The Iona Heights Inn

The Iona Heights Inn

4115 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3 Canada
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4.5
#1 of 1 inn in Iona
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
Newly renovated & upgraded! Centrally located, & close to everything. 6 Lower level rooms with 2 double beds, & 15 upper level rooms with a balcony & 2 double beds. All of our rooms overlook the stunning Bras d'Or Lakes Biosphere. Site amenities include Jill's Chocolate Cafe, where she carefully handcrafts chocolate, and brews fresh coffee daily. Also, The Frolic 'n Folk Pub & Grill serving homemade meals, with music on the weekends. We also have The Little Dipper Boutique - a liquor store and convenience store, and our newly added Massage Clinic taking same day reservations, all located within the Inn!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Self-serve laundry
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Private balcony
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Languages Spoken
English

Location

4115 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3 Canada
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 52 out of 100
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JamesSPCummins wrote a review Nov 2021
Halifax, Canada200 contributions123 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I checked in around five on a Saturday, and the cèilidh was already going. Over three hours the party went, with elder locals cramming tables and welcoming tourists into conversation. Great food, we got two different kinds of nachos (it was National Nacho Day, after all), steak frites, and fish n chips. Great local craft beers. Once the live music stopped, over the evening the crowd changed to a younger locals crowd, half the age of the prior set. A sight to behold, this place is popular among and good for anyone of any age. Later on, we grabbed some local wine from the on-site store and site-made choclate from the on-site chocolatier before retiring to the room, past a few youth still up around midnight playing basketball on a lit court. The view in the morning from the balcony (all rooms have them on the second floor, the first floor has walk out doors with porches) is beyond stunning. Fridge in the room, television is solely streaming (no cable), but that is not why you're there. Love this place, worth the hours drive, especially for the Saturday matinee. Also this is Nova Scotia, so we have very few restrictions right now, so most of the questions Trip Advisor asked don't apply here (you can't get into the province if you aren't vaccinated against COVID).
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Bridget M wrote a review Sep 2020
Halifax, Canada32 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can’t say enough great things about the Iona Heights Inn! Overlooking the water in an excellent location, is the quaint Iona Heights Inn. We were travelling with our dog and much appreciated the bottom floor room which was beautifully decorated and nicely updated. The attached restaurant was delightful for dinner and a drink- would highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bruce W wrote a review Sep 2022
33 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located with a great view of the lake, this is a great place to stay as you expand your horizons off the immediacy of the Cape Breton Trail. This inn is complete with a pub that serves wonderful seafood chowder and cold beer. Catch it on the right night and there could be various forms of entertainment, from trivia to live music. But make your reservations if you want to participate, because these things are highly attended events
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dan Franklin, General Manager at The Iona Heights Inn
Responded Sep 20, 2022
Thanks so much for that lovely thorough review! We are super happy that you enjoyed the Pub and everything else in Iona. Cheers!
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Hardy N wrote a review Nov 2021
Nova Scotia, Canada43 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived between 3:00 and 3:30 on a weekday. When you pull up, be mindful that there is no signage directing you to the office. Have the phone number of the Inn handy; the entrance next to the bar is the actual entrance to the Inn and when I went up to the door it was locked. Our cellphone reception was spotty so we walked down to the liquor store and asked how can we contact the front desk. Eventually we were able to check in. The room was fine, you can tell that some renovations had been done. Be careful if more than one person sits on the end of a bed, ours flipped up. There's no phone in the room to call the front desk, which worried me. If I needed to dial 911 when my cell had no reception I would be in a bit of a bind. Our room had a ductless heat pump mounted high up on the wall. A remote controlled the heat pump. There's a large LED display on the heat pump that you can turn off, we left it on and used it as a night light.
We enjoyed the ambiance of the bar and staff were really friendly.
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Date of stay: November 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Jennifer D wrote a review May 2023
Cambridge Station1 contribution
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been coming back every year over the last 6 years. This is truly a gem. Staff are welcoming go above and beyond for guests, rooms are comfortable and inviting, and the frolic & folk pub/Jills chocolates attached makes this a slam dunk spot to visit. You can't stay and not enjoy a local craft brew or hand made chocolates ❤️
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vinceboucher wrote a review Aug 2020
Truro, Canada45 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Room was ok, had some funky daylight lamp installed so at 630am it turned on i guess to wake us up with sunrise? Couldn't figure out how to turn it off but atleast was able to dim it down and go back to sleep.
The pub closed at 9pm and there were a bunch of noisy people leaving the bar between 9 and 10pm and as the window lock mechanism was broken we couldn't shut the window to make it quieter.
They charged an "extra" $20 fee because we brought our pup along... umm... ok but next time clean the floors in the bathroom so they don't have black stuff all over them - or the mold around the edges of the tub. Then the extra pet fee might make sense.
AC unit worked well but the display on it was super bright.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thanh Mai wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Though I haven't stayed at the hotel specifically, I did get the opportunity to visit on a FamTrip with Cape Breton University, in which I had lunch here. It was the most delicious Western-style meal I've had since I've been here. We had vegetarian lasagna, Caesar salad, apple juice and garlic bread, most of which I've only dreamed of trying through television. But with the opportunity I had to try these dishes, I thought they were really interesting. The place was designed in a cozy way. It looks small but it can contain lots of people (for example, 35 people in our group). Moreover, the room has a really good view, so we got to take some beautiful pictures after we finish our meal. I definitely plan to come back here someday.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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driftwood wrote a review Nov 2021
Halifax, Canada104 contributions40 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here while driving the Cabot Trail. We were pleasantly surprised by the live music in the bar attached to the restaurant. The hotel was clean and the rooms have a fantastic view. The hotel is pretty out of the way for the Cabot Trail, but it’s still worth a stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Wendy1232016 wrote a review Jul 2022
Hamilton, Canada6 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms are clean, spacious, quiet and what a beautiful view looking over Barre D'or Lake Liquor/variety store and Restaurant/Bar on premises. Food is great and reasonable. Buffet daily. Beds are comfy. A/C works exceptionally well. Had to turn that off. Brrr! Beautiful place. Highly recommend
Booked an additional night due to location and serenity.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Room Tip: There is no microwave but restaurant on premises and coffee/machine provided in rooms
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thetravler1982 wrote a review Nov 2020
22 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I recently stayed here and what an amazing place with a beautiful view. Very clean room spacious rooms and the staff was wonderful. Only thing I would change would be to add a microwave to the rooms but other than that it's perfect. Also check out the pub at the end of the building. They have to die for wings at an excellent price.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Judy C asked a question Jan 2018
Belleville96 contributions46 helpful votes
How are the upstairs room accessed? Is it necessary to climb stairs?
Answer from 973deborah
Greenville, North Carolina22 contributions6 helpful votes
There is a short set of interior steps from the front entrance to the rear door (the property sits on a hill) but you will access the upper rooms from the back parking lot so there is only one step up into the rooms.
Answer from Iona_Heights_Inn
Iona, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes we do. Audio/video equipment available, as well as being fully catered. Please call (902) 412-8888 if you'd like to reserve the room. Cheers, Dan Franklin Owner/Operator Iona Heights Inn
dggriff asked a question Oct 2015
Salem, Oregon1 contribution
the days and hours of operation
Answer from Nadine H
Halifax, Canada115 contributions46 helpful votes
Open all year round. The owners live on the property. Newly renovated so all open now!
Wendy1232016 wrote a tip Jul 2022
Hamilton, Canada6 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no microwave but restaurant on premises and coffee/machine provided in rooms"
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MariaPsaila wrote a tip Sep 2020
Halifax, Canada11 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ground level rooms are easy access."
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Les O wrote a tip Oct 2019
Daytona Beach, Florida54 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for balcony room much more scenic"
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Ricki C wrote a tip Sep 2019
Charleston, South Carolina, United States7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We LOVED our second floor room - with plenty of space and a beautiful balcony view."
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Deborah & Jerry wrote a tip Aug 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms on the upper level have a private balcony."
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PRICE RANGE
C$124 - C$159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
highland heights hotel cape breton island
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Highland Heights Inn
LOCATION
CanadaNova ScotiaCape Breton IslandIona
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Iona Heights Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Iona Heights Inn?
Nearby attractions include Highland Village (0.1 km), Bras d'Or Lake (7.6 km), and Gillis Point Lighthouse (4.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Iona Heights Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Iona Heights Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Iona Heights Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Iona Heights Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Iona Heights Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Frolic'n Folk Pub & Grill, Jill's Chocolate Cafe, and Darby's Old Church Kitchen.
Are pets allowed at The Iona Heights Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Iona Heights Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Highland Village (0.1 km).
Does The Iona Heights Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is The Iona Heights Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.