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Luxury lifestyles expert Kim Kerr takes a look at the best luxury Ontario inns for a relaxing weekend or mid-week getaway.
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Looking for a quiet, intimate accommodation experience in Canada’s most populous province? You’re in luck.
Ontario’s charming inns offer a first-rate alternative to the bigger luxury hotels and resorts and are usually located in the province’s smaller towns and cities. Some of the very best, such as Elmhurst Inn and the Pillar & Post, even offer plenty of pampering in their sumptuous spas. Dining is also an option, with Sir Sam’s and Christie’s Mill offering elegant dining experiences in their restaurants.
Tempted? Then read through our list of the best luxury Ontario inns to plan your next great escape.
The Best Luxury Ontario Inns
Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, Ingersoll
Located in the attractive town of Ingersoll, Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is an enticing blend of historic elegance and modern amenities. This Victorian-style mansion turned luxury inn offers a truly unique accommodation experience featuring signature spa treatments, gourmet dining, and meticulously maintained grounds.
Offering a range of luxury rooms and suites with modern décor, you can expect to find fireplaces, four-poster beds, and great garden views of the surrounding gardens, whatever your choice of accommodations.
Be sure to make use of the on-site spa which offers facials to full body massages. In addition to gourmet meals, you can also enjoy a memorable afternoon tea.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Elm Hurst Inn & Spa
Millcroft Inn & Spa, Alton
Situated in the charming small town of Alton, this vintage inn turned contemporary spa getaway is a haven of relaxation. Set against a picturesque backdrop of rolling hills and lush farmland, the Millcroft Inn & Spa is famed for its rejuvenating hot spring pools. The quaint setting, paired with upscale services, makes it a must-visit.
The rooms and suites capture the essence of country luxury, many with private terraces, deep soaking tubs, and views of the pond or forest. The inn also has a solid reputation for its award-winning dining experiences and wine-tasting events.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Millcroft Inn & Spa
Pillar & Post Inn & Spa, Niagara-on-the-Lake
One of our favourite luxury hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this gem simply exudes old-world charm. Originally a canning factory from the 1890s, Pillar & Post Inn now stands as an example of luxury and comfort. Highlights of a stay include spending time in the 100 Fountain Spa which offers an array of treatments and services. And don’t miss the Tuscan-inspired dining experience which is a treat for the senses.
The rooms here are elegantly furnished with a cozy vintage appeal and Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and views of the rose garden.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Pillar & Post Inn & Spa
Ben Miller Inn & Spa, Goderich
Set on the Maitland River in Goderich, the Ben Miller Inn & Spa provides a quaint and idyllic experience. A mix of rustic charm and luxury and definitely one of the best spa resorts in Ontario, you’ll enjoy rejuvenating experiences that are bound to relax and refresh your senses.
Accommodations exude a rustic elegance, especially in our favourites, the cozy river view suites. Antique furniture and fireplaces add to the charm. The Gledhill Spa promises pampering with treatments that include river stone massages and aqua therapies. On-site dining options present dishes prepared with local produce.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Ben Miller Inn & Spa
Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa, Eagle Lake
One of the best adults-only resorts in Ontario, Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa promises solitude and luxury. Located on Eagle Lake and one of the best places to stay in Haliburton, you’ll want to indulge yourself in its unique water spa which offers therapeutic pools and spa treatments with lake views.
Ready for bed? All rooms here reflect a chic, rustic aesthetic, with popular options including the cozy waterfront suites with their private balconies and whirlpool tubs… the perfect place to unwind after enjoying a gourmet dining experience in the on-site restaurant.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa
Idlewyld Inn & Spa, London
Situated in the heart of the city of London, Idlewyld Inn & Spa stands as a testament to Victorian-era grandeur. Set in an historic mansion that dates back to 1878, this plush inn has been meticulously restored to offer guests a unique blend of history and luxury.
Each room is uniquely designed to reflect the building’s grandeur and feature original antique furniture, spacious baths, and luxury bed linens. On-site amenities include a classy spa offering signature treatments designed for relaxation, and a dining room serving exquisite meals prepared with a modern twist on classic dishes.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Idlewyld Inn & Spa
Sterling Inn and Spa, Niagara Falls
One of the best boutique hotels in Niagara Falls, Sterling Inn and Spa is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places to stay near Canada’s most visited tourist attractions. Boasting modern amenities and a unique design aesthetic, this intimate luxury Ontario inn serves as a great base from which to explore and experience the Niagara Region.
Highlights of your stay include enjoying ultra-modern rooms and suites with open-concept showers, fireplaces, and wet bars, all within steps of the city and the iconic falls. Be sure to book a session at the on-site spa provides tailored treatments, as well as a meal in the restaurant.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Sterling Inn and Spa
Stone Mill Inn, St. Catharines
The Stone Mill Inn offers a blend of history and modern luxury that has earned it a place on many a list of the best luxury Ontario inns. Once a working cotton mill, this well-preserved historic building now serves as a serene retreat with plush accommodations, spa services, and a fine dining restaurant within a short drive of Niagara’s top attractions and the best wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The accommodations are first-rate and combine old-world charm with a bright, modern design. Standard features include richly textured décor, luxurious baths, and unique furnishings. The inn’s spa offers a variety of treatments, from massages to beauty enhancements.
Thinking of hosting an event? The Stone Mill Ballroom is a sought-after wedding venue, and the on-site restaurant is well-regarded for its menu inspired by local and seasonal ingredients.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Stone Mill Inn
Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa, Port Severn
Overlooking the water in Port Severn in cottage country Muskoka, Christie’s Mill features beautifully appointed suites, a full-service spa, and gourmet dining options amidst one of the most picturesque landscapes in Ontario. The inn’s rooms and suites are spacious with nautical touches, many offering views of the lake and featuring fireplaces and Jacuzzis.
Riley Recommends: For the latest rates, reviews, and to make reservations, visit Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa
Kim Kerr is a luxury lifestyle and travel writer. She’s also a Co-Founder of Riley International Media.
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