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Hillsdale House Inn

9.7 | Excellent
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Built in 1859, this hotel has had guests like King George V and MacKenzie King

Pros
  • Free Wi-FI, free parking, free hot breakfast
  • Guests praised the personalized service
  • Guests found this hotel conveniently close to a number of attractions and restaurants
  • Hearty and tasty breakfast, according to guests
  • Guests said rooms were clean and nicely decorated with period furnishings
Cons
  • A couple of guests were inconvenienced by the lack of an elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 22, 2013
Overview
This hotel was built in 1859 and is a Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Property. Guests over the years have included Prince George of Wales in 1884, King George V and former Prime Minister MacKenzie King. This hotel may appeal to travellers who enjoy some history associated with their accommodations.

All 13 rooms have free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and a hair dryer. There are a variety of rooms, all furnished with period antiques. King, queen, double and day beds (and combinations of these) are in the rooms. Pets are allowed for a cost of $25 per stay.

There is no on-site restaurant, but guests are served a hot breakfast (which the hotel describes as "country-style") daily. There are a number of restaurants within a 10-minute walk of the hotel. On-site amenities include free parking and outdoor games like croquet, bocce ball and horse shoes.

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens are under a 5-minute walk away.The Fort Anne Historical Site (place of battle between Europe's empire builders on the shores of the Annapolis River) is just under a 10-minute walk away. The Annapolis Royal Golf Club is just under a 5-minute drive away. The Port Royal National Historic Site (re-creation of a French fur-trading post) is just over a 20-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: February 21, 2013).
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The Good
The vast majority of reviews used for this analysis were favourable and guests were most impressed with the customer service and with the hotel's location.

Guests were impressed with staff at this hotel and commented on their congenial service. Staff were accommodating and went out of their way to attend to guest needs, doing things like arranging tours and suggesting attractions and restaurants.

Guests said that the hotel was centrally located and said it was within a convenient walking distance to a number of attractions and restaurants. Reviewers appreciated the hotel's tranquil setting, with lots of green space and well-kept lawns. One guest even spotted a family of deer on the hotel property.

The complimentary breakfast was tasty and fresh, according to guests. Guests particularly enjoyed the selection of jams and freshly baked goods.

Many guests appreciated the architecture of this hotel and thought that the historical charm enhanced their stay.

Rooms were said to be clean, comfortable, spacious and nicely decorated.
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The Bad
Most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive and guest criticisms were extremely rare. There were a handful of isolated complaints that were not reflective of general guest experience.

A couple of guests were inconvenienced by the lack of elevator at this three-storey hotel. Guests recommended that people with mobility issues should request a room on the first floor.

One guest was disappointed that their air conditioning was not working and found their room uncomfortably hot.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #3 out of 19 Annapolis Royal B&B and Inns based on 353 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 9.9 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 21, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
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Location
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Map Marker Hillsdale House Inn
519 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS