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“Beautiful stay and wonderful High Tea” 5 of 5 stars
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Riverbend Inn and Vineyard
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   16104 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful stay and wonderful High Tea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Riverbend Inn is one of our favorite Niagara-on-the-Lake inns. It is clean, and bright and spaceious. The staff is friendly and very helpful. We went on a girls weekend this time and they went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay great. All the rooms have fireplaces, large bathrooms and this room had 2 queen beds. We had afternoon tea there and let me tell you it was the best afternoon tea I have every had and I have had many. The chef made sandwiches-chicken with basil, salmon with fresh salmon and dill, and a ham and cheese with a chutney. There was 3 of us and we had enough to have for lunch the next day-they stored them in a fridge for us. They also had scones and fresh shortbread which were to die for. The top had a cup filled with a raspberry sauce/jam (homemade). There was also fresh fruit on the 3 tiered plate. The tea was served consistantly. Once we finished that we rested and awaited a great dinner the Lamb. It was amazing. The Chef was fantastic. We were then surprised by the Lily who did a Chinese Tea Ceremony-it was worth it. Very beautiful and informative.
The next day they served breakfast in our room and it was wonderful-full pot of coffee, crossisants, danish and fresh fruit. They also had yogurt with granola. GREAT!!!!!
Take the time to stay here and you will not be disappointed-great reception by everyone, the servers, the chef. They went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful. Try the afternoon tea you will not go home hungry-we had afternoon tea for lunch and had a late dinner.

Room Tip: If you are going there have afternoon tea or try the Chinese Tea ceremony.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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riverbendinn, Manager at Riverbend Inn and Vineyard, responded to this review, 3 days ago
Thank you for detailed description of your recent girls’ getaway weekend to the Riverbend Inn.

We are thrilled to hear you had the chance to experience some of the many things that make a stay at our Inn special The introduction of our Afternoon Tea and Chinese Tea Ceremony have been so well received. Although the art of the Chinese Tea ceremony is new to many, our guests are really enjoying this relaxing and tranquil experience.
Your kind words will be shared with the rest of our team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for an overnight stay with my wife and enjoyed the warm accommodations and friendly staff. The room was beautiful with the fireplace and a gorgeous view from the balcony.
We'll definately be back in the summer!

Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
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riverbendinn, Manager at Riverbend Inn and Vineyard, responded to this review, 3 days ago
We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Riverbend Inn and thank you for sharing your feedback,

We are looking forward to welcoming you back this summer !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I just returned from a one night stay at the Riverbend Inn and we enjoyed it so much! Our room was beautiful and clean with a fireplace which made it very cozy. The food was amazing and great service! The staff were very accommodating and friendly. Very relaxing! This would be even better in the warmer months because of the vineyards. You could sit outside and eat.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a balcony which you would use in the warmer months
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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riverbendinn, Manager at Riverbend Inn and Vineyard, responded to this review, 3 days ago
So pleased to hear you enjoyed your winter getaway. Our guests love the fireplaces in all of our guestrooms which offer a cozy welcome. We look forward to welcoming you back soon

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from an amazing weekday winter getaway at The Riverbend Inn! We had always admired the inn as we drove by on the Niagara Parkway so our expectations for this first visit were certainly high. Fortunately we were not disappointed. From the beautifully decorated, oversized room with lovely views from all windows to the wonderful gas fireplace that warmed us late into the evening and then the next morning - we truly felt like Lord and Lady Grantham in Downton Abbey.

Another highlight was the very special dinner we were served in the well-appointed, chandeliered dining room. Before having dinner, though, we enjoyed aperitifs at the magnificent 19th century marble bar that our server, Justin, told us had originally come from New Orleans. Justin was very attentive and so helpful in selecting the wine ( a very nice Riverbend Cabernet Sauvignon) and our delicious entrees of roasted duck and rack of lamb. The tomato/Parmesan soup and greens salad, main entrees with roasted veggie sides and, finally, sticky toffee bread pudding were all freshly made and real taste treats. Justin also took time during dinner to answer our many questions about the history of the inn which we learned had been built in 1860 as a private home on a beautiful river view estate; now a lovely vineyard.

Justin and all the staff at Riverbend made our visit truly special. We will definitely be booking a summer getaway there. Can't wait to enjoy the views of the vineyard from the dining room terrace!

(On checking out we described 2 small issues we had experienced and were told we should have let them know immediately and these would have easily been dealt with. Next stay we will!)

Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
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Waterloo, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My husband and I wanted a one night away and went to the Riverbend Inn. Have been there twice before. This was the best time of the three. The room was spotless, the fireplace was going and so welcoming. The front staff was so wecloming; the made you feel like family coming home. The bed was most comforting with such warm blankets. An amazing view of the vineyards and the wineries beyond.A perfect winter get away!

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guelph
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My husband and I have just returned from a two night stay at the Riverbend Inn. The staff were extremely accommodating and very friendly but in a professional manner. The ambience of the rooms leads to a relaxing getaway. Nothing like curling up with a book in front of the fireplace in your very own room. The wine tasting, afternoon tea and the breakfast that was included in our room rate were all excellent. We chose to stay in and eat in the dining room both evenings. The food was excellent. We will go back and enjoy again.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Uxbridge, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We booked a room for two nights, but ended up staying an extra day. The Inn is beautifully restored and a great place to stay, just minutes away from the center of town. Our room was 320, on the top floor, the room was a good size and the bathroom was huge! The only negatives that I can think of is that our view was mostly of the A/C units and the roof, the t.v. was not accessible from the bed, and the shower head needs replacing. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Some reviewers mentioned they received cold reception from the front desk staff, but, my experience with these ladies was great. We had dinner in the restaurant on our first night and it was delicious. One of the highlights, after a day of exploring and wine tasting, was the "buck a shuck" oysters...a dollar an oyster with a nice wine accompaniment was something we looked forward to. Breakfasts in the dining room were very good, and was included in our room rate that weekend. I have stayed in many hotels and inns in Niagara on the lake, and I must say, this was one of the best

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16104 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake
#8 Romantic Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverbend Inn and Vineyard 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riverbend Inn ; located outside one of the prettiest towns in Canada, along one of the most scenic roads anywhere in the world, stands a Georgian mansion surrounded by 17 acres of vineyards, manicured lawns and gardens, and only minutes from the old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Recently restored, all will enjoy the countryside from our bar and restaurant, vineyard patio or settle into one of our individually appointed rooms reflecting our commitment to the finer things in life. Drop by and enjoy a glass of our own Riverbend wine. ... more   less 
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