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Some of the cheaper motels

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Some of the cheaper motels

I'm watching for cheaper hotels/motels near Niagara Falls. I recently found the Diplomat Inn and the Niagara Family Inn. Any feedback? I recently saw a nice review of the Diplomat, but I can find almost nothing on the Niagara Family Inn. I really don't think I want to pay the Fallsview premium at the more expensive hotels. It will be my husband and I (our 25th anniv.), and we wouldn't care about a pool. I'd be more interested in free parking and breakfast. I want clean and convenient. We will be driving in from Michigan for a 2 night stay. We won't know when we're going until perhaps several days before we leave. I have also 'pegged' the Travelodge Bonaventure and Comfort Inn Lundy's Lane, but I think it might be worth a little more to be within walking distance. Let me have your widsom! I love this forum!!!

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1. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

tk4b

I can start you off: When I entered family inn in the search box above, I came across Gemlynn's Jun 7, 2006 post:

"We stay in Niagara Family Inn. It's not a fancy hotel, but parking is free, it has some of the lowest rates per night, and is clean. If you don't plan to spend much time in a hotel, this is the one for you. It is great for sleep and it has a pool."

When I check the map, I see you can easily walk from Niagara Family Inn and Diplomat to the falls, but Travelodge Bonaventure and Comfort Inn Lundys are on the other side of the QEW (highway). That's perhaps a 15 minute drive to the falls. All three (Dip, Trav & Comfort) received an average 4 out of 5 rating on this site.

Me? I think the convenient location of Diplomat or Niagara Family Inn is the more important feature.

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Sebewaing, Michigan
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2. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

I totally agree. Even though the Fallsview hotels look amazing, I don't think we'll be spending enough time at the hotel to warrant the extra $$. We won't be going to the casino or doing a lot of shopping either. Am I missing any other great hotel/motel deals that would be close to the falls but without a lot of frills? Should I be looking for a 2 night package?

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3. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

If you are indeed staying for just a few nights, why don't you stay at a fallsview hotel? It's beautiful and it's worth the stay there! Why miss out on the falls? I would spend the extra $$ to see the falls!

Pibb,

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4. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

Not everyone can afford the fallsview premium. It's as simple as that. I can afford it, I just can't fathom paying twice as much to see the falls when I can use that cash for a nice dinner or something else.

Now for the original poster who wanted to save some cash at a nice hotel, here's what I did(borrowed from another thread):

1. Get a hotel quote from the Days Inn & Suites bythe Falls through www.niagaracentralreservations.com. Write down the total cost of your stay (don't get the AAA/CAA rate)

2. Go to www.daysbythefalls.com and check the price for the exact same room, the exact same dates and exactly the same number of people (i.e. an identical quote).

3. Compare the two prices. If the rate from a competing website is better than the rate quoted by Days Inn (or any other Cendant Corporation chain), then you get a free night (you might pay taxes). If you are staying more than one night, you will get the first night free. Web sites like Priceline and Hotwire DO NOT COUNT.

*** Here's the important part ***

You must go to www.daysinn.com and file a claim for a free night (it's under "promotions" or there is a link on the right side of the page).

How do I know this? Well, I've massaged this program for many free nights ever since this promotion began. Finding a better rate for a Niagara Falls hotel has been seen by others as impossible.....until I got one the other day.

I will be staying in a King Jacuzzi room for two nights and will be paying about $110 Canadian for the entire stay (free parking and free breakfast, too). This room should have cost me almost $300 Canadian, but the "Best Rate Or It's Free" promotion will get one night free ($169).

So go this route if you want. Tripadvisor currently rates this hotel as #11 (used to be #8 until recently). You can find great pictures of the hotel at www.daysbythefalls.com or you can look at 360 degree views at tours.ilookabout.com/ToursV3/…

Hopefully you can capitalize on this deal like I did and save some good cash.

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5. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

We enjoy staying at the Super 8 Motel which is about a 20 min walk from the falls, free parking and with a 2 night package you get breakfast vouchers and a dinner voucher. We have stayed at other's but we enjoy this one.

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6. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

In reply to Mr. Pibb - Since I have never been to the Falls before, I have a hard time deciding 'how much is too much?' If I thought we were going to be spending a lot of time in our room, the Fallsview hotels would be wonderful. I think we'll be seeing a lot of the Falls from walking and other activities so even though it might be amazing to see them from our hotel I have a really hard time paying the big price. We can afford any priced room, but I love a bargain! We even have enough Hilton points for a free night at Hilton or Doubletree, but I don't want to use them either. I may really regret that we didn't 'go all out' for this trip. Since we cannot plan very far ahead, it will all depend on how I feel when we get ready to book a room. Thanks for the input...I may decide that 25 years is worth the extra money! I do love a good view!!

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7. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

Ok...been thinking. For the sake of comparison....if I would decide to spring for Fallsview, what would be the most economical choice? Is there a 'Plain Jane' Fallsview, or am I really stretching it here?

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8. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

Tk4books, I love hotel bargain hunting. That little bit of Scotch in my blood (genetically speaking) drives me to seek out hotel deals that will give me the biggest bang for my buck.

Over the past three years, I’ve had about 60 hotel bookings -- all except about a half dozen made through bids on Priceline (www.Priceline.com). My successful bidding has been the result of reading information available at www.BiddingForTravel.com (BFT), a website where Priceline bidders share their bidding strategies and winning bid information. (You can directly view BFT’s Niagara Falls ON bidding information at

http://p070.ezboard.com/fpricelineandexpediabiddingbuffaloniagarafalls.)

In Niagara Falls ON, BFT members have identified eight Priceline-participating hotels where their winning bids have been accepted: (4*) Niagara Falls Renaissance Fallsview and Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview; (3*) Sheraton on the Falls, Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Center, Hilton Fallsview, Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview and Brock Plaza; and (2.5*) Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. There are several other Priceline-participating hotels in Niagara Falls ON, including some at the 2* and 1* quality levels that have not as yet been reported by BFT members as winning bids.

City-wide anticipated hotel occupancy levels, which drive rates, vary broadly in Niagara Falls, both according to the season AND the day of the week. It’s not unusual to see city-wide hotel occupancy in excess of 95 percent on both Friday and Saturday nights during the summer and year-around on Saturday nights because of the casino traffic.

But there are sometimes exceptional bargains available if your hotel nights are Sundays through Thursdays (except on U.S./Canadian holiday weekends).

For example, a BFT member posted a winning bid of $55, which was accepted by the Renaissance Fallsview for last Dec. 26. I checked the following website (http://www.hvsinternational.com/News/?nt=3) and found that the city-wide occupancy for that Monday night (Boxing Day) was 55% with the hotels’ average revenue per room at $55. Compare those figures with the results five days later on Saturday (New Years Eve) when the city-wide occupancy was 93% and the hotels’ average revenue per room was $244.

If you’re wondering how Priceline usually rates hotels, here’s a handy list of hotel chain websites, arranged by quality levels, as determined y the administrators of the BFT website: …ezboard.com/…

If you elect not to bid for a hotel room, I recommend doing multiple hotel rate searches through links at www.BookingBuddy.com (hotel search link: http://www.bookingbuddy.com/hotel.php ). While on the BB site, I also recommend doing a Kayak hotel rate search in order to access their excellent hotel mapping function. I’ve also found that doing a three-week rate search through the BB Expedia link can give you insight into rate fluctuations for individual hotels over an extended period that encompasses your projected

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9. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

Wow, that's a lot of great information! Thanks! I subscribe to booking buddy but I only get their emails. I will check out their site and also priceline. The problem I have is that my husband is in construction so we won't have much notice to travel. I'm thinking we may watch for a rainy Saturday morning to leave (or Friday night). I may just book a refundable hotel weekend by weekend until we finally get a good date. I did check out the Days Inn deal and I think it almost looks 'to good to be true.' Keep the great information coming!

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10. Re: Some of the cheaper motels

Believe me, it's true. I've collected about 10 free nights in the last 18 months. The only problem I have run into is that sometimes you pay the tax, but other times you don't. This deal has been going on with all Cendant hotels for about two years. Check out this forum for some good stories/tips.

www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php…