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Gananoque Inn and Spa | South Eastern Ontario

Where to stay near theatres and playhouses in Ontario

A large body of water in front of a large inn which is located on the shore

Gananoque Inn and Spa | South Eastern Ontario

That means there will be lots of time to enjoy local hotspots and cultural attractions during your stay. You’ll also have time to chat about the show over a meal at the cafes, restaurants and pubs available at these fine places.

Here are some of the best places to stay near Ontario’s top theatres and playhouses.

Greater Toronto Area

The Westin Harbour Castle

Situated in Toronto’s revitalized waterfront district, the Westin Harbour Castle hotel is close to some of the city’s most prominent theatres such as the Harbourfront Centre Theatre and the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Take in breathtaking views of downtown Toronto from spacious suites. You’ll sleep on signature Heavenly Beds and enjoy premium amenities like large workstations, a smart TV and complimentary bottled water in a mini fridge. Enjoy access to the hotel’s tennis courts, indoor heated pool and comprehensive fitness studio.

This dynamic hotel features several amazing on-site restaurants, such as the MICHELIN-starred Don Alfonso 1890, the Mizzen Restaurant with its tasty breakfast buffet and the Harbour Coffee Bar and Marketplace if you’re looking for grab-and-go food items.

Location: 1 Harbour Square, Toronto

Pantages Hotel

The Pantages Hotel is an ultra-modern boutique hotel in Toronto’s theatre district neighbourhood, conveniently located just down the street from CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, a great place for watching musicals in Toronto.

This striking glass tower has 45 floors and stands at almost 140 metres tall. You’ll see spectacular views of the city and rest in spacious, comfortable accommodations. Take advantage of the hotel’s numerous amenities like its fitness centre, business centre and laundry and dry cleaning services. Parking is available behind Dundas Square, just a two-minute walk away.

If you have the time, visit the many shops, restaurants and attractions along the bustling Yonge Street—the longest street in Canada.

Location: 200 Victoria Street, Toronto

Niagara Region

124 on Queen Hotel and Spa

A ten-minute walk from the popular Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa is also close to the city’s best wine tastings, coffee shops, art galleries and small-town shops.

This stunning hotel showcases 72 modern rooms with luxury accommodations, plus a 1,800-square metre outdoor Zen garden for you to take a leisure stroll. Relax in Spa at Q, the hotel’s 1,100-square-metre industry-leading destination spa. With a hydrotherapy circuit, Himalayan salt room, eucalyptus steam room, sensory showers and cedar sauna, it’s the perfect place for rejuvenation.

Dine at the on-site Treadwell Cuisine, which offers farm-to-table cuisine made with delicious ingredients from farmers and suppliers across Southwestern Ontario.

Location: 124 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

Hotel Lux

Find the vintage Hotel Lux just across the street from the Blyth Festival Theatre.

The hotel features spacious rooms with various themes that reflect the village’s history, ranging from the style of the late 19th century to an industrial design reminiscent of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea while overlooking Queen Street from your room window. Free parking is available in the hotel’s lot.

Hotel Lux is located in the quaint village of Blyth, close to many of the town’s gift shops and unique attractions like the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail and Cowbell Brewing Company.

Location: 197 Dinsley Street, Blyth

Leisure Estates Bed and Breakfast

Situated within Mennonite Country, Leisure Estates Bed and Breakfast is an eight-minute drive north from the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre and a 20-minute drive south from the Drayton Festival Theatre.

This simple, secluded 20-hectare retreat is a custom-built stone house, hidden far from the hustle and bustle of the city. It boasts four queen suites that can accommodate up to five people Enjoy your comfortable stay with the soft pillow-top mattresses, a fireplace and private ensuite baths. In addition to your room, you’ll have access to a shared living area with a kitchen, dining and living room.

Explore the surrounding landscape by biking, cross-country skiing or hiking along the property’s groomed trails. Restore your energy with homemade baking, served in the large country kitchen.

Location: 1099 Floradale Road, Elmira

The Bruce

Just a ten-minute walk south of the popular Stratford Festival is The Bruce, a stately boutique hotel known for its excellent customer service and luxury accommodations.

Choose from 21 individually designed rooms, four spacious suites and an impressive cottage. During your stay, you can check out the hotel’s indoor Nordic swimming pool and hydrotherapy spa tub, state-of-the-art fitness studio and private treatment room for massages.

The Restaurant at the Bruce is open all week to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Sundays, treat yourself to afternoon tea featuring delicious scones, sweets and sandwiches to nibble on while sipping the finest tea.

Location: 89 Parkview Drive, Stratford

Hotel Julie

Another great place to stay for the Stratford Festival is Hotel Julie, a stylish and elevated historic inn.

Each of the nine uniquely designed flats is sure to delight your sensibilities. Flat 01 features warm monochromatic golds and floral velvet accents, whereas Flat 10 has a private staircase entrance that leads to a rich wine-coloured suite.

Enjoy complimentary local coffee with a glass French press and take a scenic walk along Avon River from Hotel Julie on your way downtown.

Location: 92 St Vincent Street North, Stratford

Bruce, Grey and Simcoe

Beacon Shore Bed and Breakfast

A ten-minute drive from the King’s Wharf Theatre in nearby Penetanguishene, Beacon Shore Bed and Breakfast is a charming bed and breakfast that won the 2012 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award.

Witness scenic waterfront views of Southern Georgian Bay on over six hectares of tranquil land. Watch the sun set over the serene waters. After a prepared breakfast, go swimming from the place’s private dock or take a stroll through the colourful flower gardens.

This bed and breakfast is located close to known tourist spots like Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater sand beach in the world.

Location: 128 Midland Point Road, Midland

Ottawa Region

McGee’s Inn

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, McGee’s Inn is just a three-minute walk away from the famed Ottawa Little Theatre.

This quaint bed and breakfast features a classic red brick exterior surrounded by lush greenery. Choose between a standard Victorian-style room or a bridal suite with a fireplace and double-jetted tub. You’ll enjoy a full, complimentary breakfast in the inn’s elegant dining room.

On-site parking is available if needed.

Location: 185 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Southeastern Ontario

Gananoque Inn

Situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Gananoque Inn and Spa is just a three-minute walk from Canada’s dockside theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse.

This historic inn has been open since 1896 and is the sole waterfront accommodation in Gananoque. Sleep in comfortable rooms with down-like pillows and fine amenities, perfect for a good night’s sleep. During your stay, there are two tasty dining options on the property. Head to The Watermark Restaurant for regional-inspired dishes made with local ingredients or Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill for casual pub fare and daily meal specials.

This inn is also a great place to stay if you’re planning to explore the picturesque area, as it’s a short drive away from popular attractions like Fort Henry and the Rideau Canal.

Location: 1000 Islands, 550 Stone Street South, Gananoque

Southwestern Ontario

Hotel Metro

A short five-minute walk from London’s Grand Theatre, Hotel Metro blends modern and historic styles to create a unique, intimate experience.

Stay in the hotel’s “Loft Room”, which features spectacular views of downtown London or the “Marvelous Queen Suite” with its contemporary décor and premium spa products. Soak under the spray of your suite’s rainfall shower and relax on your plush European mattress.

For meals, dine at the on-site Gnosh Dining + Cocktails for a diverse range of seasonal dishes like fajitas, pad thai and pork chops. Or order from the menu and have your meal brought to your hotel room.

Location: 32 Covent Market Place, London

Kawarthas and Northumberland

The Water’s Edge Inn

The Water’s Edge Inn is a five minute drive from Westben Theatre.

Overlooking the Trent River, this boutique inn offers stylish furnishings and modern amenities for you to enjoy a luxurious stay. Each room comes with high-quality bath and beauty products, towels, bath robes and bedsheets. They’re also equipped with any extras you may need like a microwave, mini fridge and wine glasses.

If you have time to check out the area, visit the nearby Trent Hills. Popular spots include the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, Ferris Provincial Park and the delicious local restaurants.

Location: 149 Queen Street, Campbellford

The Waddell Hotel

The Waddell Hotel is just a two-minute walk away from the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, also known as Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre.

This stylish, 19th-century hotel is a heritage building that’s been upgraded with large, modern rooms. All include carved mahogany furnishings, a fireplace, private bathrooms and high-speed internet. Sip on a cup of coffee on your private terrace while admiring the beautiful views of the Ganaraska River. For intimate dining with friends or family, make a reservation at the hotel’s Trattoria Gusto and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine.

The hotel is situated in downtown Port Hope, on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Tour the community’s historic buildings, charming villages, waterfront trails and sandy beaches.

Location: 1 Walton Street, Port Hope

Last updated: June 13, 2024

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