Checked In: Hotel Philco


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Looking for a beach getaway close to home? We have the spot for you Look no further than Hotel Philco in Fort Erie’s Crystal Beach!

The Vibe


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Hotel Philco definitely passes the vibe check, in fact it passes several. This abandoned amusement park turned Hotel consists of seven rooms. Each with its own unique flair. Phil Smith the owner of the Hotel has kept many of the memorabilia from the old amusement park, which adds some nostalgia to your stay and a look into history!

The Rooms

Hotel Philco room

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Phil has poured his heart into each individual room. Staying up late looking for inspiration on Pinterest each room is like a new adventure. I have seen a LOT of hotels in my time and nothing quite compares to the uniqueness that is Hotel Philco. There is the nostalgic Amusment Park room that transports you back in time to the early days of Crystal Beach. If you like Pink, disco balls and flamingos…Then the Glam room is for you. It even has a gold birdcage you can sit in…perfect for an Insta post! For all the sailors out there the Captains room is decorated with coastal blues, antique boat equipment like anchors buoys. Overall, Hotel Philco offers a unique and memorable experience that is sure to delight travelers looking for a little nostalgia and a whole lot of charm.


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The Neighbourhood

Just a Short walk from the beach and some great restaurants close by like, San Vitos Italian Bistro & Bar and The Breakfast Beacon. The real highlight of Hotel Philco is its outdoor patio area. Equipped with a fire pit, lounge chairs, and even a vintage Airstream trailer that serves as a bar, the patio is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day at the beach!


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The Extras

Everything in these rooms are extra! BUT look out for a fun new outdoor space coming for this summer where you can enjoy drinks and the beach breeze.

The Verdict

We can’t wait until the weather warms up to come back for a visit!

Inspired to check out more areas of Ontario? Read up on our past stay to Paris, Ontario at The Arlington Hotel.



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