A Boutique Hotel in Paris, Ontario – not that Paris

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.

Arlington Hotel, a boutique style hotel in the heart of Paris, Ontario
Arlington Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of Paris, Ontario

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

The Arlington is forever offering over-night packages, so you will have to keep an eye on the website or check out their Instagram stories to see what new packages they have on the go.

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) in Paris, Ontario offers fantastic food for breakfast, and dinner

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:

  1. Reservations are strongly recommended in order to avoid disappointment.
  2. During the warmer months, take advantage of the patio.
  3. Attire is smart casual (but no need to over-dress).
  4. If you go for lunch, try the Not Your Average Grilled Cheese.
The Library Bar at the Arlington Hotel, Paris, Ontario is the perfect spot to host a small gathering

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).


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.

Customer Service

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!


Kelly xoxo


19 thoughts on “A Boutique Hotel in Paris, Ontario – not that Paris

  1. Anushka Seereeram

    What a cute little boutique hotel! If I find myself in Paris, Ontario, I will be sure to check Arlington out. I like that there is the possibility of solo packages!

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  2. Travel A-Broads

    What a cute place! As an avid reader, I love the concept of the rooms being decorated after various literary geniuses. And, that Library Bar – oh my gosh! I could definitely spend some time in there. I will definitely be checking out this hotel if I’m ever in Ontario. Thanks for the details! Xx Sara

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  3. kmfiswriting

    I love boutique hotels and Arlington Hotel in Paris, Ontario looks and sounds perfect. Love that there are different times…and that library bar! So cool!

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  4. Josy A

    Ooooh Kelly! The Arlington Hotel in Paris (not that Paris – heh!) looks fabulous! I looove the look of the library bar- what a genius idea! I love that there is cool artwork in the hallways too.

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  5. kavitafavelle

    The Arlington does look like a great choice for visitors to Paris, Ontario! I love historical properties, the hotel’s architecture and location both appeal. The decor looks fun, really appealing to see somewhere with a bit more personality rather than the bland anonymous look so many places deliver.

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  6. Agnes

    I had no idea that there is a Paris in Ontario. It seems pretty exciting. And your article encourages me to visit this place. Arlington Hotel looks perfect for a stay, as its style refers somewhat to French architecture in Paris. What I like the most is The Library Bar. So if I visit Paris in Ontario, I will book it.

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  7. bye:myself

    I love the title! I guess there are many places that should be specified this way – Berlin, Georgia, and more.
    This small gem sounds just wonderful – although I’m rather cheap when it comes to lodging, I’m still trying to find a cozy gem like this. By the way, for me, the other Paris is much closer – however, lodging options there are far worse and much more expensive, hence, you picked the right one 😉

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  9. Lāsma Plone

    I love historical hotels and this one is not an exception. I will save it for my future travels, so thank you for sharing!


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