We decided to go for a one night (sat-sun) mini weekend getaway. Upon doing some research around the American and Canadian side, we came to the conclusion that both were extremely expensive and most were almost completly booked. In light of our adventurous spirit, we decided to drive over to Niagara and see what the wind would blow our way. Needless to say, there was LOTS of availability, however prices were out of this world, Travelodge was charging the same rates as the Sheraton (200+ per night). Keep in mind this is a HUGE tourist attraction in the summer, and prices and tourism peaks around the weekend, hence the highly inflated prices. We drove around to all the hotels (which was a feat all on its own as Niagara Falls is jam packed with tourists and cars), and we got a variety of walk in prices. All of the hotels rangings from the Hilton, Sheraton, Mariott, Holiday inn, etc were ALL the same price- around 200 bucks for the night. We were looking for a few things however, as our own personal preferences. First of all, most hotels in the area are SMOKE FREE, leaving you with only the run down 1960's inns and motels on the outskirts that i wouldnt stay in if you paid me. Or something with a balcony, which proved to be the most popular option out there with the smokers. And so our hunt continued, Sheraton offered us a room for 200 bucks without even windows ! - sorry not my thing, holiday inn wanted 300 bucks for a standard room (forget that!), imperial suites (was smoking room- but kinda far from everythign), Konica-Minolta tower- great tower room fallsview for 220 but no smoking or balcony and way to high up. Alas we found the BW Fallview, and in my experience, you can ALWAYS rely on BW to deliver a particular class of service, and they almost never fail!
In regards to the last posters comment about not being centrally located, clearly this indvidual knows very little about the layout of Niagara Falls. There are two distinct areas
1) Clifton Hill/Lundy Lane tourist area- these areas have the highest volume of tourist traffic non stop during the day, due to all of the shows, restaurants, as well as tourist amusments (rides, museums, speciality shops etc). This area however, is right beside the American Falls, NOT the real deal Horshoe Falls which are a good 15-20 minute walk (even more with traffic). Clifton hill is a great area to walk around beside, there you will find a few good hotels (Sheraton Fallsview, Brock hotel, Comfort Inn etc) but really, its a tad bit too busy for my liking, always busy, even in the middle of the night, loud and flashy lights make it difficult to enjoy the ambience of the falls.
2) Upper Niagara tourist area- This area is a mere 5 minute drive from clifton hill and has a totally different "vibe"; to it. For many years this area was barron, it housed the Skylon tower (which is across the street from the BWFallsview) and the konica minolta tower and the sheraton and a few motor inns. However, with the advent of the newer and MUCH better Fallview casino the area has come to life. A lot of the more upper class hotels are located in this area- Hilton, Sheraton, mariott, regency, radisson, which makes in all honesty makes the area a lot safer in my opinion. The fallsview casino is located diagonally across from the BW Fallsview, literally a 2 minute walk door to door. The holiday inn is across the street, but we liked the BW a lot better. THE BEST PART~!!!!~ Murray street will take you right down to where the Horshoe falls are, literally 10 minute walk down a rather steep street will lead you right to the busiest and most sought out area of the falls. The horshoe falls are located right underneath the ridge on which many of these newer hotels sits on, which is quiet a ways from Clifton hill and such, the horshoe falls is typically the area that people associate with Niagara Falls, and is located right in your backyard if your staying at the BW Fallsview! So as far as location goes 10/10+++++++++, your right beside the best casino in by far in Canada, and only a few steps away from the best falls in Canada! nothing can beat this, and most importantly of all to us Toronotonians were a comfterbly far distance from clifton hill ( 5 min drive, 20-25 min walk). We did go to clifton hill via a taxi which was very reasonably priced much like the prices in Toronto, we paid approx 6 dollars one way to Clifton hill and the taxi service is quick and efficient using back streets and parking lots to get you where you have to go faster, NB- ask for the backroute/parking lot way, or else get ready for a high bill with driving in lots of traffic and pedestrians.
As far as the hotel goes, it reminded me of every other economical and family friendly BW stay ive had over the course of my life. You come to expect a certain standard from BW, although i hav e stayed and could have stayed in much better accomodations, BW offered everything we needed for a two day stay. No frills hotel stays, no mini bars over priced room service or tips here and there. The room was CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN, looked like it was recently renovated, however, only half done, some old mixed with new, looked a little tacky, but everything in the washroom and bedroom was clean and new and it served us just right for the night. Elevators are old, hallways are HOT and old looking, but who cares. Balcony was clean with those signature BW plastic pod chairs my grandma had when i was a kid. Check in was great, service was great, curteous and helpful with questions about the area. TIP- always speak to hotel staff, they are usuually locals, and they can tell you where to go for cheaper snacks and food and taxi numbers etc.
Parking lot was safe and secure, there were always two security staff on site even in the middle of the night, all doors to the building were secure and could only be accessed with your room key. Pool was clean and beautiful, and the restaurant on site was a little pricey but great service and they will deliver to your room if you ask.
Food is of course VERY expensive in NF, however, ask around, ttheres always a deal of the week, or a great place to eat, you just need to talk to the locals, hotel staff and fellow tourists. We ate at the casino and couldnt have been happier, and its a lot cheaper than most other places in the area and we got a table right beside the windows with a stunning view of the falls a view like that would usually cost a premium in most restaurants in the area, or at least a good tip to the waiter.
Privacy was never an issue, neither was safety, the town is alive 24/7 so you dont need to worry.
All in all , it was an excellent stay in Niagara Falls yet again, albiet it was high season and our room ran us 200 bucks which would usuually in low season run you no more than 80 bucks, it was still worth it, considering the time of year, and the season. Considering all of this, if you are looking for a clean, affordable and nice place to stay this is it. All the rooms have been refurbished. Its not in the "main" tourist area, but rather on the hill much closer to the Canadian falls, and right beside all the nice new big hotel chains, with a mere 5-10 minute walk to all the action, i would not hesitate to recommend this place to others.
Would i stay here again? yes and no, yes if i were to come back in high season (which is unlikely because prices go up for almost everything), and no because i would probably come back in low season when i could get a 4 or 5* room for a fraction of the price. However, for what they have to offer, bravo Best Western, and to those weary travellers, read some of my other reviews, this place is just what is says it is, cheap , no frills, clean and central location, you cant go wrong, if your expecting the Hilton, cross the street and your there (for 300 bucks at least a night), but if your down to earth and looking for a honest place to stay, this is it.
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