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Colby House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 13 Sydney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 October 2011

We have just returned from spending four days at Celtic Colours in Cape Breton. We stayed in Sydney at Colby House. It was our second visit there and we highly recommend this B&B. We will be back. The hosts are true CapeBretoners, very very hospitable, kind, and helpful. The B&B is second to none. The rooms are lovely, the decorating done to perfection, and the linens and towels of the best quality. Thought has been put into every detail. The location is very central, and have we mentioned the breakfasts?........the very best! The quality of the food is exceptional and the presentation "picture perfect"! We had a wonderful experience, and highly recommend that Colby House be the place you stay while visiting Sydney. Bev and Gordon are superb hosts!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

My wife and I recently traveled to the the Canadian Maritimes and stayed at the Colby House B&B in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Innkeepers, Bev and Gordon Gabriel, graciously welcomed us and immediately made us feel like part of their family. The accommodations were absolutely best in class of any B&B we've stayed, and were thoughtfully and professionally decorated by Bev herself. The home is spotless and nothing is less than impeccable! Bev likes to say that she offers everyone the same accommodations - Platinum - and for her, nothing less will do. The Gabriel's work together to make their house your home away from home. Each morning Bev and Gordon serve breakfast in a beautiful dining room fit for a king. The food is homemade and fresh cooked on the premises daily. Bev varies the breakfast menu and is sensitive to those who have special dietary needs. I also want to point out that this home has a wonderful wrap-around veranda that is comfortably furnished, and so welcoming after a day of sightseeing or just when you're feeling lazy and want to enjoy some time at home. Bev and Gordon will join you in the evening for a cup of coffee or glass of wine (Bev likes reds) and listen to your experiences, what your plans are for the next day and even offer "spot-on" suggestions for dinner, entertainment, shopping, sightseeing, etc. If you ever find yourself in Sydney, NS, for any reason please check out the Colby House B&B. I doubt you'll find nicer accommodations anywhere in the Maritimes and combined with the warm hospitality of the Gabriel's, this is the only place to stay!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

I had picked this B&B after I read a Lonely Planet book for the Maritimes that rated this B&B as the top pick for Sydney. The reviews were all positive, and I have to agree I had a great experience, especially since this was the first time I've stayed at a B&B. From the time we arrive, our hosts were welcoming and helpful, and friendly. They recommended local restaurants and attractions for us. The house itself was beautifully restored and huge. The price was a great deal, in my opinion.

We stayed in the Gabriel Room. It was gorgeous. It was just the right size for two of us. The bed was big and comfortable, with great linens. The small added touches, such as a flat screen TV on the wall, candies in a dish by the bed, and toiletries and shampoo/conditioner in the bathroom were very thoughtful and made the room very homey. It was clear that someone had put a lot of thought into the room! There was a computer and printer available for guests to use at anytime right outside of the bedrooms, which was very useful as we planned our trip.

Sydney is good place to stay at while visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg, which is an amazing historic site, or to start off the on the Cabot Trail.

Dont hesitate to stay at this beautiful, welcoming B&B!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Bev and Gord provide a excellent facilty and as retired professionals understand the difference quality service makes in creating a truely great B&B experience. They are very friendly and well prepared to answer questions about Cape Breton's history as well as helpful travel and tourist suggestions. Bev really focuses on the details and extra touches that make the facility "extra" ordinary. Fine linens, VERY comfortable beds and pillows, beautiful furniture, elegant room finishings and imaculate cleanliness, They also prepare an amazing FULL breakfast with fresh baked scones, homemade jams, and healthy omeletes made with "fresh out of their garden" ingredients . Easily a 5 star facility. Plan to arrive early so that you can fully enjoy the true B&B experience they have created for their guests.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

My husband and I loved the Colby House! To me, it shows what the bed and breakfast experience is all about: a charming and cozy Victorian-style house, friendly and outgoing hosts, delicious breakfast, and beautifully turned out rooms. It's also a good place from which to stage a visit to the Cabot Trail and the Louisberg fortress. We would definitely stay at the Colby House again--it has our enthusiastic endorsement.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Surgically clean room. The bedding smelled fresh and inviting. Bathroom looked like it was cleaned with a tooth brush. Breakfast was very tasty and well thought out. Lastly the owners are great, very friendy. You can see that these people take pride in running this B&B. This place sets the standard for B&B's and you'd be crazy not to make this your #1 choice in Sydney. AAA+

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Reviewed 5 September 2011

Run by a couple, Colby House lived up to its ratings here. The owners are very nice and worked hard to ensure our stay was pleasant. The room was nicely equipped and well maintained. Very clean and comfortable. Location is good - about 15 minutes on foot takes you past several downtown restaurants.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Address: 10 Park St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 4W4, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Sydney
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range: $100 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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