13 Best Hotels in Downtown St. John’s

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Last Updated: September 14, 2023

St. John’s is one of my favourite cities in Canada, so much so that I visit every few years. I’ve gone whale watching and spotted icebergs on the Atlantic, hiked Signal Hill, run a 50k section of the East Coast Trail on two occasions, and become an honourary Newfoundlander after being Screeched-In.

The locals that call St. John’s home are some of the nicest you’ll ever meet, and they make you feel right at home. Everything feels so close, so try to make a conscious effort to stay right downtown when you visit. There are two main streets in downtown St. John’s – Duckworth St. and Water St. – and they run parallel. Stay near one of these streets, and you’re guaranteed a good time.

In this entry of Budget Travel Plans, we’ll take a look at the best hostels in downtown St. John’s – from the budget-friendly hostels and hotels to the more upscale accommodations. Ready to visit? Let’s find you a place to stay!

Budget-Friendly Hotels in Downtown St. John’s

To begin, we’ll look at budget-friendly accommodations in downtown St. John’s. These hotels and hostels start at less than $99/night.

The Duckworth Inn

The Duckworth Inn, St. John's
The Duckworth Inn, St. John’s
Address:331 Duckworth St, St. John’s, NL A1C 1G9
Phone:(709) 738-1802
Hotel rating:3-star hotel
Location score:9.1
Booking.com rating:7.6
Google rating:4.2
Room starting price:$79/night

The Duckworth Inn is my go-to when visiting St. John’s. Why? It’s in the middle of downtown St. John’s, it’s affordable, and the remote check-in process is AirBnB-like. The Duckworth also has an on-site restaurant and terrace, and each room comes with a mini fridge which is handy for leftovers.

Local’s Insider Tip

Try the fish and chips at the Duke of Duckworth right beside the Duckworth Inn. Or, seeing as you’ve saved some coin on this accommodation – head over to Chinched. They serve an upscale meal in a laid-back setting.

City Hostel

City Hostel, St. John's
City Hostel, St. John’s
Address:8 Gower St, St. John’s, NL A1C 1N1
Phone:(709) 754-4789
Hotel rating:2-star hotel
Location score:9.6
Hostel World rating:8.9
Google rating:4.4
Dorm starting price:$40/night

City Hostel is arguably the most budget-friendly accommodation in St. John’s. It’s a great option for those comfortable with dorm-style rooms and who want to be in the centre of it all. Hostels are one of the best ways solo travellers can meet people.

Local’s Insider Tip

Stroll down to Duckworth St to hit one of the best breweries in the area – Bannerman’s Brewery.

Mid-Tier Hotels in Downtown St. John’s

Next up, we’re taking a look at hotels that range from a starting price of around $100-$199/night.

Alt Hotel St. John’s

Alt Hotel, St. John's
Alt Hotel, St. John’s
Address:125 Water St, St. John’s, NL A1C 5X4
Phone:(709) 383-2125
Hotel rating:3-star hotel
Location score:9.6
Booking.com rating:9.0
Google rating:4.7
Room starting price:$159/night

The Alt Hotel ticks all the boxes for a hotel in downtown St. John’s. It’s centrally located on Water St., is a newer build with modern amenities, and has incredible harbour views. It has the best combination of location scores and ratings across Booking.com and Google.

Local’s Insider Tip

Looking for some fine dining? Hit up Portage or Terre. If cocktails are what you seek, check out the recently opened Papillon Cocktail Bar. Affordable vegetarian? Try the Peaceful Loft. All within just a one-minute walk from Alt Hotel.

Blue on Water

Blue on Water, St. John's
Blue on Water, St. John’s
Address:319 Water St, St. John’s, NL A1C 1B9
Phone:(709) 754-2583
Hotel rating:4-star hotel
Location score:9.4
Booking.com rating:9.1
Google rating:4.4
Room starting price:$134/night

Blue on Water is another hotel on Water St, bringing a beautiful aesthetic to their rooms with exposed brick. It’s important to note there are only 11 rooms, so it’s often booked up. Blue on Water also has an on-site restaurant and bar.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head across the street for shareable dishes, tacos, and oysters at the Adelaide Oyster House. Or stay out late on George St, just a two-minute walk from Blue on Water.

Murray Premises Hotel

Murray Premises Hotel, St. John's
Murray Premises Hotel, St. John’s
Address:5 Becks Cove, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H1
Phone:(709) 738-7773
Hotel rating:3-star hotel
Location score:9.6
Booking.com rating:8.6
Google rating:4.5
Room starting price:$136/night

Tucked behind Blue on Water, we find the Murray Premises Hotel. It’s in an incredible location in a historic building. Rooms include a full bath, and the view overlooking St. John’s Harbour and the Narrows is a nice bonus.

Local’s Insider Tip

Similar to our tips for Blue on Water, I’d recommend heading to Adelaide Oyster House. Or, try Christian’s Bar on George St. It’s a great spot to get Screeched-In!

JAG Boutique Hotel

JAG Boutique Hotel, St. John's
JAG Boutique Hotel, St. John’s
Address:115 George St W, St. John’s, NL A1C 0B7
Phone:(709) 738-1524
Hotel rating:4-star hotel
Location score:8.7
Booking.com rating:9.2
Google rating:4.5
Room starting price:$149/night

JAG Boutique Hotel is on George St. That said, it’s not on the party section of the street and is a 5-minute walk to the infamous George St bar scene. Although it has one of the lower location scores on this list, it’s still an 8.7. It’s close enough to the action but quiet enough to get a good night’s rest without hearing the bars until 3:00 am.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to the Newfoundland Embassy Pub and Eatery for live music and beers on tap.

Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre

Delta Hotels by Marriott, St. John's
Delta Hotels by Marriott, St. John’s
Address:120 New Gower St, St. John’s, NL A1C 6K4
Phone:(709) 739-6404
Hotel rating:4-star hotel
Location score:9.2
Booking.com rating:8.5
Google rating:4.3
Room starting price:$179/night

Delta Hotels by Marriott boasts some of the better amenities on this list, including an indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts, and hot tub and sauna.

Local’s Insider Tip

Catch a Newfoundland Growlers game over at Mary Brown’s Centre. The Newfoundland Growlers are the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hilton Garden Inn St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Hilton Garden Inn, St. John's
Hilton Garden Inn, St. John’s
Address:150 New Gower St, St. John’s, NL A1C 0C1
Phone:(709) 383-1310
Hotel rating:3-star hotel
Location score:8.9
Booking.com rating:8.1
Google rating:4.0
Room starting price:$130/night

Hilton Garden Inn is in a similar pocket of St. John’s as the Delta and JAG. It’s a good option if you’re in town for business at the St. John’s Convention Centre. They’re an on-site indoor pool, fitness centre, and restaurant.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to Leo’s Restaurant for some classic fish and chips. It’s one of Rick Mercer’s favourite spots in St. John’s.

DoubleTree by Hilton St. John’s Harbourview

DoubleTree by Hilton, St. John's
DoubleTree by Hilton, St. John’s
Address:2 Hill O’ Chips, St. John’s, NL A1C 6B1
Phone:(709) 383-1475
Hotel rating:3-star hotel
Location score:9.2
Booking.com rating:8.4
Google rating:4.1
Room starting price:$138/night

Double Tree by Hilton features a fitness centre, restaurant, bar, and lovely harbour view. It’s also one of the closer accommodations to Signal Hill.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to the Terry Fox memorial on Water Street to find Mile 0 of the Marathon of Hope.

Monastery Hotel

Monastery Hotel, St. John's
Monastery Hotel, St. John’s
Address:63 Patrick St, St. John’s, NL A1E 2S5
Phone:(709) 754-5800
Hotel rating:4-star hotel
Location score:8.6
Booking.com rating:8.2
Google rating:3.2
Room starting price:$187/night

Monastery Hotel is a two-story hotel on the southwest end of St. John’s Harbour. It’s home to Monastery Spa & Medispa, and the hotel rooms have the option of an in-suite jacuzzi.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to the Rooms – a renowned museum and art gallery.

Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland

Sheraton Hotel, St. John's
Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s
Address:115 Cavendish Square, St. John’s, NL A1C 3K2
Phone:(709) 726-4980
Hotel rating:4-star hotel
Location score:9.1
Booking.com rating:8.1
Google rating:4.2
Room starting price:$170/night

The Sheraton Hotel features an indoor pool, fitness studio, and on-site restaurant and bar. They also have one of the nicer indoor terraces with real trees.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to Bannerman’s Brewing Co. or Brewdock for some of the best craft beers in the city.

Courtyard by Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland

Courtyard by Marriott, St. John's
Courtyard by Marriott, St. John’s
Address:131 Duckworth St, St. John’s, NL A1C 1E9
Phone:(709) 722-6636
Hotel rating:3-star hotel
Location score:9.3
Booking.com rating:8.3
Google rating:4.4
Room starting price:$134/night

Courtyard by Marriott is located on Duckworth St at the harbour’s north end.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to Mat Catter Cafe for a unique experience – coffee with cats! Or, hop in a taxi or take a short drive to Quidi Vidi for beers with Linda at Inne of Old Pub or Quidi Vidi Brewery.

Luxury Hotels in Downtown St. John’s

Lastly, let’s check out the luxury options for stays in downtown St. John’s. Accommodations in this section start at over $200/night.

Ryan Mansion

Ryan Mansion, St. John's
Ryan Mansion, St. John’s
Address:21 Rennies Mill Rd, St. John’s, NL A1C 3P9
Phone:(709) 771-4841
Hotel rating:5-star hotel
Location score:9.6
Booking.com rating:9.3
Google rating:4.0
Room starting price:$250/night

Ryan’s Mansion is one of the two 5-star hotels in St. John’s, Bannerman Suites being the other. King Charles and queen consort Camilla stayed at Ryan’s Mansion during their 2009 Royal Visit.

Fun fact – Ryan Mansion’s Grand Staircase was built in the same style and by the same artisan who made Titanic’s Grand Staircase.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to Portage or Terre for upscale food to match your experience at Ryan’s Mansion.

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