One of the main highlights of my trip to Nova Scotia was the world famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton.
Despite the trail being more than 300km in length my girlfriend and I decided it would be best to do the entire thing in one day,
For that we needed a location that was easily accessible and had good access to the Cabot Trail – and that’s how we stumbled across Iona and the Iona Heights Inn.
The Iona Heights Inn is located a short 20-minute drive from the Trans-Canada highway and makes it really easy to wake up early and start a drive around the Cabot Trail.
Even the drive to and from the inn is extremely scenic so you’re able to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings the entire time that you’re staying at the property.
I spent two nights at the inn and in this post I want to share with you the experience that I had as well as provide some helpful information on visiting if you’re planning your own trip to Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail.
The Iona Heights Inn: Lovely Accommodation in Iona, Nova Scotia
Staying at the Iona Heights Inn you’re able to enjoy their accommodation as well as other on-site amenities such as the Frolic’n Folk Pub, the Little Dipper Boutique convenience store, and Jills Chocolate Cafe for chocolate, ice cream, and coffee drinks.
This really helps to make it easier when you’re staying at this inn, as there isn’t much nearby, and you have everything you need so you don’t need to venture to the closest town to pick up some supplies or look for a bite to eat.
Just recently the property was newly renovated and received quite a few upgrades and this has resulted in a modern and tastefully designed inn that I would definitely class as more of a “boutique” style of accommodation rather than just your run-of-the-mill roadside hotel.
Depending on your budget, there are a few different types of room to choose from with both lower and upper level rooms available.
For an amazing view of Bras d’Or Lake I’d recommend going with an upper level room, as they come with a balcony that you can use to relax and to enjoy the view with a glass of wine.
There are lower level rooms available as well and these still offer an incredible view of the lake and the natural surroundings.
Rates for the rooms start at $90 depending on the room type you choose and of course I’d recommend booking as far in advance as you can to secure the best possible rate and to avoid any issues with availability.
My Stay at the Iona Heights Inn
During my visit the inn I stayed in a balcony level room that came with two comfortable double beds, a desk, a mini-fridge, a small coffee station, and a large balcony with an incredible view of Bras d’Or Lake.
The beds were cozy and equipped with warm duvets, a great feature to have during our late summer visit, and the desk was a perfect addition as I was able to get some work done in the room in a more ergonomic fashion.
I really loved having the balcony with the two Adirondack chairs as my girlfriend and I were able to enjoy a warm coffee and relax with the beautiful view in front of us after a long day on the road.
Along with the coffee there were also come complimentary Jill’s Chocolates chocolate and after tasting these delicious sweets we went down to the actual store on-site and picked up a few more.
Some other features included plenty of outlets for charging our electronic devices, a small TV, and a variety of options for clothing storage which would be really beneficial if you happened to be staying for more than just one or two nights.
Everything in the room was very clean and the modern and chic furniture gave the room a very welcoming feel.
For two people the room was the perfect size for a short-term stay and it came well-equipped with everything you would need during your visit.
The bathroom at the inn was simple and well equipped with everything needed for a short-term stay at the property.
There really wasn’t anything memorable about it. It came equipped with a standard shower/bathtub combination and a few amenities.
Towels were provided and I really liked the maritime touch of artwork on the wall which added a splash of color and helped to brighten up an otherwise regular bathroom space.
Overall I don’t have any complaints about the bathroom and it’s really all you need when you’re spending a few days away from home.
Depending on the type of room that you choose you can find rates starting at $90 and ranging up to $140 per night.
With $90 you get a lower-level room with a queen bed and at $140 you get a upper-level room with a balcony and two double beds.
As always I recommend looking as far in advance as possible so that you can secure the best possible rate and avoid any issues with availability.
The inn offers a great location if you’re hoping to head out onto the Cabot Trail or if you want to spend some time exploring Cape Breton.
There really isn’t anything nearby in the form of restaurants or grocery stores but thankfully there is a small convenient store on site as well as a restaurant so you don’t have to leave the property once you return if you don’t want to.
Otherwise you’re looking at about a 20 to 30 minute drive to the nearest commercial areas where you can find a Tim Hortons, gas station, grocery stores, and a few small shops.
Right beside the inn is the Highland Village Museum so you can check that out if you’re a history buff or if you just want to kill some time during the day.
For exploring the Cabot Trail you can easily head out early in the morning and make it back around dinner time without having to rush.
There is plenty of free parking available at the inn and depending on which room you have you’ll either end up parking at the front of the property or in the back.
Depending on what time you arrive it might be rather busy because the restaurant is quite popular with locals so if you’re having trouble finding a spot close to your room you can just park it further down the lot and move it later on.
I found the parking area to be completely secure and I was able to see my vehicle from the room so I had no problems leaving it overnight.
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