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Ontario’s newest boutique hotel is hidden in an old church and just steps from the lake


Ontario has a new luxury hotel stay that’s sure to make you feel like the royalty that you are. If you are looking for staycation ideas, you can plan a road trip to Kingston where you can spend the night in a renovated 19th century church.

This boutique hotel is right downtown, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, photo stops and the waterfront. Choose from ten beautiful rooms with living areas, vaulted ceilings and exposed limestone bricks.

Rooms are suite-style lofts with kitchen and lounging areas. Although they differ in size, they offer the same amenities and atmosphere, with the option of a queen or king-size bed.

You can bask in the light from the original stained glass windows, bouncing off the original limestone around which each room is centered. The wooden features in each bedroom were created from locally sourced reclaimed barn wood, even the beds and vanities.

It’s an elevated experience with industrial decor with lots of exposed stone, steel, and ductwork elements. The historic and rustic features of the church are complemented by modern hotel features such as mobile check-in and virtual concierge service.

“Our guests receive all entry codes directly to their mobile device on the day of arrival. We used a keypad solution, as well as a digitized safe which provides guests with a personalized code to get their keys. C “is an idea that arose out of necessity during times of covid, but we have found it to be something our guests prefer due to the efficiency and flexibility of check-in,” the hotel said. to Narcity via email.

“One of our priorities when creating The Smith was to work with local and Canadian businesses aligned with us in terms of quality and sustainability,” they also said. Bedding and furniture accents to candles and toiletries are all sourced from Canadian partners.

You can also treat yourself to treats from Canadian companies, including wine, spirits and chocolate. There’s no on-site restaurant, but in addition to the drinks and snacks available, you can enjoy a charcuterie platter or a personalized grocery package from local business The Grocery Basket.

This new hotel is also an ideal place to stay for a business trip. The main area of ​​the old church is a coworking space for guests which they call The Sanctuary. The space is designed for all remote workers, from entrepreneurs to large corporations. They also have meeting rooms and event spaces.

The Smith Hotel



Address or neighborhood: 221 Queen Street, Kingston, ON

Why you need to go: You can immerse yourself in a piece of history while living the high life at this beautiful hotel created out of a 19th-century church.

Prices and occupancy conditions are confirmed at the time of publication, but may change at any time.