Every once in a while, you need an escape right in your own hometown. My husband recently had a playdate with his brother, and as much as I ordinarily appreciate both video games and beer, it seemed wise for our 4 year old daughter and I to vacate the premises for the evening (more fun for everyone that way). So, we accepted the Delta’s offer to come check out their facilities for ourselves.
Now, I’m quite familiar with the Delta. It’s a lovely hotel, and hosts a lot of interesting events (the Fredericton Beer Run, and a great Mother’s Day buffet, to name just a couple). But I’ve never stayed there, so this seemed like a good chance to check out the hotel from a new viewpoint.
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My biggest takeaway from our stay was how friendly the staff at the Delta Fredericton are. This was true right from check-in to check-out, whether we were in the restaurant, giftshop or talking to the staff at reception.
On check-in, they had a small gift for Amelia, which was a few small toys – she was delighted and played with them throughout our stay. They weren’t expensive, but had a huge impact on her (which in turn made my life that much easier). Check-in was smooth and we were headed up to our room in no time.
Since we got there on a Friday night, our first stop after dropping off our luggage was in the restaurant. There are two at the Delta: Catch Urban Grill and DJ Purdy’s. I’ve never been to DJ Purdy’s, and didn’t get to go on this occasion either – Catch was set up for a wedding-related event, and my daughter wanted to eat “in the one with the balloons.” How do you argue with that?
I knew what calibre of food to expect visiting the Catch Urban Grill, and I wasn’t disappointed. What did surprise me was how kid-friendly they were. Kids under 6 eat free, and the application of crayons and a colouring sheet kept things moving smoothly.
My meal was excellent:
Lobster Linguine at Catch Urban Grill. Yum! Now there’s a maritime-y dish. A photo posted by The Maritimer (@iamthemaritimer) on
Amelia’s Fish and Chips (followed by ICE CREAM) was also a hit. She didn’t like the fish, but frankly it’s hard to compete with french fries and the promise of ice cream. I tried the fish and thought it was delicious.
If you’re visiting in summer, definitely go to the Dip Pool Bar. Same great food, outdoor riverfront view.
We had a room with two queen beds and a river view. Hard to argue with that.The beds were comfy, the room was clean and modern, and we enjoyed our stay.
As a light sleeper, I’m hard to please when it comes to hotels, and like most hotels, the Delta is noisier than I’d like. Their lovely gift shop did have ear plugs for sale, though, which was good news as I realised as soon as we arrived that I’d forgotten mine. As with all hotels, YMMV, depending on how deep a sleeper you are.
Amenities in the Delta Fredericton hotel
Much to my daughter’s annoyance, we didn’t quite have a chance to go into the pool. We did have a look at it, though, and there’s a shallow end perfect for young kids – a wading pool, really. We also had a look at the workout area, which seemed to have everything you’d need (although most of the year, I’d recommend that you go check out Fredericton’s amazing trail system rather than sequestering yourself inside).
The lobby is nicely set up, with Starbuck’s coffee for sale and lots of places to get some work done. Newspapers are free!
The gift shop has everything you’ll need for a late night snack (plus earplugs!) and some really nice clothing & accessories for sale as well.
With a 4 year old in tow, I didn’t visit either the spa or the art gallery – but how cool is it that there’s an art gallery right in the hotel?! That’s a very Fredericton thing – this is a town that loves its artwork.
For some reason, the Delta Fredericton feels like it’s far away from downtown Fredericton. (It isn’t.) With a river view, access to the river front trail system right from the hotel, and a pretty low-key vibe, nature feels more accessible than you’d expect from an urban hotel, and we loved that.
Not our usual trail excursion – this is right by the Delta Fredericton! Sticks, rocks & water are all this kid needs to keep her entertained. A photo posted by The Maritimer (@iamthemaritimer) on
If you’re a runner or cyclist, the trail access will keep you happy (although you may wish there was a hot tub to relax in afterwards). If you’re here for an event, downtown is a reasonable stroll along a beautiful riverfront trail. If you’re a foodie, the Delta Fredericton offers a great base for exploring Fredericton’s culinary offerings, with some very good offerings right in the hotel. And if you’re here in the summertime with young kids, check out Wilmot Park right across the street.
Fredericton has no shortage of awesome coffee spots, and the downtown area is very walkable. On Saturday, make sure you head to the Boyce Farmer’s Market! And if you’re stuck for ideas, check out the Fredericton Tourism visitor’s centre in City Hall (or get in touch with them online).
Pro tip: If you’re coming for the fall foliage (and you should!), Thanksgiving weekend is usually a safe bet for high colour.
Note: The Delta Fredericton invited us to visit their hotel, and covered the cost of the room, but as always all opinions are my own. They have not reviewed this post prior to publication.Google+