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Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858

9.0 | Excellent
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Just off Hwy 1, free breakfast, pet friendly, with tasteful rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast
  • Many lodgers enjoyed the quality of the free breakfast
  • Several guests were pleased with their clean and tasteful rooms
  • Guests praised staff for friendly and helpful service
Cons
  • A few guests mentioned the hotel's lack of elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 27, 2013
Overview
Located a 1-minute drive from the nearest Highway 1 on-ramp and a 5-minute drive from Saint John's city centre, the Homeport Historic Bed & Breakfast/Inn (built in 1858) is geared towards road travellers who prefer a small, pet-friendly inn with a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and easy highway access. 

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms and suites offers air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a DVD player, a hair dryer, free toiletries, a bathrobe for each guest, a desk and an iron and ironing board. Rooms with a jetted tub, a fireplace, a mini-fridge and a wet bar are also available and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

The hotel also offers meeting/banquet facilities, a computer station, a bar, a free breakfast and free parking. Up to two pets are permitted per room free of charge with prior arrangement. 

Lord Beaverbrook Rink is about a 6-minute walk from the hotel, while Saint John Trade and Convention Centre is a 4-minute drive away. Lansdowne Place offers shopping 5 minutes away on foot and Saint John Airport (YSJ) can be found roughly 20 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, up to 2 pets/room stay free, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 26, 2013)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, breakfast and rooms.

Many lodgers praised the hotel's staff, characterizing them as accommodating, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. One guest noted, "My wife and I stayed with Ralph and the crew at Homeport at the beginning of our trip to Nova Scotia. He was brilliant. Met us at the door - showed us around the two houses that comprise the B and B and was happy to chat with us or leave us to our own devices. His dinner recommendations were spot on and his suggestion that we call ahead for reservations with the car ferry (instead of using the website) was really, really useful".

The hotel's breakfast was the source of numerous compliments by reviewers, who described it as wonderful, extravagant, delicious and fresh. One patron remarked, "Breakfast was served in a lovely room with staff available to custom make the cooked item and clear the tables. Fresh baked cinnamon rolls, fruit salad, cereal, juice, and more were offered. Sitting with other guests was encouraged, but not necessary. But the great food and coffee stimulated lively discussions and we lingered over breakfast longer than normal".

Several guests were pleased with the hotel's accommodations. They found their rooms to be clean, spacious, quiet, tastefully decorated and well equipped, with comfortable beds and beautiful sea views. A couple of travellers reported dated decor, however.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints by guests about the hotel's lack of elevator. These reviewers mentioned having to carry luggage up several stairs, which was challenging for those with mobility issues.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #4 of 16 Saint John B&B and Inns with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 18 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.6 out of 5 with an 89% recommendation rate from 9 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 9.2 out of 10 from 18 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 26, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 9.0/10 based on 179 reviews

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Map Marker Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858
80 Douglas Ave, Saint John, NB