The Algonquin Hotel/Resort had it's official grand re-opening this week but on Sunday we took time to walk around the main lobby areas to see the changes and major makeover that was done this past year. It is very beautifully done. We were impressed!
The hotel was closed for a whole year while the new owners, Marriott, totally renovated it and brought it up to modern standards while keeping the old classic hotel look. The hotel was originally opened in 1883. When we stayed there in 1977 on our honeymoon and again in 2002 for our 25th wedding anniversary it was very hot summer weather and there was no air conditioning in the rooms. That has been changed along with modern decor, new suites with balconies (seen above on the second level), and I'm sure many more modern amenities that one can't see. I'm glad they kept the original tudor style and the red roof. It's a gorgeous hotel and I hope we can stay there again one day.
Sorry about the photo quality as I took these indoor shots with my cell phone.
Above is the huge "hall". I'm not sure what it is called but it runs along the first floor of the hotel from the lobby and has several seating areas. It has always been there and 'back in the day' had gorgeous wicker furniture. There is a double fireplace at the end wall and the lobby is through the doors on the left and right of the fireplace. The double doors on the left lead to the gorgeous new dining room called Braxton's. There are several double doorways on the right that lead to the closed-in and open verandas.
We had to check out the restroom too. It was pretty snazzy compared to the old cramped and out-dated one.
After we had our little tour of The Algonquin we drove downtown to Water St. and took a walk out the wharf. This is something we always enjoy doing.
A colourful storefront on Water St.
There are a few whale watching companies. That's something we've never done....yet. Have any of you ever gone whale watching?
As it was just 2 days after the full moon the tide was in full and very high. I don't recall ever being there when it was that high before.
One of the whale watching boats going out.
A few of you asked if I found any beach glass. We found a few pieces of glass and some crockery as well as shells and a lobster claw. The whitish piece in the upper left is a mystery but looks a lot like a vertebrae from some large fish or animal. Rather a strange find but I brought it home.
This is a vintage linen balsam filled pillow that my mother had for a long time. I'm not sure where she got it from but I keep it out all year around. It smells so good. :)
I'm going to end here for today. I have more photos of a gardening nature to share.
I hope you enjoyed seeing more of beautiful St. Andrew's. I'll be back.
We had pouring rain here all morning and the sun has started to peek out at mid-afternoon. It looks like sun and cloud for the remainder of the week and temperatures around the 20C mark. I'm thankful that we didn't get the terrible storms and tornadoes that struck southern Ontario and the US the past few days. There was so much damage and precious lives lost. I can't imagine what it would be like to go through that. Be safe!