Have you ever heard that old saying “no two things are alike”? When entering the lobby of the Arlington Hotel that is exactly what comes to mind. The longer I stayed at this hotel, the more apparent it became that the Arlington truly was a unique and one of a kind hotel. When visiting Paris (not that Paris) for your Ontario staycation, plan an over-night stay at the Arlington Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Paris, Ontario.
History of the Arlington Hotel
You can’t miss this stately boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Paris, Ontario. The hotel has been in existence as far back as the 1850’s and it is now an Ontario Heritage Site. The Arlington has changed hands numerous times over the years and was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Skupnik and Joe’s brother John in the Fall of 1988. In November, 1998 Joe and John completely gutted and renovated the entire inside of the hotel. The renovations were extensive and took one year and six months to complete.
Rooms at the Arlington Hotel
The 23 rooms are uniquely decorated in different themes each emulating various literary geniuses, from Emily Dickinson to Dr. Seuss. The rooms are what makes the Arlington such a unique place to stay and makes a visit to Paris, Ontario worthwhile just to check them out.
Just One Tip: If you come across a room steward in the hall, they will take you and show you different rooms if the rooms are unoccupied. You just have to ask
In addition to the different themed rooms, the Arlington also offers various categories of rooms ranging in price:
- Standard room
- Junior suite
- Executive suite
- 2 double beds
- Queen bed
- King bed
Since I stayed at the Arlington during the height of COVID, I’m unable to say exactly what amenities each room had, as the coffee makers and bottled water was removed from the room. There is a receptionist manning the front desk 24/7 who will gladly fetch whatever you need (including extra blankets).
The rooms are located over four floors, but there are elevators available for whose who require accessibility (and those who are to lazy to walk the stairs 🙂 )
Over-Night Packages at the Arlington Hotel
Just One Note: The Arlington is one of the few hotels that I have come across that offers various solo packages (thank you!)
Dining at the Arlington Hotel
If the rooms alone aren’t enough to entice you to visit this little gem, then the food definitely will! Whether you go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed.
EDIT.(eat, drink, indulge, together)
EDIT. is the primary restaurant and is open:
- Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- (brunch 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Insider Tips for dining at the Arlington Hotel:
- Reservations are strongly recommended in order to avoid disappointment.
- During the warmer months, take advantage of the patio.
- Attire is smart casual (but no need to over-dress).
- If you go for lunch, try the Not Your Average Grilled Cheese.
The Library Bar
The unique decor of the Library Bar is the perfect spot to host a private party or work function.
When I stayed at the Arlington, this is where the continental breakfast was set up. Ohhhh……did I mention that the continental breakfast is included with your stay?
1850 Public House
The Public House is tucked away in the cellar of the hotel and is the perfect spot to host a small private function. I have heard rumor’s that this room was once known as the “gentlemen’s room”, however, I didn’t think to ask the hotel staff about that when I was visiting (I guess I’ll just have to go back).
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Dominion Telegraph Centre
The Dominion Telegraph Centre is located in a separate building kitty corner to the hotel, over-looking the Grand River. Believe me when I say that it’s the perfect spot for a wedding. With the expertise of its very own wedding coordinators, there is nothing for the bride and groom to do except show up and enjoy their special day.
If there was one downfall to the Arlington Hotel, then this was it. Since the hotel is located smack dab in the downtown, there is limited parking available on site. There is parking around the corner and is only about a 3 minute walk, but if you are carrying luggage, clothing, etc., this can be cumbersome.
This is where the Arlington Hotel shines like none other! Each and every staff member from the cleaning staff right up to the managers did everything in their power to ensure that the stay was perfect. If you want something, all you have to do is ask and you shall receive.
A Little Extra at the Arlington Hotel
Not to scare you, but it has been said that the Arlington Hotel is haunted. It is said that as recently as 2016 guests have experienced “haunted happenings”. There are specific rooms which these experiences occurred. If you are interested in knowing if you have booked one of these rooms, ask the receptionist for a printout of the “haunted room stories”. I did ask some of the personnel that were working if they had ever experienced any “haunted happenings”, and none of them had.
There are so many reasons why you should stay at the Arlington Hotel. If you are looking for a fun, eclectic experience, with superior customer service and personal attention, hurry up and book now….they fill up fast. I can assure you that you won’t regret it!
HAPPY TRAVELS 🙂
PIN THE ARLINGTON HOTEL, A BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN PARIS, ONTARIO