Choosing A Hotel in Charlottetown
Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Charlottetown: many dining options, including a handful of fresh food markets open year round
Charlottetown Airport: located just north of the city centre, travelers will find slightly cheaper hotels near the airport compared to downtown
How to choose a hotel in Charlottetown
There are two main clusters of hotels in Charlottetown - one in the downtown Charlottetown core and the other to the north, just west of the Charlottetown Airport. Hotels downtown are on average a bit more expensive than to the north, however the convenience of being in the heart of the city may be worth the expense for some travelers. These hotels also bring visitors closer to the beautiful waterfront. Downtown is home to a handful of fresh food markets, some open year round, for those looking to shop and cook for themselves. If you find yourself in the downtown area take a stroll along the boardwalk that follows the shoreline all the way to Victoria Park, Charlottetown's largest green space. Along this walk you'll find a variety of restaurants and shops.
What to eat in Charlottetown
Surrounded by the fruits of both the land and sea, Charlottetown has a lot of offer in terms of fresh produce and seafood. If you are a whiz in the kitchen and your hotel room accommodates an area to cook, there are endless fresh and local ingredients to use in your own cooking. Be sure to stop by the Charlottetown Farmers' Market to browse local produce, cheese and meats. If dining out is more realistic (and hey, you're on vacation so you probably won't be doing the cooking), there are many restaurants to try from big-name franchise establishments to smaller pubs and local eateries. Seafood is plentiful and there are quite a few oyster bars to frequent if you're up for some mollusks and an aphrodisiac.
Charlottetown is only about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive from Moncton, however most would probably tell you it wouldn't be worth the trip and remaining in Charlottetown is time better spent. Moncton, however, is a popular spot to overnight when traveling by car for those driving eastbound from Ontario and Quebec. So, if for example you are on your way to Charlottetown and need to stop over in Moncton, never fear you're almost there! Traveling south down the Trans Canada Highway, across the bridge from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick can give you easy access into Nova Scotia. Halifax is roughly 325km south of Charlottetown.