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Trip planning assistance requested

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Clemson, South...
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Trip planning assistance requested

Our party of four adults will visit the Niagara Falls area in late June of this year. I'm looking at which hotels to make reservations (we'll need three rooms) and am getting a bit discouraged. Sounds like any with a falls view are going to be nickle and diming me to death. Everything seems to cost extra even though the room rates alone are pretty expensive. Parking seems particularly costly. Are there any hotels that have a falls view that don't charge $20 + for parking, don't charge extra for wifi, etc. Our budget is not particularly limited (within reason) but just don't want to get ripped off if I don't have to. Any suggestions as to the best deals available would be very much appreciated.

Also – do any of the hotels provide shuttles to the attractions, specifically the maid of the mist boat ride and the cave tour beneath the falls? And, if so, do they charge for them?

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All of the Fallsview hotels charge at least $20 for parking. The only alternative is to park at either of the casino parking garages. If you get a free Players Card and gamble a bit, you will likely get free parking. Or you can just pay the going rate when you exit which could be anywhere from $5-$25. The down side is that the rates are PER EXIT, there are no in-out privileges. If you plan on leaving your vehicle for a few days, then this is a great deal.

Free wifi in the rooms is a very rare thing in Canada, usually only in the lobby area.

Some hotels do offer shuttle services, but I'm not certain which ones are free.

The WEGO bus system covers all the hotel and attraction areas within the city. It is $11-$12 for a day pass.

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Yes like most tourist areas in peak season your going to pay top price and you will have tax on top of that but if you look hard enough there are deals out there. As fallsdude stated the casino will save you lots of money on parking especially if you plan on gambling. You will just have to obtain a free players card inside the casino. We usually stay at the embassy suites which offers a free managers reception every afternoon that includes a drink and snacks and then a full breakfast each morning. At least it feels like you are getting a little more for your money.

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It will probably be harder to find for June, but look out for deals on Travelzoo, Groupon and Livingsocial. My wife and I found a killer deal.

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Late June is getting too late for great deals, up to around mid June you can find them.

Yep not getting around parking.

You need to ask yourselves if you really need a fallsview room ? 90% of the time, I get a city view room, only when I did not have to pay extra did I have a limited fallsview room. Sure they are nice but IMO not really worth it. If its for a special / romantic trip, well Ok, then it might well be worth it.

Late June the weather should be super and you can spend lots of time out of your hotel room. Price everything out and compare prices for falls vs city view rooms and then decide.

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I would be passing on the premium for a Fallsview Room in summer. With the weather so nice, you will be out and about and will get amazing pics of the falls. I like winter scenery in NF so a Fallsview Room would be great in that time of year IMO. Also you can go to The Keg for lunch or dinner at Embassy Suites and get a nice view of The Falls or to the Hilton to their 33rd floor restaurant as well. Don't forget about the Skylon Tower. But search for deals before booking your room on all sites.

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Thanks for all the helpful replies. Our schedule has changed slightly and we will be there in mid June so I'll check Travelzoo and other places for deals but will not expect too much. We'll just bite the bullet and spend whatever it takes. This will be a one time trip for most of us so we don't want to skimp.

We plan to spend a couple of days at a hotel near the falls, see the stuff there, then spend a few days traveling around that part of Canada before returning to Buffalo for our flights home. Any suggestions as to what to see in that neck of the woods would be appreciated.

Thanks again.

NPH

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Hi NPH;

Niagara Falls is approx. 80 miles / 130 km southwest of Toronto. The average drive is about 1½ hours, without any traffic delays.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, 4th largest in North America after Mexico City, New York, & Los Angeles. You could spend an entire week in Toronto and still have plenty to see and do !

Best Regards

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Toronto would be a great place to spend a couple of days, you would have non-stop opportunities to enjoy museums, culture and nightlife....just to name a few options: the CN Tower, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Kensigton Market, St.Lawrence Market, the Distillery District, the Eaton Centre, Yorkville, Rogers centre If the Jays are in town, the theater district....like I said, just a start...

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I'm in agreement with post 7 & 8 in suggesting a visit to Toronto, Canada's largest city...... and also, while in the area of Niagara Falls, I suggest a sidetrip to the nearby, picturesque town of Niagara On The Lake.....

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Will definitely check out Toronto. Also think we will look at the wine country. Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions. We really appreciate all the help!

NPH