Contemplating a trip to Niagara Falls. Which is the best side to stay at - New York or Canada? Thanks.
this is a repeat question that always pops up. the ny side is a state park and good hotels are hard to find, short of the hampton inn. the canadian side is a world away and very commercialized. hotels there are a lot better and newer. check out niagarafallslive.com to see a list hotels on each side of the border.
I am sad to report that the New York side of the Falls is very bad. It is trashy and dirty. I expect it will improve because of the new Seneca Niagara Casino. Money from this casino and the people it draws may bring an improvement to the condition of this city.
On the contrary, the Canadian side is beautiful!!! The hotels are clean and very upscale. They have low cost hotels, too, and they are consistenly good. Clifton Hill is a major attraction for families. The restaurants are impressive. There is a sense of tourism. The new Fallsview Casino was designed by the people who did the Bellagio in Las Vegas (so I have been told). It is a sight worth seeing, even if you are not a gambler.
I am a New Yorker and have always felt badly that the NY side of the falls is so unkept. The view of the falls is nice, but NY'ers turned the land into an industrial dumping ground. I suppose that at one time it was the econonic thing to do. Industry meant more than tourism. Once you see the NY side, you will think of many negative adjectives to describe it.
Take the time to experience both sides of the falls, but I strongly recommend that you lodge in Canada.
The Canadian side may be cleaner, but it's far from beautiful, unless you like looking at tourist traps, high rises and casinos. The city of Niagara Falls, NY is in bad shape, but the area right next to the falls on the US side is parkland and is well worth visiting, even though the view of the falls is not as good.
I think there is much to be said for both sides. See both sides for the best experience. Having said that I have to agree that it is much easier to find a good hotel room on the Canadian side.
The NY side is clean, and the people are nicer. You also avoid paying the outrageous PST and GST taxes that Canada has.
It is quite easy to experience both sides on one trip to the falls - we stayed in the US side and from what we'd read on this forum we were expecting the worst - however we were surprised - yes the US side is underdeveloped as a tourist region (especially when compared to Clifton Hill) but the State Park on the US side is beautiful and it takes less then 10 minutes to cross the bridge and view the falls from the Canadian side (definately worth doing especially for the Horseshoe Falls). The Canadian side is streets ahead also by night as the US side is totally dead after 8pm but again it is very easy to cross to Canada again have a nice night and cross back - we did this, visited Canada twice in one day, had no problems and did this all on foot! The Canadian side is extremely expensive so it is probably cheaper to stay in the US side!
Just returned from 4 days with hubbie and 2 kids. Stay on the Canada side (cleaner, nicer, more to do, great view of the falls) and then don't miss the park on the NY side--it is not to be missed (especially the Cave of the Winds tour and the walkways right next to the falls).
hey kapkid, I am thinking about a long weeken in the next few weekends with 3 children (8yr old and 6 yr. old twins) I have been there when I was single. but any suggestions with kids. Where did you stay?
We stayed at The Quality Inn in Clifton Hill (read my description in Trip Advisor under Above average) The Clifton Hill area is a touristy but my kids loved it--especially the arcades. It is an easy walk to major sites. If you want to spend big bucks you can stay in the Fallsview area--the new Casino is wonderful but pricey. Buy your Niagara tickets online for the Maid of the Mist etc (cheaper) Also we toured the power plant on the Canadian side and then discovered that the one on the American side had a better tour and was free
Thanks for the advise. You can never really go wrong with a Quality Inn. Thanks again.