As others have mentioned, I booked a $69 deal for Saturday with Living Social. The taxes are 13% for HST and 4% for TIF (Tourism improvement fee) were to be paid upon arrival, which works out to approximately $11.73. Upon arrival, I was told the total fees were $24. I asked why the discrepancy? The check-in girl said it's because the 17% taxes is paid on the regular price of the Queen room rates not the coupon. The regular room rate is $69 for the Queen as well, which I pointed out. But she said it was $119 at the time of check-in.. um.. okay.. but I booked the room in advanced, so why should I pay taxes on the current room rate? I checked into my room and checked online and voila, the price was still $69. Something seemed not right.
The next day when I checked out, I asked about the charges. I noticed we were charged a room rate of $16 and then the extra taxes. The check-in girl(a different one from yesterday) said she'll remove the extra taxes. However, even after removing the extra taxes, the remaining balance was still higher than what I expected to pay. After I requested to speak to the manager and asking a 3rd time to have the correct charges applied, I received them. It's funny that this time around, there was no mention of taxes having to be paid on the 'current' room rate, making believe it is not true.
I have reason to believe they are Trumping up extra fees to supplement these deals. So very that you are indeed only paying taxes on the value you paid for your deal. They cannot charge you taxes on the cost you did not pay.
Also parking is $15. If you don't mind walking 1 block, and you have a Players Advantage Card and will use it to gamble, you can get complimentary parking at Fallsview Casino.
If you plan to use Ruths $70 steakhouse, book ahead. The time slots fill up and when we tried to change our time slot on Saturday, it was completely booked.
The $20 voucher listed for THE KEG, could also be used at TGIF, and EAST SIDE MARIOs, which make it a better value.
The Captain Jacks two $50 card play was worth the $2 activation fee. Great for the young at heart. Keep in mind, this is not within walking distance.
If you plan to use any of these deals be aware of the extra charges paid upon check-out.
Arrive early or later. 4:30pm was a long lineup, and they were short staffed for the amount of people in line. Same for the checkout at 11 the next day. It's a nice hotel, spacious rooms, nothing fancy. Close to restaurants and the Fallsview Casino. If you want to go to Lundy's Lane/Clifton Hills/Fallsview area, you need a car.
Shame on Best Western for those extra charges. I'm sure they fooled the majority of folks who just wanted to check-in or check-out without causing a fuss because of long lineups.
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- Located in the heart of the Fallsview Entertainment District, a 5 minute stroll to Queen Victoria Park, one block to the Falls and its attractions, the Best Western Fallsview, Niagaras only truly pet friendly hotel offers you proximity with value for your entire family. The full service, 248 room, 100% non-smoking hotel is 5 blocks to Clifton Hill attractions, 2 km to Marineland and across from the Imax Theatre, Skylon Tower and the Fallsview Casino. ... more less
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