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
The main dining room was not open, so we ate in the bar/lounge.
The good wife had trout rillettes and I had the mushroom soup. Both were okay. The trout might have been better had it been warmed up and the soup needed more mushroom flavour. We both had the steak frites. The frites were very good, but the steak was somewhat chewy.
The highlight of the evening was a cheese board that was paired with what remained of the bottle of red wine. All the cheeses were very good as were the fruit, nuts, honey and baguette that accompanied them.
Service was spot on.
I stayed this past Sunday and words can’t even describe how awesome our stay was. It was a quick trip as I had to work Monday night but it was the perfect little getaway. The Bruce Hotel is truly one of a kind. The little details were mind blowing. From the mosaic tiles in the bathroom to the welcome amenities, every detail is so well thought out. Please passalong my personal thanks to Meagan who was a great host.
I have to say, there aren’t many hotels who choose to “do it right”. Many get caught up in the dollars and cents instead of looking at the big picture which is the overall experience you have to offer. Furthermore, training your staff and achieving a high level of dedication to service is not an easy task. The Bruce experience is one of a kind. Kudos to you and your team for staying true to what Hospitality was truly meant to be.
I look forward to indulging year after year at the Bruce Hotel.
From the moment we were greeted at check in, to the moment we left, the customer service was top notch. The hotel is beautiful, rooms are huge, bathrooms are the nicest I have ever experienced in a hotel. The pools were spotlessly clean. The hotel staff go out of their way to make your stay the best ever. The small touches like snacks in the room, complimentary water, the evening turn down service - it was all great. We ate in the lounge, had wine and some fantastic charcuterie and cheese. It was all excellent. The breakfast was also superb, a variety of choices on offer. We will definitely be back for a return trip later this year.
My wife and I had a day's getaway in Stratford and decided on The Bruce for our stay, The hotel, service and room were all excellent and we did feel spoiled the entire time we were there. The room was spacious and modern still with a high touch of elegance, which doesn't depart as you're walking the hallway past the library and pantry spaces. On a side topic, the breakfast is fantastic, with many excellent options. The dinner the evening before was only adequate, not as tasty or flavorful as we would have hoped. I expect we'll be back again to the hotel, though will likely venture to a different restaurant.
The hotel was incredible, staff there knows how to take care of your every concern. The best immenties in the bathrooms. Super soft towels and excellent bedding. The restaurant has great food but steak and frites and hamburgers were not what I was expecting. Steak was cooked to perfection with a coffee glaze.