From coast to coast, we the North have some incredible things to see and experience. From our mountains, rivers, ocean, beaches, and forests, we’ve kind of hit the geographical jackpot. Now, we’d argue that where you sleep during your vacation is just as important as your plans day-to-day. A hotel sets the tone for what’s ahead! When you wake up in a new place you want it to feel authentic. You want to feel welcome, taken care of, and safe. That’s why, year after year, Travel and Leisure has surveyed hundreds of avid travellers to find out which resort hotels in Canada are truly the best – and they’ve just shared their top 10!
Each resort hotel was rated on its facilities, service, location and, of course, its food, each of which contributed to the overall value of the property. For an inn to be considered a ‘resort hotel’ it must have some sort of recreational feature, such as a beach, a scenic or historic area, ski park, or a spa, so if this list missed your fave, that might be why!
This year the top 10 were heavily concentrated in the western part of the country. It turns out people really like the Rockies. Who would’ve thought!
Resorts with chic ski-lodge type decor, mountain escapes, and serene ocean views were *to the surprise of no one* the most popular features – but what came out on top?
At number one on their list, scoring an astounding 99.02 (Uhm, wow) was the Fogo Island Inn, in Newfoundland. Opened in 2013, the Fogo Inn is on a little island just off of the big island. The hotel itself is odd, but due to its unusual build it gives almost every guest an unobstructed view of the ocean. Plus, it has a minimal eco-footprint, fantastic food, and is maybe one of the most unique stays in the country.
Looking at the photos of this place, it’s no wonder that it made number two. With a score of 97.65, Manoir Hovey in Quebec is a regal beauty, with a vintage exterior and modern interior. The hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and Lake Masawippi and has incredible amenities and restaurants.
The Wickaninnish Inn, on Chesterman Beach, Tofino, is another that left us with our jaws on the floor. This place is incredible, and totally embraces its ‘Canadian-tropic’ surroundings. The Wickaninnish scored an astounding 95.56 out of 100.
Another B.C. Hotel, Chateau Whistler earned a rating of 91.75 for its palace-like appearance, 5-star food and its elegant suites. In the winter, spend your days on the ski hill, and in the summer hike, swim, walk or bike your way through Whistler.
Rounding out the top 5 best hotels in Canada, with a score of 90.00, The Fairmont Chateau is best known for its outstanding view of the crystal clear water in Lake Louise, a mountainous backdrop, it’s surrounding hiking trails, and inviting neighbouring towns. It seems their parent company really knows a thing or two about what people want.
The rest of their top 10 list includes:
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Overall Rating: 85.68
Well, there you go, travellers! The best hotels in Canada for 2020! If you’re travelling within the country, remember to stay safe, stay smart, and enjoy yourselves! … For what you’re paying to stay a night in any one of these places, you really can’t afford not to.