The Bruce Hotel
What We Love
- Everything is new — the hotel opened in May 2014
- Indoor lap pool and state-of-the-art gym
- New Canadian Cuisine by Chef Arron Carley is served in the on-site restaurant
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What To Know
- Most rooms have either a private balcony or private garden
- Every bathroom features hand-tiled mosaic
- It's just a quick stroll from the Festival Theatre
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
William Shakespeare would truly be at home in the Canadian sister city of his hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford, Ontario, is a leafy Victorian burg two hours from Toronto that for the last 60-plus years has hosted one of the world’s premier Shakespeare festivals — and even has its own River Avon. Opened in May 2014, the Bruce Hotel offers 25 guestrooms and suites just a quick stroll from the Festival Theatre, one of the festival’s top venues. Almost every unit in this two-story estate opens onto a private balcony or garden, and all have spacious spa-like bathrooms, each hand-tiled with unique mosaics by the Bruce’s theater buff owner, Jennifer Birmingham. The hotel also features a gourmet locavore restaurant with Arron Carley at the helm and a state-of-the-art gym with a lap pool.
In the Area
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival stages more than a dozen productions per season (April through October) in five theaters. Buy your tickets well in advance, and don’t miss the festival courses and lectures on Shakespeare. Also, this neck of Ontario is the breadbasket of Ontario, and a good way to get a taste of it all is with Flavors of Stratford’s guided walking tour with local food fanatic Kim Thompson.
How to Get There
We just had the very best stay at The Bruce Hotel. Very accommodating - excellent employees. The room was very large. The bathrobes and bedding were so soft. The food was delicious. We cannot imagine a better hotel.
Dinner in main dining room.....also have an adjacent lounge. Menu is three course fixed price or 7 course tasting (wine pairing optional). Deep wine list.Service prompt and professional. Food excellent. Good time. Expensive(think $400 for dinner for two, inc. tax/tip) Bruce is Stratford's luxury offering. They do well.
We just spent a night at the Bruce Hotel before seeing a Play. This is our second visit and there will be many more. Hotel property, great, service, spectacular, hotel room, perfect, restaurant for breakfast and lunch, exellent. Pool, jacuzzi and work out room were very clean and in excellent condition. We had the opportunity to meet and speak with the owner and she is obsessed with providing the perfect guest experience.
Expensive, yes but worth every penny. Highly recommend the Bruce.
We will be there agian next summer for another Play.