So I completely fell in love with New Brunswick, Canada. It is so beautiful, the food is amazing, there are loads of wonderful things to do and best of all the people are just so lovely and friendly and fun without being too sickly sweet. It’s like everyone is comfortable in who they are as a person and is having a really good day.
Anyway, New Brunswick hotels reflect the culture and the people of this amazing region! Of course, there are bigger hotels but there are some fantastic hotels that are full of local character and charm – and that is absolutely where you want to stay!
Here are 5 hotels in New Brunswick Canada that I personally stayed in and are just full of character and that amazing New Brunswick friendly spirit!
⇒ Read my post on The 26 Most Instagrammable Things to do in New Brunswick
Boutique Hotels in New Brunswick Canada – Webster House Shediac
The lovely Webster House is in Shediac. It sits on 10 acres of land with a heated pool and tennis court available for guests. It is just across the road from Shediac River. You really know you are staying in a home when you stay at Webster House. The current owners opened the house as a B&B in 2016 and live nearby.
The lovely owner met me on arrival and I had a tour of the house. The downstairs has a large common room and sunroom that are very comfortable. I took my key and then the house was kind of mine until breakfast the next morning!
The Rooms at Webster House
The house has seven bedrooms, five of which have jacuzzis. I had one of the upstairs rooms which was lovely – and huge! Polished wood floorboards, a nice big bed, flatscreen tv and loads of character (and one of those jacuzzis although I didn’t get time to use it!).
Webster House Breakfast
I really enjoyed this breakfast! There was much on offer but I tucked into the fantastic Montreal bagels and added some smoked salmon – plus fresh orange juice and great coffee!
Downtown Shediac is just a 10-minute walk away – and its famous giant lobster only a 5 minute walk away! Moncton and its airport are about a 20-minute drive.
This lovely B&B is a real boutique hotels New Brunswick hidden gem – it isn’t even on Trip Advisor!
Top Insider Eating Tip near Webster House:
Don’t miss local favourite Chez Leo for fried clams! It is drive-in and casual but really good!
Hotel Paulin Caraquet
Hotel Paulin is a classic Victoria hotel which was built in 1891 and is still owned and operated by the Paulin family! It is on the lovely Acadian Peninsula in the north of New Brunswick on the Bay of Chaleur and it was the first hotel in the area.
This is a historic boutique hotel – I need a whole new section of my website devoted to historic boutique hotels I think! When the hotel was first opened its name was La Vendome. The grandfather of the current owner bought the hotel in 1905 and it has stayed in the family since. The current owner, Gerard, was actually born in Hotel Paulin!
The house is just oozing history and character! Hotel Paulin has a 4-star rating but its newly renovated 3rd floor (where I stayed) is home to 4 luxury 5-star suites. There are 13 rooms over the 2 floors.
Hotel Paulin is owned by Gerard Paulin – as in the name – and Karen Mersereau who are lovely hosts. I loved seeing the old photos throughout the hotel – including this one here where you would swear that Gerard was actually his grandfather!
The ground floor has a comfortable sitting room near the front door and then a restaurant on the other side. There is a lovely big veranda which covers two sides of the house.
The Rooms at Hotel Paulin
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the newly refurbished rooms on the 3rd floor. I had a lovely view out on to the Bay of Chaleur. The suite was big! There was a sitting area as well as a big bed. And if you’re looking for hotels in New Brunswick with jacuzzi there was a lovely one in my large bathroom!
Eating at Hotel Paulin
We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at the Hotel Paulin made for us by Karen! Caraquet is famous for its oysters so I started with those natural and wow wow wow! They were so fresh and full of flavour – I barely needed lemon let alone anything else! Next up was a delicious salad with local ingredients.
The main meal was local arctic char with fresh vegetables. And why not have a 4th course? I enjoyed sugar pie – a local favourite!
Hotel Paulin was one of the most unique places to stay in New Brunswick which I came across and I highly recommend visiting Gerard and Karen here!
Another great place to visit in Canada is its Capital Ottawa – check out my posts on:
⇒ 17 Instagrammable & Fun Things to do in Ottawa and Outaouais
⇒ Top Byward Market Restaurants & Other Ottawa Restaurant Gems
⇒ 3 Brilliant Ottawa Tours Not to Miss!
Top tip on a Caraquet local food treat
I didn’t have breakfast at Hotel Paulin as I had heard very good things about the nearby restaurant La Caraquette and its seafood omelette. Oh my! Major scallops and shrimp for breakfast! This was one big and delicious omelette! I think I managed to eat half of the seafood omelette and I wasn’t able to touch any of the side dishes. I sat out on the deck and it was just lovely.
Apparently La Caraquette also offer the seafood omelette at lunch and dinner so do check it out if you’re in the area!
The other place not to miss near the Hotel Paulin is the fantastic Le Fils Du Roy Distillerie. The delightful Sebastien Roy and his mother began this wonderful distillery in 2011. Their range of products from amazing beers linked to the Acadian history to fantastic gin and whiskey are well worth trying. This is a distillery but it also feels like a great bar!
Rodd Miramichi River
The Rodd Miramichi is a bit of a surprise of a hotel. It is in the heart of the city yet on the river. This New Brunswick hotel has a classic wooden slat/board/seaside pale yellow appearance but it is very contemporary inside and super comfortable.
Rodd Miramichi has 79 modern guest rooms and suites – many of which have lovely outdoor patio areas. It is a fantastic location and many rooms have river views.
The Rooms at The Rodd Miramichi
I had a standard room and it was huge! Two very large double beds – and may I say the one which I chose to sleep in was extremely comfortable! There was room for an extra big armchair as well as coffee and tea facilities and a nice big bathroom. My room also had a decent-sized patio.
Eating and Drinking at The Rodd Miramichi
I had both dinner and breakfast at The Rodd Miramichi. The 1809 Restaurant & Bar overlooks the Miramichi River. It was possible to sit outside or inside but due to the heat at the time we chose the interior and air conditioning!
I was lucky enough to be staying at the Rodd Miramichi on wine down Wednesday which meant reduced wine prices – always good news! I enjoyed a delicious dinner of their speciality salmon. My salmon was served on a cedar plank, blackened and finished with maple syrup and cajun spice and it was outstanding!
There was a good-sized classic menu featuring quite a bit of seafood as well as some pasta and steak options.
Breakfast was a la carte and enjoyed some eggs florentine.
Facilities at the Rodd Miramichi
As the Rodd Miramichi is located on the Miramichi river, there are walks and trails nearby as well as fishing and river activities on offer. The hotel itself has a large indoor pool and a jacuzzi as well as a decent-sized gym.
Top local Food Tip
Head to the very cute little bakery Saveurs de Michelle. This little bakery is a must-stop for locals who pick up seafood pies here as well as some of Michelle’s amazing cakes!
Maplegrove Inn Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks are perhaps the most iconic/must-see tourism site in New Brunswick – for good reason! These stunning rocks are in the rather amazing Bay of Fundy – home to the highest tides in the world! The southern coast runs alongside the amazing Bay of Fundy and many of the best things to do in New Brunswick are here.
⇒ Read about great tours around Hopewell Rocks and more in my post on 9 Brilliant New Brunswick Tours Not to Miss!
These include Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage and Fundy National Park – as well as an extremely scenic drive. Anyway, if you are looking for a boutique b&b to base yourself whilst exploring this fabulous area look no further – it must be the gorgeous and rather yellow Maplegrove Inn! Its location means it is perfectly situated for exploration of this area – a 12-minute drive from Hopewell Rocks, a 20-minute drive from Cape Enrage and a 20-minute drive from Fundy National Park.
The Maplegrove Inn was built in 1854 and taken on by the lovely Jeff and Sonya in 2009. There is loads of room at the Maplegrove Inn. Indoors is a large lounge with big comfortable chairs. Outside is a large area with Adirondack chairs.
Rooms at The Maplegrove Inn
There are 5 lovely rooms at the Maplegrove Inn. All are a mix of the modern and the comfortable! Polished wood floorboards, antique beds, coffee maker with Maplegrove’s locally roasted blend and full Wifi.
Eating at The Maplegrove Inn
The food was a highlight of my stay at Maplegrove Inn! Jeff and Sonya began offering dinner this summer and do one seating booked ahead. I started with scallops and then moved onto haddock for dinner – fantastic! Breakfast in the morning was just as good. And where possible all ingredients are locally sourced.
Top tip for local food
As I mentioned above, the Maplegrove Inn has a fantastic location for exploring some of the top sites of the Bay of Fundy. The lovely town of Alma is just 20 minutes away by car.
After an exhaustive effort during my 8 days in New Brunswick, I found my number one lobster roll in lovely Alma at the Alma boathouse! And ideally, take advantage of their lunchtime offer of a lobster roll and a bowl of their fantastic seafood chowder!
The Algonquin St Andrews
Have you seen Dirty Dancing? Imagine that happy hotel/resort they stayed in re-fashioned as a large boutique hotel and you have the wonderful Algonquin Hotel. I’m going to be upfront – I loved this hotel!!!! It was larger than my normal boutique hotel preference but it had all of my favourite boutique hotel elements – it was unique, it had a sense of place, it was buzzing and charming and there were loads of little lovely touches. Ok, there is a lot to cover with the Algonquin hotel so let’s get going!
⇒ St Andrews is famous for Whale Watching – find out everything you need to know in my Whale Watching St Andrews – A Complete Guide
The Algonquin Hotel History
The Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 and was one of the premium hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The hotel had a major renovation in 2014 and now has 233 rooms with a wonderful location overlooking St Andrews.
Rooms at the Algonquin
My room was just lovely. It had a super comfortable big bed, big screen tv, coffee machine and a fantastic shower. And my rooms had power sockets and USB outlets everywhere which makes me very happy!
But the best thing about the room was the bathrobe!!! Once you put one on you won’t be able to leave without buying one. I certainly did and am enjoying it at home! They are like a big hug in a bathrobe!
The inside layer is almost like a light towel but super soft. The outside layer is more of brushed cotton. It is just so so comfortable! And it’s in black with an embroidered A for the Algonquin. This robe is just as cosy as a full-on terry-towelling robe but nowhere near as heavy or hot. I just love mine!
Eating and Drinking at the Algonquin
There are many options! The Algonquin hotel New Brunswick has two main restaurants: Braxton’s and The Clubhouse with is at the golf course. The Clubhouse also offers more informal dining as does Braxton’s, there is in-room dining and then the Algonquin offers Anyplace dining. As the Algonquin has many lovely lounging areas inside and out anyplace dining is perfect!
I had a lovely dinner at Braxton’s – oysters and a lobster roll of course! The breakfast is fantastic. The buffet is huge – or there are a la carte options if you prefer. Personally, I can’t say no to a buffet. There was an excellent egg chef who made me a fantastic omelette. And I very much enjoyed the blueberry bagels.
Facilities at the Algonquin
I loved the relaxed bustle of the Algonquin. There are always people just hanging out on the Adirondack chairs on the Passamaquoddy Veranda or in the large indoor seating area. It never felt too full or busy – just like a happening place to be.
There is a lot to do at the Algonquin Hotel! There is both an indoor pool and a seasonal outdoor pool. The indoor pool has a water slide. There are a fitness centre and a spa. A firepit, beehives and a helicopter landing area! And a world-class golf course. Plus everything that St Andrews has to offer!
The location is also terrific. It is about a 5-minute walk into the centre of St Andrews and a couple of minutes more to walk down to the docks.
The Algonquin was the only hotel I stayed in at St Andrew’s. But I find it hard to believe there could be a better option available! If you’re looking for 5-star hotels in New Brunswick Canada this is the place!
Quick St Andrews Restaurant Tips:
Head into town and enjoy lobster at the Gables. Their outdoor terrace is literally on the beach. Or if it is a special occasion book ahead for the Rossmount Inn. This is where the locals go to celebrate big events. The food is absolutely superb. And locals swear by Spears down on the wharf for their seafood.
If you like New Brunswick, you’ll LOVE Canada’s Nova Scotia! Check out my posts:
⇒ 6 Day Nova Scotia Itinerary
⇒ Atlantic Canada’s Number One Tourist Attraction: Harbour Hopper Halifax
⇒ A Complete Guide to Halifax Farmers Market
⇒ How to guide for Wolfville Wineries
How to Get to New Brunswick
There are 3 international airports in New Brunswick: Saint John (1.5 hour drive from St Andrews), Fredericton (1 hour 45 mins drive) or Moncton (2.5 hours). The other option is to come in from the US through the airport in Bangor, Maine (2 1/2 hour drive).
I landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which possibly has the best overseas flight options. However, this was a part of spending 8 days in Nova Scotia. A direct drive from Halifax airport to the border with New Brunswick takes about 3 hours.
I highly recommend you hire a car to get around Nova Scotia. It is a big area and a car makes it much easier to get between places.
Who Paid for What in this Post
My trip to lovely New Brunswick was hosted by the New Brunswick Tourism Board. They covered all my accommodation and car hire costs as well as the majority of my meals and activities. I paid for a few extra whale watching tours as well as more lobster rolls of course! New Brunswick tourism paid for my flight to New Brunswick and part of my flight back to London (I upgraded!).
But as always my opinions are my own.
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