In the 1940s, Vogue called the Chateau Belvedere — as the hotel was known — “the only reasonable place to stay between Montreal and Toronto.”
The Second Empire-style mansion was built in the 1880s as a private residence designed by the renowned local architect Joseph Power. It remained an opulent private home until the 1920s, when it was remodelled and turned into a fashionable hotel. Soon it was a preferred destination of gentlemen and ladies, dukes and duchesses, generals and politicians, as well as royalty from around the world.
The building became a stately Kingston landmark again when it reopened as the Hotel Belvedere in 1987. Proprietors Donna Mallory and Ian Walsh completely restored the grand mansion and furnished it with antiques and objets d’art they had personally collected.
More than three decades later, the hotel continues to offer its guests an aura of refinement and respite — a reminder of the past, with all the luxuries and conveniences of today.
“A well-deserved reputation as the place to stay in Kingston,” National Geographic Traveller