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The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel

17 Cumberland St N, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 4K8 Canada
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#12 of 33 hotels in Thunder Bay
The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel offers the best location in the city overlooking Lake Superior and the vibrant Waterfront District. With fantastic views over the bay to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, this large and charming hotel abounds with true northern hospitality. Built in 1911, the hotel is an iconic property steeped in history. From the stunning sweeping staircase and classic period ballroom, to superior lakeview suites and the gourmet Portside restaurant, the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel offers irresistibly classic experiences. Prince Arthur’s Landing & Marina Park with its children’s splash park, playgrounds, sailing tours, lakeshore promenades, festivals and restaurants are minutes away by foot. The eclectic downtown Waterfront District is also steps away. Here you’ll find independent boutiques selling clothing, antiques and jewellery, as well as world-class restaurants, cafés and bars. Choose the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel for its history, quality and location
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Vending machine
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Andrea wrote a review Feb. 2021
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First of all, the service is excellent! They are second to none and I really mean that. The hotel itself is marvellous as a building, but as a hotel it hurts. Plain and simple. Various overhauls have been done since the 1970's but they haven't been forward thinking, and so the place suffers because of it. The guests are less than marvellous, but that is not the hotel's fault. The heating is fabulous; warm radiators that I loved. What I didn't love was the ever-present smell of nicotine and marujana. Again a guest problem, not the hotel. They try.
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Date of stay: December 2020
tproveau wrote a review Nov. 2020
24 contributions7 helpful votes
Loved this building, it's so nostalgic as it's an old Victorian style CN hotel. We had a private hour in the pool/hot tub room and they sanitize/clean between visits with a 30 minute window between each group/family in the pool. The room had a great view of Thunder Bay harbour with the Sleeping Giant very visible beyond the port. Comfortable beds and friendly staff. No breakfast included however there is a McDonalds within walking distance.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Room Tip: Rooms facing the port/horbour have the best view and less street noise.
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Colleen C wrote a review Nov. 2020
Cambridge37 contributions14 helpful votes
Imagine sleeping in the same room as Queen Elizabeth or Johnny Cash or Louis Armstrong? This hotel has many stories to tell and it has held on to its historic look and feel. A perfect view of lake superior and the sleeping giant from your room. Walking distance to the casino and some great restaurants. If you're interested in the history and love hearing stories, then you must speak with the charismatic manager Corey.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Grizinator wrote a review Sep. 2020
Montreal, Canada183 contributions119 helpful votes
We stayed here two nights on our recent Lake Superior trip and we were quite happy with our stay. We had a corner room so had spectacular views over both Sleeping Giant and the downtown area. Rooms were spotless and well stocked (though we didn’t know that there wasn’t going to be in room maid service during COVID. Understandable though) and the bathrooms quite spacious and well kept. The hotel itself has a lot of history and the front desk staff can tell you some of the secrets of the place (like the smuggling tunnels; the bears; the Queen’s bathroom; etc). We would especially like to thank Michael for his tour and the information he provided for our onward trip; it was very help and appreciated. Our one and only complaint for our stay was the distinctive smell of marijuana smoke in the hallway. Some guests were clearly smoking pot in this one room; I wish the hotel took stronger action against them because that was very unpleasant. (And why I am only giving the hotel 4/5 and not 5/5). All in all we would happily stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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vampycat74 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Toronto, Canada161 contributions41 helpful votes
The building is a nice historic one, in the heart of downtown Thunder Bay, but could use some updating inside. The lobby looked a little bit sad, and the bathrooms were not the cleanest (i.e. hair left in the shower stall). The staff was very friendly, and the room was nice and large...we just made sure to clean thoroughly as the appearance didn't give off the spotless vibes that are required for today's travelers.
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Date of stay: August 2020
US$83 - US$102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hillcrest Park (0.06 km), OLG Casino Thunder Bay (0.3 km), and Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda (0.05 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lot 66 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Tomlin Restaurant, and Thai Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort William Historical Park (13.9 km).