A September 2006 trip
to Niagara Falls by lharri
Quote: I wanted to do something special on this special anniversary. What could be more special than a natural wonder shared by two countries.
Hotel | "Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa"
This Hotel has a lot going for it. It has a spa, fitness, video game room (my favorite), Starbucks on site, a fine restaurant, a busy concierge staff, easy access to attractions, and the best view money can buy. You do have to park offsite and the best way to do that is to pay for valet parking. However, it has a shuttle service that is used by other hotels. It is very good. Runs about every half hour and goes to most of the major attractions. Although we did not have any whirlpools or fireplaces in our room we had the most spectacular view as you can see in the pictures that accompany this review. The two queen beds were very comfortable. The window opens just inches to give you the treat of the sound of the Falls to go along with the visual one.
The Hotel is adjacent to the InCline Railway, which can be taken to the Falls area. You can go out a back door and take a pedestrian overpass right to the railway ticket booth. Or you can take that same pedestrian overpass to the sidewalk that will lead you on a short walk to the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (the newer casino in town).
The hotel has a restaurant, the Terrapin Grille, that serves a wonderful buffet breakfast. If I had not had vouchers, based on our room package, I would not have been very happy about the price. I believe it was $27 a person. We also had a $75 voucher for a dinner at the same restaurant, that came to $125. I had a basic chicken meal and my husband, Tom, had a basic prime rib but neither of us had drinks or deserts. After having spent $48 for 2 burgers with fries and 2 iced-teas at the adjacent Fridays, we counted our blessings.
The one thing that was a major disappointment was that the Internet was not free. They wanted $20 per 24 hours for the high speed cable. We opted not to and used dial-up with Net Zero instead. Finding local numbers in Ontario that worked was not easy and for each local call, no matter how long it was $1.50.
As I was saying, the view was worth everything we paid. We could see both falls (or all 3 if you count the Bridal Veil Falls which is part of the American Falls) and at night the illumination was very pretty. We often had the good fortune to catch a rainbow.
Another disappointment was that it had been broadcast in the hotel that there would be Fireworks over the Falls for the Labor Day holiday evening. We hurried back for 10pm but were disappointed as the fireworks never took place. When I called the desk the next day they said, they had not heard either way but had been told by the parks commission that there would be a display. Still a great stay.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2006
Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa
6740 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G3W6
Niagara Fallsview Casino
6380 Fallsview Blvd.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
There are so many little things to see and enjoy without paying for any of the touristy attractions. The Falls Incline Railway (originally named the Horseshoe Falls Incline) for example is the last operating example of what they used to call funiculars. The trip takes under a minute and costs $1 Canadian for adult and .50 for children. It is located at 7400 Portage Road, (Niagara Parks Commission), Niagara Falls, L2E6T2. It is extremely convenient to take this to the Falls area from the big hotels and resorts. It is a ride from the street above to the Table Rock Center below. The facts say that it began ferrying passengers in 1966. The Clifton Hill area is another experience that can be had without a cost if you are not swayed by the glitter. However if you want to partake of the mini golf and bowling and rides and wax museums, you can get a multi attraction pass for about $20 Canadian. The Oaks Garden Theater is and attraction of a different type in that is is beautiful and free for the enjoyment of everyone. It is bordered on two sides by the intersection of Falls Blvd. and Clifton Hill. It hosts concerts in the summer and provides a formalized entry to Queen Victoria Park. The Niagara Parks Commission People Mover is a shuttle bus system on the Canadian side of the Falls. This along with hotel shuttles is the way to get around Niagara unless you are going out of town on a day trip.