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Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

7.8 | Good
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Scenic highlands location, on-site spa, restaurants, pools and hiking

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas and free parking
  • Many guests praised the scenery and location of this hotel
  • Many reviewers found the rooms generally comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • A few reviewers enjoyed the live entertainment at the on-site lounge
Cons
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A few reviewers found the interior decor somewhat dated
  • A couple of guests were disturbed by noise from the halls
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 7, 2013
Overview
This property is situated within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, on its own peninsula, a 5-minute drive north of Ingonish Beach. Offering multiple on-site dining options, a spa and recreational facilities, this property is well suited for guests looking for a resort-style property in a remote scenic location.

This hotel is smoke free and offers a variety of accommodations. Guests may choose from rooms in the Main Lodge, the Inn at Keltic and private cottages. All rooms include a flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. 

Select rooms in the Main Lodge feature look-out lofts and/or views of the bay. Rooms in the Inn at Keltic also include air conditioning. The Inn at Keltic houses the on-site adventure company (North Nova Adventures) and is the closest building to the AVEDA Spa, the golf course and the Atlantic Restaurant. Cottages also include a fireplace and a deck. 

Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available in the Inn at Keltic and one of the cottages is wheelchair-accessible as well. The Main Lodge does not have accessible rooms and does not have an elevator. Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas of the resort. Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted in cottage units only, at no additional fee.

This property offers four on-site restaurants. The Purple Thistle Dining Room serves breakfast and dinner, while the Atlantic Restaurant serves lunch and dinner. The Highland Sitting Room offers bar service and a light fare menu daily from noon to 11 pm. The Highland Sitting Room also features live entertainment. This hotel offers quick-service food at the Highland Express.

The on-site AVEDA Spa offers indoor and outdoor hot tubs, manicures and pedicures, massage, facials and hair design. Other on-site amenities include an outdoor heated pool, a golf course, a tennis court, hiking trails, a beach, a fitness centre, a gift shop, a playground, concierge service and event and conference space.

This hotel has an on-site adventure tour company (North Nova Adventures) that will help arrange whale watching, lake and stream fishing, sea kayaking, mountain bike touring and boat tours.

Access to the Cabot Trail is 4 minutes away by car, while the Cape Smokey Provincial Park is about a 15-minute drive away. The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, in Baddeck, is about 90 minutes away by car. The closest airport, Sydney Airport (YQY), is about a 2-hour drive away.

Verified by a front desk agent on October 24, 2013: Accessible room availability and pet policy.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, the most complimented aspect of the property was the scenic highlands location. One reviewer described the resort as a "living postcard", while another guest said that this hotel was perfect for guests "looking for a breathtaking scenic adventure with the flavour of Scotland and Ireland".

Many guests agreed that the rooms were generally comfortable, while a few reviewers added that their rooms were clean and well appointed. However, a few reviewers thought that the interior decor could have been better (see below for more details).

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and welcoming service.

Several guests enjoyed the on-site hiking trails, while several other reviewers liked the food served at the on-site restaurant.

A few reviewers praised the live entertainment at the on-site lounge and one guest said that "the entire room was involved in many a sing a longs".

A couple of guests described enjoyable and professional experiences at the on-site spa.
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The Bad
There were several common concerns found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Several guests thought that the room rates were expensive.

A few reviewers thought that the room interiors appeared dated and in need of upgrades, while a couple of guests were disturbed by noise from the halls.

While several guests enjoyed meals at the on-site restaurants, a couple of reviewers found the food disappointed and one guest thought that the prices at the restaurants were expensive.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.9 out of 5, with 79% of 43 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #1 out of 3 hotels in Ingonish, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 421 reviews.

The author called the hotel on October 24, 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 7.8/10 based on 796 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 2 hotels in Ingonish

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Map Marker Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa
383 Middlehead Peninsula, Ingonish, NS