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About St John's
St. John’s is the oldest city in North America and the largest in Newfoundland - St. John’s is closer to Dublin than Vancouver. But the colourful, independent nature of Newfoundland culture makes this city fresh and unique, and it draws in artists, musicians, writers, creative chefs etc.. Set on a hill, there are rows upon rows of brightly coloured houses, plenty of great places to eat and amazing views. And some of the best places to stay in St. John’s share these views, colour and foodie appeal.
The best places to stay in St. John’s also make excellent bases for exploring the nearby Avalon Peninsula, the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Cape Spear, Ferryland - one of the oldest settlements in North America, beautiful Quidi Vidi, Dildo for the whale watching, and Bay Bulls for the whale, puffin and iceberg watching tours.
But before you get out of St. John’s, you’ll want to see the sights in town! Signal Hill is a great place to start, it’s only a small castle/fort, but it's the town's most famous landmark, plus the views are amazing and there’s a regular military tattoo and cannon firing. You’ll also want to visit the Rooms Museum, which offers a strange visual cacophony of attractions in a massive stone and glass complex.
St. John’s also has an excellent geological museum called the Johnson Geo Centre. Plus there’s a cathedral and a basilica, an historic signal tower and some fantastic parks and gardens.
Beyond the city there are some profoundly scenic walking trails, great places to kayak, and a wonderfully dramatic coastline.
Book a room in one of the best places to stay in St John's and you'll have the perfect base for exploring all these wonderful sights and making the most of the artisitc and foodie haunts.
For period grandeur
- Ryan Mansion is a charming mansion turned 11 room boutique hotel. Expect four-poster beds, art and antiques, open fires and you’re well located from everything.
For great value
- If you’re looking for a warm welcome and great value then try Leaside Manor. 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.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in St. John’s for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in St. John’s, widen the net to include all our Newfoundland recommendations or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in St John's
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
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 characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - CN Traveller