The Pearl of Caraquet Bay
Hotel Paulin was the first hotel constructed in Caraquet in 1891 and is located
on the waterfront in the centre of the village. It is a beautiful, yet rare
example of living- breathing history of early Acadian architecture, as it proudly
stands today, preserved and restored to its' original simplicity. It is
recognized as an important landmark to this region and is one of the oldest
family operated hotels still remaining in Canada.
Originally a two-story structure, it was built by Hughues Landry and designed
by Nazaire Dugas and it was first named Hotel Vandome. Two years later, the
hotel was sold to the Blanchards and was re-named Hotel Blanchard. In 1907,
Octave and Annie Paulin purchased the hotel and it became Hotel Paulin. Octave,
an ambitious man, expanded the Hotel by adding a third story, making it one
of the tallest buildings of its time on the Acadian Peninsula. Leo Paulin, one
of 16 children born to Octave and Annie, took over the hotel with his wife Eva
in 1941. Eva Albert was the daughter of Pierre Albert, the owner of the neighboring
hotel, Château Albert, built in 1909. In 1955, Château Albert was
completely destroyed by accidental fire. Château Albert has been re-constructed
and is part of the Historical Acadian Village.
Eva Paulin was the driving force behind the hotel operations for many years.
She single handily ran the hotel after the death of her husband in 1959 and
continued until 1972, when her son, Gérard, left his job with Air Canada, to join her. Over the yeas, Eva catered to the business travelers.
Known as an excellent cook, Eva gave Hotel Paulin its reputation of offering
the best meals on the Acadian Peninsula and offering comfortable accommodations
with a special blend of hospitality.
Eva died in 1972 and her son Gérard Paulin has been operating and restoring
the hotel since. In year 2000 the long-time bachelor was joined by Karen Mersereau
and soon after by a young son, Jules Gérard, now the fourth generation of
Paulins. Together they have continued with the restoration of Hotel Paulin and
have achieved a Canada Select four-star rating. In 2003, they added four 5-star
luxury suites on the third floor offering spectacular views and sunsets of the
Bay of Chaleur. The dining room has had a long time standing reputation for
excellent cuisine and fresh local seafood. Karen, the Hotel's Executive
Chef, specializes in creating original recipes from regional foods and uses
only the freshest, local ingredients. Their cuisine has been most recently quoted
(June 2004) in Frances's Le Figero Magazine as 'Cordon Bleu'.
Today, Hotel Paulin is being operated as an up-scale boutique-style hotel and
dining room, preserving its historical charm, elegance, and innkeeping spirit
of an 19th century. Innkeepers, Gerard Paulin and Karen Mersereau welcome you
and the many guests from around the world to share in the rich Acadian history