A great marriage of bygone class and modern amenities
Built in 1878 and originally home to one of Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier’s cabinet members, The Idlewyld Inn has slowly been turned into a boutique hotel with full services.
A pleasant walk from the downtown core and a short walk from the funky Wortley Village in London’s Old South, this former B&B sits on a long, quiet street, flanked by equally historic and majestic structures where London’s elite used to live. The front of the Idlewyld maintains the classic yellow bricks that London is known for, while the back has a modern and cozy garden courtyard that opens in the summer.
Here, guests and non-guests alike can enjoy a menu that evolves with the seasons and a Niagara-focused wine list that changes twice a year. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available year round in a tastefully turned out dining room on the Inn’s main floor.
Think heavy drapes, thick dark carpet, white linen tablecloths and well-cushioned chairs to help you relax and enjoy the attentive service and delicious food. None of the property’s 23 rooms are the same, ranging in features from homey touches like a fireplace to a second floor room that boasts three large windows and an uparallelled view of the quiet, tree-lined street outside.
Room rates start at $149 and include breakfast.
Marija Dumancic is an Alberta native, born in Calgary and raised in Drumheller. Having lived and worked all over the world, she's currently posted in Ottawa with Canadian Geographic magazine.