Niagara Falls Accommodation: Choosing a Hotel or Motel
There are a number of considerations in selecting accommodations that can make the difference between an enjoyable stay and a major headache, whether your trip to Niagara Falls is for business or pleasure. You can select a hotel based on its name, features, price range, or its location.
Most of the major hotel chains have properties in the Niagara Falls marketplace. If you are familiar with and happy with a chain, or just want its frequent flyer miles, then you will like their hotel in Niagara Falls.
Some chains focus on business travellers, in the upper-middle price range. In Niagara Falls you'll find: Crowne Plaza, Doubletree, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Marriott, Novotel, Radisson, Ramada, Renaissance, Sheraton, several other chains. Some chains target families and budget conscious business travellers. These chains include: Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Econolodge, Hampton, and Howard Johnson, Rodeway, Thriftlodge, Travelodge, and Vlue Inn.
The Niagara REgion has several fine hotels and motels that do not belong to a chain. These hotels include fine establishments like the Brock Plaza, Aston Michaels Inn, and luxury hotels such as the Pillar and Post Inn and Queen's Landing in Niagara on the Lake. There are many smaller and affordable independent hospitality establishments in the Niagara Falls area.
A traveller may need to rely on a specific features in a hotel. It may be a hotel-wide capability like airport shuttle or business centre, it may be an in-room feature like Internet access or a whirlpool bath (and vary from room to room), it may relate to fitness to stay in shape on the road or to entertain the children, or you may require special suites. We have tried to catalogue them all in the FoundLocally database.
Very popular these days are "suite hotels", where your suite also has a meeting area, separate from the one or 2 bedrooms, and a complete kitchen. The range of features will vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes from room to room. If there is a feature that is critical to your stay (ie wheelchair access or coach parking) request it in the Hotel Search screen to display only to those establishments. Be sure to request this feature when making your room reservation.
Some commonly sought features are: Price Range
There is accommodation in Niagara Falls to suit any budget. You can stay at the local Hostel for only dollars a day, or you can stay in hotel suites that are good enough for visiting heads of state. The closer the Niagara Falls (and the better the view) the higher end the hotel. Along the QEW (the closer to it along Lundy's Lane) are the cheaper hotels.
Pricing is seasonal. Summer is high season in the Niagara Falls area. Area hotels are also more expensive over holidays and long weekends. Fall and Winter (September to March), with the exception of during Christmas & New Year, are definitely the less expensive times to visit. Spring starts getting more expensive as the number of events and festivals increases. Each hotel's dates for high, low, and shoulder seasons differ a bit so watch your timing or your hotel.
Our pricing guidelines (exclusive of taxes) are as follows:
The desired location of the hotel depends on the purpose of your visit. We have grouped the hotels by "Area" to assist you with selecting appropriate accommodation. The Area is in most cases, the city in which a hotel is located. For Niagara Falls, Ontario, proper, there are a number of hotels along Lundy's Lane, a large number in the Fallsview area close to the Niagara River, and a few more downtown around the Whirlpool Bridge. In Niagara Falls, New York, The hotels are clustered in two areas: around Rainbow Boulevard near The Falls, and along Niagara Falls Boulevard east of I-190 in the city's suburban shopping district. There are also a number of motels on Grand Island just off I-190 on the way into Niagara Falls.
If you are in Niagara Falls on business, you would want a hotel close to the Falls, which are close to the casinos and the convention facilities.