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Charles Inn


Left: Main entrance; Top right: Guestroom's balcony; Bottom right: Plaque indicating year of establishment




General Information

This Georgian-style inn was once home to Charles Richardson, a Member of Parliament for Niagara between 1834-1836. This immaculate Manor House was built in 1832, and offers 12 luxurious guestrooms, providing visitors a relaxing and unforgettable environment.  Charles Inn recieved its name from its first owner, Charles Richardson.


Charles Inn provides an elegant dining experience at its restaurant located within the building.  Chef de Cuisine William Brunyansky prepares exquisite French Contemporary dishes infused with the Niagara region’s influence.  Fresh Niagara produce is purchased to incorporate enriched flavors that add to every dish.


Charles Inn also provides visitors the chance to visit Shaw Spa, its sister property that offers Niagara’s first Vinotherapy Spa.  Whether you’re searching relaxation, heritage or a home away from home, the Charles Inn will meet your needs.


Located on Queen Street, Charles Inn is in perfect walking distance to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s downtown area.  The downtown provides shopping boutiques, theaters, and art galleries for visitors to enjoy.  Niagara-on-the-lake is also home to the Shaw Festival, and is home to over 20 wineries, providing visitors and locals an indescribable environment.


Hours of Operation

Open Year-Round


Photo Gallery


From Toronto:

QEW exit 38B, (Hwy. 55 exit), Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Left (north) on Glendale Avenue and drive over the QEW overpass

Left (west) on York Road at lights and service centre with washrooms

Right (north) on Niagara Stone Road/Regional Road 55

Right (east) on Queen Street

Left (north) at #209

From Niagara Falls:

River Road/Niagara River Parkway north towards Niagara-on-the-Lake

Continue onto Queen's Parade and Picton Street

Picton Street then turn into Queen Street

Right (north) at #209 is where Charles Inn is located



Charles Inn is a proud member of the Ontario’s Finest Inns and has taken the initiative to become a more environmentally friendly hotel.  Becoming eco-friendly means being aware of the environmental implications and operating in a more sustainable manner.  Charles Inn indicates that environmental aspects are taken into consideration in their building management, guest services and dining.


Environmental Initiatives include:


  • Linen re-use program
  • Recycling bins in guest rooms and the hotel’s offices – paper products, cardboard, glass, plastic, and tin can all be recycled
  • Hotel has a publicly-accessed jug-less water cooler that provides complimentary cold purified water for guests and in-room glass pitchers - this reduces the need for guests to purchase bottled water decreasing the amount of plastic that ends up in land fill sites
  • Housekeepers use an eco friendly line of cleaning chemicals
  • Hotel participates and promotes in environmental related events such as Earth Hour
  • Certain items after a period of use are donated to local charitable organizations such as Gillian’s Place in St. Catharines, Ontario instead of these items being thrown out
  • Hotel offers a 100% indoor non-smoking environment  


Adjacent Land Uses

Lake Ontario, along with Niagara-on-the-Lake's downtown area are distinctly visible from Charles Inn.  If guests wish to explore unique shops, pubs, the Niagara Historical Society & Museum and the three Shaw Theaters, guest services are readily available to assist in helping guests.  North America's oldest golf course, Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club, established in 1875 is only a few minutes walk from Charles Inn.  Trails on the Niagara River provide great recreational activity.  There are also many cycling tours, along with winery tours that guest services may set up for anyone who is aspired by Niagara's natural environment.




Carnochan, J. (1914). History of Niagara. Toronto: William Briggs. Retrieved online December 16, 2009. http://www.archive.org/stream/hitoryniagrapart00carnuoft#page/n7/mode/2up


This web page was created by Deanna Welsh in December 2009. TripClip narration and photos by Deanna Welsh.  I would like to thank Dave Brown and Carla Carlson for their help in the creation of this page.

Ownership & Management

Sue Murray



The Charles Inn offers 12 unique guestrooms, most containing beautiful wood burning or gas fireplaces, glass enclosed rain-head showers or jet-air tubs. Each room has its own verandah to allow visitors to experience the views of Niagara-on-the-Lake. In 2004, Charles Inn had been refurbished to provide a home away form home atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with remote control television, CD player, air conditioning, room service, breakfast, spa services, and much more. The 300 Count Egyptian Cotton Linens that are provided in every room will ensure a great nights sleep. Charles Inn will provide the relaxation and heritage architectural experience anyone is looking for.


The Charles Inn dining room is one of Niagara’s top rated restaurants that brings French cuisine, Ontario produce and Niagara wines to the enjoyment of visitors, guests and locals. Award winning Executive Chef William Brunyansky prepares unique presentations with enriched flavourful meals that will leave you wanting more. The Charles Inn dining room has received many positive reviews from critics, such as “Where to Eat in Canada”, “Gourmet” and “Toronto Life”. The décor provides a subtle yet classy look, with the original crystal chandeliers still intact, which enhances the elegance and authenticity of the dining room. Guests, visitors and locals have the ability to choose Niagara wine that will best complement one’s meal.

Admission Fee

Room rates begin at $210.00 + GST


Charles Inn
209 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0


(905) 468-4588

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.258356
Longitude -79.0779629
UTM easting 656005.9277183597
UTM northing 4791298.970146253


Tel (905) 468-4588
Toll free 1-866-556-8883
Email inquire@charlesinn.ca
Website www.charlesinn.ca

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