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Last update: July 2024

River's Edge at the Arlington Hotel is located in the picturesque downtown Paris, Ontario. This historic space is filled with countless stories captured through decades of celebration, indulgence, and unforgettable experiences. A boutique hotel and wedding venue, this property is where you and your loved ones can celebrate and stay during your wedding festivities.

Facilities and Capacity

From intimate gatherings to large celebrations, River's Edge and the Arlington's versatile event spaces can accommodate parties of any size. Your magical day will begin and end with the stunning riverfront backdrop. River's Edge is located on the banks of the Grand River, with the Arlington Hotel adjacent, each offering elegant spaces to complement your lasting memories. The venue's team is committed to creating a truly unforgettable day, complete with culinary imagination and attention to the finest details to accompany its beautiful spaces.

Services Offered

River's Edge provides excellent services for your big day. These include an amazing culinary experience for your reception, event space hire and a dedicated team that will make your wedding day the most unforgettable day of your life. The mouthwatering culinary creations offered by the team at The Arlington Hotel will be everything you have ever dreamed of for your wedding reception. Executive Chef Trevor Hunt offers several food and drinks packages which include hors d'oeuvres, plated 4-course dinners, desserts and late-night eats, plus fabulous drinks packages.


The Arlington Hotel offers a collection of 23 rooms, all updated with comfort and tranquility in mind. Every room features contemporary amenities, playful quirks, and all of the character and charm you expect from a hotel that’s older than Canada itself. The end result is a night’s getaway from reality that will leave you and your guests feeling inspired and relaxed. From the classic Jane Austen Executive Suite to the eclectic Monty Python room, these guest rooms are certain to capture your imagination and transport you to an entirely new world.

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Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

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Cocktail reception
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Cash bar
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Aisle runners
Dance floor

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Wheelchair access

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Reviews for The Arlington Hotel

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
11 reviews
97% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
Lisa T. Sent on 16/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Lovely responsive team

Anais, Taylor and Rio helped me with my wedding, and I can't thank them enough for the excellent service. Anais mostly dealt with the pre-wedding email onslaught that I sent, she made me feel comfortable asking every little thing and always got back to me with an inappropriate time frame with a helpful answer.
And she actually coordinated with my other vendors for me, such as the photo booth on what time to set up and the DJ on the timeline and events throughout the event.
On the day of Rio treat us like royalty, was so sweet, she made sure we were always happy with timings, brought us plates of appetizers when we were busy mingling, and just really gave us excellent service. I can't say enough about my gratefulness to this team.
Venue: @riversedgeparis
Photo: @kat.arndtphotography
Video: @brubacherfilms
Officiant: @heyjeffmaeck
Flowers: @windflowerxbbf
Hair & MUA: @hutchcosmetics
DJ: @mudjs
Cake: @cakeandcrumbparis
Decor: @nowandalwaysdecor
Bridal: @cremecouturebridal @sixpencebridal
Suit: @mooresclothing
Lisa B. Sent on 17/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Stellar Service!!

I’m not sure where to start!! We are so blown away and extremely grateful and thankful that we chose Rivers Edge at The Arlington for our wedding venue!! Anais was our event coordinator and made our day absolutely perfect! She went above and beyond to ensure it was everything we ever dreamt of! And it was that plus so much more! She was extremely friendly, so easy to communicate with and does her job unbelievably well! We can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work, dedication and time she put in to make our day perfect in every way!! Rio was our Maître d and helped make our evening perfect as well! We can’t thank them both enough! The wait staff and bartenders were phenomenal as well as all of the people with dealt with at the desk at Arlington Hotel! Overall, we are extremely pleased with our choice of venue!
Kathryn A. Sent on 31/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

July 2023 Wedding

Our wedding at River’s Edge was exactly what we had hoped for. We knew when we toured the space the first time and met the event coordinator, Sabrina, we knew that we were going to be well taken care of and that the weekend would be everything we dreamed of. The hotel is a beautiful, quaint place with attentive and caring staff, who not only helped the weekend of the wedding but fielded many questions and bookings from our guests. We stayed in the Jane Austen suite for our weekend and it was perfect for pictures before. All the hotel rooms are themed with a writer so it made for great conversation with the guests. The library bar and event space in the hotel gave our guests a place to have a drink and a delicious snack. We had our rehearsal dinner on the patio the night before and organized it with the event manager Brittany. The venue and cocktail space itself is stunning, outlooking the river and has everything you need for a successful event. The event staff, including the maître d and chef were extremely accommodating and helpful. Food and bar were amazing. Our guests had nothing but praises for the space, the town and the people who were there.

The in house coordinator Sabrina is exactly who you need to help you plan a wedding. She is precise, organized, helpful and gracious. 

Max K. Sent on 29/07/2023
3.8 out of 5 rating

June wedding

TLDR- Our wedding was great, but the overall experience left something to be desired.

Our wedding day was lovely. Service and food were fabulous, and the staff were kind and organized. The Maitre-D was good and made us feel supported throughout the reception. The views from the floor to ceiling windows in the space are stunning and it’s the perfect backdrop for a wedding or other event. Also, the venue is reasonably priced in today’s wedding market which is always a plus.

On the day of the wedding, the groom and the groomsmen were supposed to get ready in a room we had rented for $250.00. This room was somehow double booked. The staff acted quickly to give us a different room. We were pleased with their swift action to resolve the issue day of.

Unfortunately, we were unhappy with our overall experience for a few reasons.

Due to the coordinator taking a planned month off, we were unable to have a menu tasting until long after invitations had to be sent. This meant we had to select our main course choices without getting to try the options. The coordinator even said to us “invitations should be going out now” while explaining that we couldn’t have a tasting for another month. We were disappointed in this and felt it was a lack of planning on River’s Edge/ Arlington Hotel’s part. There should have been a plan in place to ensure all couples had this very standard experience with the right timing.

During a site visit a few months before the wedding, we had asked about cards that we saw sitting on the bar. The coordinator explained that they were review cards, placed on the tables during dessert for guests to review the venue and this information is linked to staff performance. We asked that these cards not be placed on the tables as we didn’t want our guests to focus on/ feel pressure to review the staff when they should be enjoying our wedding. This was explained to the coordinator multiple times. While we completely understand the importance of reviews, a wedding reception is not the time or place. We were told the cards would not be placed on the tables. Day of our wedding during dessert, what was on every single guest table? Review cards. We were busy and did not notice until closer to the end of the night. We understand mistakes happen, but we were very clear about how much this mattered to us. These review cards were never disclosed to us. We only found out after stumbling upon them and specifically asking. Multiple other seasoned wedding vendors assured us that asking guests to review the experience DURING the wedding was an inappropriate ask. We feel they should be more transparent about this and honour the wishes of the couple.

During a planning meeting, the coordinator asked us for our photographer’s contact information so she could “get all of our photos”. Our original contract indicated that we did not want our photos to be shared with the venue for purposes of posting on social media/ for advertising. While we were on our honeymoon, the coordinator reached out to our photographer to ask for our photos, without our permission. Luckily our photographer was great, did not release our photos and ensured we were aware.

The coordinator informed us they would reach out the week after the wedding to ensure we enjoyed our experience, seek feedback and request a review. To this day, we haven’t heard anything from River’s Edge (wedding was 2 months ago).

We understand that the venue changed hands prior to our wedding. However, Carmen’s group took ownership, a well-established company based out of Hamilton, so we expected better.

Overall, we wouldn’t change our choice to get married here due to the beautiful space, great food and service from the day of staff. Our main issues were with the River’s Edge coordinator and how that shaped our experience.

Kristin O. Sent on 03/03/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Over and Above what was expected

The Arlington Hotel was amazing to work with, especially during COVID. They were understanding and flexible with postponing our wedding, helped keep our wedding within our budget and even covered our guests room at the Hotel as they noticed 6 of our guests couldn't make it due to COVID which was such a nice surprise. Katy was very detail oriented and made sure our day was perfect! The wait staff during the event needed direction but overall it was the best day!
Lecsy N. Sent on 30/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Amazing Team

The team at the Arlington are absolutely phenomenal! Every detail we wanted was there, if they couldn’t give us an answer on the spot they went and found the answer! Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to their team!
Will Sent on 09/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

0 complaints wedding turned out perfectly

Amazing staff.
They were super responsive.
Very flexible with extra requests and changes.
Wedding turned out perfect, beautiful setting and professional food.
Great atmosphere.
Would highly recommend.

Linda G. Sent on 12/08/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding Ever!!!!

Our daughter and our son-in-law, had an incredible wedding at the River's Edge in Paris, Ontario last month; July 2023. From the moment we met Sabrina (the event planner) and front desk staff at the Arlington Hotel; we were so happy. The rooms were all special themes; unlike any other Hotel we had stayed at before. The staff were great - Kenzie and Sam to name a few, went out of their way to get us what we needed including umbrellas when we had to cross the street to the River's Edge for the dress rehearsal, during a rain storm...The rehearsal party on the night before was beautifully run by Phil in a special private room for us catered by the hotel and the food was awesome. The day of the wedding, the rooms was set up perfect and Sabina was there to make sure every detail was looked after. The chef and serving staff made sure the food was hot and presented very well. Ethan would be ready with drinks anytime guests came to the bar, knowing what they wanted to drink and Annalise too and Phil.
Everyone did a great job and there was a nice continental breakfast served both mornings for us. Thanks to Ellen - the manager and the chef and all the other people I didn't get their names for making this the most memorable wedding for us.
Emma Sent on 31/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Arlington hotel

We recently got married at the Arlington Hotel in Paris. We had the best day! All of the quirky hotel rooms really impressed us as well as our guests! We had postponed our wedding 1 year with no issues whatsoever. The catering team were very accommodating with the multiple food allergies amongst our guests. It was the perfect size venue for a smaller wedding. Communication with our sales manager was consistent and professional. We would definitely recommend getting married at the Arlington!
Rebecca P. Sent on 23/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible venue, food and staff! Simply magical!

The Arlington is such an amazing venue! It was absolutely perfect for our wedding and reception. The wedding coordinator was professional and kind, and the staff were amazing! So many amazing personal touches added, that helped make our wedding special and memorable. The food was incredible, with so much positive feedback from our guests! Couldn't have been any better! Thank you!
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The Arlington Hotel Real Weddings

Hillary & Andrew
34 Photos · 02/Jun/2024
Catarina & Nikola
26 Photos · 13/Jan/2024
Chelsey & Ian
126 Photos · 28/Oct/2023
Cory & Sean
16 Photos · 22/Jul/2023
Cory & Sean
30 Photos · 01/Jul/2023
Lecsy Niles & Justin Niles
9 Photos · 23/Sep/2022

Meet the team

Taylor Barbet
Taylor Barbet
Sales & Event Manager

Hello! I'm Taylor, and I am the Sales and Event Manager at River's Edge. My expertise in event planning will ensure that your wedding day is a dream come true! Thank you for reaching out to us, we look forward to working with you!


106 Grand River Street North N3L 2M5 Paris (Ontario)
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