My brother gave me a stern warning when he heard I was going to visit Niagara Falls… “Stayyyy on the Canadian siiiiiidddde!” I had every intention of following his advice until I happened upon the reviews for the Hillcrest Inn in Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.A.
I love a good B&B and the Hillcrest Inn had such glowing reviews! Before I knew it, my husband and I threw caution to the wind and booked our rooms!
Now, mind you; driving into the town of Niagara Falls was a bit daunting and for a moment I felt a wave of panic as my brother’s warning suddenly made more sense… some of the Niagara Falls, NY neighborhoods are not exactly “safe” looking… but Hillcrest Inn is on the river’s edge and very close to the tourist center and THAT area is a nice area.
From the moment we arrived at the Hillcrest Inn Cassidy and her family made us feel at home immediately! Cassidy could not do enough for us! My husband and I had brought along my elderly mother and she too was immediately charmed by the Hillcrest Inn and our hosts… especially Cassidy’s adorable daughter!
Hillcrest is a beautiful building and it is most tastefully decorated! Both of our rooms were immaculate, my husband and I had the Master Suite and my mother had the English Room.
The Master Suite had a wonderful view of the rapids; the room is very large with a very large changing room and then a large bathroom as part of the suite. Our room was stocked with anything we could want or need… from fruit, chocolates and water to bubble bath and extra toothbrushes! Nothing was overlooked! Our bed was very comfortable. (Extra Note: Look outside you side window at the house next door… evidently the neighbors were eccentric and put a mannequin head in the window to guard off evil ghosts… when we first saw it, it shocked us and then once explained to us, it amused us no end)!
The English Room overlooked the back garden. It was a smaller, but very comfortable room complete with it’s own bathroom and shower. It is enough room for two, but perfect for one person. Again, there was anything you could think of supplied for you to make your stay comfortable.
Food… Cassidy is an incredible cook. Breakfast at the Hillcrest Inn is an excellent experience. My husband and I STILL talk about it! My mother doesn’t really like to eat anymore and getting calories into her is a struggle most times. The combination of Cassidy’s gentle way and enticing food had my mother finishing most of her plate – to us she is a miracle worker! Oh yes, she bakes snacks for you to take on your day trips as well… we were spoiled!
The Hillcrest Inn is a short walk to anywhere you would like to go in Niagara Falls, New York side. It is also a most doable hike over to the Canadian side (don’t forget your passport… also there is a pedestrian toll across the Rainbow Bridge). Cassidy is very helpful with suggestions and directions and she will make reservations for you if you wish as well.
Things we enjoyed while visiting the Niagara Falls area (for those interested):
* Maid of the Mist… even in October is was a lot of fun. You get sprayed, but the rain slicker they give you keeps you dry. Before you take the elevator up to “ground level”, make sure you take the small hike from the dock to the base of the falls for a cool picture opportunity.
* Goat Island, a very pleasant 5 minute walk from Hillcrest Inn! You get a great view of the rapids and from the adjoining islands you can go right up to the brink of the falls! Incredible! Lunch at the Top of the Falls Restaurant was o.k. - a tourist-thing to do… the view was great, but the food and service was mediocre.
* Like I said, we went in October and it was too cold for The Cave of the Winds… It looked exciting, but the people who did it were soaked to the skin!!!
* On the Canadian side the view of Niagara Falls is a superior one… especially at night, when they illuminate the falls! Driving across is easy, just remember to bring you passports. If I may add this warning… the Canadian border officers have NO sense of humor, (Nor should they! It is a serious, important job/responsibility!)… my mother (who has the beginnings of dementia)… made a stupid comment, I think she was trying to be funny… it almost totally ruined our evening! Treat these officers like you should treat customs officers at the airport. I am sure this is needless warning to the majority of those of you reading this… but maybe some members of some parties should be put in check before encountering these very serious officers. Just a heads-up.
* The Journey Behind the Falls on the Canadian side looked like a really different thing to do. You get to go behind the falls… but again it was too cold for us to try it.
* Some of our fellow guests at Hillcrest Inn drove out to Niagara-on-the-Lake, on the Canadian side and really enjoyed the beautiful drive and the glorious scenery… they also raved about the wineries.
To sum things up… simply put, this trip was more romantic (considering my mother was along for the trip) and more memorable than I could have imagined!
Thank you very much Cassidy and her family... we LOVED our stay at the Hillcrest Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant, Georgian mansion is designed from classical antiquity. Its perfect location on a bricked, private street offers guests quiet seclusion – while allowing them to conveniently walk to most attractions in both Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Canada. Breakfast at Hillcrest Inn may be served in the Asian dining room, sunroom with its delightful, trickling water fountain or (weather – permitting) outdoors on the terrace over-looking the fall's upper rapids. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hillcrest Hotel Niagara Falls