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Are You Looking For A Romantic Weekend Getaway? A Review Of The Charming Queen’s Landing

Are you looking for a romantic weekend getaway? A review of the charming Queen's Landing.
Are you looking for a romantic weekend getaway? Read this review of the charming Queen’s Landing located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Canada.

Are you looking for a romantic weekend getaway? Taking a well-deserved time out from the hustle and bustle of work, children and the daily mundane chores is good for any relationship. Just one night away can give you renewed energy and strengthen bonds. Well here’s a review for you that offers a great place to stay – the charming Queen’s Landing.

The Summer of 2019 was one for the books. That summer I turned 50 and celebrated 27 years of marriage. WooHoo! Like most people, I love surprises, and my husband really outdid himself for our anniversary.

A few days before our anniversary, my husband planned a romantic weekend getaway but still needed my input. He sent me a link to Queen’s Landing. It was a hotel located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of my favourite towns in Ontario. Of course, I wasted no time in doing a little research on the all famous Google. The hotel was a quintessential luxury harbour-front hotel and one of the Vintage Hotels Collection. It seemed beautiful and quite pricey, but who was complaining. By that time, he had already booked us in for a night. The excitement overcame me because I had never stayed in a hotel that promised such a luxury.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Now, I  had been to Niagara-on-the Lake before. It is a quaint historic town located in the Niagara Peninsula where the Niagara River enters Ontario Lake. The town is in the heart of wine country and is home to approximately 17,500 people. It had its first European settlers between 1778 and 1781 around the time of the American Revolution. The town’s history is everywhere around you. You feel it through the people, in the well-preserved homes and hotels, and in the stores along the main street.

However, the highlight of my trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake this time was our stay at Queen’s Landing. From the moment we drove through the large sprawling gates, I knew that this experience was going to be priceless; and boy, was I right.

Awestruck by this Charming Getaway

There she stood, red-bricked with four tall large white columns, majestic in all her glory. I was awe-struck and felt like a little girl living a fairy-tale dream.

Queen’s Landing in all her majestic glory

The Ambience

When we got to the front door, two footmen greeted us and opened the doors to allow us in. They looked the part and their manners were impeccable. Upon entering the foyer, I felt like I had stepped into the 18th century. The large chandelier that hung from the ceiling, the piano that stood in the corner and the wide staircases that led downstairs, all lent themselves to the feel of a great ballroom that at one time may have hosted grandiose parties. My eyes flew to every corner and every outstanding detail imagining the men and women who graced this room. It was indeed, timeless.

Lobby at the entrance of Queen’s Landing

The Rooms

We went through a seamless check-in process and then we headed to our room on the 3rd floor. Our room faced the parking lot and the open park across the street, but that did not detract from the room itself; it was beautiful. There were rooms that faced the marina, but they likely cost more.  Our room had a comfortable king-sized bed with lots of pillows, a fireplace, a couch, a television and magazines; all for our comfort. Oh, and do not forget the wine; that was a nice touch. The bathroom was your typical 4-piece ensemble with a bathtub and a separate shower; nothing to shout about, but clean and spacious.

Cozy room with fireplace and a writing desk

After settling in, we took a stroll into the quaint town, had a light lunch and finally took a buggy ride through the town. The streets were busy with tourists and vacationers like us.

My husband and I on our afternoon buggy ride through the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Food – Fit for Any Palette.  

Since it was our anniversary, we decided to have dinner at the hotel. The chef prepared a scrumptious meal and the server remained attentive to our every need. She was very pleasant and truly made our dinner experience a delightful one. The server recommended the wine that we eventually had, scattered our table with rose petals, and served us our dessert with “Happy Anniversary” written on the plate; a very “heady” experience.

At breakfast the next morning, it was buffet style. We chose a table for two near the window so we could see the marina. What utterly amazed me was the server’s greeting. He greeted us by name as we were being seated and remembered to mention our names when we were leaving. Now, that is attention to detail.

The breakfast was continental, and I must say, extremely tasty and everything was freshly made. The scrambled eggs were cooked on the spot and there were servers there to assist with the food or anything else we wanted. Before our coffee cups could become empty, our server was right there to refill them without us even asking. This is what you call top-notch service.

Breakfast table overlooking the marina.
Breakfast made especially for a king and his queen on their romantic weekend.

Ghosts in this dreamy place? Maybe, Maybe Not

Well, in a place like this, there must be the proverbial ghost story. After dinner and taking a stroll to the lake to walk off some of that delectable food, we returned to the hotel for the night. When we walked into the room, there was a rose in the middle of the bed. My husband asked me about the rose and how it got there. I did not know and mentioned that it was not there when I came up to the room before our walk. This seemed bizarre, so I looked around and noticed that the bedrolls were on the floor near the window and the blinds were pulled in. I did not do any of that and became slightly concerned.

By this time, my husband was very perturbed and perhaps a little bit frightened, although he would not admit it. I began to laugh hysterically and teased him that maybe a ghost was in the room and moved things around. He was not laughing with me.

Alas! No Ghost!

Finally, to ease his own mind, he called the concierge at the main desk to find out about it. Surprisingly, they have a “turn down” process every night whereby someone goes to the rooms and prepares them for sleep. I had not heard about this before and found this to be quiet a charming touch. This only added to our romantic weekend getaway and my fairy-tale weekend. Between you and me, I secretly wanted it to be a ghost; a romantic one.

My Lasting Impressions

If you ever find yourself here in Ontario, Canada and looking for a romantic weekend getaway, I would highly recommend staying at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They have managed to capture the flair of the 18th century and have taken exquisite care of the property. The place is wonderful if you are celebrating a milestone event like an anniversary, honeymoon, birthday or even hosting a wedding.

For the historic buffs, you would absolutely appreciate the timelessness of Queen’s Landing and the preserved history of the town. Everything is within walking distance and the attention to detail is enough to entice you to return. Trust me, the experience alone is worth every penny.

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