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The Gate House
142 Queen Street | P.O. Box 1364, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada   |  
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charleston
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11 hotel reviews
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“Not that bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We arrived late at night with no reservation until the next day. The Gate House, which was in townn, had rooms available. No elevator, but staff did help us carry the bags upstairs, without us asking for help. The first room had curtain falling down and broken lamp. They were quick to move us to another room and extended our check-out until 1 pm. Funky decor, but immaculate, and very comfortable beds. Breakfast was served on white linen in beautiful dining room---very fresh fruit, croissant, cheese, and ham. Except for the cost, we felt we made a very wise last minute choice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Went here a couple of days ago with my husband. We paid roughly the same price as you would if you were to eat at a winery. In my opinion, go to the wineries! My husband ordered the gnocchi and beef which was okay, nothing special. I ordered the risotto and lamb shank. Oof! The risotto was okay and the veggies were good, but that lamb! Tough, bland and purple. It was so plain and awful that we didn't stay for dessert.

Our server was also...okay. He honestly did not care if we were there or not.

It was quite disappointing that nothing in their menu that highlighted local produce. Not even their wine was local and they are located in wine country.

To sum up, take an Italian restaurant that is "safe" for tourists, elderly theatre goers and that's what you get. Overpriced, bland food.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Middlefield, Ohio, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

While the front of the location is nice looking and directly on Queens Street, once you get your room you may be disappointed as we were. The room is very old. Caulking is broken in the bathroom, furniture is old and outdated and frankly, ugly. The curtains in our room were broken and I asked the front desk if someone could come and try and fix the blinds. No one came. The front desk had so many different people working at different times, no one seemed to know what was happening. But the most important part of our problem was they made a pre-authorization on our credit card when we checked in and held our card's money. Then when we checked out they used put money on A DIFFERENT CARD and basically made an error. Long story made short, our credit card was not usable for at least 72 hours, therefore they locked up our card while we were on vacation. When we went back to the hotel to sort out the issue, the management figured out what had happened but did not even offer an apology, a dinner, nothing. It was ridiculous. I would never tell anyone to go here! Prices are way too high for the accommodation and the service. We had much better rooms and rates at other hotels in town. LOOK ELSEWHERE! Don't choose the Gate HOUSE!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Naperville, Illinois
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Lovely, lovely location and grounds. Problems in order of occurrence: (1) no one offers to help with luggage; (2) Wifi is non-functional. You might get lucky and be able to log onto their wifi, but I guarantee you won't be able to access FB, your email if there is anything past simple text, or heaven forbid Trip Advisor; (3) room was furnished in IKEA lite with an average mattress. In fairness, the bathroom was clean and updated. (4) I agree with the other reviewer about breakfast. It is generous, but does not vary one iota over multiple days. We did not eat lunch or dinner there so I cannot advise. Now, if this property were charging about half of what it does, I would forgive all but the wifi. But this is billed as a high end boutique hotel, and they don't begin to deliver. I would advise looking elsewhere.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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toronto
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I stayed here for 1 night with friends . We had booked a month or so prior and had to change the reservation from 2 rooms to one when we checked in. Staff made this adjustment and the only change in cost was for the 3rd person in the room. We found the room to be very comfortable, spacious, and quiet. Breakfast is included in the price, and was tasty and healthy and fresh consisting of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cheese and a lovely fresh croissant, orange juice and coffee. there is ample parking in their lot adjacent the building.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Meal was delicious, gnocchi with pork and as was the Ceasar salad
Stayed at York Rd. Hilton. Many bed and breakfast facilities. wineries were totally super and soooooo many. Will return! Thanks to Regent and his driver for our carriage ride.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bexhill
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4 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The location of The Gate House Hotel can not be understated, in the midst of the main street in Niagara on the Lake, you are in the thick of the beautiful avenue of plants, manicured lawns, quaint shops and restaurants, smiling people, a block from the Lake, lovely.

When booking they take a $100 deposit - in this day and age when every other hotel I have stayed in over the last 30+ years have taken a card number to guarantee the booking - was a surprise. On check in the gentleman on reception was in a very stressed state, made us feel as if we had arrived at an inconvenient time! No offer of assistance with bags.

The room was good, very clean, good size, nice to see two comfortable easy chairs and the bathroom was spacious and well equipped.

The free Wifi was not working, we mentioned this to the duty receptionist (who double up as waiters with the phone on the tray they were serving you from) they said they would get it sorted, when asked again if it is working they had forgotten to do anything and said they would tell someone, I doubt if they actually have Wifi as they had no intention of sorting it out.

Breakfast was a plate of mixed items, no cereal, no toast, nothing cooked, but a very polite smiling waitress with a phone!

No tea and coffee making facilities in the room.

The guest information book opens with a front page of a place called Bari in Italy - curious for an hotel in Canada! the information did offer dialling codes but no prices for phone calls, did offer tea and coffee from reception but no prices and really would you fancy wandering around an hotel in the middle of the night looking for tea in your PJ's - my husband is a nocturnal tea drinker.

The lack of service, lack of facilities, lack of Wifi, poor breakfast makes this Hotel at $220 per night a very expensive option.

Room Tip: check out the B&B's they may offer better value for money
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 142 Queen Street | P.O. Box 1364, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #15 of 15 hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake
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