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Newfoundland is a landscape unto itself, the rocky bays may be filled with icebergs, puffins may swoop in the sunshine, or whales may breach and bask. It also has a culture unto itself. There are tiny fishing villages with their own dialects - some of them more Dublin than Toronto. There are Viking remains, wonderfully historic towns and cities which have remained unchanged since their heydays as fishing behemoths and a surprisingly modern and lively capital, St. John’s. Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Newfoundland range from family run B&Bs to incredible feats of architecture.
One of the reasons Newfoundland has so much of its own character is that it only joined Canada in 1949 (before that it was a British colony), but the region’s remoteness also plays a part. The landscape is dramatic and extremely beautiful. From the varied coastline to the varied interior. There is a lot of water-versus-rock drama everywhere you look.
Newfoundland is a big place, but Western Newfoundland is where you’ll find the Gros Morne National Park (stay in either Norris Point or Rocky Harbour), the Long Range Mountains and L’Anse aux Meadows and many of the old Viking settlements and relics. Central Newfoundland is where you’ll find Fogo Island and the Change Island and Gander International Airport. To the north, just off the Great Northern Peninsula, you'll come across Quirpon Island, a truly magical spot, where you feel as if you're on the edge of the world.
It’s big, but it’s also famously friendly. Even though you might not understand the dialect to begin with, you will know you’re being welcomed.
There’s a lot to see and do here, so if you want to see all of Newfoundland you’ll probably want to choose several of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Newfoundland to use as bases.
What Not to miss
- St. John’s, the oldest city in North America and a colourful, independent place with some great historical landmarks and a great foodie scene.
- L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where Leif Ericksson and his Viking compatriots lived in around 1000AD.
- Gros Morne National Park, an extraordinarily beautiful, Heritage Listed region of flat-topped mountains and spectacular tablelands, of fjord like waterways scattered with colourful fishing villages and of incredible geological significance.
- The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, which has a huge puffin colony and is a great place to see other birds and wildlife, including whales.
Whatever your reason to visit, and whatever your budget or taste, our pick of the best places to stay in Newfoundland has something to suit everyone!
Best places to stay in Newfoundland
For spectacular views
- The Fogo Island Inn is a striking architectural masterpiece with incredible, floor-to-ceiling views over the Atlantic. There are 29 stylish rooms perched here on the edge of the world, and a wonderful restaurant serving inspired dishes made from locally sourced produce. An amazingly romantic place to escape to.
- The Quirpon Lighthouse Inn is a converted lighthouse keeper's home with ten rooms and some of the most incredible views you could possibly imagine. The rooms are rustic and traditional and there’s a comfortable indoor whale-watching station. And obviously above you is the working lighthouse. A once in a lifetime place to stay.
- Just five minutes from the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse near Rocky Harbour, the Ocean View Hotel has 53 classic rooms with amazing ocean views. Many rooms also have access to a terrace and a jacuzzi. There’s also an excellent seafood restaurant.
- Ryan Mansion is a charming mansion turned 11 room boutique hotel in the heart of St. John’s. Expect four-poster beds, art and antiques, open fires and you’re well located from everything in town.
- The Neddies Harbour Inn in Norris Point has 15 simple rooms and an understated design which lets the beauty of the location do the talking. You’ll feel at home, but with the bonus of having a local, organic restaurant onsite. And if you want to be completely away from everything then you can rent your own private cottage.
- Tuckamore Lodge is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and experience the stunning Newfoundland outdoors and the Viking Trail. Cosy cabin style accommodation and delicious food awaits.
- If you’re looking for a warm welcome and great value then Leaside Manor in St. John’s is a great choice. This 20 room family run B&B has lovely decor and local art on the walls, plus tubs you can soak in. The breakfast part of the B&B deal is very generous. And you’re in a great location.
For an apartment or holiday home
- If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner, Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
- Fly to either St. John's, Stephenville, Deer Lake, Wabush, Goose Bay Labrador or Gander. A train line services Labradour and numerous ferry services are on offer.
- Best time to visit - The weather in Newfoundland is woefully unpredictable. Summer temperatures can reach 21°C and winter's hover around 0°C. To see icebergs book your travel in late spring's thaw (mid-May to late June).
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.
Still not sure?
Best Hotels in Newfoundland
Leaside Manor 20 rooms from $81St John's (Newfoundland)
Family run B&B welcomes guests with ornate fireplaces, wooden floors and local artworks. 20 rooms, are all unique and exude comfort. Enjoy the soak tubs and cable TV. Breakfast is quite the feast from sausages to pancakes, fresh juices to piping hot coffee. Great location to relax and unwind.Sights nearby - Cabot Tower offers a beautiful spot for views - do not forget your camera.Great walks - Signal Hill is a great climb and well worth it for the view.Back to Nature - Walking trails and the great outdoors are all around.Full of characterRecommended by - CN Traveller
Tuckamore Lodge 12 rooms from $109Main Brook (Newfoundland)
Charming lodge on the Viking Trail and beside the brooks, giving a hideaway location of yesteryear. Comforable cabins make great base to venture to the Atlantic, or inland, for activities and exploring. Daily breakfast, and a hearty buffet for other meals. Ideal rustic place to be one with nature.Hideaway - Location is perfect for a hideaway from technology and the hustle and bustle of city life.Fishing - Salmon fishing is available on your very doorstep.Full of characterBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
Ocean View Hotel 53 rooms from $164Rocky Harbour (Lobster Cove)
With choice ocean views, this Rocky Harbour hotel is ideally situated for exploring the Gros Morne National Park. Comfortable rooms are classic in style, most with access to a terrace and some with jacuzzi baths. Fresh seafood features on the menu and the onsite pub provides lively entertainment.Great walks - Gros Morne has a wide variety of hiking trails, ranging from leisurely nature walks to demanding multi-day outings.Sights nearby - Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is just a five minute drive from the property.Kayaking - Speak to the hotel concierge about renting kayaksSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Neddies Harbour Inn 15 rooms from $144Neddies Harbour Norris Point
Offering simple and clean living in an outstanding location in Gros Morne National park. The understated design gives a homely feel and lets the views take the centre stage. The Black Spruce restaurant offers casual fine dining using local organic produce. The ideal getaway.Back to Nature - Situated in the beautiful Gros Morne National ParkKayaking - Kayak on the Gros Morne National park fjordsHideaway - Rent a cottage for complete seclusionOutstanding locationRecommended by - Fodors
Quirpon Lighthouse Inn 10 rooms from $261Quirpon Island
A 1922 lighthouse keeper’s home, situated on a remote island with stunning scenic views. The inn features ten traditional, rustic rooms at the base of the operating lighthouse. There is a comfortable indoor whale-watching station, guided kayak and walking tours. Perfect for nature enthusiasts.Back to Nature - Explore the icebergs, spot some whales and polar bear - this property is for getting back to nature.Kayaking - You can hire kayaks from the hotel and hopefully spot an orca or two whilst out on the waters.Views - You can see the whales and birds putting on quite the performance from the dining room.Birdwatching - The only place to see huge flocks of Great Blue Herons and much more.Recommended by - Fodors
Ryan Mansion 11 rooms from $339St John's (Newfoundland)
Fit for royalty! A small boutique mansion welcoming guests for hideaway weekends, memorable adventures and business travel. Sleep in four poster beds, surrounded by antiques and art works and with the warmth of a fireplace. Restaurants are close, but do not miss out on the six course Titanic dinner.Great walks - Grand Concourse Walkways perfect to explore the town and beyond - St. John's and Mount Pearl and the Town of Paradise.Sights nearby - Cape Spear National Historic Site is the most northern part of North America.Full of characterTraditionalRecommended by - CN Traveller
Fogo Island Inn 29 rooms from $1309Fogo Island
Striking architectural masterpiece overlooking the Atlantic - a seasonal landscape for a 365 hideaway haven. Floor-to-ceiling ocean views, wood burners and stylish chic interiors make a romantic and memorable stay. Homemade food makes up the locally sourced inspired cuisine. A stunning hideaway.Great walks - September and October see 20 types of edible berries ready to be foraged, making your walk that bit tastier.Back to Nature - Walking, fishing, whale watching, foraging, tarrying, hiking - there is a lot to be done.Hideaway - A hideaway like no other - crisp winter breaks or romantic activities on the water.Cooking classes - Cooking behind the scenes, with the chef, and learn about food and wine pairing.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith