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Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

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Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

Hi.

My daughter (23) & I will be flying from NY to Buffalo & staying overnight at Niagara Falls.

We are looking for a hotel that isn't too expensive, $300 tops.

Is it best to stay on the US side or Canadian side?

We will both have Canadian visas.

We won't have a car so need somewhere close to falls.

Any hotel recommendations?

Thanks

Jacqui

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1. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

Sorry I duplicated this post!!

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2. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

The Canadian side has much more to see and do, and is the only side that can offer Fallsview hotel rooms.

The Niagara Falls, Canada forum is here:

tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g154998-i97-Niagara…

Edited: 10:16 pm, March 20, 2014
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We are happy to stay in a hotel that doesn't have views of the Falls.

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Hi Blondie59;

The Canadian side is much safer.

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5. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

@Blondie:

The American side is less expensive. You can get a much nicer room for the same price, and the taxes and fees are lower.

I would recommend the Giacomo. Very high end, lovely, close to the Falls, perfect for a mother-daughter stay, IMO. Gets very good reviews here on TA.

Don't get hung up on the "safety" issue. Sometimes vehicles get broken into when naive tourists leave their purses/laptops in plain view. You won't have to worry about this since you won't have a car. You will be able to walk to the Casino (good dining options, spa, gaming obviously), Murphy's Cafe for coffee/breakfast, as well as the Falls at night. It stays light out until nearly 9 in the summer, and people are almost always walking around at that hour because of the fireworks/illumination.

You can cross between sides on foot using the pedestrian bridge. Great views of the Falls from there as well.

Good luck & happy travels.

Edited: 9:42 am, March 21, 2014
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Another option would be to stay at a B&B. The owners could really help you out with things to do (Pedicab tour, Helicopter tour) and arrange for transportation if you need it. The two popular ones that are literally right IN the state park are the Hillcrest Inn and the Elizabeth House B&B. It is a great area, serene, and VERY safe.

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7. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

Thanks guys for your replies.

We may have to stay on the Canadian side as I just found out that to get a visa for Canada you have to have accommodation in Canada. I was only getting the visa to cross the border at Niagara Falls.

My daughter will be right as she is doing a Contiki tour of Canada before she meets me in New York.

I'll start researching hotels this afternoon to see how much they are.

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8. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

Hi Blondie59;

Your home location states "Australia". Are you citizens of another country ?

Citizens of Australia do NOT require a Visa to visit Canada.

www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp…

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9. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

Thanks Rescue Team.

I just presumed that I'd need a visa to visit Canada.

I still need one for the USA don't I?

I have been researching the price of hotels for one night on the Canada side & was pleasantly surprised that I can get one for around the $100 mark!

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10. Re: Hotels at/near Niagara Falls. Stay US side or Canadian side

You're Welcome, Blondie59 !

No, you do NOT need a Visa for your visit to the US.

HOWEVER...you will need pre-authorization to fly to the US, using the American ESTA program.

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Once you arrive in the US, you will be required to obtain an I-94W VISA WAIVER, in addition to having your passport. To obtain the waiver, you will be photographed, fingerprinted.

cbp.gov/xp/…faq_vwp.xml

When US Customs issues the I-94W, it will (usually) be valid for 90 days. This may be a card that is stapled into your passport, or it may be “electronically” attached. You can visit Canada and still retain the Visa Waiver for your side-trip. The advantage is that you'll be re-admitted to the US without going through the whole application process again.

Be sure to mention to Canada Customs that you are returning to the US and need to retain the Visa Waiver. If you don’t, Canada Customs will “take” the I-94W visa waiver from your passport, and return it to US Customs.

When you leave the US for the last time, you must "surrender" the visa waiver.

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