The Algoquin Resort - St. Andrews By-the-Sea
St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick Canada, E5B1T7
The Grand Old Lady
In all candor and openess - we did NOT stay in St. Andrews. Our visit was for only a few hours, we were on our way from St. George on back to Bangor, ME. However, in the interest of providing some accomodation guidance to VT readers, I will post this "tip" concerning the Algonquin. Much of what I say will be second hand information, passed on to me by a couple we met during our lunch at the Train Station Inn over in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. They'd stayed at the Fairmont.
And one other comment... IF I were staying in St. Andrews, I would probably go over to the terrific bbcanada.com site. There are several very nice bed and breakfasts listed for the St. Andrews area. The only time that I might consider doing the Fairmont would be in the off-season, where you can truly get an excellent value. So, I guess the next time I'm spending January time in New Brunswick (brrrr), I might go Algonquin. :)
The Fairmont Algonquin has been in the resort hotel business for well over 100 years. It's a five-star luxury property with all of the usual five-star amenities... spa, sports clubs, fine dining, golf etc. I'm told that the bellhops actually wear tartan kilts, in keeping with the Scottish character of the "St. Andrews" name.
The rich and famous are more than likely to hole up at the Algonquin, should they find themselves in St. Andrews. Prince Charles and Princess Diana were guests before that whole fairytale came unraveled.
I did a bit of research on rooms and prices, just in case you'd like to know. The rooms range in size from standard (350 sq feet) to the suites, which are approximately 900 square feet. The suites are an incredibly good deal in the off season. For example, you can book bed and breakfast accomodations in January or February in a suite for less than C$200 per night. Regular rooms are barely C$100 that time of year. However, as the days get longer and the glorious summer beckons, that suite will approach C$450 per night for the same plan.
So like I say, depending on the season - the Fairmont Algonquin may or may not be the place you want to stay.
A bit of old world elegance
We enjoyed this grand old hotel . The service was great and it was fun to stay in such a grand old resort hotel which was built in the 1800's.
There were all the amenties like a huge heated pool , poolside service , a golf course a wonderful bar and restaurant.
It was a bit more expensive then many of the other hotels but it was wonderful for a little break and at $140.00 a night I couldn't complain.
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Go crazy for Culture, nature and history!
Check out the website for things to do in St Andrews (NB, Canada) and area, at FundyCulture.ca -- loads of great things to see and do -- fascinating museums [one is all about chocolate!], attractions like a big public garden and Sir William Van Horne's summer home on Ministers Island. The whole area is breathtakingly beautiful, and there's something for every taste. Great food, a wide variety of places to stay, including the historic Fairmont Algonquin hotel, inns, B&Bs... loads to do on the water... St Andrews is in Passamaquoddy Bay, which is off the Bay of Fundy, with the highest tides in the world!! You can kayak, take a sail, catamaran or Zodiac trip to see marine wildlife, and very often, some of the whales that summer in the area around the Fundy Isles. There are some good hikes and walking trails, centuries-old homes and public buildings, and of course, shopping galore -- lots of artisans and artists. The hard thing is deciding what NOT to do, because there is so much choice!
St Andrews - a truly historic resort town
Just a bit south and east of St Stephen, you'll find the longtime resort town of St Andrews. Over the years, this venerable resort has played host to royalty, the rich and the famous. There are churches, mansions and all sorts of historic sites. There are 200 historic register homes within the city plat of St Andrews alone. And, you need to check out the Fairmont Algonquin Hotel, one of the world's oldest and most famous five-star resort hotels.
Please see my separate St Andrews page for more information. Additionally, the website listed below can be accessed for additional support.
St. Andrews by the Sea
"A Longtime Resort Town"
St Andrews by the Sea, some 30 km southeast of St Stephen and just abeam Passamaquoddy Bay, is a longtime resort town. Settled in part by Crown loyalists who left the USA after the British withdrew, St Andrews has long been a sanctuary for affluent, well-heeled residents and visitors. This is the kind of place that doesn't have a "poor side" of town. The poor side would be more accurately described as the "least wealthy". :)
Although very popular with visitors, St Andrews is still a quiet and reserved place. Home to many shops, galleries and B&Bs, it also boasts one of Atlantic Canada's most famous hotels - the venerable Fairmont Algonquin.
St Andrews is steeped in history and historical buildings. The main town plat of St. Andrews has been designated a National Historic District and many of the more than 250 homes have been marked with descriptive plaques by the St. Andrews Civic Trust.
The town pier, just off Water Street.
For more St Andrews info, check out their town website at
Here's my sweet daugher Sara, outside a candy and taffy shop in St. Andrews. Her sunny smile reflects a sunny day spent in St Andrews.
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