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Rooms are furnished with antiques, this hotel has old world charm

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot breakfast
  • Charming ambience, according to guests
  • Flexible staff who aim to please, according to guests
  • Guests said that the breakfast was gourmet
Cons
  • A couple of guests found hotel policies, such as removing footwear, restrictive
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 12, 2013
Overview
This hotel offers unique ambience with antique furnishings in a historic home (originally built in 1848) in a park-like setting. It is well-suited for guests who seek historical charm as part of their accommodations.

There are three rooms at this hotel, each named for members of the Osler family. Two of the rooms have a king bed. The other has a queen bed. All of the rooms have free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, heated flooring in the bathroom, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Pets are not allowed at this hotel.

Guests are offered a complimentary breakfast daily (which the hotel describes as "Epicurean") made with fresh ingredients. The menu changes, and offers things like freshly baked scones and bacon and cheese soufles. Free parking is available on site.

Shopping is within walking distance at University Plaza, a 10-minute walk away. McMaster University campus is a 5-minute drive away. Royal Botanical Gadens Arboretum (open year-round) is just over a 10-minute drive away. Also a 10-minute drive away is Dundurn Castle (Home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers before Confederation)(All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking (call date: February 7, 2013).
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The Good
The bulk of reviews used for this analysis were favourable and guests were most pleased with this hotel's atmosphere and with the customer service.

Guests enjoyed the character and the ambience that this hotel provided. There were a number of comments on the antique furniture and historic decor that created a sense of old world charm.

Staff were very hospitable and pleasant according to guests. Guests described how staff accommodated special dietary requests for the breakfast and went above and beyond to ensure guest comfort.

Guests praised the selection and the quality of the food offered at the complimentary breakfast. One guest described the breakfast as gourmet, while another said that menus were imaginative.

This hotel was situation in a scenic, tranquil country-like setting, with well-maintained grounds. One guest described seeing deer on the property during their stay. 

Rooms were clean and comfortable, according to guests. There were extra touches, like heated tiles in the bathroom floors, that guests felt enhanced their stay. 
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The Bad
Based on the reviews used for this analysis, guest complaints were scarce.There were a handful of criticisms but they were uncommon.

A few guests found some hotel policies a bit restrictive, like having to remove footwear upon entering the property and breakfast hours that did not accommodate their schedules.

A handful of guests had trouble regulating the temperature in their rooms and found them to be excessively hot.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #1 out of 2 Dundas B&B and Inns.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.9 out of 10 based on 10 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 7, 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
9.7
Excellent
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hotels in Hamilton

Rated 9.7/10 based on 120 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 15 hotels in Hamilton

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Map Marker Osler House
30 South Street West, Dundas, Hamilton, ON