From an Aveda spa in a Tudor mansion to peaceful waterfront retreats, here’s where to stay in and around St. John’s.

The Doctor’s House Inn & Spa

English gardens, an Aveda spa, and sunsets over Trinity Bay—it’s all about blissful relaxation at this elegant, oceanfront Tudor mansion in Green’s Harbour, an hour west of St. John’s. Construction of the inn and garden began a half century ago by an Irish doctor who lived on a small section of the 100-acre property with his family. Today, the 10-room inn and four-room guest house charm with gourmet cuisine, tree-lined walking trails, rambling fields and Newfoundland ponies, goats and birds roaming the property.

Bannerman Park Suites

Location and luxury combine at Bannerman Park Suites, located in an historic building in the Rennies Mill Road heritage district, overlooking Bannerman Park. Earning a five-star Canada Select rating in 2015, its eight large suites are excellent value with kitchenettes, and are within easy walking distance of big ticket attractions like The Rooms, Signal Hall, the music and nightlife of George Street, and Raymonds—an East Coast dining must.

Monastery Spa and Suites

Body, mind and St. John’s soul come into balance with a stay at Monastery Spa and Suites, located in one of the city’s historical residential neighborhoods. This 1931 heritage building that started as the Holy Cross Monastery, housing Irish Christian Brothers, has since been transformed into an inn that boasts Newfoundland and Labrador’s first destination spa and 20 heavenly suites with upscale features like air massage tubs and electric fireplaces. Guests can also enjoy breakfast, lunch and sweet treats at the on-site Abbey Café.

Murray Premises Hotel

Historic charms and luxury amenities meld beautifully at this waterfront hotel, located in a National Historic Site, in the heart of St. John’s. The Murray Premises wins praise for 69 cozy rooms that preserve the original character of the circa-1846 mercantile buildings (hello, exposed wood beam ceilings), while also providing modern comforts like marble bathrooms complete with towel warmers, and fireplaces for those chilly Newfoundland nights.

Bread and Cheese Country Inn

Thanks to its prime location overlooking the Atlantic, you might just spot icebergs and whales out the windows of the Bread and Cheese Country Inn (the name’s a nod to a naval tradition). About 20 minutes from downtown St. John’s in the historic fishing village of Bay Bulls, this bright-red inn is the place to go for some serious rest and relaxation. Delve into a good book in one of the cozy reading nooks or unwind in a soaker tub. The inn is also just steps away from the blissful East Coast Trail. 

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