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
My sisters and I enjoyed a delightful stay after attending a play at the nearby (easy walk) Festival theatre. We had a great dinner before and breakfast (included)the next morning. The room was spacious, clean and well appointed. It was a nice visit from the warm greeting to our departure.
When the owner/GM takes the time to escort you to your room and show you around, chances are it will be a memorable stay. We only had a night at the Bruce Hotel and wish we could've stayed longer. The room was extremely spacious and well-appointed, the hotel amenities were great and proximity to the main theater excellent. We had a very enjoyable dinner in the restaurant as well.
Arrived right on our reserved time of 5 pm. The dining room was deserted but for another couple. We were seated directly beside them even though we suggested we could sit somewhere else. We should have left. There was no ambient noise like music. It was quite uncomfortable for both couples, I am sure. The wrong dinners were delivered to us and we had to ask twice for cream and sugar. Food was innovative. We both had a bland fillet of halibut with small droplets of flavourful sauces. Quite inadequate in all respects. The service favoured the people who were going to an evening performance. All requests were blithely ignored. The whole wretched experience took two hours.