My boyfriend and I decided to take a break from work, and take our only weekend off in a while to go to Niagara-on-the-lake. We had never been there before, but some friends of ours recommended the bike ride to the falls and what not.
We picked Riverbend Inn because since we don't do this often, we wanted to do it right. We read the reviews and it seemed like a perfectly relaxing, respectable place to stay.
Well, not really. I suppose they felt that since we were younger they could take out their angers on us? I'm not really sure what their problems were.
When we were booking through expedia (or I was), we had an issue where the date was changed when we booked it. I had picked July 19, but it booked for the next day. So we called expedia and everything was set for the correct date. We arrive at the hotel, and the woman working at the desk realized who we were and started to tell us how we were lucky we got a room at all, and how much of a hassle it was to have to deal with expedia. I felt as if she was telling us that 'you're lucky you even get to stay here', even though we paid the exact same rate as everyone else in that hotel, actually more since we booked a better room. But I shook it off, telling myself she was probably just having a bad day.
We go to the cafe/restaurant to sit down for a cup of coffee while waiting for our room to be cleaned. I asked the hostess if we could sit down for coffee, and she automatically said,
'so where would you like to sit at the bar?', even though almost the entire room was empty. I was a little appalled at this, because her demeanour also showed me that she felt as if we were two stupid kids wandering around in that hotel. Jesus, we're in our twenties.
Anyway, a man came from behind her and snached the menus and said to us come this way. Then I thought, 'Maybe both of them are having a rotten day?'.
We go to the room and leave our things afterwards, take a shower, and got ready for dinner. We wanted to go out in the old town and walk around a bit, so I asked the receptionist (a different lady now) where we could go for dinner. She quickly said, 'Well right over here!' and pointed to the restaurant in the hotel. I found it a little annoying, but I brushed it off and said, 'But really, we'd like to go to the old town.'. So then she replied, 'Okay then, what do you want?' I just looked at her at that point and said never mind. Suddenly she became so polite... ugh.
After that it wasn't so bad, except for the waiter in the morning getting annoyed when we asked for coffee refills.
My advice is that if you're a young couple in your twenties who are looking for a relaxed, romantic weekend, don't stay here. You're going to get way too much prejudice for being young from the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riverbend Inn ; located outside one of the prettiest towns in Canada, along one of the most scenic roads anywhere in the world, stands a Georgian mansion surrounded by 17 acres of vineyards, manicured lawns and gardens, and only minutes from the old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Recently restored, all will enjoy the countryside from our bar and restaurant, vineyard patio or settle into one of our individually appointed rooms reflecting our commitment to the finer things in life. Drop by and enjoy a glass of our own Riverbend wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riverbend Inn And Vineyard Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake