The Best Resorts in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Battery neighborhood is a colorful part of St John's
The Battery neighborhood is a colorful part of St John's | © Paul McKinnon / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 January 2021

Founded in 1497, St John’s is the oldest city in North America and is renowned for its rainbow-painted town houses, steep winding streets and pretty-as-a-picture harbor dotted with icebergs in winter. The city’s thriving university and outdoorsy lifestyle keep the capital lively, with independent galleries, dedicated craft beer bars and a booming food scene, coupled with coastal hikes in every direction. Book a historic inn, a hip boutique hotel or even a world-class spa.

Alt Hotel St John's

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The only thing better than this hotel’s cool, modern rooms, light-filled restaurant and friendly staff is the drop-dead-gorgeous view. Overlooking St John’s Harbor with sweeping views of the Narrows, it’s the perfect place to linger with a latte and make plans to explore the city. The room that awaits you is generously stocked with a Nespresso, Chromecast TV, a yoga mat, Bella Pella bath products and a heavenly rainfall shower.

JAG Hotel

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There was never going to be anything ordinary about a hotel lined with pictures of Iggy Pop and the Grateful Dead. Located in downtown St John’s, this property is devoted to music, with everything from coasters to cushions adorned with musical details, and curated JAG radio playing throughout the property. What’s more, the staff believe in treating every guest like a rock star. And of course, if you want to hear some tunes in person, George Street’s bars and pubs are right outside.

The Murray Premises Hotel

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The Murray Premises is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Built in 1846 and now a National Historic Site, it is the oldest collection of fishing industry mercantile buildings in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its historic character is now preserved in the exposed brick walls, 19th-century wooden beams and timber-slanted roofs of each cozy bedroom. The hotel also has two atmospheric restaurants, including the Gypsy Tea Room, focusing on seafood specialities, and EVOO in the Courtyard, offering Mediterranean cuisine.

Sandman Signature St John's Hotel

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There’s plenty to occupy all the family at this airy hotel close to both St John’s International Airport and downtown. Children will love making a splash in the indoor heated pool and whirlpool, while the expansive Pippy Park is just two miles away if they need to stretch their legs. Snuggle up afterwards in one of the huge family-sized rooms, which have two queen beds, a Bluetooth wireless audio system, a spa-inspired bathroom and a microwave and fridge for no-hassle snacks.

Ryan Mansion

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When only the very best will do, this five-star boutique hotel will wow even the fussiest visitor. Moments from the city’s restaurants and galleries in the heritage district, the mansion’s main draw is its ornate staircase, built by the same craftspeople who fitted the grand staircase on the Titanic. The hotel echoes the famous ship’s opulent style, with heated marble floors, therapeutic tubs for two with plasma TVs in the bathroom, Frette linens, in-room fireplaces and original works by local artists.

Blue on Water

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Make sure you check in hungry to this charming 11-room boutique hotel, which is devoted to local and organic ingredients and grows the restaurant’s produce in its very own backyard. The hotel also has its very own gourmet food truck, while its legendary brunch menu is served all day, every day and includes a lip-smacking seafood chowder. Fancy a drink after? The hotel bar has over 35 single malt scotches to work through, if you have time on your hands.

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  • The Roses Heritage Inn

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    It’s hard to miss this brightly coloured inn in the heart of St John’s historic district and within walking distance of all the city’s major attractions. The property is the longest-running bed and breakfast in St John’s and offers staggering views of the sunrise over the ocean from its upper floors. With just 12 bedrooms, it’s also famous for its à la carte breakfasts, with a different special served each day, such as home-made French toast or Newfoundland berry pancakes.

    Monastery Spa

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    If complete R&R is calling, this elegant hotel is the ultimate escape from the world. Located in the center of historic St John’s, the newly renovated suites include exclusive guest access to the largest Aveda spa in Atlantic Canada. There is also a glass-enclosed indoor gym, a vitality room with thermal tub and sauna, a spa boutique and an intimate cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Specialty treatments available include Himalayan rejuvenation therapy, cupping and non-invasive cosmetic treatments, including tattoo removal and teeth whitening.

    Leaside Manor Suites and Executive Apartments

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    Couples and business travelers alike will find a room to suit at Leaside Suites, set across five properties in the Waterford Valley area. Rooms include several contemporary suites with their own jacuzzi, as well as furnished apartments with between one and three bedrooms for longer rentals. Guests in the suites benefit from mini-fridges, multimedia entertainment systems and breakfast served in their room whenever it suits.

    Gower Guest House

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    Get out and see the city from this fantastically located restored town house in the colorful center of St John’s. The city’s restaurants, the harbor, the East Coast Trail and the nightlife of George Street are all within 15 minutes’ walk, while popular breakfast spot the Bagel Cafe is right on the doorstep. Rooms have traditional wooden floors, skylights and distinctive curved windows, and all guests have access to a full-size fridge, cookware and microwave.
    These recommendations were updated on January 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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