Prince Edward Island may be best known for its Anne of Green Gables lore and
Malpeque oysters, but a sleek new boutique hotel—the island's first in 25
years—is causing quite a buzz. Located in historic downtown Charlottetown, The Holman Grand Hotel opened in August, after a year of renovation, in the former R.T. Holman
Originally built in the 1850's, the three-story structure was
expanded to ten floors, making it the tallest building in Charlottetown. The 80
guest rooms, tastefully appointed with white duvet-covered beds, local
photography, and island-inspired accent colors (blue for the ocean, red for the
soil, and green for the land), are built around a dramatic seven-story atrium,
stretching from the third to the tenth floors. The four top-floor penthouse
suites include floor-to-ceiling windows, deep soaking tubs, and
wrap-around-terraces offering panoramic views of the harbor and the city's
rooftops. Free wi-fi is available throughout, though the third floor atrium
lounge is an especially pleasant place to work.
And there is plenty to do in and
around the hotel—guests have access to an indoor pool and fitness center, the
adjacent Redwater Rustic Grille, and best of all, an underground passageway
connecting the hotel to the Confederation Centre of the Arts (an impressive
collection of galleries, restaurants, and performing arts venues) and The Shops
of Confederation Court Mall. Which means you can go see Anne of Green
Gables, The Musical without ever stepping outside.
Holman Grand Hotel, 123
Grafton St., Charlottetown,
Guest-blogger Anna Watson Carl is the author of The Yellow Table.