Well, it sounds like a great idea. Take a retired Coast Guard Ice Breaker, dock it in historic Kingston and offer unique accomodations to visitors. And, it is a great idea, however, alot of work needs to be done to this ship to make it an attractive and comfortable night's stay.
The flooring needs to be replaced, the guest rooms need painting and the bunks need new mattresses. Even though it is probably the cheapest place to stay in town, I wouldn't recommend staying here unless you are on a very tight budget!
Unique Quality: Having said this though, I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, it's location was good, within walking distance to downtown and with free parking, and the continental breakfast was first class. You are also entitled to free admission to the Marine Museum located next door.
I know. This is not what you expected under accomodation tips. No worry, Kingston is full of large, American Hotel chains like the Best Western or Days Inn. You see those everywhere. You don't see this one in every town! I am pretty sure. :)
The Alexander Henry is a huge, Canadian, Coast guard ship and ice breaker, all in one. The ship is out of service since 1989 and serves as part of the marine museum and bed & breakfast at night and in the mornings. It was fascinating to be on a huge ship like this.
Unique Quality: IT'S A SHIP!!!
Cabin Beds Facilities Rate
1 Chief Officer Double * S $75.00
2 2nd Officer Double * S $75.00
3 Captain Double * S/T/SH $90.00
4 3rd Officer Single S $50.00
5 VIP 2 Singles * S/T/SH $90.00
6 VIP 2 Singles * S/T/SH $90.00
7A Chief Engineer Double * S/T/SH $85.00
7B Senior Engineer Single S $50.00
8 1st Engineer 2 Single bunks S $60.00
9 2nd Engineer 2 Single bunks S $60.00
10 3rd Engineer 2 Single bunks S $60.00
11 Passenger Trio 3 Single bunks $80.00
12 Supply Officer 2 Single bunks S $60.00
13 Cadets Cabin 2 Single bunks * $60.00
17 Backpacker 2 Single bunks S $32.00
18 Backpacker 2 Single bunks S $32.00
19 Backpacker 2 Single bunks S $32.00
20 Backpacker 2 Single bunks S $32.00
21 Backpacker 1 Single bunk S $32.00
22 Backpacker 2 Single bunks S $32.00
23 Waitress 2 Single bunks S $50.00
24 Daymen 2 Single bunks S $50.00
25 Daymen 2 Single bunks S $50.00
26 Backpacker 1 Single bunk $32.00
27 Chief Cook 1 Single bunk S/T/SH $50.00
Whole Ship 46 people 56 with Cots $1195.00
Cots $10.00 extra (includes Breakfast)
Directions: Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.
Alexander Henry Museum Ship and Bed and Breakfast - The Alexander Henry was built at the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company and launched in 1958. It provided ice breaking service as a coast guard ship on the upper Great Lakes until 1984 when it was retired to Kingston. Today, it is the largest artifact in the Marine Museum's collection and serves visitors as a unique bed and breakfast in the downtown core.
Unique Quality: Accommodation prices range from $28.00 to $82.50 per night per cabin, with many cabins accommodating two or more persons. Or the whole ship at a cost of $1195.00 plus taxes. Ship can accommodate a total of 42 people(50 with cots).
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