Editor's Top 2 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$170 CAD
Highly praised boutique hotel in downtown Charlottetown with kitchenette and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free breakfast, free parking, and free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests praised the food at the free breakfast
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers complained that there was no on-site elevator
I think The Hotel on Pownal Charlottetown is one of the best options in Charlottetown, especially if you're looking for something right downtown. It’s in a prime location close to downtown attractions, alehouses and restaurants and is a pleasant walk to the harbourfront. It has elegant-looking rooms which are stylishly decorated in neutrals, with modern duvets and Keurig coffeemakers. 

Guests online have said it offers good value. They liked the free breakfast, and appreciated the free parking on site as well as included Wi-Fi. Many guests were especially pleased with the hotel’s happy hour, with free beer and wine tastings each evening!
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$176 CAD
Clean and spacious rooms with mini-fridges & microwaves, restaurant, well-liked breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free parking, free DVD rentals
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Guests are treated to passes to the CARI facility which offers two indoor pools, waterslide, hot tub and fitness centre
  • Many guests liked the free hot breakfast
  • About half the rooms have been recently renovated (as of 2014)
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers complained that the in-room carpeting was worn

6 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Charlottetown

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$263 CAD
Well-liked downtown Charlottetown hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, pet stays
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Guests liked this hotel's central location, near to the waterfront, shopping and restaurants
  • Guests liked the clean and charming rooms
  • The pool was enjoyed by many guests
  • Several guests praised the comfy beds they found in their rooms
  • Pleasant and accommodating staff, according to guests
Cons
  • Noise transfer from the halls and adjacent rooms a problem for some
  • Some guests did not like the older style bathrooms which lacked modern day convenience
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$279 CAD
Highly praised downtown Charlottetown hotel with jacuzzi & kitchenette suites & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, happy hour, freshly baked cookies, lobby coffee
  • Many guests were highly impressed with their rooms, found them spacious, beautiful and comfortable
  • Many reviewers considered the location a prime spot in close walking distance to many restaurants, shopping and the waterfront
  • The staff gave first class service, according to guests
  • Many guests recommended this hotel, were repeat customers or planned to return
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$195 CAD
Centrally located heritage property, modern and clean rooms, good food
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive and accommodating service
  • Many guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Several reviewers thought that their beds were comfortable
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A couple of reviewers complained that the air conditioning units were noisy
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$397 CAD
Highly praised downtown Charlottetown hotel with harbour views, indoor pool & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location ideal for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their welcoming and attentive service
  • Many guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • A few reviewers mentioned that their beds were comfortable
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by guests
Cons
  • Self-parking is $18 and valet parking is $21 per day
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • Occasionally guests were disturbed by noisy neighbours at the hotel
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$269 CAD
5-minute walk from downtown, great free breakfast, friendly staff
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's central locale
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and spacious by many lodgers
  • The staff were complimented on their friendly and helpful service
  • Several travellers enjoyed the quality and variety of the free breakfast
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer during their stay
  • The hotel's rates were overpriced according to a few lodgers
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$281 CAD
Highly praised downtown Charlottetown hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and pets stay free
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Several guests complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • Several reviewers found the beds comfortable
  • A couple of guests enjoyed the indoor pool area
Cons
  • No self-parking (valet only, $15 per night)
  • A couple of reviewers did not like that the bathroom door had a glass window

Tips For Staying In Downtown Charlottetown

The birthplace of Confederation, downtown Charlottetown is a waterfront area steeped in history, with plenty to offer tourists. With many attractions within five blocks, this is a great summer destination to explore on foot. 

Choosing a Downtown Charlottetown Hotel
Although there are a limited number of hotels in downtown Charlottetown, all the hotels are well located for exploring the downtown area on foot. Most attractions and destinations are found within a 15-minute walk of downtown hotels. Additionally, many downtown hotels offer free parking and free Wi-Fi, with several hotels also including a free breakfast with the room rate.

For good value, book at the Hotel on the Pownal Charlottetown, our Editor's Pick for downtown Charlottetown. This hotel is conveniently located near the Confederation Centre of the Arts, shopping and dining. It offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a free breakfast. Finally, in the spirit of Maritime hospitality, this hotel offers free beer and wine tastings each evening.

Another downtown hotel of note is one of our Editor's Picks for best value in the whole city, The Quality Inn & Suites Downtown (formerly known as Quality Inn on the Hill Charlottetown). It's located in the northern part of downtown, about a 10-minute walk from the waterfront, and about a block away from shopping and dining on University Avenue. All rooms have a mini-fridge and microwave, which adds convenience and value. Like Hotel on the Pownal Charlottetown, this hotel provides Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking free to its guests. Plus, guests are given passes to the CARI facility, which has not only a fitness centre, but indoor pools, a hot tub and a waterslide.

The only hotel on the Charlottetown waterfront is the highly-rated Delta Prince Edward. Because of its location, it offers the best water views and is closest to Confederation Landing park. This hotel offers extensive recreational facilities, including an indoor pool, fitness centre and massage services. Attached to the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, the hotel is also adjacent to Peakes Wharf, a popular dining, shopping and nightlife destination on the water.

When to Visit
Summer is the most popular tourist season and room rates are generally at their highest in July and August. If you’re looking for a deal, try booking during the shoulder seasons of May, June or September. While vacationing in Charlottetown during the winter is possible, many tourist attractions and activities are only open during summer months.

Arriving by Car?
If you're staying in the downtown area, it will be most convenient to park your car at your hotel and explore the area on foot. Our two Editor's Picks mentioned above, Hotel on the Pownal Charlottetown and The Quality Inn & Suites Downtown, both provide free parking to guests. Parking at the waterfront Delta Prince Edward is less budget friendly, at $17 per day for self-parking, or $18.75 per day for valet with in-and-out privileges.

Travellers visiting Charlottetown by car may be able to save a bit of money by staying outside the downtown area, notably along the Trans-Canada Highway. More popular hotel chains can also be found outside the downtown area. 

Our Editor's Pick for best value outside of downtown is Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Charlottetown. It offers plenty of freebies -- including Wi-Fi, parking and a hot breakfast -- plus it features an indoor pool and hot tub, and is within a 10-minute drive of downtown.

Drivers can access the downtown area by car and parking fees range from $6 to $9 per day. Also of note, if you are driving to PEI, there is a toll to leave the island, either by ferry or via the Confederation Bridge. The bridge fee is $45 per car, while the ferry fee is $69 per car. Fees are charged only upon exiting PEI and not upon entry.

Wander Along the Waterfront
Peakes Wharf, a collection of small and colourful wooden shops, is designed in the style of traditional Maritime waterfront fishing villages. Aside from the historic architecture, travellers are sure to enjoy breathing in the salt water air while perusing local artisan shops and tasting PEI’s famous COW’s Ice Cream. First-time visitors should pick up a t-shirt at the PEI Dirt Shirt store. The shirts are dyed naturally with the red PEI soil. The wharf is also home to Peakes Quay, PEI’s largest outdoor restaurant patio and the city’s most popular night club.

Continue east along the waterfront, past several of the downtown marinas, to Confederation Landing. This waterfront park is home to summertime concerts and Charlottetown's Canada Day celebrations. 

A Living History Lesson
Located adjacent to Confederation Landing park, the Founders Hall Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion attraction maps out the history of Canada from 1864 to modern day. After visiting this landing site of Canada’s founders, walk to the Province House National Historic Site of Canada, the place of the Charlottetown Conference. This historic site offers tours with guides dressed in period costumes.

Finally, no trip to Charlottetown is complete without seeing the island’s favourite red-headed girl, Anne of Green Gables! The Anne of Green Gables Store is located on Queen Street, near the Richmond intersection. Playing at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in downtown Charlottetown, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical is Canada’s longest-running musical. The musical is performed seasonally from July 1st through to the end of September.

Charlottetown, in Prince Edward Island, is an inviting and hospitable place to visit, with lots to see and do. And you can use this guide to help plan your next visit to this scenic destination. Once there, remember to take time to relax and breathe in that peaceful salt water air, for just like the locals, you'll be on island time!
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