If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook you would know that I have been in St. John’s Newfoundland this past week for my husbands Ball Hockey Tournament with the Dirty Birds. We have also been staying at the absolutely amazing Jag Hotel in St. John’s Newfoundland. I cannot tell you enough how amazing this hotel is, the rooms are beautiful, the restaurant has some of my favourite meals from our trip, the lobby, music, artwork and the staff! OMG the staff! When you can go to a hotel and receive the best service because they really do truly care about you and your stay then you want to shout it from the roof top. Being from the service industry years ago I really have a great appreciation for the little details such a smiling faces, welcome greetings and having the door opened for you.
When you first come to the Jag Hotel in St. John’s you are greeted by this posh boutique hotel with the Jag letters illuminating the entrance.The door is opened for you welcoming you into the chic lobby that is dressed in it’s classical rock inspired decor. Every detail has been considered from the modern style furniture to the owners personal collection of artwork featuring some of the worlds greatest musicians, even signed quotes and autographs.
Our room was an absolutely stunning One Bedroom Suite. The main room when we walked in was filled with a queen bed and pull out couch which worked perfect for the kiddos. There was a large bathroom, a big screen tv and a desk which happen to be where I am blogging from right now.
Out the window was a view of the harbour which I always appreciate when I get to sit and enjoy while drinking your morning coffee. Attached to our room was meeting/living space that had a dining table, large sectional, another big screen tv, coffee station, second mini fridge and desk. Did I mention this room had an additional bathroom? Such a nice perk to have when your are all trying to get ready at the same time or when you have guests in your room while your kids are sleeping in the other room.
We were the only ones travelling with kids so it was really a nice way for us to visit with your friends while staying in our room and allowed the kids to sleep without being disturbed from our music, chatter and laughs.
Every night when we returned to the hotel our bed was turned down and some delicious chocolates from the Newfoundland Chocolate Company lay on our bed. (stay tuned for a future blog post about our picnic with the Newfoundland Chocolate Company!). I successfully snuck both chocolates for a few days before everyone realized I wasn’t sharing them… oops! or should I say busted! Along with those chocolates was a quote. Every night was a different quote I saved all of them because they were so inspirational.
- “There will be an answer, let it be.” – The Beatles
- The past is a stepping stone, not a milestone.” – Robert Plant
- Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.” – David Bowie
- “If you have the courage and you have the heart, that hero just might be you.” – Waylon Jennings
- “Every little thing is gonna be alright.” – Bob Marley
- “You don’t want to spend your life explaining yourself.” – Peter Garrett
EXILE RESTURANT IN THE JAG HOTEL:
In the Jag Hotel is the Exile the restaurant which has the most amazing and delicious food. Between my husband and I we tried several items on the menu, some several several times. Would you call it quality control or obsession? A couple items I highly recommend;
- Soup – They had a Coconut Ginger soup that was absolutely delicious.
- Mussels were a feature that we really enjoyed!
- ANTIPASTO! OMG we ordered this 4 times in 7 days. They had the best cured meats, cheese including my favourite brie, grilled bread that we dipped in a truffle honey dip! The truffle honey drip combines with everything is what we fell in love with.
- COD TACOS!! I had tacos 4 different times at different locations in St. John’s and hands down the code tacos at the Exile was beyond the best. It was blackened tempura battered cod which was incredibly fresh, cooked perfectly and tasted amazing with radish, partridge berry sour cream sauce, cilantro, pickled vegetables and jalepenos.
- For drinks we loved their Exile Caesar! It had horseradish in it and the secret not so secret ingredient of pickle juice! Yum!
- Coming in a future blog post is one of their signature drinks only available when icebergs are around is the Bergalicious cocktail.
The location was absolutely perfect! We didn’t have a vehicle so but we really didn’t need one with the location of the Jag Hotel. We were minutes from the popular and lively George Street, close to some amazing restaurants and pubs and right beside the harbour where we were able to walk right beside the boats.
Since we went in the summer St. John’s also had their trolley running which allows you to visit plenty of must see locations with one day pass that cost $5.00 per person. The trolley can pick you up right in front of the Delta Hotel which was a block away and take you up to signal hill which is another beautiful spot that will be featured in a future blog post as well!
The Jag Hotel was absolutely amazing! I was so impressed from the very beginning right up until our last day. The hotel was beautiful, every detail about this hotel and the guests stay was thought about. The music in the hallways was always so fun and different from other hotels. They even wished my little guy happy birthday every time they saw him on his special day. I cannot wait to share with you some behind the scenes blog photos that will be coming in the future with photos from Aamie Gillam Photography!
Plus be sure to keep checking back to see travel details from our next trip to Kelowna, British Columbia!