In the heart of downtown Chatham-Kent, Ontario, you’ll find the town’s first upscale luxury hotel.
Retro Suites boutique hotel offers a unique accommodations experience. Even from the exterior of the hotel, you can tell that it’s a special place for an overnight stay. Living up to its namesake, retro signs adorn the fully restored brick building. Once you step inside the hotel, you’ll see that much more art and original design awaits.
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Sometimes those first impressions are the ones that last. In that case, Retro Suites has nothing to worry about. The front lobby was a bright and open space, completely decorated with one-of-a-kind collectibles, refurbished furniture, and original art pieces. I was warmly greeted by the front reception staff who were always very helpful and friendly throughout my stay. The hotel is owned by classic car restorer, Rob Myers and his artist wife, Cathy Van Raay-Myers. Retro Suites doubles as an art studio, showcasing Cathy’s original pieces all over the hotel. In addition to the art, funky collectibles are scattered throughout the hotel with new discoveries to be made in every room. There are old vending machines, antique advertisements and posters, and even two giant nutcrackers that were once displayed at FAO Schwartz in New York City. Walking through this hotel is a bit like walking through a modern pop art museum.
The hip decor doesn’t end at the lobby. Every floor, hallway, nook and cranny of Retro Suites has its own special flair. With every turn, I was admiring a newly discovered artwork or collector’s piece, which looked especially cool on the exposed brick walls.
Unique Rooms for Every Personality
Each one of the 34 rooms at Retro Suites was decorated in a completely unique style to suit all tastes. As I was fortunately on a blogger trip, I received an exclusive tour around the hotel to visit several of the rooms. Each suite worked with the existing architectural design of the building, so every room’s layout was a little bit different. And every suite had its own quirky theme with the decor to match, even down to the smallest details. The furniture, art, and decorations were exclusively chosen for each particular suite, making this hotel a truly special place. There are pictures of each room on the hotel’s website so you can find a desirable one that fits your personality!
My Room – King William
Ah, King William, you made me feel like royalty! It was a super luxurious suite with ultra-high ceilings and so much space. I think that my home apartment could fit at least two times over in this suite. It was one large room, though the bedroom felt sectioned off from the other areas. King William was very classy and decorated with antique furniture. There was a fireplace, a flatscreen TV, a huge seating area with couches and a chaise lounge, and a kitchenette. The bathroom had a bathtub and a separate shower, in addition to a sink with a stool for putting on make-up or getting ready. There were original tin ceilings and stained class windows between the main room and the bathroom. This suite was simply gorgeous.
Chilled Cork Restaurant
Though I won’t go into too much detail as this will be included in my blog post about the actual tour I took, I dined at the Chilled Cork for lunch, dinner, and breakfast in the morning. Breakfast was included with the hotel stay. We were given a couple of options for breakfast, which was all prepared fresh in the kitchen. For vegan options, I had some toast and jam, hash brown potatoes, and apple slices.
When I dined at the Chilled Cork for lunch, I enjoyed a vegan salad from the menu. It included arugula, watermelon, and fried tofu with a citrus vinaigrette. It was really delicious. The Chilled Cork places an emphasis on local and fresh ingredients, and it was really great to see some vegan options on a regular menu.
WiFi was included with my stay and it was always fast and reliable. There were several routers throughout the hotel so I always had a fast connection. It was free to park my car, and as I mentioned previously, breakfast was also included. For fitness lovers, Retro Suites includes a pass to the Goodlife Fitness a few doors down, and free yoga classes at the local Shakti Yoga. Also, if reserved 48 hours in advance, you could go golfing at the Blenheim Golf Club, all included with your stay.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Retro Suites and can’t wait to go back someday to stay in another individually decorated room.