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Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn

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A stunning feat of architecture in the wild North Atlantic

Located off the coast of Newfoundland in ‘Iceberg Alley’, this striking feat of contemporary architecture has been designed as a unique and modern take on a traditional Atlantic Canadian outpost - with its stilts and angles, contrasting fascinatingly with the rough slabs of ancient granite and crashing waves that surround it.

While stark and jagged angles dominate the outside design, inside the Inn combines modern architecture with traditional furnishings – which are all locally produced. Featuring just 29 exclusive guest suites, all with floor to ceiling windows offering fantastic views of the iceberg-littered Atlantic Ocean.

Other amenities include a vaulted-ceiling dining room and adjacent lounge offering exceptional gastronomic experiences and crafted cocktails ‘shaken or stirred’ over Atlantic iceberg ice. Enjoy a film in the ‘Magic Picture Box’ cinema or experience the rooftop deck which houses wood-fired saunas and outdoor hot tubs with unparalleled vistas of the ocean by day and breath taking starry skies by night.

A stay here means you are a guest of the whole island and are encouraged to become part it’s culture - whether you spend your days out on the water viewing migrating whales and icebergs in spring, exploring the forests in search of local wildlife during berry season and hiking along the raw and beautiful coastline, or soaking up the unique, centuries-old culture by visiting local art galleries and studios - any experience here is enhanced by the vibrant culture the inn was built to protect.

  • Stunning contemporary architecture
  • Inn featured on BBC's 'Amazing Hotels' documentary
  • Remote location on Newfoundland's north Atlantic coast
  • Incredible adventures: hiking, whale watching and iceberg viewing
  • Stargaze in the Inn's rooftop hot tubs with panoramic views

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Away from it all
  • Check-in Time:
    15:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 29 rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & Lounge
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Rooftop Hot Tubs

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Eco-friendly
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Fogo Island Inn

  • Away from it all
  • Take a boat cruise out to spot migrating icebergs
  • Hike along the sweeping and unspoilt landscape
  • Learn to fish or pick berries during berry season
  • Visit the contemporary art galleries dotted around the island
  • Soak up the welcoming and friendly nature of the local residents
456 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 415
  • Very Good 19
  • Average 11
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 06, 2019

Extraordinary - especially for pesky vegans

Toronto, Canada

My wife surprised me on my birthday with a wonderful weekend at the Fogo Island Inn. It was wonderful. There is not much to say that has not already been said: a stunning property, exceptionally welcoming and attentive staff, a beautiful location. My wife and I are both vegan, and we always check in advance to ensure that places we stay can accommodate us. Often their booking staff say “no problem, we’ll be sure to be ready for you” ... yet upon arrival, the wait staff and kitchen are caught completely off guard. Not here. Our first meal was breakfast and started with vegan muffins prepared specially for us. This continued with vegan options for the rest of our breakfast and all of our meals during our stay. When the Inn arranged a day hike for us, they packed us the most delicious vegan lunch (which I am still dreaming about). This is a place that truly tries to make your stay as wonderful and relaxing as possible and their staff’s attention to warm, friendly and personal service is what makes it so successful. Just one piece of advice for you - if you go on the day hike and Norm Foley tells you to change your comfy hiking shoes for the rubber boots they provide, listen to him - he knows what he’s talking about!
Nov 27, 2018

Extraordinary in Every Way!

Larchmont, New York

My husband and I spent four nights at Fogo Inn in "berry season" this fall - end of September/early October. The island is a very special place, and the story of the Fogo Island Inn, the Shorefast Foundation, and how it came to be is quite remarkable. As avid outdoor/nature fans who also love good food and their creature comforts, this place met and exceeded all expectations. But, what made it really stand out is not just the accommodations, the amenities, and food, all of which were amazing . . . but the deep sense of place, respect, and connection with the island, its traditions, and its multi-generational residents that the inn fostered. A half day tour of several of the local communities with Mary Penton, a 7th generation Fogo Islander, was an amazing way to start our visit, and a real highlight of our stay. We gained a good sense of and appreciation for life on the island in recent history - its challenges, but also the very special sense of community among the islanders. Fogo Island is remote, and desolate, but spectacular! Many of the hiking trails offer beautiful panoramas of the rocky coast. In berry season, the vivid fall colors are a feast for the eyes (especially for photographers), and the blueberries were there for the picking and eating! YUM!!! The staff at the inn are islanders - they were so friendly and helpful. In fact, they went well beyond what could reasonably be expected! I had broken a toe the day before we left for Fogo, and was not very mobile. I was unable to locate a walking boot en route on our drive up through Maine and New Brunswick, so in desperation, I emailed the staff, asking if there was any chance they could locate a walking boot for me on the island . . . to our amazement, they found a boot, and had it ready for me to try on upon our arrival! Without it, I would not have been able to enjoy the gorgeous hikes on the island. I cannot thank them enough for making such an effort for me! The views from all common areas and rooms are extraordinary. The food used primarily (relatively) locally grown, fished, and farmed items and preparations were tasty and creative. At breakfast and lunch, there is a delicious buffet to supplement menu items. Many of the lunch buffet items are vegetable-based and especially yummy - a vegetarian or even vegan could do very nicely here! If you have a chance to enjoy the communal crab supper, don't miss it! Some friends with whom we shared photos remarked that the island looked desolate. To us, there is beauty in the remoteness and rocky shores, and warmth in the people. But, not everyone may appreciate that the way we did. For us, although it was hard to get to, it was well worth the journey! We cannot say enough wonderful things about Fogo Island Inn. We hope to return in another season . . . (we have six left!)
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Fogo Island Inn

Facilities

Fogo Island is all about its incredible experiences during your stay. With plenty to see and do whether you're heading out into the surrounding wilderness to explore or simply want to kick back and indulge in the inn's comforts. 

Newfoundland's incredible seven seasons consist of warm summers, snowy winters, a spectacular ice season, hopeful spring, June's trap berth season, bountiful wild berry picking in fall's berry season, and a temperamental late fall - all lending to unique and fascinating adventures to be enjoyed.

Outdoor Adventures

Discover adventure unlike anywhere else in Canada. Newfoundland & Labrador's diverse and striking landscapes are the perfect backdrop for heading out and exploring. Enjoy a hike to watch the floating icebergs in early Spring, head out on a traditional working fishing boat and spot migrating whales or take a guided walk along the rocky shores, stopping at the unique small galleries dotted around the island. With so many unique experiences to be had - the only problem will be finding the time to enjoy them all.

Rooftop Sauna & Hot Tubs

Relax after a long day of exploring the Island by visiting the fourth floor rooftop deck - which houses the Inn’s wood-fired saunas and two outdoor hot tubs. Whether you choose the south-facing saunas with their direct sunlight and inland views over the rocks or chose the north which has views of the sea and is a great way to take in the landscape or to stargaze. After the sauna, cool off and maybe head outside to the hot tubs to watch the sea by day and at night, the incredible display of stars.

Library

Located on the first floor of the Inn, the Inn's cozy and comfortable library features an extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction pertaining to the fascinating history and culture of Newfoundland and Canada and is available for use by Inn guests as well as the general public of Fogo Island. With six public wood-burning fireplaces, this space is quiet and intimate and perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing after a busy day's exploring.

Cinema

Designed by Nick Herder, Fogo Island Inn’s 37-seat 'Magic Picture Box” cinema is an independent box that sits within the greater building, and features a state-of-the-art digital projection and sound system. The cinema doubles as lecture theatre, and presents daily scheduled programming as well as impromptu special film showings and presentations. The program schedule will typically include documentaries chronicling resettlement, rural life, craftsmanship, and culture. The Inn’s collection includes classic documentaries, films about Fogo Island, as well as a healthy collection of crowd-pleasing contemporary blockbusters and cult classics.

Fogo Island Inn

Room Types

Fogo Island Inn features 29 guest suites and five suite types that showcase the richness of their locality and express a modern take on the traditional Newfoundland outport design and décor that makes the Inn famous. All rooms are light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views of the wild North Atlantic Ocean.

Included in every stay is a half day orientation with the Inn's Community Host, full use of all facilities within the Inn: Cinema screenings, Sauna, contemporary Art Gallery, Gym, and Heritage Library as well as bicycles for independent exploration and use of storm weather gear and rubber boots.

Labrador Suite

Intimate nests for up to two guests are on either the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors; each offering different magnificent views of the rocky coastline and Atlantic Ocean. All rooms feature bold, contemporary and handmade furnishings, wood stoves, heated wooden floors as well as walk-in showers, robes, slippers, books, locally sourced toiletries and free included Wi-Fi. Also included are binoculars, so you can make the most of the view and even spot a migrating whale or two.

  • Air Conditioning
  • In Room WiFi
  • Internet
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Newfoundland Suite

These suites are for up to two guests and are located on either the 3rd and 4th floors; each offering different magnificent views of the rocky coastline and Atlantic Ocean. All rooms feature bold, contemporary and handmade furnishings, wood stoves, heated wooden floors as well as walk-in showers (4th floor) or shower and bath (3rd floor), robes, slippers, books, locally sourced toiletries and free included Wi-Fi. Also included are binoculars, so you can make the most of the view and even spot a migrating whale or two.

  • Air Conditioning
  • In Room WiFi
  • Internet
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Fogo Island Family Suite

Fogo Island Family Suites are perfect for families of up to four guests. Each suite is as spectacular and varied as Fogo Island itself and offers panoramic views of the dramatic coastline and Atlantic Ocean. All rooms feature bold, contemporary and handmade furnishings, wood stoves, heated wooden floors as well as a bath tub, walk-in shower, robes, slippers, books, locally sourced toiletries and free included Wi-Fi. Also included are binoculars, so you can make the most of the view and even spot a migrating whale or two.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • In Room WiFi
  • Internet
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
Fogo Island Inn

Food & Drink

Dining at Fogo Island is truly a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience, with an ever-changing menu depending on the seven distinct seasons and is consistently a celebration of the island.

The Kitchen Collective take inspiration from traditional outport cuisine and work around the clock to create inspired dishes with local ingredients harvested from island’s peaty soils, salt-sprayed shorelines and wild-berry patches. Everything coming out of the Inn’s first-floor kitchen is house made: from caribou sausages and pickled quail eggs, to grainy mustards, and berry-jewelled breakfast scones.

The Inn is a non-tipping social enterprise with pricing for rooms, food, and alcohol all being inclusive of a 15% contribution to the staff bonus pool.

Dining Room Restaurant

One of the Inn’s most iconic spaces, the Dining Room features a dramatic vaulted ceiling, distinctive chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows with unparalleled vistas of sunsets and storms, icebergs bobbing in the waves or even front-row views of whales breaching offshore. It is the perfect setting to enjoy the exceptionally creative dishes created by the Kitchen using only the finest locally-sourced ingredients.

Bar & Lounge

Gather in lounge’s intimate and cosy space, with wood-burning fires, ideal for catching up and sharing tales with other guests before and after dinner. The bar features a signature line of new Newfoundland cocktails which play off of longstanding traditions and combine them with new techniques. The Inn’s beverage team are constantly dreaming up new creations using the flavours of the Island: garnishes such as Fogo Island berries, juniper-infused syrup, and dried wildflower petals are often ready at hand. The bar carries almost any spirit you can imagine, including Newfoundland Screech, and cocktails can often be found shaken or stirred over iceberg ice depending on the season.