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The Narrows Bed and Breakfast

8.5 | Very Good
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3-min. drive from city centre, great free breakfast and informative staff

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi in most rooms, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's downtown locale and proximity to the harbour
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their friendly and informative service
  • Several reviewers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms
Cons
  • Noise disturbances were reported by a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 7, 2014
Overview
Located about a 3-minute drive from St. John's city centre and a 3-minute walk from St. John's Harbour, The Narrows Bed and Breakfast is geared towards travellers who prefer a centrally located hotel with a free breakfast, private bathrooms and cable TV. 

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms offers cable TV, a ceiling fan, an iPod dock, a sitting area, an iron and ironing board with a hair dryer and free toiletries. Rooms with free Wi-Fi and a harbour view are also offered and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible. 

The hotel also offers a common kitchen and lounge, a free breakfast and free parking. Pets are not permitted. 

Atlantic Place offers shopping about 7 minutes away on foot, while Memorial University of Newfoundland can be found 5 minutes away by car. Signal Hill National Historic Site is roughly a 6-minute drive from the hotel and St. John's International Airport (YYT) is a 12-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: February 27, 2014)
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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 location, staff, rooms and breakfast.

Many lodgers praised the hotel's location, describing it as central and downtown, as well as close to Signal Hill, the harbour, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and whale watching. One patron noted, "The beauty of The Narrows is that it is so close to downtown (water street, george street, duckworth ave, etc), but it is a street up from all the action".

The hotel's staff were the source of numerous compliments by travellers, who found them to be helpful, accommodating, friendly and informative. One guest mentioned, "Each morning was a treat as we were always welcomed with a smile, friendly conversation and given so much valuable information on what not to miss during our visit".

Several reviewers were pleased with their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, quiet, well equipped and tastefully decorated, with fast Wi-Fi and great harbour views.

The hotel's breakfast was enjoyed by several guests, who found it delicious, amazing and plentiful. One lodger remarked, "Breakfast is a real treat - not only do you get a wonderful home cooked breakfast, but you get to be entertained by Brenda & Ann and the other guests. I can guarantee you won't get as many laughs staying at a chain hotel, nor will you feel as welcomed to the beautiful city of St. John's!". A few patrons complained of a lack of variety, however.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints by the guests about noise disturbances. They complained of street noise late at night (especially in the summer as the bars were being let out), as well as noise from guests in adjacent rooms.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #5 of 23 St. John's B&B and Inns hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 64 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 9.1 out of 10 from 12 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 27, 2014 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.
Guest Reviews
8.5
Very Good
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5 / out of 19
hotels in St. John's

Rated 8.5/10 based on 9 reviews

Ranked #5 out of 19 hotels in St. John's

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Location
  • Signal Hill (1.9 km)
  • Terra Nova National Park (139.8 km)
Map Marker The Narrows Bed and Breakfast
146 Gower st, St. John's, NF