I admit that staying in a hotel can be one of the most romantic things to do. I would actually trade in almost any shiny bauble for a weekend getaway. A hotel stay gives us a chance to reconnect and let’s face it, if someone else is making the beds and preparing the meals, that’s a pretty enticing lead in for a romance filled weekend!
We’ve had the opportunity to stay in many great hotels and so have our friends. So with a combination of our experiences, we’ve agreed that these are some of the most romantic hotels across Canada. Whether you prefer something contemporary and modern to a place that is a little more cozy, we’ve got a few suggestions for your next romantic escape!
OPUS HOTEL: (Vancouver) Located in Yaletown, this boutique hotel has a lot of personality. Their 96 playful rooms were designed by Robert Bailey and some of them are a little cheeky! The hotel is within walking distance of the best nightlife in town and close to the seawall. We love the beautiful and eclectic artwork throughout the hotel and in the rooms—which each have their own colour-coordinated theme. There’s also a great restaurant on site making a literally stay-cation a perfect option. It was the only hotel in Vancouver to receive Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award from 2013 through to 2015.WICKANINNISH INN: (Tofino, BC) Set on the west coast, this is a beautiful spot to enjoy the Pacific ocean waves. Each room has a view of the ocean. Explore the unspoiled local wildlife and nature areas. Meet local artists on site and enjoy “boat to table” meals at one of Tofino’s top restaurants here.KENSINGTON RIVERSIDE INN: (Calgary) Located along the Bow River this boutique-luxe hotel features 19 rooms that are soothing to the eye. The whole hotel has a modern feel, from the artwork to the furniture that you see throughout the hotel. Book for dinner at the Chef’s Table and you will not be disappointed.AUBERGE SAINT-ANTOINE: (Quebec City) In the heart of the very picturesque Old Port area, each of the 95 rooms are uniquely decorated rooms. This historically significant property also includes artifacts that are displayed throughout the hotel, which dates as early as the 1600s. The location is perfect for exploring Old Port and the surrounding areas. Room service is from the adjoining delicious restaurant Panache, so feel free to order breakfast (and lunch and dinner) in bed!LE PETIT HOTEL: (Montreal) This charming boutique hotel is located in Old Montreal. You’ll be stunned by the exposed brick in this gorgeous 19th century historical building. The hotel itself is very intimate with only four floors. And the hotel also has two bikes available for guests to explore local sites… what could be more romantic than Old Montreal by bike?AUBERGE PLACE D’ARMES: (Quebec City) A charming hotel with a modern feel yet rustic feel. The new furniture and stylized decor brings a modern feel while the exposed brick and wood gives it that rustic, country feeling as well. Conveniently located within walking distance to upper and lower parts of the city, Auberge Place D’armes is a great hotel to explore the city from.FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS: (Alberta) If living like a Queen is on your bucket list then a visit to the Fairmont Banff Springs is definitely in order. You’ll feel as though you are staying in a castle—it is truly breath-taking. This landmark luxury resort in in the heart of Banff National Park has many great view points. Enjoy the near by hot springs or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool all year round. Lots of activities year round.DRAKE DEVONSHIRE INN: (Prince Edward County, Ontario) Prince Edward County, or as the locals call it The County, is attracting more and more attention from the bustling city folks craving a piece of the country life. The folks at Drake Hotel took it a few steps further and brought in more arts and culture with their new hotel. This historical building that was previously an iron foundry was recently restored to offer the perfect year-round lake-side experience. The Owner’s Suite here also won the Air Canada enRoute Magazine’s Hotel Design Awards 2015 for Best Suite.SHANGRI-LA HOTEL: (Toronto) Asian touches throughout the hotel and in the suites are elegant and contemporary. In the air you’ll find a hint of something beautiful that immediately calms your soul. One particular suite is highly coveted for it’s layout and decor that changes seasonally. Recently the suite was transformed into a “Winter Wonderland “that was designed by the editorial team at House & Home Magazine. The suite also has a walk out to a private terrace garden. Hotel’s Miraj by Caudalie Spa makes for a perfect couple’s weekend.THOMPSON HOTEL: (Toronto) There’s so much happening at this boutique hotel. Rooms are sophisticated and modern. While Valentine’s Day might not be the time to experience it, the rooftop has a bar, pool and undeniable one of the best views of the city line. Winter has a quaint skating rink for guests. Colette Grand Cafe restaurant is incredible for French fare as is the take-out patisserie for your morning croissants and cappuccinos. Location is within walking distance to hotspots like Bar Buca, Portland Variety, Valdez and many more.
THE HAZELTON HOTEL: (Toronto) located in Yorkville, this hotel is a favourite among celebrities who visit the city. There are 62 rooms and 15 suites with all interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Contemporary and modern the hotel is pure luxury. The suites feature amazing deep soaker tubs that I can’t get enough of! Mark McEwan’s restaurant ONE is also here and worth a visit.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL: (Toronto) This luxury hotel consistently makes our favourite lists because it’s been consistent each time we’ve visited. Rooms are tranquil and far away from the busy streets below. High ceilings and beautiful views of the city greet you in every room. Heated floors, deep soaking tubs and even TVs embedded into the mirrors in the bathroom make this one of the best rooms in Toronto. A retreat to the pool and spa make for a perfect getaway.FOGO ISLAND INN: (Newfoundland) Nothing else matters once you see this stunning property that confidently jets out on the rugged coastline. The 29 guest suites and four suites showcase the location and takes a modern interpretation on the traditions of the Newfoundland outport design and decor. The restaurant is highly coveted amongst foodies so secure your seats as soon as you make your hotel reservations. Priority is given to guests staying here.CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT: (Tofino, BC) while this technically isn’t a hotel, per se, there is something romantic about glamping in the wilderness. Yes, glamping. Who wouldn’t want to be under a beautifully decorated tent under the stars (minus the hassle of set up and cleaning). Adventures during the day and soft pillows and beds at night along side delicious cuisine makes for an unforgettable vacation.
So, if you could escape for a romantic getaway, where would you go?