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By WAHEEDA HARRIS
The Great George hotel has laid claim to a whole city block in downtown Charlottetown by annexing 15 buildings in total, each carefully restored to create a unique accommodation option in this historic Maritime city. First opened as the Regent Hotel in 1846, the inn hosted politicians during the Canadian Confederation’s Charlotte Conference in 1864. It has gone through several owners since, and in 1996 was revealed in its current state—a series of neat-and-trim painted row houses—in the largest private heritage development project in the province.
The 54 rooms and suites may housed in Victorian-style buildings, but they have modern amenities (free high-speed Wi-Fi and MP3 player docking stations, for instance) and many have contemporary leather accent chairs and sleek beds dressed in white linens. Some rooms hark back to the Victorian era, too, with oversize traditional four-poster beds and in-room claw-foot tubs. One standout is the two-story Perkins Suite, with dining for eight, a spacious living room, double Jacuzzi tub and the hotel’s only rooftop deck, which overlooks downtown. Another is the spacious Deluxe Stable Suite, a sleek marble- and hardwood-accented space in a former heritage home, with leather furniture and a Jacuzzi tub. One- to four-bedroom units can house the whole family for long-term stays.
It’s the special touches here, such as the cozy lobby with fireplace and leather couches, and the daily afternoon offering of freshly baked cookies, that keep guests returning regularly. The hotel is less than a 10-minute walk to many of the city’s notable landmarks, including St. Dunstan’s Basilica Church, the Charlottetown waterfront, the Confederation Centre of the Arts and Founders Hall.
DETAILS:The Great George
58 Great George Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4K3
1-800-361-1118 or 902-892-0606
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