First of all, be prepared to pay through the nose for taxes. For example, for a one night stay in a Presidential Suite, it came out to $275.00 in Canadian (CAD) funds. Then you add another $41.25 in CAD taxes. Fortunately, if you're not a Canadian citizen, you can be reimbursed for any Good and Services Tax (GST) prior to leaving Niagara Falls. In fact, you don't even have to visit the Duty-Free stores at the border crossings; most of the hotels will immediately reimburse the GST at their information and/or tourism counter, which are located in their lobbies. Just have your original hotel statement showing a zero balance and they'll credit your credit card right on the spot. Just to give you an idea of what you'll get back, for the one night stay it came out to $19.25 (CAD) for GST.
Anyway, enough said about that taxes. We stayed from Saturday, April 29, 2006, through Wednesday, May 3, 2006. It was a perfect time to visit. The weather was absolutely perfect (i.e., it wasn't hot and humid) and we beat the summer crowds that start showing up about the third week of May. We stayed in a Presidential Suite on the 20th floor with an incredible view! Ask for room 2011, if available. Believe me, you won't be disappointed. A Presidential Suite is a two (2) room suite that overlooks both the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. This suite offers floor to ceiling windows and has a king size bed with an adjacent fireplace, and a large two person whirlpool with windows opening to a view of the Falls. The full size living room has a sofa bed and a large dining area. The fireplace is one of those fake ones that looks real and generates heat. Still, it was a great touch and we loved it! The room also had a bar sink, mini refrigerator and a microwave. Another nice feature at the Embassy Suites Hotel is the complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening manager's reception where you get a free complimentary alcoholic drink of your choice. The dinning area for breakfast is clean, very comfortable and a super deal. Everything about it was super! Getting a free breakfast at the hotel was convenient and a great way to start off your sightseeing day.
As for the views from our hotel room... they were incredible! We literally spent at least an hour everyday just sitting in our room looking out our windows. Embassy Suites must have the best view in town. We had a perfect view of both falls! The Presidential Suites are actually located at the corners of the hotel, which provides you with the great views. The main window in our suite literally provided us with a panoramic view of both Falls.
As for the service, everyone was very helpful, professional and pleasant. Since the hotel is less than two (2) years old, everything was new and well maintained. My only complaint focused on the parking situation. There is no where on the hotel grounds to park. Instead, you have to valet park, which costs $20.00 CAD per day. Then add $3.60 CAD for tax. Then you have to wait approximately 20-minutes for your vehicle to arrive because the poor valet guys have to run over to an off-site parking lot to fetch your car. They recommend that you call in advance before going down to pick-up your car. Well, I've got a better suggestion, which we got from reading a review posted by another reader. PARK AT THE NIAGARA FALLSVIEW CASINO RESORT, WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL. IT'LL COST YOU ZERO!!! You heard right, it doesn’t cost anything if you become a member of the casino's Players Advantage Club. Just sign-up over the Internet before your stay. Once you arrive in Niagara Falls, park in the casino's parking lot and go inside to their members' counter and get your Players Advantage Club card for free. Yes, you hear right, it doesn't cost anything, nor are there any obligations. Then, drive over to the hotel and drop off all your luggage and check in. Then, casually drive your vehicle back over to the hotel and park for free. The casino is literally less than 3-5 minutes walking distance and you'll save $23.60 (CAD) per day. Not to mention, it’s nice short walk over to the hotel and your vehicle will be parked in a monitored, multi-level parking structure.
When visiting Niagara Falls, try to avoid all of the tourist trap restaurants. Applebee's and Denny's are rip offs. We didn't eat at these locations based on prior reviews we read. However, we did check out the menus and confirmed they were officials rip offs. If you do eat any of these two locations, make sure to visit the Niagara Parks Police and fill out a robbery report before leaving town. One place, if you enjoy Italian food, is called Carpaccio. It about a 5 minute drive away from the touristy locations, but it’s well worth the drive. Not only is the atmosphere and food outstanding, but the prices are very reasonable.
Places to see should include: Maid of the Mist, Forts George and Erie, White Water Walk, Skylon Tower, Whirlpool Aero Car, Butterfly Conservatory, Journey Behind the Falls, Sir Adam Beck 2 Generating Station, Chippawa Battlefield Park and the town of Niagara Falls. The town of Niagara Falls and Fort George are right next to each other and only a 30-minute, but very scenic drive north from Niagara Falls. Since Fort George is just prior to the town of Niagara Falls, save yourself some money in parking fees and just leave your vehicle parked at the fort and take the scenic 5-10 minute walk over to the town.
Oh, and before I forget, purchasing a Niagara Falls Great Gorge Adventure Pass through Niagara Parks is the best deal. You can pre-purchase over the Internet and simply pick-up your pass at any of the numerous Park information booths. In addition to getting fee admission to Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Butterfly Conservatory, White Water Walk, you'll also get discounts for the other attractions.
One last warning.... stay away from the basket of goodies located in the living room, which the first room you walk into as you enter your hotel room. The prices for all of the items are outrageous. The coloring book for the kids I believe was $8.00 (CAD)! Also, all of the beverages in the mini freezer are also overly priced.
Overall, we had an incredible trip and we will definitely visit Niagara Falls. When we do, we'll certainly stay at the Embassy Suite Hotel. You can't beat it. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 42-story hotel located 100 yards from the waters edge in the Fallsview Tourist District, 1 block from Fallsview Casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Niagara Falls
- Niagara Falls Embassy Suites
- Embassy Suite Niagara Falls