Categories: Accommodations, Culinary, History, Kid-Friendly, Nightlife
A Slice of Splendid at the Rodd Charlottetown
Downtown Charlottetown is replete with charming red brick buildings that speak to its storied history. Chief amongst these is the Rodd Charlottetown, which has been hosting and charming visitors to the city since it first opened its doors in 1931. But there’s more to the Rodd than a pretty facade - from a fascinating history to exceptional hospitality and guest perks that’ll make you swoon. Read on for the inside scoop on Charlottetown’s oldest hotel.
On Top of the World (With Drinks if You So Wish)
Rooftop terrace at Rodd Charlottetown.
Perhaps it’s the feeling that you’re on top of the world, the stunning bird’s eye views, or simply the chance to get away from it all - whatever the reason, there’s something completely irresistible about a rooftop terrace, especially when you’re on vacation. Possibly the Rodd Charlottetown’s best kept secret, its cozy, comfortable rooftop patio is open to all hotel guests during the warmer months of the year (you know, when it’s not covered in snow).
Stunning views and drinks at the Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
While there’s no bar service available, hotels guests are welcome to enjoy their own beverages on the patio while soaking up the warm sunshine and taking in the spectacular views of downtown Charlottetown. BYOB + rooftop views = Island vibes, city style!
A Family Legacy + Railway Roots
Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
The first Rodd property was founded in 1935 by newlyweds, Wally and Sally Rodd, who decided to take advantage of the growing number of visitors arriving on the Island by building cottages on their farm property. They quickly discovered their love for the hospitality industry overshone their love for farming. The rest, as they say, is history, though a few important highlights between then and now deserve notation.
In 1966, the Rodds’ son, David, joined his parents in the family business and the next three decades saw a significant expansion of the Rodds’ properties. One of David’s most treasured acquisitions took place in 1982, when he purchased the historic CN Charlottetown Hotel on Kent Street, which he had dreamed of owning his entire life. The Charlottetown Hotel, as it is still referred to by many, had earned a storied history by the time it was brought into the fold of the Rodd family. First opened in 1931, the CN Charlottetown Hotel was built to service guests travelling via the Canadian National (CN) Railway.
Over the decades the hotel has hosted many visitors from near and far, including Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Johnny Cash, Tommy Hunter, Mark Garneau, Phyllis Diller, Rita MacNeill, John Alan Cameron, Joe Clark, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Kurt Browning. The most noteworthy of the hotel's guests, however, were arguably her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who stayed at the hotel during PEI's centennial Confederation celebrations in July of 1973.
The marble lobby of the Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
Today, David’s eldest son, Mark Rodd, carries on the family’s legacy as President and CEO of Rodd Hotels & Resorts, which boasts 7 properties and is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest privately-owned hotel chain. Under its new name, the Rodd Charlottetown continues to provide warm hospitality to guests arriving by every mode of transport, though its days as a respite for railway travellers are over - the train stopped operating on PEI in 1989. As you’ll discover upon arrival, the hotel retains much of its historic character both inside and out, with a stunning marble lobby and ornate ballroom with swoon-worthy architectural details.
Feasting + Theatre
Patio dining at Chambers Restaurant, a treat unto itself. | Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
Though it often loses the limelight to lunch and dinner, a mouthwatering breakfast can make or break your holiday (slight exaggeration, but not by much). After all, it’s the first encounter you have with the world upon awakening and the best source of energy to sustain you throughout your day. Luckily for you, Chambers Restaurant at the Rodd Charlottetown pulls out all the stops to deliver sumptuous breakfast options that’ll fill you up for the adventures that await.
Fancy a sleep-in? No worries, with breakfast served until 11am, you can stay cozy under the covers and enjoy breakfast al fresco on Chambers’ peaceful, sun-filled dining patio. And families rejoice - from May 1 to October 31, kids eat free while staying at the hotel! Of course you don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy Chambers Restaurant - open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s a great option for both visitors and locals in search of fresh, Island-inspired eats for the whole family.
Enjoy a sleep-in before breakfast at the Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
Across the lobby from Chambers Restaurant in the Provinces Room, things heat up during the summer with the Feast Dinner Theatre serving up scrumptious food, live music and plenty of laughs 5 nights a week. 2018 marks the Feast’s 40th year serving up musical comedies in PEI and they’re not holding anything back with their new production, ‘Up In Smoke’, which plays off the current political climate and Canada’s soon-to-be buzzing marijuana business.
Beyond its in-house theatre production, the Rodd Charlotetown also offers packages in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts and The Guild - be sure you take in the world-class productions Charlottetown is serving up in 2018, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical, Atlantic Blue and Anne & Gilbert - The Musical.
Say 'I Do' in Style
Rooftop romance at the Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo courtesy of the Rodd Charlottetown
Romance goes hand-in-hand with any visit to Charlottetown, and the Rodd Charlottetown is one of the city’s most popular wedding venues. Its expansive, gorgeous ballroom, rooftop terrace, and proximity to several churches are just a few reasons so many couples have chosen to say ‘I Do’ at the hotel. The staff’s dedication to helping couples bring their dream wedding into reality is the icing on the cake for couples getting married at the Rodd Charlottetown.
The Georgian Ballroom at the Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo Credit: Nicole Anne Photography
The hotel is also a popular choice for many honeymooners visiting Charlottetown. Its historic charm, on-site hot tub and easy walkability to the city’s restaurants, theatres, and waterfront make it a perfect respite for newlyweds and those seeking a romantic getaway.
Travel Often, Get Rewarded!
Hot tub and pool at Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
Need a nudge to book yourself another well-deserved getaway or want to make the most of your upcoming business trips? Rodd Hotels & Resorts boasts an enticing EveryStay Rewards Program that’s free to sign-up for and earns you points for every dollar spent at a Rodd hotel or resort, including accommodations, spa services, and food and beverage. You can redeem your points for free nights, free golf, and gift cards from Rodd’s or one of their partners. And who doesn't love FREE goodies?!
Timelessly Splendid and Always Full of Warm Hospitality
Entrance of the Rodd Charlottetown. | Photo courtesy of Rodd Charlottetown
Whether you're travelling on business, planning a romantic weekend away, or taking the family to PEI for a vacation, the splendid Rodd Charlottetown will welcome you with its time-honoured tradition of warm, Island hospitality. While many of the Rodd Charlottetown's staff are originally from PEI, you'll also find yourself be checked-in at the front desk by friendly faces from Jamaica, Brazil, Iran, Slovakia and India - a testament to the Island's far-reaching charm and growing diversity.
Book your stay at the Rodd Charlottetown here and start planning your Charlottetown getaway!