Prince of Wales Niagara on the Lake October 17, 2013
As we approached the valet parking area in front of the hotel, we knew that we were in for a wonderful stay, albeit brief, to celebrate a birthday. The abundant flowers and shrubs were still in bloom and the exterior of the hotel promised a “visit” to another time of luxury as well as atmosphere.
Once we stepped into the lobby to check in, we knew we made a great choice. Victorian style furnishings, a Tiffany mural of Athena in a flower garden, and mythological characters were the subjects of large white stone or gold statuary. It was all very lovely.
Prints of European scenes, royalty and other prominent figures were encased in thick, gold frames of that period, and lined the walls of the long hallways. To me it was like a castle setting and brought back reflections from favorite British dramas, especially the Downton Abbey series.
The room turned out to be a suite…a sitting room with tv, couch, chair and a sparkling white, gas fireplace that gave out warmth at the flick of a switch. The sleeping room was well appointed with a big closet, desk, tv, small refrigerator, and accessories for serving wine. Again, ornate prints decorated the walls, and the signature color of these two rooms was in lush shades of red. It was royal!
A plate of oranges and a small box of chocolates rested on the table with a birthday card which brightened our arrival.
What would such an experience be like if we ignored the hotel’s High Tea? We didn’t want to know, so we confirmed our reservation and were promptly seated at 3 pm. We each selected a different tea from the list which were brought in two, generous sized china teapots. A three tiered server was brought with four kinds of tea sandwiches, cut in various shapes and very flavorful. The top tier held the scones and other pastries and a condiment tray with Greaves strawberry jam (made in the town), a sweet cream and butter toppings, set beside it. The high tea, purchased along with the hotel reservation, was $60.00 plus tax for two. It completed the British experience and added to the delight of our day.
The hotel is right in the center of town. Parking is free for guests and all of the shops are within walking distance. Although there were a few children seen in the town, most of the tourists appeared to be of mature age on that Thursday.
One other memorable impression occurred while resting on a bench during my shopping. A neatly dressed newspaper boy was walking store to store, delivering the local daily paper, and carefully pulling each folded copy out of his logo delivery sack as he entered the stores. That brought back memories of small town USA in some bygone days. We loved the visit and look forward to going again.