Late Summer Weekend Getaway at The Walper Hotel

I finally had the chance to visit The Walper Hotel a couple of weekends ago and I wanted to share some photos and thoughts on our little overnight getaway to Kitchener.
The chic lobby of The Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario

It's been years since John and I have stole away together on an overnight. We used to try to plan a trip at least once per year when the kids were younger but as they have gotten older (they are teenagers now) it's somehow become more difficult. It's easier to ferry them off to grandparents for an overnight when they are little. Life with teens is busy. Anyhow, when The Walper invited me to experience their hotel I jumped at the chance.

The lobby is gorgeous. They have done an amazing job of restoring this historic hotel which was built in 1893 and underwent extensive renovations. I was surprised to find out that Prime Ministers, celebrities and even royalty have visited The Walper.

The lobby of The Walper Hotel.

I thought I would give you a little tour of the hotel including a snapshot of the area. In the interest of transparency... although this isn't a sponsored post I was invited as a guest of The Walper to experience the hotel which I had heard from many others was just gorgeous. It did live up to it's reputation.
The Urban Suite at The Walper Hotel

We stayed in one of the Urban Suites, a spacious suite including a bedroom with kingsize bed, a comfortable lounge area including a coffee station and a sylish, modern bathroom.

I love the mural on the wall in this room at The Walper Hotel.

The three things I want in a hotel room are a comfortable bed, a clean, modern bathroom and stylish comfortable decor. The Walper ticked all three boxes and then some. I love the mural on the wall in the bedroom. The bed was so comfy and the bathroom was amazing and included toiletries from Skoah and Buck Naked Soap Company.

My one comment about the room was that I would love to see some variation of the amazing art found throughout the hotel in the lounge area of the suite. I know the room decor varies throughout the hotel but it would really help to make that part of the suite even more inviting. That said, it is so stylish and comfortable! 
Really great toiletries in the bathroom at The Walper Hotel including dreamy smelling soap from Buck Naked Soap Company.

Luxurious Turkish cotton robes from Pamuk & Co.

Really lovely personal touches such as the gift bag/coffee kit for the pour over coffee station.

If you visit you won't want to miss the second floor which includes a stylish bar, lounge area, breakfast room and the ballroom where special events are held.
The second floor Lokal - lounge at The Walper Hotel

The perfect place for The Queen to reside. Appranently the Queen Mother visited the hotel. I loved this painting by the talented Karl Lohnes.

What a nice surprise to spot one of Karl Lohnes paintings at The Walper. I had heard the Queen was here but had forgotten until I spotted her hanging quite regally. Lovely reproduction paintings of the Queen are available to purchase at the hotel.
Beautiful original details ...

Black and white perfection.

We also ate a delicious dinner in at TWH Social located at the hotel and then headed out to check out the blues festival whcih just happened to be going on that weekend. To be honest, I'm not really a huge fan of blues music but it was fun.
Oysters at TWH Social

Delicious lamb at TWH Social

Entrance at The Walper Hotel

Across the street is the Museum and some great little cafes and bars.

Beautiful beaux arts inspired architectural details at The Walper Hotel

We really enjoyed our getaway to Kitchener. There is lots to do in the area and is a great base for exploring the area including all the great antique markets not too far away from KW. -- Aberfoyle Antique Market on Sundays, nearby St. Jacobs, Stratford Antique Warehouse isn't too far away and Shakespeare (on route) has charming little antique shops. There is also Southworks which has relocated from it's amazing old stone buildings which are being torn down for condos (why???) to a rather dull, office building. That still makes me sad.

By the way, before we left, I connected with Jordana of White Cabana to get some suggestions on what to check out in KW. She had so many great tips. Thanks Jordana! If you are visiting the Kitchener-Waterloo area be sure to check out her city guide which you can find on her blog.

Verdict = We loved our stay at The Walper! Next time I go I'd love to get there earlier so I can check out the Saturday farmer's market or arrive on a friday to take advantage of drinks at the The Lokal. 

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