on September 5, 2011
We visited the Fairmont Algonquin over the Labor Day weekend and were pleased overall. However, there were downsides. Here's the low down. Price: The Algonquin is known locally as being an upscale and relatively lavish and culturally and historically rich hotel/resort You would assume, then, that the price would reflect that. However, the prices are quite comparable to standard hotels in the province, so it's worth checking out. However, the cost of eating at the hotel is quite high. A dozen of wings at the pub costs $15, and the cost of a three-course meal at their fancier restaurant costs about $60 per person. So be prepared for that. The hotel and room: When you arrive at the hotel, you'll be charmed by its beauty and sophistication. You'll immediately see the history it has to offer and the work that has gone into maintaining the site. The entire place was spotless, and the grounds were well maintained. There was a rooftop garden with seating to enjoy the view of the bay of fundy. We had the basic room. Plain and simple, it was nice. It was small compared to a standard hotel room but it was big enough for two people. It had hardwood floor instead of carpet. And the bathroom had nice ceramic tile. It was spotless. The towels were big and fluffy, and the robes were comfortable. Our BIGGEST problem with the room was it lacked air conditioning, and on top of that, it was very stuffy. The windows open and provide a bit of relief but not enough. In fact, my husband barely slept through the night, and I woke up several times through the night. It was just too stuffy to sleep comfortably. The room was in the older part of the hotel, so you might want to consider requesting a room in the newer part of the building. Definitely request a room with air conditioning. The little things: When I booked over the phone, the customer service rep. asked if I was celebrating anything. I told her it was my birthday weekend. The hotel went out of their way to give me a birthday card with a complimentary granola treat. The gesture went a long way. Also, there was a 20-minute wait for a table at breakfast. While we were waiting in the foyer, we were offered a complimentary delicious small smoothie. Another great gesture. Amenities: The hotel has a spa, an outdoor heated pool, a fitness centre,a hot tub, and a sauna. The pool was filled with small kids, so we didn't get to make use of that. We did, however, get to spend some time in the hot but. It was great to be able to have a drink and unwind for a while in the tub. The hotel doesn't frown upon walking around with a drink in your hand or sitting in the hot tub with a drink or two. That was nice! Overall, we enjoyed out stay and will return again, as long as we are guaranteed an air conditioned room!
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