Review: Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront
I read on Milesopedia about the Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront on Lake Ontario, where all rooms have water views. It was only 10 minutes from the train station by taxi. Quite nice after my train trip with Via Rail from Montreal.
I had a certificate for a free night and the hotel offered nights that cost 35,000 points. It looked like a great deal. All I had to do was pay for the second night, which would give, as part of the current promo, 2,500 additional points.
And of course I would charge all my spending on my Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, and earn 5 points per dollar.
In addition, the pool and restaurant were open with certain restrictions. On top of that, my new Platinum status would give me free breakfasts. It was getting more and more interesting. So I invited my cousin who came running in and we booked a room with two double beds.
I informed the hotel that my cousin was not in the habit of staying in a hotel, which is quite true, and that I would like her hotel baptism to be recognized with a small gesture. The upgrade was not possible because the hotel was at full capacity according to the standards imposed by COVID, but there was a little something waiting for us when we arrived.
Sanitary measures at Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront
At the entrance, COVID measures are announced. Antiseptic gel dispensers in several places, masks worn by staff and guests, markers on the floor to respect distance, reduced hotel and restaurant capacity, user limit at the pool and gym, etc.
Everything’s by the book.
Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront Common Areas
We enter the Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront through the parking lot (which costs $22/night) and we already have an idea of the customer experience that awaits us. There was a bunch of flowers next to the station to disinfect your hands. A little ‘something’ that we appreciated.
The lobby is straight ahead of us and the staff is friendly. Well, the decor sets the tone.
It’s got a relaxing vibe. Maybe it’s because of the blue-toned lighting in the bar. The Vu bar, the aqua paintings in the corridor leading to the elevator, the waterfall next to the restaurant, or the multiple windows with a few on the lake and its marina. There’s no doubt we’ll be able to rest. You can feel it.
Lounge areas on the main floor, as on each floor in front of the elevator, invite the customer to sit down. The theme of nature is omnipresent. The lobby lounge also has a gas fireplace. We like the little flames.
The pool and the gym The fact that the pool and its jacuzzi were open also weighed on the choice of hotel for this getaway. It was a nice little space, and we used it well. It was open between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Towels were on site. No more than ten people at a time. There were four of us at most.
The fitness center on site has cardio training equipment such as treadmills, in addition to dumbbells and free weights. With a view of the marina. Two people were allowed at a time.
There’s also a small business space, but I didn’t see it used over the long weekend. There were two seats with everything we need to keep our business ties. Photocopy, fax.
Eating at Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront
Since we are in the middle of a pandemic, we have made the decision to eat at the hotel. In the dining room for breakfast, outside on the terrace for afternoon snacks and in the room for dinners.
The hotel restaurant, Aqua Terra, didn’t disappoint us. Had it not been for the lukewarm meal delivered to the room, we would have given it a 9/10. The restaurant offers an international cuisine, a nice wine list, and is recommended by magazines such as HuffPost Canada.
The lunch served in the dining room is hearty and good. It was included with the Platinum status. The view of the marina or the lake is soothing. Our waiter was bilingual with that distinctive Franco-Ontarian accent.
Pumpkin French toast with maple butter? Or the chef’s special with his homemade bacon and tomato confit?
Lunches on the terrace/patio proved to be just as interesting. Sitting on the Adirondack chairs with a warming fire in front of us, we went there for a cheese fondue. Homemade pretzels with gherkins and pears. The entire menu is made up of dishes to share.
Finally, the onion soup, spinach agnolotti, burgers and fries were good enough for both dinners in the bedroom.
The Vu, annex to the restaurant overlooking the marina of the Confederation Basin also serves as the hotel bar. There is always the option of a big screen TV to watch a sports game, if you are less interested in the marina.
Our room at the Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront
Let’s see our room.
Who could complain about such a view? Let’s face it, it’s one of the hotel’s strong points.
The bed is also comfortable, as is the bedding.
- The furniture consists of a SmartDesk™ with multiple connection ports and free Wi-Fi access
- An ergonomic chair and a resting chair.;
- A mini-fridge, alarm clock, coffee/tea maker
- As well as a 42-inch LCD TV screen.
We would have liked a small table to eat our meals. It’s probably in the corner rooms.
The bathroom has a walk-in shower and storage space. There was a hair dryer, as well as hygienic products.
The surrounding area of Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront Hotel
What a beautiful environment!
Located in the heart of historic downtown Kingston, near the Confederation Basin, we are within walking distance of the tourist office, open in non-pandemic times. From the Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront we see the tourist boat leaving for the Thousand Islands.
On that Saturday, in the park in front of the town hall, there was apublic outdoor market with its handicraft kiosks and local products.
Next door is the bustling Princess Street, Kingston’s main shopping street. We passed GO in front of Pan Chancho, a well-known bakery in Kingston. But it’s on everyone’s lips.
The city’s Waterfront Pathway is eight kilometres long and runs along Lake Ontario. Nice promenade in lockdown time.
A long weekend at the Delta Hotels Waterfront in Kingston gave us great pleasure.
As much because of the city itself, which has a lot to offer, even in times of pandemic, but also because of the excellent value that this category 5 hotel represents.
The themed decoration with water and blue monochrome, the quality of the food on offer, the comfort and the view from the rooms, the swimming pool and its jacuzzi make us warmly recommend this Marriott accommodation.