Heading to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the night or for a week? Well check out this list of places to stay while in St. John’s. There is something for everyone and on every budget. There is a great selection of B&B’s, chain hotels such as the Sheraton and Delta, and boutique hotels to choose from. I had the opportunity to do site visits to five very different and great hotels to see what they had to offer.
— DELTA ST. JOHN’S HOTEL —
The Delta is Atlantic Canada’s largest convention and full service hotel, and is connected to the St. John’s Convention Centre by pedway. The Delta is exactly what you would expect out of a Marriott branded hotel from their service to their standard rooms. I had the opportunity to have a three course breakfast while on my tour and the food is not to be missed!
The Delta St. John’s rates will fluctuate depending on if there are any conferences in town as it is connected to the new convention centre. The prices can range anywhere from $175/night to $290+/night. The Delta is located centrally to some of St. John’s, Newfoundlands best dining and shopping but make sure to check on the rates before you book.
— JAG BOUTIQUE HOTEL —
JAG is one of St. John’s newest hotels nestled between the very lively George street and historical Water Street. This hotel is in the perfect location for shopping, conferences, live entertainment and fine dining.
This hotel offers a wide variety of amenities including valet, nightly turn-down service and a 24-hour fitness centre. What also makes this hotel very unique and cool is it’s theme – musicians. The owner of the hotel had quite the extensive collection of photos, records and other paraphernalia from musicians around the world, and he decided to showcase it throughout the hotel and rooms. Each room is uniquely decorated with its own musician or group. There are a variety of rooms from standard up to suite all with modern furniture and are spacious. The line of Iceberg Spa products found in each of the bathrooms is a very nice touch and are all locally made with iceberg water by Ossetra.
As a result of its limited rooms (88 in total) and how new it is to the scene, you will find these prices to be a bit higher than others in the city but they do generally stay competitive. If you are looking for a new, trendy, boutique hotel then JAG is the place for you.
— MURRAY PREMISES HOTEL —
The Murray Premises Hotel is located in a National Historic Site and was the city’s first boutique hotel located right in the heart of downtown. Upon walking into this hotel you can tell there is a lot of history to the building which I was very interested to find out more about. Each of the rooms are unique as they have exposed 19th century wooden beams contrasting with contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches.
Built in 1846, the building is the oldest collection of mercantile buildings related to the fishing industry throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The hotel was not always used as a place for people to vacation, instead it has been purposed as warehouses, office buildings and machine shops. The hotel opened its doors in 2001, and the history of the building continued. Over the years the Murray Premises have completed three renovations and now have 67 guest rooms available.
I immediately fell in love with the history and historic charm of the hotel. One thing that I really admired while waiting in the main lobby was their coffee and snacks area. If you are waiting for a cab, for friends, or just need a place to sit, this beautiful sitting area offers complimentary drinks and a light snack. I thought this was an incredible touch for the guests of the hotel as I often find myself hungry or thirsty while on my way out the door.
The Murrary Premise Hotel is very affordable for the location and amenities that you receive. Starting just under $200/night, you will not be disappointed with a stay at the Murray Premise Hotel on the Waterfront.
—MARRIOTT COURTYARD ST. JOHN’S —
The Marriott Courtyard is located right on the St. John’s harbourfront and offers incredible views of the water as well as Signal Hill in the distance. This newly renovated hotel will feel familiar if you know the Marriott brand. Upon walking into the entrance you are greeted to large windows overlooking the water and the restaurant. The Marriott’s lobby and guest rooms feel much newer than the Delta which a short distance away.
The guest rooms are modern, feel fresh and offer a view you cannot beat. If you have a chance to eat at the Harbour Room Restaurant and Lounge, it is an absolute must. I loved the decorations and little touches throughout the restaurant as well as the wide menu of delicious local cuisine offerings.
The price point for the Marriott Courtyard St. John’s averages around $180/night, but deals can often be found online.
— SHERATON HOTEL NEWFOUNDLAND —
The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland was Newfoundland’s first hotel which opened in 1926. This hotel has been owned by several other companies besides Starwoods, including Fairmont. For the age of the hotel you certainly do not feel it in the guest rooms. They meet the standards that you can expect from a Starwoods property thanks to their great service, incredible food and spacious rooms. The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland was the perfect location for a hike to Signal Hill. If you are looking for some great hike options, then the quick 30 minute walk to the top of Signal Hill is an absolute must (it is also a short 7 minute drive). The hotel is also perfectly located for a short walk to shopping, restaurants, and pubs.
I stayed on the club level floor which provides you with access to the Club Lounge, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The photos of Newfoundland on the wall around the hotel were the perfect touch to remind you that you were in such a special and unique city. The guest rooms have been nicely renovated and well maintained.
The price point for the Sheraton tends to be around $170-180/ a night which seems to be the going rate for a lot of the hotels across the city. The Sheraton being my host hotel for my time in St. John’s, Newfoundland was a great place to use as a home base I would certainly return.