This charming 20 room totally non-smoking hotel is well located on the main street, a five minute walk to the Shaw Theatre, a Catholic Church across the street, and downtown Niagara on the Lake (NOTL) and a ten or fifteen minute walk to Fort George and the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario. One of several hotels run by the same family under the banner Vintage Hotels (guests of the Moffatt get to use the pool facility at another company hotel), this hotel offers a sense of a family run hotel with all the comfort of a modern chain. The building itself dates from 1835 and is actually two buildings joined by a common reception area. Note that rooms 110-130 offer in room HVAC controls while rooms 131-133 operate from a central heating-cooling plant. Rooms boast, complimentary high speed wireless internet, private bathroom, hairdryer, clock radio, in-room coffee maker or kettle with two packets of coffee, tea, sugar, powder creamer, 2 mugs, 2 glasses, ice bucket, and free local telephone calls. My upgrade room (115) on the second floor had two windows facing the street and smelled fresh and clean. The room window was open when I arrived and the room was well aired; it had two windows fronting on the street, two double beds, with four pillows each, a small closet with wooden hangers, tube television with remote and cable television with 53 channels, two upholstered chairs, but no writing desk. There was also a gas fireplace which was not working and though the in-room HVAC unit worked well, I enjoyed the fresh air available through the (modern) windows which I left open. The spotless new bathroom was well equipped with marble and tile and upscale tub and shower. Bathrooms came with two terrycloth bath towels, two hand towels, two wash cloths, two extra large bath towels, and a bath mat towel, two mini-bars of soap, two shampoo bottle, two condition bottles, and two skin lotion bottles. The towels and amenities were replaced when used each day when the room was cleaned.
There is sufficient free private hotel parking at the rear of the hotel, ironing boards on request, ice machines and soft drink vending machines on the main floor, and free coffee in the lounge from 7-11 a.m. or on request. There is reasonably good pub type fare in the Coach and Horses Pub on the below ground level (open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight). Under the former ownership, the Pub was leased to a commercial tenant and the owners lived in the third floor "Penthouse" apartment. The Penthouse now is available for rent by the night as a full use apartment complete with full kitchen and appliances and the Pub is now run by the hotel.
There are nice "garden" rooms on the main floor which front onto a private garden at the side of the building each with its own little (not quite private) terrace. While everything is new, I was a little put off by the already stained carpet on the stairs leading to the second floor (why did they not install a patterned rug?)
The hotel is near to North America's oldest golf course, which is 18 holes PGA accredited. No less than 16 different wineries offer tours within a few minutes to a half hour's drive from the hotel.
There are fancier places to stay, but the Moffatt was fine as one would expect from a mid-priced hotel. Rooms run from $144-$214 a night (the penthosue apartment goes for $324.) single or double with extra persons $50. each. (Call ahead to negotiate a better deal).
There are many places to eat out in all price ranges. I found Zees just a couple of doors down from the hotel and across the street from the Shaw Theatre served surprising good cuisine.
I'd pick the Moffatt Inn for all the same reasons people like NOTL - quaint, comfortable, friendly, and a place without too much excitement.
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