you are looking for white tableclothes, Riedel staemware and pristine service. It is young and energetic, with a menu that focuses on fish and game meats. They do sometimes serve pork and beef, but if you are not open to fish or game, I don't think I'd take the chance.

Another restaurant along the young, energetic lines is 38. Like Bijou, these are recent Stratford Chef School grads who focus on using the freshest ingredients, often organic. If you don't mind the bachelor pad decor, the food is amazing. (As it is at Bijou). The menu is a little more balanced than at Bijou. Every time I have been there they have had steak, a vegetarian dish, and a nice balance of other things on the menu.

Oddly, 38 doesn't have a website yet, but you can check Bijou out at www.bijourestaurant.com
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Old Oct 31st, 2005, 11:34 AM
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Hi goldilox,

Can I ask where 38 is?

I've been to Bijou and though it was wonderful cuisine, the "nouveau" portions left most of the men in our party wanting more. Especially for the price.

I still like Pazzo (cellar and ristorante) and Keystone Alley but am always looking for something new to try.
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38 is at 38 Erie St. where the Blarny Stone used to be.

Portion sizes at 38 are along the lines of Bijou. They are really portioned for a three course meal.

In terms of pricing, please keep in mind that these restaurants use very very good (and often unusual) ingredients, mostly organic. Trust me, these people aren't getting rich off of the restaurant- all of the money goes into the food and improving the physical restaurants themselves.
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Thanks goldilox.

I definitely appreciate fine ingredients and creative chefs, and have no issue with expense for something I truly can enjoy. A good friend owns a catering business and upscale restaurant and I know the issues involved in providing an outstanding dining experience.

Our group on the evening in question consisted of 5 couples, not all of whom were ready for the gourmet experience though.

Bijou offered most of us interesting choices and I found the seared foie gras to be fabulous. But I must say the service was not particularly attentive or knowledgeable that evening, though that is something that can be improved upon by the management.

I look forward to trying 38. Thanks again.

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