The Keltic Lodge Nova Scotia on Ingonish Beach
This time I would like to tell you about our experience at the Keltic Lodge Nova Scotia, a luxury hotel and golf resort at the beginning of the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton report in Nova Scotia. The travel magazine Travel & Leisure counts the Keltic Lodge Nova Scotia among the 15 best hotels in Canada and even among the 500 best hotels in the world - a claim for a hotel that aroused our curiosity. I already knew the Keltic Lodge Cape Breton from previous visits to the Cabot Trail, but I hadn't stayed there at the time, just enjoyed the view. Because the Keltic Lodge Resort Ingonish Beach is located on a peninsula that is at the beginning of the Cabot trails extends into the bay.
Luxury hotel and golf resort at the start of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island
Just a few meters behind the pay station of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the road branches off to the luxury hotel Keltic Lodge Resort on Ingonish Beach. So if you want to spend several nights there, you will not come to your hotel without paying the national park fee. Since we planned to get to know the nature of Cape Breton longer anyway, these fees were part of our travel planning. However, I can well imagine that not all hotel guests plan it that way.
The access to the Keltic Lodge Resort on Ingonish Beach first leads through forest, through which a side road to the beach branches off from Ingonish Beach. It is worth making a detour here for those who only drive through the national park, because the view of the peninsula and the hotel is breathtaking.
Our room - all the amenities of a luxury hotel?
The street quickly becomes a one-way street, which initially leads past buildings before reaching the main building of the luxury hotel. There we check in, but are sent back to the houses we passed on the driveway. Not all guest rooms are in the main building. We are accommodated in the dependance, in a room that could easily accommodate several families. However, it has more of the “charm” of a motel room than a lodge. I had imagined it differently. Granted. Nothing was missing - the beds were large and good. The room was extremely large with a sitting area, a desk, a cloakroom and a closet for clothes and suitcases. And the bathroom was well-kept, clean and had all the facilities one would expect from a hotel in this price range. The only thing missing was taste and the right ambience - and that's what I actually wanted.
Maybe the rooms in the main building are different - we did not see that. The main house restaurant, lobby, and large bar are cozy, fit in with what I would have liked for my room, and have wonderful views of the bay. Here you can experience beautiful sunsets and morning sunrises.
The restaurants of the Keltic Lodge Resort on Ingonish Beach
Breakfast is served at the Keltic Lodge only in the main house. And since I only need my cup of coffee in the morning before I am capable of any major sporting activities - and this includes the march from our accommodation to the restaurant - we drove in the morning by car to the main building. Breakfast is served as an impressive buffet. The selection of food was enormous and good. And also the service corresponded to what I expect in a hotel of this price range. The only thing I missed was that you could also order breakfast from the menu. As I said, greater physical activity is unpleasant for me early in the morning - and that includes the walk to the buffet.
For dinner we had the choice: either to eat with a tie in the Purple Thistle Breakfast Room, the main restaurant of the lodge - the menu looked very inviting, albeit with high prices - or casual dining in the Àrdan Rùm restaurant near the dependance, It was only a few steps from our room and required normal prices for large portions. Tired of our day trips, we preferred the second restaurant. The laid-back atmosphere went well with the great experiences in the National Park and along the Cabot Trail, and the food was up to our expectations. Very nice was again the view of the bay and the north coast of Cape Breton Iceland.
This has to be in the suitcase for hikes on the Cabot Trail
- When hiking we wear solid hiking boots, They also stop on uneven paths.
- On a hike you need one backpackin which you will find drinks, snacks, a jacket and odds and ends.
- Check our hiking checklistwhether you have packed everything you need for your hike.
- Travel Guide* and The Long and Winding Road, Walking the Cabot Trail * on the way for good information
- Use our Checklist for a beach vacation and pack everything you need for a swim in the suitcase.
Conclusion: A luxury resort with everything that goes with it - but also a pinch of disappointment
Maybe I was expecting too much, but my stay at the Keltic Lodge gave me mixed feelings: on the one hand the wonderful location of the hotel on the peninsula, the cozy restaurants and bars in the main building and the casual restaurant where we had our dinner , on the other hand, however, the rather careless decor of our room, the time-consuming journey to the morning breakfast and the fact that the hotel can only be reached after entering the national park. Maybe our impression would have been different if we had got a room in the main building? I dont know. I think there are other hotels in the area that don't leave this ambivalent feeling. The peninsula of the Keltic Lodge is definitely worth a detour, but next time I'll look for a cozy B&B or a nice inn. Luxury isn't everything!
Parking at the airport
Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Air Canada, Condor and Icelandair fly from Germany to various airports in eastern Canada.
313 Keltic Inn Road
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Source: own research on site (we have paid the stay in this hotel)
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs
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